I’m a believer in making things, like most entrepreneurs. It’s what drives me, in almost every area of my life. I enjoy building websites, designing apps, crafting wooden benches and tables — even writing science fiction and fantasy short stories. I also enjoy starting and growing businesses.
The appeal, for me, is in taking raw elements and turning them into something tangible, something beautiful, or just something that I think constitutes some pretty cool shit.
It’s that simple.
There are a lot of people like me for whom that drive shows itself in entrepreneurship, whether as a conscious choice or a natural progression.
We want to build companies and products that are cool, that express something about us and our world-view, or that experiment with a certain concept or material in a way that captures our imagination.
And yeah, make some money while doing it. But I think the key part is that we care deeply about the work that we do. We’ll search for the perfect phrase, we’ll take every user experience to heart and we find a way to give a shit about every aspect of our projects.
But there are also a lot of people out there who aren’t like that. These are the people who don’t start companies, make products, or design things because they care about the work they do.
They’ve missed the point and missed it so badly they may as well be navigating by the stars while wearing a blindfold.
They’re startup founders, authors, creatives, people building businesses and designing their own fashion accessories. But when they burnout, hurt the people who matter and create bad work, it’s always down to one or more of these reasons:
Entrepreneurs Miss The Point Because They Put Margins Over Users
I don’t have a problem with money.
I’m not an unburdened being of pure light who can float above the world, free from the temptation of cold hard cash and the materialistic things that it can buy.
But, I also think it’s important to remember that money cannot be…