'How The Hell Did I Get On A Lion, And How Do I Keep From Getting Eaten?'

Inc. magazine has a good article about how stressful it is to start a company.

It starts with a story of Bradley Smith, a founder who sold his watch, cashed out his 401k, borrowed $US60,000 from the bank, and borrowed another $US10,000 from his dad at 5% interest to start a company — and then found out his wife was pregnant.

Smith had trouble sleeping for a few months.

There’s a great quote in the story about what it’s like being an entrepreneur from Toby Thomas, CEO of EnSite Solutions.

Thomas says being an entrepreneur is like being a man ride a lion.

“People look at him and think, This guy’s really got it together! He’s brave!” says Thomas.

“And the man riding the lion is thinking, How the hell did I get on a lion, and how do I keep from getting eaten?”

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