In 2008 you could have bought a 10 percent stake in Airbnb for $150,000. On June 26th of that year, Airbnb's CEO, Brian Chesky, offered this deal to seven prominent Silicone Valley VC's. Five of them rejected the opportunity, the other two didn't reply. Eight years later, that 10 percent would have been worth $2.5 billion. The idea was deemed a "long shot."
1. Just because it might feel like a long shot, doesn't mean that it is.
2. The reaction of others is not an accurate measuring tool for your success.
Spending your time (in your head), trying to predict outcome based on someone else's opinion or data on a spreadsheet is rarely a more effective strategy for creating a life that feels richly fulfilling than trusting your own instinct and trading your time only for those things you care about most.
Following your own inner compass doesn't guarantee "success." What it does, is greatly reduce your chances of looking back with regret while drastically increasing your chances for feeling proud of yourself.
With time expiring and Boston College trailing by four, Doug Flutie threw a Hail Mary pass to give Boston College a 47-45 victory over Miami, the defending national champs. Flutie would win the Heisman Trophy for that magical '84 season and will forever be associated with the throw. Doug Flutie was told by many that he'd never be a college quarterback.
Just because it's a long shot doesn't mean it's not going to happen.
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