You Get What You Need

(Note: If you are capable of multitasking, I recommend listening to the video while reading the blog. It’s my favorite version of this song, but just make sure you don’t overwhelm yourself with its greatness)

The full line of course by The Rolling Stones is “You can’t always get what you want but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.” This has been my life recently, and by no means am I complaining. Actually, things have never been better. Ever.

Getting my team into TechStars is exactly what I wanted, but that didn’t happen. I can now admit that we weren’t ready at the time - or at least I wasn’t ready. The typical thinking when talking about rejection is, “what’s the worst that could happen if you get rejected?” And the typical response is “nothing - if you get rejected you are no better or worse off then you were now.” Well I disagree there. By getting rejected, we learned so much about the process and about our team and made some awesome connections that are going to catapult our project forward.

But since that rejection and mainly because of it, we have doubled in our determination and commitment to the project. And the results are really starting to show. Exciting things are coming very soon.

I have been forced to learn so much on my own in such a short time, and I love it. Learning and improving is one of my greatest passions and something I pride myself at being good at. I have discovered a whole new world of blogs and articles and websites from the smartest and most experienced startup guys in the world. My theory is - if you’re going to learn something new, you want to learn from the best in the world. And the greatest part is, the best in the world all share this information for free because they love the community so much and love giving back to it. Awesome.

The point is that I got what I needed. Rejection.

I thought I had become immune to rejection from my days as a financial advisor, but it turns out that it still stings. But as with any outcome, it’s how you interpret it that matters. I don’t want to take the Miami Heat route to a championship - which clearly didn’t work anyways. (You probably don’t believe me but) I wouldn’t want an inheritance handed to me on a silver platter just as I wouldn’t want to be accepted into TechStars if we absolutely didn’t deserve to be there. I want to build my empire from the ground up. That has been the plan from Day 1, and this little rejection is exactly what I needed.