Elite athletes must focus on more than physical training to win. Startup CEOs also have an inner game to master on the way to success.
The many hidden challenges to being a startup CEO aren’t talked about enough.
Among other things, you face repeated rejection; suffer failures small and large; complete overwhelm; deep self-doubt (if not outright depression); face seemingly impossible dilemmas, decisions and circumstances; and struggle with difficult relationships. At times you feel completely alone, like you’re the only one with these problems, and that there is no one you can talk to. You ask more than once, “am I crazy, or is this normal?”