The Emotional Journey of Anything Great

Last week I met with an entrepreneur that had been working on a startup for two years and it was clear he was having a tough time. Late in the conversation I asked about the The Trough of Disillusionment and there was an affirmative that it was happening currently. After that, I saw Chris Maddern tweet this excellent graphic titled The Emotional Journey of Anything Great:

Steps along the journey, as taken from the picture:

  • This is the best idea ever!!
  • This will be fun
  • This is harder than I thought
  • This is going to be a lot of work
  • This sucks and I have no idea what I’m doing
  • #%@}!!!!!
  • Ok but it still sucks
  • Quick, let’s call it a day and say we learned something
  • Hmm…
  • Hey!
  • Wow
  • This is one of the things I’m most proud of

Every entrepreneur goes through dark times. Unfortunately, it’s part of the process but the ones that break through have a greater appreciation and resilience that makes it even sweeter.

What else? What are some more thoughts on this emotional journey of anything great?

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