Sure, there’s a chance that you might be outcome 3, that your product will go viral and it’ll change your life in an instant.
The problem is, many of the founders I talk to have this assumption that they really are outcome 3. When they don’t achieve this huge, instant, world record smashing success, it strips away their entitlement and a lot of their arrogance, and with it their confidence.
I’ve also let the school of life kick the shit out of me, and take me down a peg or two. But it’s an attitude I see in more than a few startup founders, in some of the entrepreneurs that I talk to. But it does apply to a little sliver of entitlement that a lot of us pick up without even knowing it — myself included — and it does apply to the vocal few who are building startups because their Mom told them they were unique and wonderful and deserved only the best. You’ve decided to call your new business a startup.
Being young is often about making mistakes, and learning to live with them, and then growing older and learning to take responsibility for them. Over the past few years, I’ve stopped focusing on trying to land a tech job, and I’ve enjoyed following my passions. But I know he’s a part of me, a part of some of my worst qualities, and a part of the entitlement I used to be prone to. I don’t know where we get the idea that we’re worth more than others, that we deserve more, are more, or will be more. You’re the spiritual successor to Elon-fucking-Musk and the entire Pay Pal mafia, and if you just throw one more dice, everything will come up you.
Fuck your weird fucking conversations, things like “OMG did you see Snapchat’s new feature?
Fuck you startups with your extravagant parties and crazy off-site events that cost way too much money, you’re supposed to buy some fucking servers instead!
Do me a favor, put your fucking Mac away and go play with your kids. Please stop celebrating every fucking imaginary milestone with whisky, beer, or pizza and beer. Oh, OK, I’ll come work for you because you have the Glenlivet 17 and not the 15. Fuck your eating disorders, why the fuck does everything have to be so extreme with you? Fuck your standing desk, exercise ball desk, laying desk, and treadmill desk. Let me repeat that -NO ONE CAN FUCKING READ THAT FAST. Fuck your references to Malcolm Gladwell and Dan Ariely, and stop fucking quoting Lean Startup, for Christs sake. Fuck “entrepreneurs” nowadays, seriously- Everybody is a fucking entrepreneur now. Fuck your feature flags and endless variants in your A/B testing.
There’s a difference between expecting, and earning.
I’m coming to you from the angle of a guy who used to be an entitled asshole.
" I'm high as a bitch: up, up and away Man, I come down in a couple of days Okay, you want me up in the cage Then I'll come out in beast mode I got this world stuck in the safe, combination is the G code It's Weezy, motherfucker, Blood gang, and I'm in bleed mode All about my dough, but I don't even check the peephole So you can keep knockin', but won't knock me down No love lost, no love found [Hook: Eminem and Lil Wayne] It's a little too late to say that you're sorry now You kicked me when I was down But what you say just (don't hurt me) That's right (don't hurt me) And I don't need you (no more) Don't want to see you (no more) Bitch, you get (no love) You showed me nothin' but hate, you ran me into the ground But what comes around goes around I don't need you (don't hurt me) That's right (don't hurt me) And I don't need you (no more) Don't want to see you (no more) Bitch, you get (no love, no love, no love, no love) Bitch, you get (no love, no love, no love) And I don't need you (no more); get 'em!
[Verse 2: Eminem] I'm alive again, more alive than I have been In my whole entire life; I can See these people's ears perk up as I begin to spaz with the pen I'm a little bit sicker than, most Shit's finna get thick again They say the competition is stiff But I get a hard dick from this shit, and I stick it in I ain't never givin' in again Caution to the wind, complete freedom Look at these rappers, how I treat 'em So why the fuck would I join 'em when I beat 'em?