Don’t do all the things
Don’t wear all the hats. Don’t try to do all the things.
As an early-stage startup, there is only one thing you have to do – figure out your business model.
It’s hard to cut out all of the other noise of business-making type things. It seems important to respond to those emails, to go to those networking events, to sign up for that pitch competition, to tweak the copy on your website.
But these are all distractions.
You’d actually be better off working on your startup for 2 hours a day and using both hours to talk to and work with customers, leaving the rest of your day for lazy walks with your dog, macramé and Settlers of Catan. Because at least then, your brain would be rested and primed for creative problem-solving, rather than fried and stressed from overwork.
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