In the rare quiet moments I’m able to devote to reflection, I’ve been thinking a lot about the nature of change.
Life has a way of changing all of us over time, but often the change is subtle and imperceptible.
There are, however, certain accelerators that can bring about rapid and meaningful change in an individual’s life.
The decision to become an entrepreneur is one of those accelerators. The act of creation, of building something from nothing, fundamentally changes those involved for better or worse.
The relationship between a business and its founders is coevolutionary. My company has changed for the better over the past seven years, and so have I.
In fact, looking back I can say that the decision to become an entrepreneur has made me a better person.
There is power in compassion
There is powerful, if not slightly off-color quote by Ernest Hemingway that has always resonated with me.
When asked about the process of writing, Hemingway responded that “You have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously.”
I believe that the same sentiment applies to entrepreneurship.
Deep down, I feel like you’re not a true entrepreneur until you’ve been hurt and find a way to keep going. When you do this, you find that you emerge a far more
I’ve experienced my fair share of pain, including disappointment, betrayal, and countless failures.
Rather than make me bitter, however, these experiences have made me more compassionate towards everyone I encounter.
I recognize how hard things are, how stressful they can be, and how much failure hurts. When I see others experiencing the same pain that I went through, my heart goes out to them.
Humility and wisdom go hand-in-hand
Many people think of modern entrepreneurs as cocky, confident, and self-promotional. For me, however, entrepreneurship has been a humbling experience.
The failure that accompanies creation has a way of knocking you down a peg or two. You quickly come to realize that you’re not infallible and that there are always going to be people who are smarter, luckier, or just flat out better than you.
During my time as an entrepreneur I’ve met some of the brightest people around, made more embarrassing mistakes than I care to recount, and had my miscalculations thrown back in my face by people eager for me to fail.
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