The startup lifestyle may be stressful and challenging, but it’s also designed to be satisfying and fulfilling, with you as the entrepreneur in charge of your own destiny. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always workout that way, predicated on my a long time of experience with entrepreneurs and advising startups. The business enterprise can be successful, as the entrepreneur feels like failing.
For example, I understand one highly driven startup founder whose business keeps growing at an acceptable pace, however the entrepreneur regrets the toll it has extracted from his family, his health, and his capability to relax and revel in the fruits of his labor. I understand several other CEOs which were pushed out of their own successful companies by investors, leaving them feeling like failures.