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Random musings about entrepreneurialism, tech, business, faith, our calling, and the pursuit of a better world. by Jeremy Almond

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How to stay motivated

I was recently asked what keeps me motivated as an entrepenuer.  Here’s a few thoughts that came to mind (in no particular order):

  • A Great Team.   You can often tell when a company is alive the moment you walk through the door.  The energy is infectious. It causes you to work harder, dig deeper and demand the best in yourself.
  • A Supportive Wife.  Having a trusted life partner to go to when the rollercoaster of startups is on it’s downswing is key to weathering storms and being an emotionally stable leader.
  • Faith.  Believing you are part of something bigger and that you are doing what you are made to do helps you play the long game.  Some think it’s a crutch, I think it’s a competitive advantage.
  • Work/Life Balance.  Having things you love outside of work (for me it’s the ocean) helps avoids burnout after so many 60-80hr weeks.  It’s also been amazing to me how many personal/non-industry relationships ended up helping me in my career at some point.
  • A Good Board.  Having been-there-done-that folks you trust with the whole view of your business, (not just the rosy colored view we some times paint) who can ask the hard questions, and can call you out when you are wrong is the level of accountability everyone needs.
  • Keeping the Lights On & Putting Food on the table.  The thought that I’m responsible for the jobs of people I care a great deal about is an extremely sobering thought. “Failure is not an option” becomes orders of magnitudes greater for me when it’s other people (and their family’s) lives too.

What keeps you motivated through the good & bad times as an entrepreneur?

2 notes entrepeneur startups

Haskell Moore:

There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well. This movement will never survive; if you join them, you and your entire family will be shunned. At best, you will exist a pariah to be spat at and beaten-at worst, to be lynched or crucified. And for what? For what? No matter what you do it will never amount to anything more than a single drop in a limitless ocean.

Adam Ewing:

What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?

-Cloud Atlas