Humans of New York: I’m trying to start another company. The first one failed.

I’m trying to start another company. The first one failed.

“I’m trying to start another company. The first one failed. I tried to get a regular job for awhile but I just couldn’t do it. There are a lot of downsides to being an entrepreneur. No boss to ask for help. No regular paycheck. My girlfriend and I have put a lot of our plans on hold. But at least I’m in control.


I’m free. I own the value of my work. At my old job it was the same thing over and over. Same office. Same people. Even if you get a promotion, it’s just a different set of responsibilities. A different brand next to your name on LinkedIn. Nothing meaningful has changed. The only thing that’s changed is how people see you. And what is that worth?

When I was in college I met all these people with dreams of starting NGO’s and changing the world. But then they had kids, and got a new condo, and a new car, and they got stuck. Everyone keeps saying: ‘one day, one day.’ But you ride the metro in the morning and you see all these people who’ve been working the same job for twenty years. They look empty almost. We all know that nothing takes eight hours to do everyday. But that’s the culture. We’re stuck in that structure. We’re stuck in meetings. Or killing time on our phones. Just waiting for the weekend. And what’s the point of it all? To buy new things. To seem important. I just can’t do it. I have to find a way out.”

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