Sometimes I will read a blog post and just sit back and say, “wow.” It’s typically a post that speaks to something I have experienced. That’s the beauty of the modern Web: It allows me to listen to people (through tweets, blogs, podcasts, Q&A, etc.) whose life experiences overlap with mine and, as a consequence, they can offer me advice that is grounded in my reality.
The latest “wow” blog post for me was “The Struggle” by Ben Horowitz of the VC firm Andreessen Horowtiz. It speaks of the struggles that entrepreneurs go through in starting a business, and I have personally felt so many of the things to which Ben’s post speaks.
And, then I got to thinking . . . So many solo and small firm lawyers who have been bold enough to start their own firms are feeling these things as well – right now. They think they are they only one and they should understand they are not.
So, I offer “The Struggle” to the Lawyernomics readers as a reminder that the truly entrepreneurial are few and far between. Why? Because starting your business is incredibly hard – jarringly hard – but, if you succeed, nothing is sweeter.
As my former boss and current Avvo Board Member, Rich Barton, said to me shortly after Avvo launched (and we were sued in a proposed class action), “If it’s not scary; it’s probably not important.” Since that day, I have often thought – especially when I’m in the middle of “The Struggle — “Well Avvo must be pretty *$+x# important.”
The Struggle is when you wonder why you started the company in the first place.
The Struggle is when people ask you why you don’t quit and you don’t know the answer.
The Struggle is when your employees think you are lying and you think they may be right.
The Struggle is when food loses its taste.
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