Jul 182005

Highs and Lows

Highs and Lows

I was reminded recently of one of my favorite entrepreneur sayings.  What drives me nuts isn’t the inevitable presence of highs and lows of running a new company, it’s when they happen at the same time.

It’s one thing to get used to the roller coaster ride of running a startup.  That’s part of the fun and the challenge of it all.  There are great moments when everything’s working beautifully.  Your strategy is proving to be spot-on.  Your team is executing brilliantly.  Your biggest client renews and gives you a testimonial.  Then there are the dark moments of despair.  You’re running out of cash.  The new product release is behind schedule.  A competitor steals a top client.  No one lives for the lows, but you at least grow to anticipate them and realize that "this, too, shall pass."

But the thing I can never get used to is when those highs and lows occur simultaneously.  It just seems unfair.  Let me enjoy the good news — whatever it is — for at least a day or two before clocking me with something terrible!  But perhaps that’s just another, even more poignant part of the humbling process that comes with running a startup.

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