Run Free – Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better…” Theodore Roosevelt
Everyone with edge and drive, yet still holding back from pursuing their secret ambitions, should read this awesome speech, “The Man in the Arena”.
The conviction underpinning a “just go for it” attitude run to the very foundation of the Cyber Security domain where I do my thing – it’s a world financed by tier-1 venture capitalists, and populated by big muscle tech execs who have made the leap from seemingly safe corporate life into the meritocracy of high tech startups (shout out to my clients and candidates).
Moving from traditional corporate life with its slower pace, and often difficult to circumvent bureaucratic speed bumps admittedly brings challenges while building something from scratch… but for entrepreneurial management talent this risk is largely ameliorated by the excitement/satisfaction of palpably creating value as a bigger fish in a smaller pond.
Allow me an analogy or two – take sports for instance. Anyone who has played football will recall the nervous tension leading up to kickoff… but once you get on the field, mix it up and get grass stains on your uniform you lose the jitters, and just throw yourself into the game.
Or maybe you’re a musician about to play out for the first time. Sure you feel like you might hurl before taking the plunge, but when you start belting it out you suddenly feel more alive!
That’s how busting out of a big company and galloping at startup pace feels… not to mention getting a shot at building “generational wealth” via early stage equity versus living off the paycheck alone (but that’s a whole other blog post).
Our startup world is not for the faint of heart, but some of us just need to run faster (you know who you are… silent nod as you dust off that old resume…)
TR ended that great speech with some really powerful words to live by:
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, and who at the worst, if he fails, fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.