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Don’t let perfection get in the way of participation
“Founder” is the best title in the world and anyone can have it. You just need to be brave.
You have to pass a test to drive a car, but anyone can start a company
To get some jobs you have to qualify. For some you need to get a specific degree, pass a certain test or get certified by an accredited body. To be a founder you have to be courageous enough to declare. In reality, it is harder to get your driver’s license than it is to claim the best title in the world. Founder.
Don’t let perfection get in the way of participation. If you wait until you have everything figured out, you will never do anything except prove you have no idea what you are doing. Better to close your eyes and jump. Declare passion for a project, build it and ship it. No matter what the commercial result, you will have done something great. You will also have learned that no one has any idea what they are doing, but the best know they will figure it out and just go.
The company might fail, but you will not. My company failed and it shaped me as a person. I would not give those highs or lows back for anything and the education I received was priceless. I learned what it feels like to be compelled, driven by your heart not your head. To be obsessed with the product and delivering an experience that is created with feeling, not reason. I know why this insanity should be respected, sought after and honored and I recognize it in others from having seen it in the mirror.
I would tell people I wanted to build a fitness video game and some got it — that gave me confidence. Others would look at me like I was nuts — that made me question them or work on improving my pitch. The idea evolved with the help of advisors and customers, but my deep sense of intuitive truth in the idea and the market space never waivered. Inexperience combined with a confluence of uncontrollable events blew up the company, but I was right to leave the best job I could imagine, at AND 1, to be a founder and I am glad I did it.
If you are thinking about it, trust yourself and jump. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Besides, if you miss a shot you do take, you can get the ball back and shoot again. Some things are about skill but rebounding is all about hustle.
If you have started a company, I would love to hear the thing that made you take your shot in the comments.