If you're going to try, go all the way

A little quote that I like:

“If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days.

It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.

If you're going to try, go all the way.

There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is.”

I think that the above text is a great description of what startup life feels like to me, and it also captures why I am doing it and the attitude I have towards it. It also captures what mentality I think you need to have to succeed.

This apparently is a quote by Charles Bukowski, from the book Factotum. Or at least that was what I thought until I read the book. Not only did the book not have this quote in it, the book had nothing to do with the above quote at all. I think that maybe the quote is from some movie adaptation of the book.

Micael Widell

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