The emotional rollercoaster of entrepreneurship

This is one of the must-read pieces of advice about being a startup entrepreneur, and something I share frequently with friends and people I’m advising. Being an entrepreneur is hard, you won’t always feel like you can conquer the world, but don’t worry, you’re not alone:

Marc Andreessen wrote:

First and foremost, a start-up puts you on an emotional rollercoaster unlike anything you have ever experienced. You flip rapidly from day-to-day – one where you are euphorically convinced you are going to own the world, to a day in which doom seems only weeks away and you feel completely ruined, and back again. Over and over and over. And I’m talking about what happens to stable entrepreneurs. There is so much uncertainty and so much risk around practically everything you are doing. The level of stress that you’re under generally will magnify things to incredible highs and unbelievable lows at whiplash speed and huge magnitude. Sound like fun?

Here entrepreneur and Teamly advisor, Cameron Herold talks about how you get through it and crucially, what to do, and what not to do at each stage of the rollercoaster. Take the time to watch the videos to hear what he has to say, it will help.

Or, if you’d prefer to read, take a look at this blog by Cameron about entrepreneurial manic-depression and how to ride the curve.

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4 Responses to The emotional rollercoaster of entrepreneurship

  1. […] The emotional rollercoaster of entrepreneurship (tags: startups entrepreneurship) […]

  2. Brilliant – makes so much sense – thanks for sharing this!!

  3. […] startup malarkey is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, and I’ve barely even got started! I have to admit it is beginning to stress me out a bit. […]

  4. Oops, both videos are now marked as “private”! 😦

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