Startups are a Grind

Here are some of the things people think founding a startups brings you:

  • Launch parties
  • Funding announcements
  • Speaking at conferences
  • Choosing your own schedule
  • Being your own boss
  • Successful exits
  • Stacks and stacks and stacks of cash.

Here’s a slightly different and more realistic list of what founding a startup adds to your life:

  • Writing code
  • Fixing bugs
  • Answering customer support tickets
  • Paperwork
  • Bookkeeping
  • Emails
  • Taking out the trash – literally

The reality is that startups are a grind and take daily progress day in and day out. There’s a reason why there isn’t a popular reality show based on starting a tech company. Every episode would be almost identical – 30 minutes of watching people typing away on keyboards with headphones on.

When you see a company in TechCrunch or the New York Times, you’re reading about one moment in time which is often deliberately delivered in an exciting narrative, but not really indicative of what that team is working on day in and day out.

From what I can tell, the most successful startups just keep their heads down and headphones on, making progress little by little every day to build something their customers love and grow that use base. Focus on making progress and the rest of those exciting milestones will fall into place.

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