A short but important reminder of the cost of starting a company - your mental and emotional well-being.
Imagine if we could put a numeric value on how much “emotional capital” we have in the bank. The amount of stamina, the amount of positivity, the amount of physical wellness we have left. Startup Founders don’t just run out of financial capital – we run out of emotional capital. Running out of emotional capital isn’t something we talk about, and that’s a problem. That’s because the cost of capital in this case is our well-being, our relationships, and ultimately the startups we sacrificed it all to build. This needs to be a more open conversation where startup Founders talk not only about what costs they are paying emotionally, but what they are doing to manage those costs. There are a few areas where we’re all feeling the pain so it’s worth addressing a few head on.