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Weekly insights from an Entreprenuer: To spend one year as a tiger is better than to live forever as sheep

It is lonely being an Entreprenuer…

So I like to take some time everyday reading about how others have gone through it. Today, I was lucky enough to run into this great post from CuriousOffice comparing Entrepreneurs vs. arm chair quarterbacks. Here’ s a highlight: (But I encourage you to read the whole blog post, it’s concise and to the point)

But the arm chair quarterbacks will be the ones who get under your skin. They are drawing paychecks from a company somebody else started. They have never raised money against their own ideas. The have never put themselves out for others to put under the microscope. They will never be need to be judged against their true abilities because their faults are hidden within the infrastructure of something much larger than they are. So, entrepreneurs I hope you pat yourselves on the back today. You live and die on how you do. That earns you the right to say whatever the hell you want about things because now you don’t have to appear politically correct in meetings so you’ll get that holiday bonus or that promotion. You are not perfect and the armchair quarterbacks will be sure and remind you of that fact. But you have courage in spades because what you do is too scary for most people to try.

It’s been a hectic, but very fun three weeks of startup work, but oh Zillow, how I miss the ping pong, guitar hero, and super smart and great friends I have made there.

I just wish someday I’ll have earned that right to say “whatever the hell I want about things” too. But until then, gonna have to get back to work and find me some funding for my little startup.. .

3 responses to “It is lonely being an Entreprenuer…

  1. tigerblog2 May 13, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks chat05. Re your question, I have no clue. That’s part of the challenge – figuring little things like that out. :)

    Osama, definitely will check out Green & white. Thanks.

  2. chat05 April 2, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Great insight Bma. From a perspective of a current “arm chair” guy, I pat your back man. Tidbits like this makes me want to get up and do something similar. To join the fun, the passion and the vision… I can’t imagine how challenging it can be to pass through the hurdles you’re facing, but at the same time how exciting it feels to be leading your own dream.

    Keep up the good work and I wish you huge success in your startup. Btw, how much funding per individual are you looking for?

  3. Osama A. April 1, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Hey man – just hop on over to Green & White – we’re a whole community of budding entrepreneurs sharing their experiences. Wait until a little traction and you will forget about what you’re missing :)

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