I saw this Elon Musk tweet yesterday:
The reality is great highs, terrible lows and unrelenting stress. Don’t think people want to hear about the last two.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2017
What he describes in that tweet is the life of an entrepreneur. And also, to some extent, the life of a VC who cares.
The unrelenting stress is the hardest of the three in my opinion.
Stress is part of life, we all have it.
But starting and running companies brings stress that seemingly never stops.
Managing that so that it doesn’t eat you up and mess up your relationships is super hard.
Some things that I have seen work well for people are regular (daily?) workouts, eating and drinking healthy, having a coach, and most of all, having a spouse who keeps it all in check.
There is no better work, from where I sit, but it comes at a cost, particularly if you let it.