There was a study recently that said depression is prevalent in entrepreneurs. I was not surprised. We see the world differently. We struggle to make change. We are never satisfied.
Our culture also holds up the big successes, and parades them around like beauty contestants. We often only see the SUCCESS not the struggle.
This life is HARD. Money doesn’t just come out of nowhere. There are no real get rich quick schemes. And for every big success, there are hundreds of thousands of people that toiled and toiled and didn’t make it. That’s the game we play, and it can be heartbreaking.
But 12 years?! Man, you are a ROCKSTAR. The sheer force of will that takes is something that 95% of the world doesn’t have. And I guarantee that you have learned things that no one else knows. You have incredible value to another startup, a business, or an investor.
Take a break. Maybe work on mental health for a while. Find some inner peace. I bet before you finish that time, you will have 20 more ideas and be ready to move forward again. There is no shame in taking a break, the world will still be here to conquer when you are ready.