Earlier this week I joined GSV Startup Bootcamp. It's a 7-week sprint program, connecting founders across the globe. 100% free and virtual, so you can dial in as well.
The main topic for this week discussions was around entrepreneurial mindset. Michael Moe in his talk shared examples of founders, whom the early days were the underdogs and considered crazy, in a way. Thomas Edison, Elon Musk, Michael Jordan, Phil Knight, Steve Jobs and many more. But it was OK for them to be different and swim against the current, to build their businesses.
Guy Kawasaki echoed similar thoughts in his quick recap of Art of the Start. More on that in a separate post, but his #10 thought was "Ignore the negativity". So, encouraging you to make a dent in the universe, in a good way.
And best quote for summing up the mindset came from Heidi Dohse, founder of Tour de Heart. She said in our healthtech affinity group discussion "There isn't a billing code for happiness." No amount of healthcare doesn't work if the patient doesn't choose to be better. Even if you have heart challenges and have to use pacemakers 100% time, you can still choose to live a fully active life, including joining Ironman series triathlons.
Your mindset, including happiness, is up to you. You can't get that fixed at your healthcare provider or bill to your insurer, that's something that you have to do on your own. To make it happen, you can surround yourself with a supportive community.