Never give up in the midst of trouble

When a startup company is distressed, entrepreneur has hard time to figure out what to do. When everyone gives rosy prospects on your business and wants to chip in, you think sky is the limit.

Though, when your business turns into a sinking ship: getting lots of no’s for your sales call, losing key employees, and failing to raise additional capital to sustain your operation, you feel like giving up and getting out of headache. Someone may call this situation “death valley” or “chasm.” Though, 99% of even successful companies had gone through similar level of stress. The reason they still exist is because they’ve never given up.

Let’s say…when you walk into huge forest, you may wonder what the other side of forest is like. At the end of trip, there could be a beautiful scenery like serene white sand shoreline or flowery valley. However, you don’t know it yet. You may feel extremely tired if your journey takes longer than expected. Also, it adds extra stress if your map doesn’t look right. As long as you have a clear goal to pass through forest to the end, you just have to keep walking to the direction your gut feeling tells you that would bring you to the end-point fast. In the midst of long trip, you hardly imagine how beautiful forest is. When you get to your destination, you can now look back and proudly tell how worthy your trip was.

If you feel like you’re in the middle of trouble and don’t know which direction to go, never give up and get wise navigator if you can who knows the best way.

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If you were in my shoes…

This morning, story of Jun Beom-suk, M.D., a famous neurologist, caught my attention. Dr. Jun was casually hiking up the mountain when he fell and lost his consciousness. Next morning, what he found was the man who only could move his left toe from paralysis because he broke his neck. He was a medical expert and knew what stats talk about his chance of being recovered. Within just three days after long operation, he stepped up to take all the initiatives to recoup his remaining sense and capability of moving his body. After 9 months of long and blood-pumping efforts to rehab, he is now back in his office, leading up top neurologists at Seoul Nat’l Univ. What he learned from this experience was how vaguely he knew about his patients’ pain and how important to keep hope to get recovered even if there is only 5% of chance.

Sometimes, being in others’ shoes is the best way to learn. How often do we come across those people who speak up even if they have never been to and never gotten proper experience before. If you’d like to find a more productive support from the VC community, please, find a VC guy who has done a full cycle of getting companies to be started.

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