I overheard someone at the gym today. She remarked to her friend, “You know, it’s good stress, so it’s okay”.
Upon hearing this, I was instantly transported back to my shower. The year was 2010. We had newborn twins, and I a full-time job with and an evening MBA program.
In the shower I was attempting to shake off the day’s stresses when I came to a similar realization. My life was hectic, challenging, and semi-crushing, but full of good stress.
- Getting my learn on
- Happy, healthy baby twins, and 3 year old on top of that
- Making enough money to pay the bills and save a little
As a startup, realizing the difference between good and bad stress helps make sense of the world. It’s pretty easy to spot the difference between the two.
- Losing key employees
- Losing customers
- Losing your market
- Getting a working product in a customer’s hands after 2 years of building it
- Getting that first big customer launched
- Getting the infrastructure built (or re-built) to handle scale
Even on great days at a startup, or any company, there’s still stress, but hopefully it’s the good kind.