Lets be real honest here for a second. Startups are fucking tough and the emotions that they cause often times seem unbearable. They make you want to give up. They drive you to the point of wanting to rip your hair out.
The truth is, you are not alone (I’m there with you).
These emotions are completely natural and part of the process of developing you into the leader that you need to be for yourself, your family, and your startup.
Question: Think back at the last time you were being screamed at by your customers, employees, or your wife, you worked until you dropped, you ran out of capital, made a stupid decision, or you just pushed yourself to that point of breaking? How did you respond? Are you proud of how you responded? Or do you feel like an idiot?
Emotions are normal…especially for a startup.
The key to being a great startup leader is knowing when to display emotions, when to delay them, and when to put your head down and fight them.
Emotions will do two things to you: 1. Make you better 2. Wreck you. It’s up to you to choose how to deal with your emotions.
Make a decision that the next time you have to deal with emotions (You will) that you will put others first and you will handle them, process them, and allow them to shape you into the leader that you need to be.