2. Goodness or Greatness?


Some people might say (or did say) that one should not sacrifice goodness for greatness (or at least not until your goodness is secured).  But for me the choice is not between those two things.   The only thing worst than my startup failing, is sitting at my desk always wishing I had executed on my idea.  Like every other piece of advice, or words of wisdom I have received over the past two months— I believe it is coming from a good place (a place of concern for me). 

Raising capital will be tough, marketing the idea will be tough, finding a technical co-founder has been tough.  TOUGH is my word right now. 

I spoke to someone a couple of days ago that told me that entrepreneurs see things very differently.  While someone might look at every obstacle as an obstacle, entrepreneurs see an opportunity.  I am a HUGE believer that every kind of person is needed.  We need people that look like me in the high ranks of the financial world, we need people that look every kind of way in every kind of industry and profession.  Without the financial markets, my business will never raise capital and never go public or get sold or raise capital to expand, and keep expanding.  Without ideas and people to execute them, the financial markets would be irrelevant.  We are all a piece of the puzzle.  But my piece of the puzzle, and where I fit, started to look different a few months ago. 

My day came full circle.  From someone telling me that goodness was good enough to reading a great post by Jason Goldberg (Founder and CEO of Fab.com) about dropping out (Excerpt below, but please read the whole thing, it’s great).

“Entrepreneurs take risks.  

They see an opportunity and they jump at it.

They are willing to stop what they are doing and “drop out” to pursue their dreams…….

In many cases it’s a tough decision to leave the comforts of a corporate job to live the tough startup life.

If you’re anything like me though, it’s not that hard of a decision.  The harder decision for an entrepreneur is to not do it.  I’d even go so far as to say that’s a solid test for whether you are ready to be an entrepreneur:  If you’re grappling and struggling with the decision whether to “drop out” or not, maybe entrepreneurship is not for you.  If the decision to “drop out” is a no-brainer, then you’re a startup guy/gal.

Entrepreneurs are not afraid to drop everything to pursue their dreams”

My piece of the puzzle looks much more like that of a startup gal.