Steve Blank has an nice story on the importance of courage in the startup world. He points to the importance of reflecting on death that Steve Jobs talked about in his Stanford speech.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
Lessons Learned from Steve Blank:
Yes, premature scaling is a cause of startup death Yes, you need to get out of the building and test your hypotheses But, when an opportunity smacks you in the head for gosh sake grab it with both hands and don’t let go If you can’t, get out of the startup game