Fear of Flying.
Failure isn’t the worst thing to happen to you in Silicon Valley.
In fact, failure is a rather warm, safe blanket for most folks around these parts. Unlike most places in the world where public failure could ruin your career, destroy a family, or even bring risk of death from shame… in Silicon Valley, everyone is all too comfortable openly discussing their failure(s). While this is generally a good thing – most people won’t learn how to stretch themselves unless they push the boundaries of potential failure – a far greater fear for many entrepreneurs is that of unsustainable success.
Far worse than hitting the ground, most of us are scared shitless of flying high, staying aloft, and keeping arms extended as we climb into a big blue sky, reaching for ever higher heights… Icarus, beware.
Indeed, fear of flying is the most frightening thing ever for truly great entrepreneurs. Usually...
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