After 3 years of working on my startup (NOX), I decided to make the hard decision of leaving. I used to think that I would be able to step away from the business if I ever decided that it isn’t working. But in reality, it’s really hard to give up on something which you had spent so much blood, sweat and tears building. The thought of “OMG, I would have wasted xx years of my life 😖” constantly prevented me to face this harsh reality.
I was scared that people would think that I was a failure. I was so adept at pretending everything was going so well. Any time someone asked me about my startup, I’d answer in the positive. Everything’s just peachy keen. To be honest, it was a bloody struggle. Emotionally, mentally and financially. It was damn tough.