The followup is harder than the debut.
Successes are a lot more fun then failures but I would not trade out any of my failures. They define me, for better or worse. I learned so much from each that I find myself channeling words from my Dad–“I know you’ll hate this son, but it builds character.” When can I stop adding character? Enough already.
Like it or not, we are victims of our past. And when our past is a big success I think the burden is even stronger. If you are Hootie & the Blowfish and your debut album sells 16 million copies where do you go from there? The second version is bound to be a challenge. Time for more character building, I guess.
My second attempt at building a company never went anywhere. Three years wasted until a few members of the team told me it was time for me to move on. I had built the company to something good but it was in a holding pattern. What we sometimes call the living dead. Why?
Needless to say I have thought about this a few hundred times. Here is what I got so far.
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