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'So then at forty-six years of age I came here to learn to live by clichés,' is what Day says to Charlotte Treat. . . . 'To turn my will and life over to the care of clichés. One day at a time. Easy does it. First things first. Courage is fear that has said its prayers. Ask for help. Thy will not mine be done. It works if you work it. Grow or go. Keep coming back.' --Infinite Jest, David Foster WallaceIn the startup world, there are a lot of clichés around the beginning of a project. Starting is half the battle. If you're not embarrassed by your first product, you've launched too late. First-mover advantage.

The lonely entrepreneur

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I've been mulling over the idea that entrepreneurship is lonely ever since reading this reflection by Meredith Fineman. By definition, an entrepreneur builds something from nothing, i.e. alone. Fineman writes:
"There is an important amount of alone time and loneliness that is necessary for creation. . . . It's also learning how to disconnect, or to unplug from all that is going on around you in order to focus on what you need, what your company needs, and where you want to go." On the other hand, being alone can be lonely!