With the amount of chaos in the startup culture, it's easy to lose perspective of the world around us. From time to time, no matter if you're an entrepreneur or a 9-5′er, we all need a little reminder in humility.

And, that's why the message below, submitted anonymously on StartupsAnonymous.com, is so important:

We are all a bunch of primates.

The difference between the smartest and dumbest human is pretty small in absolute scale. So while you may be considered a genius by the severely inbred startup scene in the Bay Area, it's not because you are special. It's because of how little they know.

Read more history and philosophy. Philosophy humbles you and history gives you perspective. Then you might see how many "special" people came before you and how little anyone remembers them. Also you might see how arbitrarily our world is put together by people who didn't really know what they were doing, and that everything can be rearranged by anyone.

You will be completely forgotten within a few decades of your death, and if you significantly change the current state of the world, then maybe you can stretch it to a few hundred years. This is only a game we choose to play, so don't let it get to your head, don't be an asshole, and don't forget to have a good time.

The more you let success get to your head, the more fragile you become. Being a brutally honest realist is the only sure way to enjoy being an entrepreneur for life. If you know it's a gamble and acknowledge the uncertainties, failure will just be an unfortunate but predictable outcome. Otherwise, you are setting yourself up for mental breakdown. When you're worried, you'll have to act like everything is okay (people can tell anyway). And when you fail, you'll shatter.

Future shame is not worth today's pride. Don't let it get to your head.

Published on: Feb 28, 2015
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