17 Start-Up Founders on How to Become Insanely Successful

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Jared Kim, founder and CEO of Forge

Contrary to the stereotype, startups are a marathon, not a sprint.

The truth is, you are not going to be a billion dollar company or acquired in the next 18 months. This shit takes a long time.

Surround yourself with people you will want to work with for the next 5 years and beyond (e.g. co-founders, employees, advisors, board members, investors, etc).

Don't burn out. Take care of yourself by getting 8 hours of sleep, eat healthy, and exercise. If you don't take care of yourself, there's no way you can take care of your company in the long-term. Obviously there will occasionally be the special circumstances that will prohibit you from keeping a normal schedule (e.g. the days leading up to launch), but make those days the exceptions not the norm.