Starting a Start-up: The Right Attitude

Today was my start-up’s official moving day. I’ve moved cubes and desks in my corporate career before – In retrospect that was a cake walk.

The last two days consisted of a lot of packing, pulling, water breaks, pushing, lifting, water breaks. Thankfully, the heavy lifting was taken care of by movers. However, all the fragile items (and there were a lot) came with Mark, co-founder, and I.

By mid-afternoon our cars were loaded and we were on the road to the new facility. We pulled in by 4:30pm and quickly unloaded everything.

I knew another late night ensued but I wasn’t bothered by it. I was physically tired but I still had a ton of mental muscle left. In my previous corporate gigs, late nights were plenty and always defeating. Yes, I got free dinners and cab rides home but those were meaningless. I wasn’t empowered enough to tolerate the late nights. Continue reading “Starting a Start-up: The Right Attitude”

You can NEVER plan enough; Become adaptable

Planning is important. You need to determine the tools and resources you’ll need. You need to identify all of the project’s dependancies. You need to recognize the roadblocks that lay ahead. You need to create a schedule with executable tasks. You need to do all of this.. roughly.

A perfect plan does not exist. Dare I iterate over the famous adage by Voltaire and say, a perfect plan is the enemy of the good plan. In other words, you need to move and take your first step forward. Better now when you’re healthy and able. The fact is, once you embark on the execution part of your journey, you WILL be faced with unexpected events. This is part of the process. On this shaky terrain of unforeseen circumstances you will strengthen two critical skills: Patience and perseverance. Continue reading “You can NEVER plan enough; Become adaptable”