"The Story of The Butterfly" (original author unknown)
A man saw a butterfly in a cocoon.
The butterfly struggled for a while, trying to get out of the cocoon.
Overcome with compassion, the man wanted to help the butterfly and so he took a little knife and opened the cocoon.
The butterfly emerged, tried to move around and open it"s wings. This went on for hours. Then the butterfly died.
What the man in his kindness did not understand: the restricting cocoon and the struggle required by the butterfly to get through the opening was a way of forcing the fluid from the body into the wings so that it would be ready for flight once that was achieved.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what a new venture needs. Growing a venture with no obstacles would cripple it. It will not be as strong as it could have been and would never fly.
It"s often the struggles that get forgotten when success comes along. But it"s the struggles that made success possible.
As the co-founder of a start-up that has endured years of struggles and is hopefully emerging into a butterfly of sorts (could be a moth, hard to tell) I recalled the above story as a reminder to embrace the obstacles as learning opportunities.