You can try to convince people that you’re something that you’re not, or you can actually be the thing you want. It’s that simple. A number of smart folks back it up, including Fred Wilson (both here and here), the fabulous Anne 2.0, and Matt McCall. The common thread in each of these, for me, is that all really define success against internal measures, not how much money flows to the bottom line. Sure, the money often follows, but it’s not the first consideration in any of these cases.
I can add a personal story to this. My grandfather, long departed, used to say, Son don’t bank money, bank people. If you do that, you are going to be much better off. He was so right. When leaving my job at Business 2.0 I was so scared of leaving the security of a paycheck. But then in the back of my mind were his words. The support of those people I banked has made loving what I love to do even more fun.
Okay, enough of this touchy-feely stuff.