I wanted to work for myself. Walk to my own beat. Chart my own path. Call it like I saw it, and not worry about what dudes in suits thought of that. All the cliches of independence that sound so quaint until you have a board meeting questioning why you aren’t raising more, burning faster, and growing at supersonic speeds yesterday?!
This actually lines up with what Essena O’Neill, the YouTuber who’s gone viral for quitting social media, talks about: getting caught up in making more money/followers until you lose the same freedom and self expression that led you to start what you were doing.
Who knows if the Essena story is true, but I think its a reminder that no matter if you’re a startup, small business, or independent content creator, its easy for anyone to lose sight of why they started something.