More than ever, the entrepreneurial path has become the career path of the moment. Like the sailors in Greek mythology, aspiring entrepreneurs can’t help but be seduced by the Sirens’ call.
Most first-time founders start out with unbounded enthusiasm; many hope that theirs would be a smooth ride to success. Most shall encounter glitches and setbacks, no matter how prepared they are when they begin. A slow start may pick up speed because of support from unexpected sources or connections. A fast start may stall because the founder ran out of steam, cash, and/or resources.
The founder’s journey is not for the faint-hearted; neither is life. We all face uncertainty every day and we each find ways to cope with it.
I recently read a book called Surviving Uncertainty by Lane Wallace, an adventurer and writer who demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit in her approach to life. It was a fast read for me; I felt as if I was reading the work of my own tribe member. There’s a certain truth to this because we both attended the same university—she a few years ahead of me.
We all—as individuals and founders—are complex beings with personal resources left untapped, until crises arise. Lane demonstrated this in her book. Many of her insights will serve as inspiration for entrepreneurs who find themselves with setbacks. Surviving Uncertainty is a must-read for founders.
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