Whats it like to start a start up?
Intense. If I had to choose one word to sum up what Start up life is like, it would be intense.
It doesn't matter how many hours you spend in the office, the company will eat your entire life. You'll find yourself thinking about it when your with your family, when you're working out, when you're stuck in traffic on the way to the grocery store. It will max out your capacity, no matter how much you give, it will always want more.
And then theres the guilt. The guilt you'll feel every moment you're not working on the company. The raw, gnawing feeling that failure is creeping up on you.
There are few things in the business world that will teach you more than starting your own business. The entrepreneurs that emerge are battle hardened, tried and tested, with the scars to prove.
You're going to meet some great people along the way, some of them will be other founders, and when you meet each other you'll recognize that same weariness, but also that same battle hardened exterior.
Start up life is not a comfy corporate job, its not a 9-5 where you can clock off early on Fridays. The bonds you forge with your early employees will last a life time. Together you're taking on the world. Every victory and defeat is shared, every second of the rollercoaster of emotions. The 2am phone call when your servers are toast, the first major client you team wins without you present at the meeting. These are milestones that make working at a start up so much more than just a career, closer to a calling.
Its not for everyone, some people value their weekends, some people take days off when they are ill. A true entrepreneur does not stop. He (or she) simply cannot stop.