Ok, yes. I am living my dream. I wouldn't want to be doing anything different. I can say from the bottom of my heart that I am grateful for my job every minute of every day. But let me tell you, sometimes the dream is a nightmare. And I guess that's the beauty of it. If you're really passionate about your company, if you really love what you're doing, you stick with it even on the bad days, bad weeks, and bad months.
As Steve Jobs so eloquently put it, "People say you have to have a lot of passion for what you're doing. And it's totally true. The reason is because it's so hard that if you don't have passion, any rational person would give up. It's really hard. And you have to do it over a sustained period of time. So if you don't love it, you're going to give up. And that's what happens to most people actually…"
Every day (but especially the hard days) I'm grateful to have a team who has the best sense of humor. My cofounder, Josh, in particular is hysterical. Whether he's sending me a comics via g-chat, making victory trumpet sounds on the phone after we push a new feature at 3am, or yelling at me over the top of his multiple monitors, he has me laughing most of the day.
Here are 5 glimpses into a day in the life of Avelist...
Let's just say that getting my team ready for a photo shoot has probably been the best preparation for parenting that I will ever receive.
2. We're so fancy...
Josh and I haven't taken salaries since the middle of December (8 months and counting over here). Josh's Tweets about our financial situation crack me up to no end. Especially those related to our cars. His AC is broken and my squeaky brakes announce my presence in every parking lot and at every stop light.
3. The t-shirts
Josh is on the hunt the find us good t-shirts. A few days ago he proposed:
Why don't we make the t-shirts. Yours can say "I have dreams" and mine can say "I make dreams come true."
4. Things might Break
From broken elevators to broken code to broken hearts, it happens.
5. But we still believe!
(artwork by Josh)
Moral of the story? Anyone who says startups are easy is lying to you. And anyone who says startups aren't fun is lying too. Or they don't know how to laugh.