What is your advice for a founder who is between ventures after his last one failed?

Let it go.

This is very hard advice to take, but it’s my best advice. I’ve seen many founders who have failed who can’t let it go. They make excuses. They blame other people (this is the most destructive). They are insecure about their next gig. They feel like anything less than being a CEO or founder for their next role is a “step backwards”.

This thinking is destructive for your next gig.

None of us can really let it go. And a modest sized chip on your shoulder is what drives most of us.

But let some of it go. You made mistakes. It happens. Don’t blame others. You won’t forget, you’ll still think about it often. But you need to try to just move on.

The beauty of Silicon Valley is no one is holding it against you. Take advantage of that.

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Published on April 16, 2018

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