Timing Matters a Lot

A founder I know had a great vision for his company. He worked for years to get customers and had success, but not the hockey-stick growth he expected. Then the pandemic hit, and customers flooded in.

I caught up with him and asked him about his journey. His most important observation was this:

I knew I was right. I just didn’t know when I’d be proven right. Giving myself enough runway was the difference maker.

Timing is a huge factor in the entrepreneurial journey. Often, founders can’t control it. When things don’t go according to their planned timeline, they have a choice to make: keep building and wait for the time to be right, move on to something else, or choose some hybrid of the two. There’s no right or wrong answer. Each founder must make the decision that’s right for them and their team.

This founder chose to keep going, and it worked out for him in a big way.