Be a Roman
What disgusted the ancient Romans about barbarians was their lack of discipline.??Oxford Professor Peter Heather writes, ???As far as a Roman was concerned, you could easily tell a barbarian by how he reacted to fortune. Give him one little stroke of luck, and he would think he had conquered the world. But, equally, the slightest setback would find him in deepest despair?????? This is why, 2,000 miles from home, several hundred Romans could slaughter several thousand barbarians.
Startups are founded by barbarians. But to survive the ups and downs, you have to make yourself into a Roman. The most talented entrepreneur I know nearly self-destructs on the 18-month birthday of each of his ventures. By that point a startup isn???t brand-new anymore, and it isn???t Google either. The closer you get to becoming a real company, the less glamorous reality seems: you???re grimy from clawing for money and breathing hard now from exertion, which would be fine if you could convince yourself you???re not the only one struggling.??Everyone struggles. Keep fighting.