Are startup CEOs happy?

The best start-up CEOs are:

  • driven
  • unhappy if they are not building
  • truly enjoy doing great things with their team
  • are grateful for those on the journey with them
  • want very happy employees
  • incredibly proud of the crazy things everyone has pulled off
  • are usually pretty excited to get to work on Monday

but … happy themselves?

It’s just … a bit too hard for “happy”. A bit too hard on the family. A bit too hard hitting the plan each and every year. A bit too hard each quarter, each year, to have to do much better than the year before. A bit too hard to almost be running out of money. A bit too hard to be responsible for 5, 10, then 200, then 1,000 employees.

I am not sure the best CEOs I know are happy. But they are driven, engaged, and alive. And would not want to do anything else. At all.

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Published on April 22, 2019

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