On Startup Salaries

The honest truth is that startup salaries span the gamut, from $0.00 / year to the low $200,000 / year mark. At the upper-end of the yearly salary spectrum the so-called startup has probably walked through a couple rounds of funding, has a very decent if not solid revenue channel and stream, and things are humming along quite nicely.

The startup “spirit” is still there but it’s getting to the point where you can’t really call it a “startup” with a straight face anymore. Of course, every situation is very different so a scaling model is best to appreciate first before anyone crucifies another for what their compensation packages really are.

But I can tell you what I’ve made as a startup founder and it’s not even close to those large figures – in fact, I’m not sure I’d want to (“The lower the CEO salary, the more likely it is to succeed.” via Peter Thiel).

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More Than a Mindset

I saw this very disturbing infographic the other day regarding entrepreneurship and I couldn’t help but think of all of the conversations I’ve had with people where they have stated that they have wanted to be an entrepreneur, and how I think this is pretty silly.

You either are or you aren’t. You either build a company (a startup first, not just a “pet project”) or you do not. The entrepreneurial “mindset” from those that aren’t building companies is a fantasy, just as much as having a Fantasy Football team does not qualify you to know what professional sports management is really like.

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Work is Where We Can Break Ourselves

via David Whyte in his well-known work, Crossing the Unknown Sea:

Work is difficulty and drama, a high-stakes game in which our identity, our self-esteem and our ability to provide are mixed inside us in volatile, sometimes explosive ways…

Work is where we can make ourselves; work is where we can break ourselves.

If you’ve never read Whyte’s book it’s something that I would highly consider picking up – you’ll find a lot to love and a lot to think about as he explores the relationship between who we are as people and the work that we do that can/may/will define us, give us purpose, and create identity.

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10 Days to a Better Blog in 2015

I’ve been blogging for a long time and I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. More often than not I’ve learned things the hard way by totally messing something up or by simply making a wrong decision about my blog(s) as I’ve worked on them.

But things have continued to hum along and I’ve been writing every single day for the last 14 years. And, what is perhaps somewhat miraculous, I love it even more than I did when I first started!

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