I am up in Minnesota for a week. When we are up here, we tend to wind up doing some chores that require manual labor. Gardening, transplanting trees, digging rocks, painting, trimming and cutting trees and burning them.
There is an old saying “you can’t see the forest because of the trees”.
Yesterday, I was cutting down a whole bunch of little balsam firs. I put some photos on Instagram. They grow like weeds up here. They were blocking views from our cabin. I was trimming up the cedars, spruce and pines. When I was in the forest, I couldn’t see exactly what I was doing. I knew I was cutting, but I didn’t know how high to go up, nor how many trees to saw down.
I had to take a break, step back and figure out strategically where to cut. Even after I had started, I’d trim to where I thought I should then go take another look. Refocus, then start cutting again.
The cutting can be fun. It’s the hauling of the brush and the burning it that isn’t much fun. Burning has a risk, since you don’t want to burn the whole forest down!
Sort of like a metaphor for a startup. When you are in the midst of the stress of building your company sometimes it helps to take a step back. Things start to consume you that are not important, but seem important. Taking a short breath and a step back can allow you to refocus. Getting rid of employees can be fraught with risk depending on how you handle it.
Once you decide which path is right, you go in and go all out again. Lather, rinse, repeat.