I might as well get used to it – I am officially never going to be able to make everyone happy. Not even close. Not all of my advisers and mentors and partners and team members.
Everyone has different advice, a different take. Their own reasons why something must or must not be the case (how can so many people have such different opinions with such certainty?)
And as much as I respect all of them, it's ultimately up to me.
Up to me to ascertain what's right in this situation. To sift through the valuable and relevant, to discard the superficial or personal.
I guess that's why they pay me the big bucks (ha!).
This is at odds with my personality. I am, at heart, a people-pleaser. I never want to appear or be wrong. I want to make people happy.
And taking people's advice makes them happy. So I worry that I'm risking having them respect me or my decisions less if I don't appear to have taken their counsel into account.
Except that's completely irrelevant.
I must leave behind the need to please others. I have to get used to the fact that here on in, I will not. Can not. If I'm going to do my job right and well.
It's not that I don't know what I must do. I do. It turns out that my gut is pretty good at telling me that part.
It's that sometimes I want some one thing to be easy or straightforward.
But in start-ups that's fool's gold. There are no shortcuts.