by Kim Lavine
I want to make it very clear right now: you obviously need money from VC and Angels or you wouldn’t be asking for it in the first place. You have to protect your leverage at all costs. I never sold my “critical demise” to Money, I always sold my “critical success” to them because Succesex Sells.
Nobody does it alone.
I was so busy chasing opportunity down, I didn’t see what I had. I had created unrealistic expectations for myself and my business. Nobody does this alone!
Nobody does this without going through crisis!
Nobody does this without risking every single dollar she has and coming close to losing it all!Nobody does it without investors, stakeholders, family support, and Angels of every variety possible.
It was almost like undergoing cancer treatment. They have to bring you to the doorstep of death with radiation and chemicals, just so you can have a hope of surviving. I couldn’t keep beating myself up for coming perilously close to dying anymore. The clouds had parted, the sun had come out. I was going to survive!
The Myth of Overnight Success
I never knew these perilous conditions were part of the territory. If I had, I probably wouldn’t have been so hard on myself along the way. I read the countless entrepreneurial magazines published each month, the sole purpose, of which seems to be to tout the “overnight” successes of other businesses. The articles made me feel inadequate, because I hadn’t achieved these astonishing feats of sales, or exponential growth, “overnight.”
The magazines seemed to cut out all the hard work and just sell the success, because success sells and everyone is buying it.
An excerpt from MOMMY MILLIONAIRE