A couple of interesting variations on a theme around “life is too short” for entrepreneurs.
“Life is too short to work at a job you hate, but everyone has to do something someone else is willing to pay them for.”
h/t Richard Bowles (redorb in a Hacker News comment) on “Quit Your Job” Successful entrepreneurs understand that the key to sustaining a startup is finding the right quid pro quo for creating value for their customers.
“Entrepreneurs start businesses because…they have no choice. Passion and energy drive them on good days and sustain them on bad days.”
Barry Moltz in “You Need To Be A Little Crazy”
You don’t meet too many low energy entrepreneurs who are successful.
“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.”
Lawrence Pearsall Jacks “Education through Recreation” (1932), p. 1
It certainly sounds like a great prescription for happy entrepreneurial existence. Since entrepreneurship blends into (takes over?) much of the rest of your life, you might as well enjoy it, and pursue it in ways that are consistent with your values.
One final quote, this one from
“Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervour.”
Benjamin Disraeli in “Coningsby or the New Generation“
Rare is the entrepreneur who can keep his mouth shut or act in a half-hearted fashion:
“The difference between a good career and a great one is the ability to leave some things unsaid.”
Bold action coupled with frank expression has inadvertently launched many a deeply felt entrepreneurial career.
Life is too short for long blog posts so I’ll stop here.