Seems like an apropo message for times like this: faith in the future while not burying or running from the truth of the current reality. (Hmmm, if all had gone according to plan, I would have been coming home later today from my "vacation".) Hell, it's a great reminder for all times frankly.
“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – which you can never afford to lose – with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” - Jim Stockdale
Jim Collins coined the term the Stockdale Paradox in his business classic, Good to Great. It's named after Admiral Jim Stockdale who was the highest ranking US military officer imprisoned in Vietnam. He was held in the “Hanoi Hilton” and repeatedly tortured over 8 years.
Most startups are long on faith and short on reality.
Entrepreneurs are wired for optimism. But, in Stockdale’s story, it was the optimists who died. Don’t forget to balance optimism with fact and belief with reality. If that can get someone through 8 years of torture, it certainly can get anyone through a startup.
I'm trying to maintain my sense of humor - vitally important right now - and I had to smile at the thought that folks compare business, and specifically start-ups, to torture.