CHAPTER 10

Personal Resilience

Introduction

Everything is your fault. Get used to it

All the problems facing the company, the financial burdens, unhappy clients, impatient investors, and exhausted employees, are yours and yours alone to bear. There is no one else coming to your rescue.

The start-ups process is called “The Struggle” for this very reason.

Other businesspeople don’t understand. Employees don’t understand. Your spouse doesn’t understand. Neither do your kids or friends. You are stepping into a world of responsibility that very few people get to (or dare to) experience. It is all on you.

You are responsible for paying your employees, ensuring they have the money to meet their mortgage, and pay their kids’ hospital bills. Paying your ...

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