Faster Is Better
The measure of a truly remarkable (ballet) dancer is not the beauty of her lines or how graceful she is. It is in the quality of her footwork during petite allegro, because that is the most difficult skill to master. Many underestimate the sheer amount of precision, speed, strength, and nimbleness required to look as if you’re effortlessly prancing about.
This can be analogized to being an entrepreneur. There is really only 1 reason startups close shop - they run out of money. The reasons they run out of money are numerous- they weren’t able to prove product-market fit, failed to find fruitful distribution channels (or found them but weren’t able to execute), couldn’t raise outside funding, etc… and burned through their capital before they could figure things out. The running theme here is time. Startups must move quickly - whether that means product (launch and iterate and launch again, rinse and repeat) or getting distribution or closing investors or hiring. Patience may be a virtue, but an ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. The more quickly you move, actually produce something (even if they’re bad), and react, the better off your company is.
Don’t get me wrong. It is hard. It’s easy to be reckless and move fast. It’s much harder to move quickly in a ‘smart’ manner. Unfortunately, I was always terrible at petite allegro. So I always felt like that limited my ability to really excel at ballet (that and my feet). Hopefully that doesn’t carry over into my professional life :)