Lemon #68. How to your nerves
While reading ‘The hard thing about hard things’ from Ben Horowitz, we learned about how to calm your nerves, especially if you’re running a startup:
- Make some friends. Although it’s nearly impossible to get high-quality advice on the tough decisions that you make, it’s extremely useful from a psychological perspective to talk to people who have been through similarly challenging decisions.
- Get it on of your head and onto paper. The process of writing a document separated, helps you and enables you to make the decision swiftly.
- Focus on the road, not the wall. If you focus on the wall, you’ll dive right into it. If you focus on the road, you’ll follow the road. Running a company is like that. There are always a thousand things that can go wrong and sink the ship. If you focus too much on them, you’ll drive yourself nuts and likely crash your company.
Great CEOs face the pain. They deal with the sleepless nights and the cold sweats. Mediocre CEOs point to their brilliant strategic moves or their intuitive business sense. The great CEOs tend to be remarkably consistent in their answers. They all say, «I didn’t quit.»
Ben Horowitz @ The hard thing about hard things.