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How to make failure sustainable (and career entrepreneurship possible) (thestartuptoolkit.com)
54 points by robfitz on Dec 30, 2011 | hide | past | favorite | 3 comments

I think the overall idea of this post is sound: if you don't have something flexible to fall back on (contracting or just savings) then you may put yourself in a really bad position if you're company doesn't go as well as you think.

The focus we all need to really have is one of maximizing personal freedom / flexibility. You want to be able to avoid personal switching costs at all times, and live below your means so you don't need a full-time job (hand cuffs). Also, having a skill like programming or design (+ contacts to get gigs) is huge is keeping your flexibility. The lack of programers seems to make this the golden age of software entrepreneur "careers" - where you can always fall back on that.

Currently, I'm in a bit of spot after a startup gone "meh" - a sale I don't benefit much from and where I put all my savings into. I'm not a programmer, but I'm learning fast (got my first gig), and I'm able to do his part time contracting thing to get through it to the next one.

While I agree with the overall idea in principle, I think you'll find that what you've done is to create a startup with infinite (at least until you die/give up) runway.

I think you've covered why it's a good idea, but I wanted to add a warning - having an infinite runway may cripple you. It may take away from your sense of urgency and desperation, which in turn may lower your chances of ever landing a success. This may change the equation so you'd be better off being a normal employee, given your skillset and drive.

As a mom, I must always keep in mind an take care of the continuous cask flow that comes from my job. But my projects are of the same importance and I also apply my passion for startups in the same manner at my job. With my kid, it's harder to just what I would like, but also more rewarding and motivating.

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