Thanksgiving Letter to My Portfolio CEOs

Matt Mireles
From: Matt Mireles
Date: Fri, Nov 23rd, 2018 at 9:56 AM
Subject: Thankful
To: Founders

 

Hi Folks,
On this Thanksgiving holiday, I am thankful for… you.
You are my tribe.
A lot of you are the people I talk to most and have become some of my closest friends.
Most people don’t get to work with people they admire so deeply. Most people don’t get to be as real with the people they work with. Most people do not get to be part of work that is so important.
I feel very lucky and privileged to be a part of your lives, and to have you a part of mine.
And for this, I am very, very thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving to you. I hope it’s an awesome one!
-Matt

Humility the Hard Way

Japanese generals humbled

So much of the best advice is impossible to hear when you are first starting out. Success feels within our grasp, just a sprint or two away. We’re in too much of a hurry to listen.

Failure slows you down. The pain of failure forces you to stop. Failure creates the context where one can truly listen and absorb advice from the grizzled veterans around us. I think the technical term is humility.

If you learned this lesson the hard way, don’t worry, you are not alone.

If you haven’t, consider slowing down for a moment and taking the easier path. There may be no answers outside of those that you create for yourself, but there is still much to be learned.

Japanese generals humbled