Localeur launched 3 SXSWs ago and I will say this: One of the things I've learned in interacting with thousands of people and steadily building Localeur to reach 1 million users and partner with great companies like JetBlue and expand to 20 cities and raise $1.6 million from 45 investors from Facebook, Bazaarvoice, etc. is that not everyone is cut out for a job in which you wake up every day doing something you've created from nothing because you found a problem you were passionate about solving and you've done it almost exclusively with people you've hand-selected with a mission you care deeply about and a movement you're driving while also realizing you're one of the lucky few in your chosen profession if you manage to make two or three thousand dollars a month (and at times go completely without pay) for a few years, you'll max out your credit cards, you'll go through all your personal savings and you'll face a mountain of doubt, rejection and skepticism in person, on the phone and via email just about every hour of your day all the while knowing you could pack it all up the next day, chalk it up as a hard fight with multi-billion-dollar competitors in a tough fundraising market and you've fallen forward with valuable lessons learned, and your next endeavor (whatever that may be) will likely be even better, and you can congratulate yourself for the many accomplishments and milestones you reached then quickly take a $200k a year job.
Nah, not everyone can do what I do. I don't say that to brag. I say that to say I fully consider myself truly blessed by God to have the conviction, grit and tenacity I've been given, and I honor it all and respect the journey I'm on. Plus, I'm gonna be a billionaire soon.
It reminds me of a Little Brother song called "Beautiful Morning"...
So I better have something to say to 'em
So I'mma tell 'em how it went down, man
Doin' shows for free goin' outta town, man
The way I almost broke down and, got a 9 to 5
'Cause I had more press than the soundscans
This is the price that I pay for this music
And every word that I write is a testament to it
And if I had to go back, I wouldn't change a thing
Wouldn't re-cut it, re-edit, or change a frame
'Cause it would not be fair, to turn my back on the struggle
When that exact same hustle got me here