It’s time to begin the next chapter of my life but before I do I want to make sure I don’t forget the last. There’s a lot to learn from it because mistakes were made (no loss of life, nothing that bad). What follows will be a collection of the most salient failures and successes from my first foray into entrepreneurship, paired with analysis, perfect-hindsight criticism, sweeping generalizations, and forced pattern recognition and conclusion drawing. To whoever later reads this and isn’t me, this retrospective longitudinal study is a cathartic exercise for myself and nothing more. It should not be relied upon for guidance on any business decisions you may make in your life time. It’s an n=1 study with no control group and no manipulation of variables, though I’m confident I can draw meaning and insight from it all anyways.
Final disclaimer, I’m not under the impression that anything I say here is novel and hasn’t been exhausted elsewhere. All of the lessons I learned stemmed from mistakes that I could have avoided by taking other people’s advice more closely to heart. I learn best from experience and now that I have experience it’s time to make sure I learned something. Seriously, I don’t know why you’re still here.
Ok, let’s get started.