Starting a company is tough. Expect plenty of mistakes, and lots of lessons learned. You’ll have moments of sheer panic and other moments of absolute euphoria. It’s a roller coaster ride.
But don’t take things too seriously. Some things are more important than work. It might not feel that way from time to time, and in some instances work will be the one and only priority, but the minute you take things too seriously you’re digging yourself a hole.
Standout Jobs is a crazy startup. Tons of moving pieces, crazy deadlines, high expectations and plenty of stress. But I try to avoid getting overwhelmed…my older son Sam, helps.
I brought him to the office recently (forgot his daycare was closed and couldn’t miss an important meeting) and we had some fun. I introduced him to the team, played some golf and ran around the huge, empty space. We’re squatting at the moment in a 6,600 square foot downtown office, taking up one tiny corner. Lots of room for Sam (and me!) to have some fun.
But everything isn’t fun and games! We’re still looking for great Ruby on Rails developers, so I thought it was time to get Sam on the computer. He’s a fast typist, just not terribly accurate: