Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Entrepreneur's Morning Sickness | by @kabaim

Today, I woke up feeling great.  Admittedly, it was still around 5am, pretty much the time I've been waking up 'naturally' for the past few years, but something was different.

I did not have that churning feeling in my stomach, like someone had just kicked me in the gut.  My mind was not going haywire with all the possible disaster scenarios of how my startup was going to fail, how I was going to become an embarrassment to all my friends and investors, how I was going to lose everything and become homeless, and the list goes on.

If you're reading this and nodding, or feeling queazy because you truly understand, then you know what Entrepreneur's Morning Sickness feels like.  It is the price we pay (and the daily reality we deal with) when we dare step out and go for it, and attempt to create something that will change the world.

But today was different.  Somehow, my heart and gut conspired to tell my mind that I just needed to focus on what is going to happen now, today.  I woke up to the realization that tomorrow, or 6 months from now, I will have the opportunity to address whatever comes my way that day.  No need to worry about it now - it's no use.  It's energy and mental bandwidth wasted, trying to solve a problem that doesn't even exist.

I hope this serves.  Frankly, I'm tired of getting kicked in the gut by my imagination.


  1. HI Eric, yep I so relate to you. Just wanted to say thank you for putting it into words. I am glad I am not alone, and you are not alone either!

    1. Thanks Robin. Much gratitude to you!

    2. This happens in the not for profit world too! You nailed it on the head. Entreprenuers morning sickness. I also did a vlog about birthing amnesia as it relates to starting a business. I always seem to forget the struggle once things are up and running. Then I dive into a new project and there it sits...the darkness calling me into another hairy ride.
      Love you man! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Excellent post, only appreciated by those who live it. I loved Ben Horowitz's advice "focus on the road, not on the wall"!

    Murthy Nukala

    1. Thank you Murthy! Hope all is well with you.

  3. Hey Eric,

    Thank you for this because even as a farmer I feel this way, I think it is part of the human condition. Learning how to let go of those problems we can't control is so important. Thank you for the reminder my friend!