Starting a business is one of the most challenging things I’ve done in my entire life.
It’s scarier than backpacking in Europe on my own, scarier than asking the Illinois governor questions while surrounded by dozens of people.
I felt better the other day though, as I was reading “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” by James Herriot. If you’re not familiar, I recommend his books, which chronicle his life and work as a veterinarian in England in the 20s and 30s. I’m always struck by how hard he and others worked back then.
Sure, it’s not today’s fast-paced environment, where nearly anyone is ready to jump in and take your place. But on the other hand, any errors I make aren’t likely to result in the death of someone’s important cow or beloved cat.
And through it all, he keeps working, humbly handling his mistakes, vowing to learn from them and do better next time.
Really, that’s all any of us can do.