Creating a painting or creating a business requires that you start with a vision, with a desire to do something, and with the courage to take action. The vision is not always 100% clear when you start, but by taking action – by taking the first step down a new path – you will open opportunities and discover new opportunities that you never dreamed were possible. My challenge to every artist and entrepreneur is to dare to take that first step.
Today I feel like Johnny Depp in the movie Alice in Wonderland, who plays the role of the Mad Hatter. An entrepreneur in an early-stage startup company has a lot of different hats to wear, and this can be enough to drive you stark-raving mad.
Abraham Lincoln was one of those people who refused to quit. We entrepreneurs have a lot to learn from history and from other wonderfully stubborn people.
Was it worth it to give 6 years to a startup? Absolutely! The real value is in what I learned, not in what I earned.