Fighting the Imposter Syndrome

The great Eric Barker just wrote generally about fighting the effects of the Imposter Syndrome, in which successful people are convinced that they are frauds, and do not deserve the success that they’ve achieved. Imposter syndrome is extremely widespread, affecting 70% of successful people, according to a study by psychologist Gail Matthews.  If it affects … Continue reading Fighting the Imposter Syndrome

Entrepreneurs who slack off after raising money aren’t entrepreneurs

Paul Smith recently wrote about the phenomenon of entrepreneurs who slack off after raising their seed round: “Here’s what I see three quarters of startups doing immediately after they raise a seed round:  After months of working 60 hour weeks (and the rest, usually) to launch and demonstrate early growth to convince investors they’re worth … Continue reading Entrepreneurs who slack off after raising money aren’t entrepreneurs

The Manic Side of Entrepreneurship

One of my long-term projects is to write a book about the psychology of entrepreneurship.  One of the issues I want to write about is what I call the manic side of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs are innately optimistic; otherwise, they wouldn’t jump into a field of endeavor that has a 90%+ failure rate.  I can assure … Continue reading The Manic Side of Entrepreneurship