Henry Kravis – Entrepreneurs and Their Safety Nets
“A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them.”
A safety net can be defined, in very literal terms, as a net placed to catch an acrobat or similar performer in case of a fall. But it can also be described as a safeguard against possible hardship or adversity. Unfortunately, entrepreneurs don’t always have that type of safeguard.
Not expecting that safety net to be there can make you independent, and I feel, even lift the burden of the anxiety that comes with “what if”. What if you can’t afford rent? What if your startup fails? What if you’re living on top ramen like you did in college? Know that you can’t guard against possible hardship or adversity, but you can face the adversity head-on, gaining strength as you go. Work like there is no safety net, if you fail, fail fast, and get right back up to start again.