You usually hear about people wanting to start companies because they have a problem they want solve or think they have some unique insight that might result in bags of cash. I think there is another reason that is spoken of less frequently. When people would tell me how hard it was to build a company a certain itch would arise that made me wonder if I had what it took to start my own. Ultimately, I think it stems back to the fact that we as humans compare ourselves and abilties to our peers to seek external validation. I don’t think this motivation alone is the right ingredient for building a successful company. However, I do think its important to recognize its existence and be aware of how it affects our professional decision making.
Scott Britton is a startup enthusiast, blogger, and Skillshare teacher based in New York City. He is a former business development and marketing executive for SinglePlatform and writes about business development, networking, and personal development at Life-LongLearner.com.