“The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success.” -Irving Berlin
I remember once being with my family on the beach in Florida, when the kids were small. We started digging a pool with these little plastic shovels, and the kids were overjoyed at the water rising from below. After about twenty minutes of work we all jumped in and took a picture. Then the kids left for lunch, and I thought it would be nice to surprise them with a bigger pool when they returned. I started digging deeper and wider.
After about an hour, I realized that since they’d been gone, I hadn’t had a moment’s rest. As soon as the walls caved in, I cleared them out, but for a while now they had been caving in on all sides, sand continuously sucking up the water. The pool was larger, yes, but the water was shallower.
I myself had been reduced to a puddle of sweat, totally exhausted.
An inner voice said to me, “This is what you’ll be in for if you ever start a company. At the beginning it’s fun, then you’ll have to work three times as hard just to keep it from going under.”
I jumped in the ocean to clean up and headed back inside the rental house.
To this day I haven’t started a company. Good luck to all those who have!