Most startup advice is for seed stage companies. We’re in this weird position where…we’ve been around for a while. Honestly, not to say that we still can’t, but if we were going to die, it sort of would have happened by now. (And I can remember the exact time period when I KNEW we were passing the startup valley of death, I prayed a lot during that time). Call it god, the universe, luck, whatever, but we’re still here.
That being said, our advisor Rajiv (who has been around the block) gave us some of the most life changing advice. He said look. Make your company around you. If you’re happy, the company will be happy. Which is sort of counterintuitive right? Because what if we are greedy ass, Ferrari loving models and bottles type people who want nothing more than to make a quick buck and leave? (Ok I’ve been DYING to use that phrase since I heard it a few years ago because I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW IT EXISTED ITS SO WEIRD)
Side note: I have NOTHING against these people, but I feel like those are the people, that if they started a company, would have Wolf of WallStreet ish going on. I’m just saying.
Anyway. I realized that…he’s right. First of all, again, we would have died by now if we were, so…there’s that. Turns out, we’re actually pretty decent. In fact, we’re actually pretty good at what we do. Who knew? So the best thing we can do is make sure we’re happy, and create a lifestyle around that. But more importantly to me, is that it extends to EVERYONE at our company. The best thing we can do is make sure we create a lifestyle where every single person at our company is happy. Including us.
Recently, I feel like a new person. I go into work every day with a new appreciation for what is possible. There’s always new challenges coming our way and now, I think the challenge has shifted to creating an office culture where everyone is stoked to be there, so that they can focus on doing what they love: creating products that make the world a better place.
It’s funny how life works out doesn’t it?