Startup Tip – Plan for the unpredictable

Anda Gansca – Startup Tip – How to plan for what you can’t plan for.

I learned to let go of all the expectations in the first three months after starting the company.

Because every single time we thought something would happen based on the some sort of timetable that we came up with based on whatever logic, it would never work that way. Most of the time, it’s gotten to a point where if things work in the way that they’re supposed to work, I get paranoid. And I’m thinking, there’s something wrong here. What’s going on? There’s something going on. I’m not sure what it is, but things shouldn’t go well. So I think the biggest wisdom is to let go of all expectations, to take things in as they are. Days come when we have these insane challenges.

Two days ago, because of a technical glitch, Apple kicked our app out of the App Store, and then their app depths got hacked, and they couldn’t put it back up. So what do you do then? I mean, I had a mini panic attack, and then I was like, okay.  There’s things that are out of our control, and the best we can do is just cross that bridge when you get there, have an amazing team that you have a very powerful connection with, and then also just have the confidence that you’re going to navigate through anything. And sometimes, even if you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, what I always remember is that as long as you keep breathing, you’re going to stay alive. And that time, sometimes, actually, fixes things.

When you’ve done everything you can do, time actually helps. It just pushes things into where they should naturally fall into place, so that’s what I’d say.