Nice warm day in the ATX after a morning of rain. Ahh, On Earth as it is in Texas! It’s SXSW time in the ATX.
As a founder, entrepreneur, CEO there are times — most of the time — when you must rely solely upon yourself. You are all alone.
Even when you are a member of a team, at times you are all alone because you are the decider.
This is not a bad thing; it is just a thing. You can relax knowing that every other founder, entrepreneur, CEO has had the same feeling.
That feeling — when the butterflies in your gut become condors and they try to slice their way out with their sharp talons. Your stomach is an acid pit and your breath is like kerosene.
It is real, but you can handle it. Learning to rely upon your own judgment is critical.
I am not counseling you to ignore advice. Solicit advice, but know that sometimes, you will jump alone.
Here is a video of a stick of paratroopers (with equipment) getting ready to jump over White Sands as part of a training exercise. Every soldier who approaches that door is a member of a team, but when they jump they make that decision alone. You as a founder, entrepreneur, CEO will make that same decision.
You got this, trust me.
As a young man, I jumped out of perfectly good aircraft. As an entrepreneur, founder, CEO I made the same kind of leaps. Here’s me overseas having just landed in a rice paddy fertilized with “night soil.” Do you know what night soil is? Luckily, I stuck the landing — completely against the training and doctrine.
Listen to this. Even if you don’t possess full confidence, you still have to jump.