One of my favorite quotes from the recent Startup Mixology conference came from entrepreneur-turned-adviser and investor, Travis Kalanick CEO and founder of Uber:
Fear is the disease,
Hustle is the antidote.
Since I saw those words up on the screen, they haven’t left me. You see, Tech Cocktail is a startup too – and we also have a product that we are trying to grow into a business. These businesses keep the team busy 24/7. Despite that, there are still those moments, typically around 3am when I wake up suddenly with heart pounding, fear taking a nasty hold. There’s no real prevention, but there is, as Travis pointed out, an antidote. Hustle. To me this means a few things. It doesn’t mean doing without thinking – and certainly not busywork. It means get busy figuring out what needs to be done – whether it’s testing, talking to people, selling, coding, raising money, etc. Hustle = don’t stop, don’t settle.