I'm a 36-year-old CEO who sold my first startup for $1 billion. Here's what I've learned this past decade.
- Justin Kan is a mid-30s entrepreneur who sold his previous startup, Twitch, to Amazon for $1 billion, and has raised millions in VC funding for his current project, the legal startup Atrium.
- On Twitter, Kan reflected back on the past decade, and what's he learned in the 2010s.
- "Lasting happiness comes from connection to other people, gratitude, and the release of self-tortured striving," he wrote.
- With his permission, we've shared his Tweets.
- He says the most important thing for success in work is who you work with. And that achieving your goals won't lead to lasting happiness - that comes from gratitude and connecting with others.
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It's been a wild ten years for me. Here's a bunch of things I've learned in the last decade: Things that seem disastrous at the time can happen for a reason. Some of my most important learnings came from failures that I thought were the end of the world in the moment.
The most important success factor in your work is who you choose to work with.
No matter where you are at, you are probably giving up too early.
No one does everything well.
There is an endless treadmill of goals.
Achievement of goals won't deliver lasting happiness.
You can be anxious no matter what your situation is.
There is no antidote to your fears.
I don't need to attract people to me to connect.
Lasting happiness comes from connection to other people, gratitude, and the release of self-tortured striving.
Congrats on making it through the 2010s.
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