"Bad shit is coming. It always is in a startup. The odds of getting from launch to liquidity without some kind of disaster happening are one in a thousand. So don't get demoralized."--Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator
Me = David Bozin. I have been entrepreneur-minded since I was a kid in middle school, selling candy, and dealing Pokemon cards (remember those?!) in school. Since then, and a few startups later (profit, non-profit, etc.), I jumped from California to New York in the pursuit of building my next startup (@shopBindo) which I have exited and am on to my next (ad)venture.
Through the ups and downs, I have learned a lesson or two. Thus far, I haven't found a place that shares this with other driven individuals. I will change that up, and start sharing with you.
**But most importantly this "about me" is to introduce you to this blog and the type of content that I will be posting, to inspire you, myself and other like-minded readers. **
Ask any true startup founder and they will tell you very quickly what passion and drive it takes to wake up every day and work towards their vision. You will see how much adversity one has to get past in order to gain the first grain of success. Some businesses achieve that success within a couple months (think about the success of Pebble's first Kickstarter). Others take years before there is any meaningful traction, but that persistence more than pays off. Think Uber. This is the "5 year overnight success".
What it Takes
Travis Kalanick (@travisk), the co-founder of Uber, is certainly one of the top entrepreneurs of our time. But as mentioned, success does not happen overnight. It is an arduous process of falling down, getting back up, learning how you ended up on the floor, and repeating that process. Always learning. Always growing. No exceptions nor excuses.
Success becomes a reality ONLY when you work for it. And the greater the innovative and disruptive implications, the more adversity you will face.
Want to know what it really takes? Take it from Chris Sacca when he talks about Travis:
He doesn’t sleep. He doesn’t lose focus. He will even forget to eat. He executes again and again, inspiring those around him to have the same passion for the end game as he does.
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A conversation between two investors and entrepreneurs:
When asked by well known angel investor, Jason Calacanis (@jason) about what a startup should focus on, the following is what Paul Graham had to say:
There’s a meta answer to that. The most important thing for startups to do is to focus, because there are so many things you could be doing, but one of them is the most important, so you should be doing that and not any of the others.
Focus is not just a thing. It is everything to a startup. Once you lose focus, you lose everything.
Think about the last time you were having a conversation with a person, and you lost focus. Maybe your phone went off, or you saw something in the distance, or you have a deadline to deliver on. How much information did you retain? If you are lucky, you will remember snippets of words, and will be able to respond back with something relevant showing you were "paying attention".
As an individual, as a team, and as a business, you thrive or die based on a how you allocate a limited amount of resources. Focus, in its simplest, is how you allocate the limited amount of processing resources that you have on a daily basis.
Thinking about "hustle", my first go-to is my advisor and investor, Gary Vaynerchuk. You might know him from Wine Library, Vaynermedia, or his more recent Vayner-RSE fund.
Why Gary? He just gets it. Hustle is an overused word, but the implications are pretty simple: you work your face off. You do everything and anything it takes to achieve your goal.
I hear people complaining about how they have a great idea, or how hard it is to achieve something, etc. The list is never-ending. Want to know how to get to your goal? Shut the f*#$ up and JUST DO IT!
Gary's more eloquent version:
All it really means is working hard. Caring. Pushing yourself. It’s occupying every part of your day with great work, meaningful work. And don’t get me wrong; when you sleep, you sleep. But when you’re awake, you’re all in.
Focus & Hustle
It's not for everyone, but this is my life. This is what I live and breathe. This is instilled within my company, and is a part of my everyday interactions. That is what this blog is about.
If you want to succeed, #Focus&Hustle. Give it your all. If you do, you will wear your blood, sweat and tears proudly.
If this reverberates with you, then treat this as your source of inspiration. Your source for information to the questions that are mentioned, but never really answered. This is our Ground Zero.
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