I’ve always admired David Hieatt, he of Howies fame and founder of the Do Lectures, and his philosophy if anything has gained resonance with me since I have been through the process of starting a business. His blog is full of inspiration, particularly for start-ups and manufacturing businesses, and well worth a read.
You can’t deny the strength of analogies like:
Imagine on your deathbed you were able to see two films of your life: One showed highlights of what you actually achieved. And then the other showed highlights of what you could have achieved with your ability, your talent, the opportunities that came your way etc. It would probably bring you to tears to know what else you could have done. The heights you could have climbed. The people you could have met. The races you could have run. The ideas you could have made happen. The change you could have made. If only when you had come to the edge, you hadn’t taken that step back to safety. If you had just kept going after failing that one time. If only you had believed in that crazy dumb idea enough to tell the world about it. Yes, if only you hadn’t, well, played so damn small.
I also came across this article from him called Ten Lessons for a Maker.
For anyone starting a business or thinking about it, Hieatt knows where it’s at.