It's been about 24 hours since launch and I've had a bit of quiet time today to reflect on the emotions from yesterday.
What I realized is that I'm human, I'm average and I'm a mere-mortal. Yes, I've been a very successful entrepreneur with WooThemes. But I've also tanked my second startup (Radiiate), where I lost more than $100k. To date and statistically, I'm a one-hit wonder.
I also still have a mortgage to pay and I'm only a theoretical millionaire on paper. I'm by no means a self-made man that has any guarantees in life for the future.
I've poured my heart & soul into PublicBeta and I've chosen to pursue passion over money. None of that makes me invincible though and I too am fighting the odds to succeed here.
Too many times we look up to entrepreneurs whom we consider to be our role models. People that have been immensely successful; people that have become the thought leaders of our time. We look at them in awe when they sell their companies for $1bn.
They too started somewhere. I bet you that they too knew about the risks and odds before they started. And they were probably scared as well.
Heck, yesterday should've been easier for me considering I had 6+ years of experience. Yet, yesterday was so much harder than I ever imagined.
We are all battle-wounded soliders. For whatever reason, we have wounds from our past that prevent us from taking action and starting. We've forgotten that the first time and taking the first step is the hardest part.
Worse is that we've invented all these excuses for not just starting. Instead we've become really eloquent in explaining to others why we haven't quit that shitty corporate job, picked up that hobby, written that book we've talked about or started our own companies.
We're all vulnerable and we're all scared. What separates us though is our willingness to embrace the chaos (along with the weird, contradictory emotions that comes with that) and to actually start.
Real artists ship.