“Start/end: What I want in my world.”
One of the ways to survive starting a company is to evaluate each potential crises and challenge as it hits you, hard, in the gut.
I think one of the ways to thrive when starting a company is to repeatedly remind yourself of what you value most in this life. Often it’s not (shocker) a 10x exit.
Every day, at start/finish, I’m now asking myself what (and who) I want in my world.
If the same figures appear at the end of the day that opened the morning, daily interactions have been a success.
I lie on my futon, in my borrowed sleeping bag, on my travel pillow, upon waking, and ask myself what and whom I want in my life.
Before the end of the day, as the sun is setting in Seattle or wherever travels take me, I ask myself the same question.
Today, what (and who) I want in my world:
1. Habit Labs Inc. In a BIG bad way. Changing behavior just got wicked-fun.
2. Buster Benson. A talented mind and creative force to be reckoned with. I feel privileged to work with him.
3. A person I gave up to have #s 1 and 2. I will have to court this person to have them back in my life, but that’s effort I’m willing to make. Rose petals, poetry, whatever it takes, with one qualification: I am *not* giving up my company.
4. My family. Mom, Pop, Kate, and assorted nieces. You are the reason I am able to do what I do, a country’s width away.
As a founder in (yet again) the early stages, you better be able to articulate what you want in your life, and what you don’t.
What do you most value at the start of a long, tough day and again at the end of it? People and things that don’t feature prominently at both times probably shouldn’t be on your playlist for tomorrow.