Running a startup can be crazy and chaotic at times. I meet with founders everyday that come in bright-eyed and bushy tailed, and after a few years with their nose to the grindstone, they look worn out, tired, and unhealthy (physically and mentally).
Here are a few tips on how to keep it together when you're in startup mode:
1. Keep perspective.
It never fails: I get pitched at least once a day by a startup who compares itself to a unicorn. While we all strive to build great companies, unicorns are just that: one in a million.
Comparing yourself to a unicorn, knowingly or unknowingly, puts your perspective out of whack on how much you should actually be achieving at your current stage.
I've noticed this especially when it comes to growth and fundraising. Many founders will justify their customer acquisition strategy based on what worked for another company rather than what's actually working for them. Read More...