Startup success is often glamorized, but so should the struggle (via @cdixon). The power of iteration has definitely caught on with the Lean Startup craze, but we as entrepreneurs need to remember that for every Pinterest or Zynga, there are 10,000 garage teams burning the midnight oil because they are passionate about something. As a society (and subsequently as professionals), we treat failure as something to be feared or mourned. Why should it have to be like that? I’m not saying that everyone should get a a participation medal, but if failure were less demonized, perhaps the concept of turning failure into a learning experience wouldn’t be such a revelation. And so I echo my co-contributor’s co-sentiments, put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to kill your children.
Two relevant pieces of startup advice that have stuck with me:
1) Do a startup because you love the idea. That way, you can fail and still have a great time. (I think this might be from @cdixon too, or perhaps @sgblank)
2) Scientist are a group of professionals that exalt failure. We should all try to be a little more like scientists. (via @marcecko)
That is the real beauty of startups, people trying to change the world just because they can. Not because they want to be the next TechCrunch headline.