You're in control of your life and destiny. There's something surreal about looking back on a successful company and thinking, "This was mine. I built this.".
Square, Stripe, Angel.co., Warby Parker (My favorite glasses)
As much control as you have being in the driver's seat, there are so many intangible obstacles that can be a significant setback. However, overcoming those unforeseen hurdles is what defines us and is unbelievably rewarding.
I like the challenge of turning lemons into lemonade.
I'll tell you the one mistake I made early on - I thought I knew everything. I had a novel idea, great plan, and well-defined strategy, so naturally I didn't think needed to learn anything. That couldn't be further from the truth.
It was, and still is, quite humbling how off base I was. We learn every day and I crave that knowledge.
1) Work hard, work harder.
2) From day one, surround yourself with a team that can make you and your organization stronger. Think long-term.
3) It's okay to pivot. Those who adapt to the market most efficiently yield an ever better product/solution.