If there is one lesson in startup survival that I’ve learned, it is this: This too shall pass.
And I don’t mean that we’ll get through the tough parts. I mean that anything – good or bad – is transient. That you can’t put much store by either.
The past month has been the definition of roller coaster. A month ago I was experiencing one of the more trying times – it just so happened that I had had multiple conversations with people that didn’t see, didn’t understand what we’re trying to do.
And usually that’s fine. Not everyone has to see or believe. But these conversations in quick succession had done the worst damage – they had created a small crack through which doubt was able to now seep in.
It made for a particularly sleepless night. And when I woke, I was still as determined as ever on the outside, but on the inside I felt this weight.
And just as I was at my lowest, I had one of the best days yet – a day filled with inspiring conversations with people that did see. Did believe. A day that ended with a beautiful dinner with my family to mark Diwali and fittingly, the dawn of a new year.
It set off a chain reaction of momentum and has brought me to today – where we have some truly incredible opportunities in front of us.
Some of my friends and family ask why I don’t appear to be more excited.
So I find myself trying to explain – it’s not that I’m not excited. I’m elated. I’m over the moon. More than that – I’m hopeful in a completely new way.
It just that I know the truth – this too shall pass.
And taking too much time or energy dwelling in either the good or the bad is equally distracting. Equally useless.
So today. I am overjoyed. I am proud of what my team has been given the chance to do.
But I also know that all of the hard work lies in front of us.
I am abundantly thankful for the opportunity. I just know it won’t be the only or the last.
And in the end, that’s really the thing I’m most excited about.