Startups and Luck

January 28, 2018

When I was younger I confused good luck with a “lucky break” – a clear-sky lighting bolt of unbelievable fortune. I carried this misconception with me into my first few startups.

Then life got complicated, first in the form of co-founder issues, and then ongoing family health issues. I’ve since recalibrated my idea of what good luck actually means.

Good luck in a startup doesn’t mean the unexpected presence of incredibly good things. Good luck is the absence of bad things. If you have a stretch of time where life is smooth and you are able to concentrate on building a business – that is good luck.

In the future, I won’t take those smooth stretches for granted.

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