I came to this realization today. The reason you should start a startup, or work at a startup is so that you have a significant influence on the amount of fun you have. That is literally it. I know this because I felt like I had something for the past few weeks, the holy grail of holy grailness. Because I knew that I didn’t have everything under control, and everything was chaotic as usual (any startup that tells you otherwise is definitely lying, or probably failing) but for some reason it didn’t phase me. I was happy. And before, when chaos ensued, it made me really unhappy. So something had changed, but I didn’t really know what.
Then this week hit and for some reason, each day kept feeling worse and worse. That happy high that I thought came from a combination of healthy food and excessive amounts of exercise just wasn’t doing it for me. And the downward spiral started happening again, and it felt like right where I was a year ago. A really terrible place.
Which is when I finally realized what I was missing. Fun. Not fun per say but a focus on fun, at work. Forget about optimizing for anything else- just optimize for fun. And when I did that, I felt fearless. Because the results didn’t matter. Screw everything else, screw whatever impending doom some guru somewhere in god knows what field has predicted for our company, I had already won. I was enjoying my life. Regardless of what happens afterwards. It’s one of the most liberating feelings in the world.
I really think sometimes the most basic, crazy sounding things are the most effective ways to be happy.
That’s the opinion for now at least.