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Avoiding Founder Frustration in Technology Start-Ups

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"I found that in an early firm stage performance and individual satisfaction go hand in hand with a few exceptions," Lautenschlaeger says, but satisfaction with life correlates negatively in the long run with company growth despite rising income. He points out that to some extent this counteracts the aspirations of promoting start-up firms as a panacea for fighting unemployment and the generation of wealth. He adds that, his findings challenge the traditional view that company growth parallels personal success of the founder.

Starting a company is not easy, and many people will fail many times:

That alone suggests that startups are not a cure for unemployment.

If dissatisfaction with life correlates with startup success then it's no wonder misery loves company!

Perhaps the causation is the other way around: being dissatisfied with life leads to being an entrepreneur.

That makes sense. A satisfied person wouldn't want to change the world because they are satisfied with the world that exists.

I've always found that my own dissatisfaction is the thing that drives my need for change. It may be anecdotal, but yeah, I'd lay my money on this. The "it could be better if..." is the motivation for action.

The line from Mahatma Gandhi comes to mind,

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

If you do not wish to see change, you will not be it.

Dissatisfaction is a double edged sword. When "sucking less" it is a good thing. When grinding an axe, not so good. When scratching an itch, it's a good thing. When proving a point, not so much. Entrepreneurship comes from an abundance of creativity, a desire to pour it out and the temerity to stick with it. I'm not sure reasoning with it makes much sense. There is too much art in human psyche :-) to distill too much causation.

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