CHAPTER EIGHTStaying Power

Give Your Venture Timeto Take Flight

It’s not that I’m so smart. It’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

—Albert Einstein

You can do everything well. You can prepare yourself as a founder, aim for a robust market, design an economically sound business model, move forward with flexibility, and surround yourself with straightforward truth-tellers. Still, getting your venture safely off the ground will likely take more of your time, money, and effort than you expect. Most great ideas require time to work, and it may take a long series of sparks to finally create a roaring fire. Just as overnight successes are often decades in the making, “home run” businesses are most often due to the accumulation of many swings ...

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