11 Ways Dating Is Like Starting A Company

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11 Ways Dating Is Like Starting A Company

 

My friend and co-blogger Jason Baptiste tweeted this earlier tonight: “Good news: I”m way better at entrepreneurship than dating.  Bad news:  I’m way better at entrepreneurship than dating.” couple dating

That got me to thinking (always a dangerous thing).  So, here's some late night fun.

11 Ways Dating Is Like Starting A Company

1. In the beginning, you have no freakin’ idea what you’re doing.

2. You don’t have to do it a lot to win.  You just have to get it right once.

3. You shouldn’t be going into it just to score.

4. You might have to weed through a bunch of opportunities before you find the right one.

5. If you meet interesting people and have fun in the process, it’s never a failure.

6. Trying to be someone other than yourself is a sure path to failure.

7. Everyone’s going to have advice — even those that haven’t done it well.

8. It’s a process of self discovery.  And self torture.

9. You run the risk of being kicked in the face.

10. Success is not about beating the competition — it’s about beating the odds.

11. The ultimate goal is to create something that endures.

Do you have any of your own?  Feel free to play along in the comments. 

Posted by Dharmesh Shah on Sun, Jan 30, 2011

COMMENTS

Next up: 11 Ways starting your first company is like having a baby. 
 
 

posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 11:38 PM by Ed


Hey Dharmesh, great post - each of them is so true.

posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 11:44 PM by Sanjay


#12 Assuming that by pouring money into it will lead to success/happiness is wrong. Time and dedication is what really matters in the long run.

posted on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 11:51 PM by Mark Hall


And one BIG difference: In entrepreneurship, you can rarely exit a winner. In dating, you never do.

posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:08 AM by Berislav Lopac


In dating its best to keep it to two people in entrepreneurship I think you can possibly add a few more players.

posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:13 AM by Marta Walsh


Jason is just a bit "rusty," that's all! :) 
 
btw - A little trivia note. To back it up a moment: When my sons were young, I was always faulted because they had the latest (whatever) hot off the press. As you said, it is never a good idea as a "replacement," but in conjunction, I always argued that it was not "spoiling," (as I was told)--spoiling means "ruined." Well, I just read in my Psychology class (yes, I went back to school) the following: Our genes dictate our overall brain architecture, but experience fills in the details, developing neural connections and preparing our brain for thought and language and other later experiences. So how do early experiences leave their "marks" in the brain? Mark Rosenzweig and David Krech opened a window on that process when they raised some young rats in solitary confinement and others in a communal play-ground. When they later analyzed the rats' brains, those who died with the most toys had won. The rats living in the enriched environment, which simulated a natural environment, usually developed a heavier and thicker brain cortex. 
 
Moral of the story: Jason needs to get back out there! :)

posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:14 AM by Barbara Baptiste


Both need waiting a lot for expected ones...

posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:19 AM by Bimal


#14. Sometimes you get attracted to a superficial one and think that's the one. Just have to realize the mistake and move onto the next on asap. 
 
Nice ones. Looking forward to the next one comparing to a baby.

posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 1:32 AM by K


LOL! That was funny!

posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 1:48 AM by Mike Lopez


Hehe, thanks for sharing.

posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 4:00 AM by Harry van der Veen


* Go slowly until you know what you are doing 
*Don't wait for the perfect time to get out and meet the market, do it now 
* Protection is required for both

posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 7:18 AM by Bruce


Piggybacking on #11: Both dating and startups absolutely, positively require excellent communication and mutual respect/honesty - by everyone involved - if they're going to create something that endures!

posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 8:16 AM by Peter Alberti


Guys: if you run out of money you are f**ked just like in startups!

posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 9:43 AM by Jeremy Campbell


"Everyone’s going to have advice — even those that haven’t done it well." 
 
So true. Just a shame usually you don't find those people posting advice on popular blogs... :) 
 
I'm getting just a little tired of being told, "just do it, and keep doing it until it works" from people who managed to succeed on their first try and had a ton of financial backing from their families to do it in the first place... 
 
This list is probably one of the most realistic and BS-free lists I've seen in a while. Kudos!

posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 10:40 AM by ...Paul


#12, Startups and dating are both temporary -- until you find an opportunity that will mature to succeed long term and stay established.

posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 1:33 PM by Jas Panesar


Both Dating and Entrepreneurship has Suprises,Always be ready with a Plan B.

posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 at 10:35 PM by Jesal Sangani


Both have their own whims and demands but if properly managed both yield good results

posted on Wednesday, March 09, 2011 at 11:54 PM by Ran


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