A New Year (Sort of)

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Today is the eve of the lunar new year, which marks the last day of the year in the chinese calendar. I thought it would be appropriate to share some thoughts on the last day of the year.

I have been on this journey of starting my company for almost 6 months now. And more often than not, I felt like giving up almost every alternate days and starting a company is not easy.

Quoting Andreessen Horowitz in his book The hard thing about hard things

What’s The Most Difficult CEO Skill? Managing Your Own Psychology

There are times when I felt like I have been working in overdrive  for an extended period of time. As compared to working in 9-5 job, I started asking why did I gave it all up. The idea of going back to a day job sure sounds tempting as hell.

As of now, I’ve learnt to pace myself better, I realized I can never finish doing everything. I have to focus. So I set off to complete only 3 major tasks each day. Having a to-do list also helped tremendously.

Last but not least, this is more of a marathon than a sprint. I was too fixated on the result that I lost track of why I started this in the first place. This led to a tunnelled vision of working mindlessly, not remember the bigger picture of helping people find healthier snacks easily

To quote an excerpt from AH’s blog,

A Final Word of Advice—Don’t Punk Out and Don’t Quit

As CEO, there will be many times when you feel like quitting. I have seen CEOs try to cope with the stress by drinking heavily, checking out, and even quitting. In each case, the CEO has a marvelous rationalization why it was OK for him to punk out or quit, but none them will ever be great CEOs. Great CEOs face the pain. They deal with the sleepless nights, the cold sweat, and what my friend the great Alfred Chuang (legendary founder and CEO of BEA Systems) calls “the torture.” Whenever I meet a successful CEO, I ask them how they did it. Mediocre CEOs point to their brilliant strategic moves or their intuitive business sense or a variety of other self-congratulatory explanations. The great CEOs tend to be remarkably consistent in their answers. They all say: “I didn’t quit.”

All that’s been said, the journey is still a fruitful and humbling experience. Every day is different. So here’s wishing everyone a happy lunar new year and a prosperous year of the goat ahead! Mehhhhh~!