The most important part of your startup is your brain. If your brain is not okay, then you are not okay and your startup will also not be okay. As a founder, your brain’s most common state will be stressed out. Anxiety, worry and sleeplessness are expected. This is because you are trying to do something big with limited resources and time. You and your investors (if you’re fortunate enough to have them) both have extreme expectations for you: that you will create a world-changing company worth billions of dollars.
As a startup founder, you may feel like you don’t have the resources required to meet the expectation of building a revolutionary company (resources can be interpreted broadly as time, energy, talent, luck and money).
There will always be another milestone that is further out and harder to reach. Living in a chronic place of stress, however, is not sustainable and you will burn out. How do you cope with this?
Understand That Startups Are Hard Even If You Succeed
If you were planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro you’d train and prepare, sometimes for years, and you’d bring along a robust support team, because you would know that it was going to be incredibly hard. […]