‘Poof’ here comes another social network. ‘Wahpow’ another startup earns millions in funding. It never seems to stop. We seem to be in a whirlwind of tech startups. I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying, ‘when you’re hot, you’re hot,” right? Well, in the tech world one minute you can be on top, and the next sitting in the outfield, if even on the field. That’s just how it goes. Its a risk, but a hell of a lot of fun.
The tech world, in my opinion, which I’m sure doesn’t mean a whole lot to you at this point, is one of the most exciting, yet one of the most aggravating industries around. But, here I am, living it day-by-day, trying to get our startup’s name in lights, or at least on the lips of some Silicon Valley big wigs. If that sounds familiar, you know it’s no walk in the park.
While some enjoy the luxuries of their protected offices filled with food and cubicles, we don’t have time to relax, let alone grab a sandwich. We live with a certain intensity that keeps us on at all times. I am not saying its good to be on all the time, yet somehow…we are. At a startup or small business, there is not a day that goes by where we do not take risks. That is what keeps us going. It keeps us alive. Risk taking means that you are not totally secure, and I do not think that security ever really comes with being an entrepreneur, and honestly, deep down I don’t think we ever want to feel total security in our endeavors. There is a rush that is associated with entrepreneurship, an addictive rush.
I do not know about you, but I live everyday with the ambition to succeed, and become ‘it’, that next great idea.
It’s funny that what I fear most, the ‘comfort zone,’ or total security, is a place that so many strive to achieve. For me, the excitement is that over arching feeling of ‘whats next?’ constantly looming over me. Sometimes whatever does come next is not always prime, but when that ‘what’s next’ is a mass explosion of success, it feels pretty damn delightful.
Im young, and Im pretty confident, but I am also scared shitless. Two years ago I had the security, and a lot of it. Today, I am happy to risk security for something bigger, a greater reward.