When you start putting a company together you start building it on nothing more than hopes, dreams, and a belief that the world will be a better place with your unique contribution to it. It’s a time of great promise, joy, passion, and impenetrable enthusiasm.
And the last thing you think about are the tough decisions, the very long road ahead, the bumps, the bruises, and consistently waking up to what feels like an existential crisis.
But, I believe that this is the very best of life; the highs are high and the lows are low — anything between those two extremes is just existing, just living, just doing… stuff.
I love how Theodore Roosevelt once put it:
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
I want to enjoy much and, perhaps, suffer much so that I may know deeply both inevitable outcomes.
Today was a difficult day.
Originally published at John Saddington.