I went on my first roller coaster when I was probably about 10 years old. Growing up in the north suburbs of Chicago, it was every kid’s dream to go to Six Flags: Great America. About every year or so there was a new attraction that outdid the year previous. And as a child there was a sort of right of passage to each passing year as you became taller, meant you were allowed on the bigger and badder roller coasters.
When you get older, the appeal of the roller coaster wears off. You start to realize that “Batman: The Ride” no longer is exhilarating. What seemed, at the time, like an eternity of a ride, eventually just became 90 seconds of an adrenaline induced haze.
This is startup life.
I can comfortably say I’m desensitized to all of my failures, and successes for that matter. It doesn’t mean I’m not emotional about them – I’m human – but just means I deal much better with handling spikes in emotions.
I realize with every passing day, that there are so many individuals out there who are still dreaming of hitting 42″ in height so they too can enjoy “Spiderman: The Ride”. And once they do, they’ll continue to ride that until they too will understand what it means to go through the lows and highs of being an entrepreneur.
There is one thing generally very consistent and common among every startup I’ve ever read about, studied, listened to -
Every Single One Of Them Hit A Low
Facebook, Microsoft, Xerox, Nestle, Coca-Cola, Ford…you name it. The best part of going through so many phases of this up and down, is that is now easy for me to hit that low and know that there is always an up. The story is always the same. And I never rarely ever use the word always.
And you know what…this is why it’s so much damn fun.