Metaphor of the Day: Caught in the Rain

14 03 2008

On the way home today, I was caught in the rain. It was a sunny day, with a 30% chance of rain. However, the sky did not hint much that rain was too much of a possibility.

How quickly the rains change. Now, you can always carry an umbrella which may not be a bad idea. But sometimes, you consciously chance it or you don’t even realize the rain that’s right around the corner. Sometimes you’re a nervous wreck if you try too hard to never get rained on.

There’s not much you can do but dry off once the rains pass. You’ll survive getting caught in the rain. But if you keep getting soaked, there might be something wrong.

A great post on what they don’t tell you about being an entrepreneur (via 37Signals), quoting Marc Andressen:

First, and most importantly, realize that a startup puts you on an emotional rollercoaster unlike anything you have ever experienced.

You will flip rapidly from a day in which you are euphorically convinced you are going to own the world, to a day in which doom seems only weeks away and you feel completely ruined, and back again.

Over and over and over.

And I’m talking about what happens to stable entrepreneurs.

So true. The fact that this happens to successful, mentally healthy entrepreneurs means entrepreneurship will make you crazy. Kind of like getting caught in the rain, except with acid rains mixed in.  And you have no clue when the acid rains will come. No umbrella protects you.

I highly recommend entrepreneurship, but it’s never without its caveats.  And don’t worry… I’m dry now.

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