In the last meeting of the day last Friday I sat with a friend in a local coffee shop grabbing a late lunch / early-dinner and finding only a few words to share in between bites.
We were tired, no words necessary.
Eventually my friend mentioned slyly:
Both of us… building companies… not so glamorous, eh?
Nope. Not in the slightest. For all the hype and all the excitement around startups and early-stage ventures and new companies… it’s just a lot of hard work, a lot of it which goes unnoticed and is under-appreciated.
And it’s not like we’re working for anyone’s applause, though. We’re working for ourselves, to put together our own future, and hoping that it at least passes our own internal muster.
We have the highest of expectations and yet, at the exact same time, understand that it could all come crashing down in a moment’s notice. And that’s okay. It’s a razor-thin line that keeps things very interesting.
But, it’s not glamorous, in any way, shape, or form. It’s just good, mission-driven work. It’s the type of work that keeps spirits high, your mind sharp, and your heart beating strong.