You don't have what it takes
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You don't have what it takes

by Jason Calacanis

“I do, I’ve worked harder than anyone else…”

“It’s not about hard work, it’s about solving hard problems with the least amount of work. You should quit… and go work for someone who does have what it takes"

Most folks don't have what it takes

99% of people simply don’t have what it takes to lead a startup — and thank God. Leading a startup is a brutal pursuit. Most days are a death march.

If you’re reading this, chances are, candidly......

you don't have what it takes

Said conversely

if you’re well adjusted, smart and not a masochist — congrats!

The real bubble: The Han Solo Delusion

Han: Luke’s crazy! He can’t even take care of himself, much less rescue anybody. A Jedi Knight? Jeez I’m out of it for a little while, everyone gets delusions of grandeur

People like Travis, Musk, Sophia doing Jedi stuff

And then a couple of kids stumble upon a lightsaber and think "I can take on a Sith Lord!"

“Always two there are, a master and an apprentice.”

There are too many Padawans right now and not enough teachers. The Galaxy is flooded with people who think they can do what founders do: sacrifice everything.

I can see the non-Jedi a mile away.

People who are willing to start companies if you give them money. People who start companies if they find a developer to work for free.

Look yourself in the mirror and ask:

Am I willing to sell everything I have

to get one more month of payroll for my team to keep this company going?

Am I willing to max out my 2 credit cards

and go $20,000 into debt to keep this startup going?

Willing to ask everyone to work for deferred salary

for the next 90 days while I try and save this company?

If you're not. YOU DON'T HAVE WHAT IT TAKES

Period.

In Conslusion

It's common for people to want an extraordinary outcome for themselves in this life, but it is very rare to see folks make extraordinary sacrifices to get the chance

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2 years agoReply
@jasonfan - as always, more great insight from Jason. Love it, and we padawans need more masters like YOU!