To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.Unknown
Whether it improves the lives of many or a few, I want to make an impact in the work I do.
When I started out in startups, I was shortsighted like many other entrepreneurs. I jumped on the first idea that seemed plausible. I wanted to get rich as fast as a miner during the gold rush.
After my first go around, I realized this get rich quick mentality doesn't work. I took a step back and focused on learning from the people around me who were where I wanted to be. Time and time again, I started to hear work on your passion.
I believe I figured out what my passion is.
It's not to get rich, it's to make an impact. I want to bring an idea that has yet to be seen to fruition. Perhaps this is the only reason anyone should be an entrepreneur. (I think Dustin Moskovitz and Phil Libin agree.)
But to bring an idea to fruition I need to change my approach.
Previously, my approach to startups was talking to lots of people and trying to inspire them to work with me. But today, my new approach is to build the prototypes myself and inspire others by showing them my awesome work.
I relish the opportunity to return to my hermit ways, something I haven't been able to do since I was in 3rd grade building K-NEX in my room for hours.