Mate — as someone whose been through all this stuff, I can’t say I’ve ever read a more honest and thoughtful piece about being a founder. You adroitly captured all of the shades of grey between the bullshit black and white advice people will give you. Bravo.
I am sure that you’ve learned some amazing lessons here that many take decades to discover. I’m also sure they’ll come in handy at some time in the future — I can’t tell you when, but they will.
I wish you the best for future endeavours.