why we’re entrepreneurs

“I don’t think the amount of bullshit you have to deal with in a startup is more than you’d endure in an ordinary working life. It’s probably less, in fact; it just seems like a lot because it’s compressed into a short period. So mainly what a startup buys you is time. That’s the way to think about it if you’re trying to decide whether to start one. If you’re the sort of person who would like to solve the money problem once and for all instead of working for a salary for 40 years, then a startup makes sense.” – Paul Graham, How to Start a Startup


“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” — T.S. Elliot


That first quote is from my favorite PG essay in regards to how to solve the “money problem” that shadows human existence. Trading work intensity for fortune & more time seems fair if things end up working out.
But how does one navigate the fog of startup? You can’t avoid the ledge if you couldn’t see it in the first place. And the sleepless nights. Am I burning out? Is this burning out? We share with one another “CRUSH EVERY DAY” memes to studies saying that procrastinating helps drive creativity. LOL, which one is it? Does it even matter, is Parisian lifestyle the answer to universe secrets? I Google-fantasize buying a small island in Belize.


A successful career in entrepreneurship can sometimes be prescribed as a series of “messing upwards.” Going through a series of failed ideas & businesses until I co-founded Caviar, hitting “peak” entrepreneur. I’ve lost count the number of f-ck-ups I’ve committed since before & after.


Yet still, we kept working after the Caviar acquisition to Square. The first album went gold, so now we gotta lay down another one. The hunger never left. Does it ever? 


Fashion Mews as our second chapter has been such an amazing journey. It challenged our creative sides and openness to explore. We traveled the world. It brought me closer to Melis, understanding how to support & love her not just as a wife, but as comrades-in-arms. We’ve grown together.


Every single beach sandcastle has been washed away by the tides of Time. It doesn’t stop the kids from building them. Neither should it stop you. Despite the political times in the world (2017 wasn’t our best, gang), the economic hardship, the injustice, and unexplainable mass shootings, there’s almost never a bad time to go on a personal bull runGlhf


We believe optimism is addicting. The bleeding edge is being clumsily foraged together by frontier folk who live in the ever-shifting unknown. The lessons you remember are the ones you failed super hard in, and you will be remembered for the rules you break.


That’s why we’re entrepreneurs, to make our talents count for, whatever it’s worth being alive. Building sandcastles with your family on a small island in Belize.







5 thoughts on “why we’re entrepreneurs

  1. You nailed it with this one, Abel! Such a thoughtful and well written post, needed this motivation today! Thanks for sharing, more entrepreneurship posts please!!

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