The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
Silicon Valley legend Ben Horowitz’s The Hard Thing About Hard Things is a no-nonsense peek into the challenging world of startups. When you intend to start a startup, you pass through a lot of emotional stages. The “idea moment” comes with joy, pride, and excitement.
The second stage is usually the research part. Mixed emotions flash up when you think about where your ideas fit best.
ENTREPRENEURIAL CHALLENGES / THE HARD THING ABOUT HARD THINGS
At the third level, you’re trying to put data together. Trying to figure out how to actually get your startup off the ground. That’s the stage of fears and doubts. Almost all your question start with “Can I?”
Can I do that? Can I overcome those obstacles? Can I implement my ideas well?
You might have an excellent educational background. Congrats! But does it help you now? No. Not really.
You’ve already spent countless hours reading amazing stories about successful entrepreneurs. Those stories energized you and got you to dream BIG. Everything seems so easy to achieve. The people you read about seemed to become super successful overnight.
But the reality is very much different from everything you’ve learned or read about. You can’t predict the future, that’s for sure. But you can predict plenty of challenging moments you’ll have to deal with. This is what Ben Horowitz’s The Hard Thing About Hard Things is all about.
Ben Horowitz – one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced investors – decided to go beyond his popular blog and share his insights on the challenges of startups in a book.
We firmly believe The Hard Thing About Hard Things is a must-read for every entrepreneur, from veterans to beginners.
We’ve gathered our favorite 30 nuggets – visual quotes from books – below to convince you about that!
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