Being a tech entrepreneur is great. It’s challenging, fun, fast-paced, stressful…at this point in my life (obviously subject to change, never say never, etc.) I can’t see myself doing anything else. However, sometimes it sucks.
Surrounded by tons of cheer leading and brimming positive energy and all that crap that is not the focus of your business, it’s sometimes easy to ride that wave while tamping down something that’s just eating you up inside. Sometimes, being an entrepreneur sucks. There are days, and even weeks, when nothing goes right, you feel like you’re making zero progress, and you can’t see past that big brick wall in front of you.
But you keep going, perhaps mainly because if you stop, you have to get a “job”. Sometimes that’s enough motivation for the entrepreneur. In those days and/or weeks that are challenging – for any number of reasons personal and/or professional – I keep going because it’s really hard to beat the guy who never gives up (and I have 2 mortgages and two kids in private school, but I digress).
The past week or so has been one of those times. Don’t get me wrong. I’m completely blessed, and have no complaints. But this has been one of those short periods when nothing went right, from a tanked beta test to a blown engine in my car to an ankle injury that’s kept me from my daily routine in this gorgeous weather. First world problems, right? Right. Still, easy to get you down, and it did.
Last night, I got my regular “Not only luck” email, and it yanked my head right out of…well, where it shouldn’t have been. “The GDP and You” was just what I needed to hear, specifically this:
As soon as you begin a startup, the process of queuing up potential customers begins. Initially, all you can do is share your ideas with potential buyers. Collect their information. Keep them up to date through blogs and newsletters. Get them excited to be the first to try.
Since starting deductmor in January, the pivoting to c|d8a in July, I’ve been in the stage described above for a pretty good while, and I was getting frustrated with the fact that it always takes longer than you think. But, thank you Mr. Melanakos, you made my day.
We learned a lot from that beta test. Soaking my ankle in a 5-gallon bucket of ice water 20 minutes a day has (mostly) healed my ankle. My wife and I have done with one car for 10 days, and I’ll get my vehicle back shortly. And I’ve just learned that I’ll be presenting c|d8a to some fairly influential folks very soon.
Lesson: sometimes being an entrepreneur sucks. It’ll get you down. Don’t let it keep you down. Read other peoples’ experiences of success and failure, and keep going.