January 24, 2015

Addiction: essential to startup success

a state characterized by compulsive 
engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite adverse consequences.

It is an addiction to change, movement, action, continuous improvement. Relentless energy for growing, testing, learning.

Without this drive, it seems unlikely that great success will come.

This addiction grows to consume the founder(s), taking over other previously important aspects of life, including relationships, health, and other interests.

Do you seriously see yourself becoming so addicted? If not, then your success, if any, will be limited.

Humans are typically wired to relax after a certain level of comfort has been achieved. The addicted few are driven beyond this point.

Once addicted, few recover. They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm.  (Dorothy Parker)

Do you seriously see yourself being so addicted for at least the next 3 to 7 years? 

Sobering thoughts as the first month of 2015 draws to a close.