I wrote a 4000 word post explaining my current thought process as I make an exception today to assess current affairs.
I will save you the reading time with a summary.
There have been times in our industry and country recently which make it really hard to do what I do with Green & White, which is to try and share perspectives that would help people from outside of our country realize that we are also capable of intellectual thought leadership — if not through me, then through the collective output of all of our opinions and analyses.
Days like the recent tragedy in Karachi make it really really hard to write anything which will have a positive influence on someone else’s mind about us internationally, and such days make me take a break of silence from writing — it just seems insensitive of me to come around the next day writing like we’re a progressive modern thinking society. Days like today will make it harder.
But the past 8 months of my life and my company’s life has taught me something priceless — its reminded me something I used to believe a few years ago that, in one sentence, sums up like this:
“If today is really tough and you are beginning to feel hopeless, remember that if today doesn’t happen, something better cannot happen tomorrow — because there is only one path in your life to that better event, and that is through today”.
8 Months ago was a moment that was tough for me, but 3 days ago everything made sense — that tough time had to happen so that things last week could happen in the order that they did.
So yesterday was extremely hopeful for me. Today, however, was another tough day.
This time, however, I have thought and decided that Green & White will continue in its efforts — today had to happen, and we’ll be amazed one day soon when we link today’s events with something amazing that happens later on. In the meantime, we cannot simply and freeze and choke – we just have to rationalize the irrational and make a path that can continue to let us get closer to our objectives.
Green & White will continue.
I end with an appropriate quote:
“…realize that a startup puts you on an emotional rollercoaster unlike anything you have ever experienced.
You will flip rapidly from a day in which you are euphorically
convinced you are going to own the world, to a day in which doom seems
only weeks away and you feel completely ruined, and back again.
Over and over and over.” – Mark Andreessen