It is wonderful to notice how tiny organisms can teach us so much. For example, some microbes aren’t useful until they start growing. We don’t see them because we can’t see them. They have to grow to survive. Bacteria grows most vigorously, they grow exponentially at 37 degrees Celsius. In an incubator.
That’s also why startup incubators exist, right? To help brand new companies grow rapidly. To be seen. To earn more than the year before. To be more than the year before.To survive. That’s the very definition of a startup.
Why can’t we treat ourselves like we treat our startups? Shouldn’t we be searching for our own “business models”, our own methods for rapid personal growth that we can spread to others? One we can repeat over and over again to create better versions of ourselves? Startups don’t stop at version 1.0, why should we?
Our bodies are naturally at 37 degrees Celsius. We’re built to grow. We’re our own incubator.
If you reflect on who you were six months ago and don’t feel even slightly embarrassed by that person, you aren’t growing. You’re stagnant.
In the microbiology world, the word for bacteria like that.
Don’t just grow. Grow exponentially. Each year should feel better than the last. If you hit a ceiling, break it.
Don’t have time to incubate yourself?
Make it. You own 100% of you.
Grow. Be noticed. Be an inspiration. I’m not going to tell you to be the next Elon Musk. You should be yourself. Be the best damn You that you can be, and do the impossible along the way.
“The odds are we won’t succeed. But if something is important enough, then you should do it anyway.”—Elon Musk
The best part of treating yourself like a startup is that there’s only one investor you have to follow through for.