“Wahoo! At last I’m free! Now I can leave this meaningless job in this boring corporation to join an exciting startup and show what I’m really able to do.” The contrast between in a large company work life and start up work life is the joy of personal goals.
That’s the passion that triggers people to head out the door and move into a startup. It’s the reason they put their heart into it, their money, their talent, their time.
The driving force is a soul-deep need for fulfillment that is blocked when working in a large company where people experience what a veteran of startups calls “the lethargy of no personal impact.” You could spend a lifetime there waiting for one chance to do something important.
The contrast with a startup is vivid. In a fresh business you’ll be given a chance to do wonderful things that are challenging. And when you achieve them, you’ll feel thrilled and fulfilled. You and your startup people will celebrate, and you’ll be rewarded in many ways that you were not in the big company.
In startup land, the individual is supreme, free and encouraged to take risks and be amazingly creative. In giant corporations and big government, a handful of elite people at the top take all the glory and money, and they grab and exercise tight control over individuals. They reap the rewards (of the hard work and sacrifices of the many others). By contrast, in a startup, individuals are celebrated and rewarded, and the fresh business thus succeeds. It’s no wonder that so many people have the urge to do a startup.
I wish you The Best on your Adventure!