As an entrepreneur, this was a LOL video, and I certainly saw myself in a few comments. Now, I have to admit, a couple of barbs stung a bit. But, one thing you need to learn if you’re ever going to find success is to have a pretty thick skin.But the best part was seeing how many comments didn’t apply (or at least not anymore). It’s not where you are that matters nearly as much as how far you’ve come.
Even after 2 years, I certainly have much more to learn about running a business, but I’m eager to learn. And if you’re watching this video (or any of this guy’s videos) and getting defensive, then it’s time to take a moment and decide whether or not you want to be a better person. Because the moment we’re not able to take an honest look inside and identify what needs fixing is the moment we choose to stagnate.
So, if you’re an entrepreneur (or aspiring entrepreneur), you had better be able to relate to some of this. And at the same time laugh along. Because it’s also important to realize that not everything that others may make fun of is a bad thing. Sometimes its OK to be misunderstood.
Although he didn’t have to rub salt in the wound and remind me I’m not in tech. 😉
His jab at worrying about scaling to 10x before you’ve even reached 2x is a totally valid point, and something I’ve seen in myself and others. While it’s critical to have a long-term vision, you need to have a plan on how to get there. And at the same time, it’s easy to lose sight of the forest when all you see is trees. I’ve made both mistakes.
Looking over the last 2 years of doing this, I can say that near the top of the list of good decisions was participating in Startup Ignition in Silicon Slopes. If you’re an entrepreneur in Utah, I consider Startup Ignition a MUST. If you’re not in Utah (first of all, I’m sorry), then find a boot camp in your area today. When Jennifer and I started this we were entirely on our own, and we made a TON of mistakes.
But once we learned there was an entire ecosystem devoted to helping start ups succeed (even ones not smart enough to be in tech), was a complete game changer for us. The mentoring, the networking, and the “don’t make the same mistakes I did” lessons have been invaluable. If you don’t have a boot cmap type program in your area, then FIND A MENTOR. Find someone who’s ahead of you on the journey, even if its just a few steps. Someone who can be honest and be positive. They’re out there, and they want to help.
You can do it. After all you know how to hustle 24/7, right?