Anne Clelland sent me a set of posts straight from her heart. She describes the agony of her journey with all its emotional ups and downs. In What a Company Founder Can Lose she lists a series of things she really misses:
I had no idea how much safety, security, freedom, and intellectual power a salary gave me. Hunters and gatherers created writing only after learning to farm gave them time to contemplate the possibility that a symbol could stand for a thing, even an idea. Scrabbling to collect revenue, I have so little of that essential seed for creativity: time for quiescence.
In What a Company Founder Can Gain, she explains some reasons that make it worthwhile:
When I was an employee of a corporation or an institution, I often felt in the presence of a great expanse of possibility, trapped at the edge, slogging through the muck of meetings, forms, and politics.
As a company founder, without the permission and, albeit, guidance of a committee, I have built a boat and I have nimbly jumped aboard. No bureaucracy, no paperwork, no personality workarounds. We’ve set sail.
She lists what she has sacrificed in A Sabbatical from Force.
Today, I grant myself an entrepreneur’s one-year leave of absence from what I seek and what I love outside of my start-up. The angst of having too little time and too few resources takes my mind and heart away from passion for my idea and my execution of it as a business. That feels like force against flow. I’ve had them. I will have them again. For one year, I relinquish:
Great writing, Anne. If you need support, come to my roundtables.
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