Last semester, I spoke to some business student’s at St. Edward’s University. One of the students reached out to me and asked if I could get coffee to share any additional advice. One of the questions she asked me over coffee was how I manage to stave off being overwhelmed and stressed.
I told her that a lot of me fighting off stress is reminding myself that I chose this path. I am a tech founder. I am an entrepreneur. This is what I cashed out my stock options for and what I emptied my bank account for. This is what I signed up for.
I also said that I have a lot of outlets, like time with my girlfriend and good friends, travel, running and writing. It’s important to have outlets, especially creative outlets.
None of these really keep me from being stressed, but what they do is they keep me from allowing the stress to weigh too heavily on the conviction I have around what I’m doing with this business at any given moment. There are going to be low points in this thing called entrepreneurship (and life), but being able to take a quick break to go for a weekend run with my running group or get some drinks with a fellow business owner or go to Barton Springs with Susannah or write a post on Medium…all these things give me a chance to remember the bigger picture, not get too sucked into negative thoughts, and remind myself about point #1: I chose this.
I didn’t choose it because it was easy. I chose it because I knew it was hard, but it was worth the pursuit and that proving we could make it happen – helping people experience local - was a testament to our vision of the future, our level of execution and ability to learn quickly, and our tireless pursuit of something better than the shit you’re forced to use to find the best local places today (ahem, Yelp). The juice is definitely worth the squeeze, even if some days my hands are too tired to hold up the fruit and celebrate the fact I’m a big reason the tree was planted to begin with.