Always be New
I snapped this picture coming out of our NYC office. As I breathed in the smell of the new flowers, probably just days old, it was a refreshing, invigorating moment of clarity. Everything seemed new.
VocaWorks is also new, the equivalent of days-old. We are pre-product launch and really just getting ready to take off. We are lining up our first clients, partners, hiring our first employees, etc.
It's a fun time; everything is new. It's actually Spring, but also our Spring.
When you have a new product, a new company, your vision is actually sharper. You are inspired by its raw potential.
But it's easy to have fun with it, it's not a chore to be new. You do things like, you know, literally stop and smell the flowers.
But everything won't always be new.
We'll have complicated issues to sort out. Mundane details will pile up. Development won't always be what we want it to be. Life will get in the way sometimes.
We'll start walking by the flowers and worrying more.
The trick to growing startups is to always be a startup. To always be looking forward to the future and not get bogged down with the problems of the present moment. To maintain the delight of anticipation, no matter what you have now.
In the future, we'll have to try harder to feel new. And to keep our heads up, and to enjoy the moment. But it's possible, no matter what stage we're in. So this is a reminder to myself with this company to always be new and remember feeling young. Nothing's better for focus!