Inspiration from books

I have posted before about how I like to read books for encouragement. But my favorite thing is when I can read a book and be inspired.

Founders At WorkStarting a company is hard. There are lots of things about it that are challenging at one point or another, but the past few weeks have been particularly difficult for me. Mostly, it’s the isolation of working from home and waiting waiting waiting for some technology to be developed so I can move forward with the business. Plus, it’s cold. And dark by 4:15, which seems ridiculously early. Also, I have had a number of conversations with people about the businesses that I am starting in which the people just did not get it. At all.

Thankfully, they aren’t the people who are supposed to get it, they aren’t in my industry, they are not even my target audience. But it’s still not fun when someone doesn’t understand what you’re doing. Especially when you are isolated. And waiting. And it’s dark outside.

So I was psyched when I picked up the book that I’m reading now, Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days, and read this in the introduction:

Founders live day to day with a sense of uncertainty, isolation, and sometimes lack of progress. Plus, startups, by their nature, are doing new things – and when you do new things, people often reject you.

This I can relate to. (Apparently, so can other entrepreneurs. I just came across this review of the book on Guy Kawasaki’s blog. He included a picture of the book with his post-it notes and comments in the pages – check it out, it’s worth the visual.)

And here’s where the inspiration comes in:

I’d say determination is the single most important quality in a startup founder. If the founders I spoke with were superhuman in any way, it was in their perseverance.

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