On the Longest Night – Ships-a-Lot

On the Longest Night

Zach Lukaszek, co-Founder of Ships-A-Lot

Zach Lukaszek is a former PhD student turned entrepreneur who enjoys writing about eCommerce, business, and programming.


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Zach Lukaszek, co-Founder of Ships-A-Lot

Zach Lukaszek is a former PhD student turned entrepreneur who enjoys writing about eCommerce, business, and programming.


bird@shipsalot.com

On the Longest Night

entrepreneurs, Success -

Motivation


I love VSauce. Michael has a great charisma about him and their team aggregates interesting and well-sourced topics and facts in a way that composes true edutainment. I watched a video of theirs recently that talked about the question "What is a day?".

They mention a fact about the day after the winter solstice that has become my favorite piece of trivia in recent memory:

If we consider the length of a day to be one full revolution of the Earth, then December 22nd is actually the longest day of the year. Currently, it takes almost 1 full minute longer for the Earth to complete it's revolution, compared to the shortest solar day (September 18th). We just happen to spend most of it in darkness here in the US.

Why does this matter?


Aside from the fact that science is both very cool and very sexy, how exactly does this bear on entrepreneurial life? You may already know where I'm going with this if you've spent much time on the grind or have suffered tragedies.

I can never truly know where I am on the calendar of my life. Hell, even where I'm at on the metaphorical watch of my life! It could end at any second, seemingly random circumstances jump in and alter its course, friends come and friends go.

I try to keep in mind this lack of a true point of reference, a lack of omniscient perspective, especially when things are tough. The long, dark nights come for us in entrepreneurship. They come to everyone, but we have chosen a uniquely fear-fraught existence in the business of starting businesses.

My advice is this: pick your north star, go towards it, and remember in the darkest nights that you may just lack the right perspective. With the right combination of grit, humility, a willingness to learn, the right willingness to lead, and above all honesty with yourself, you may wake up one day and have an entirely new perspective on your life.

I've suffered terrible losses in my life. While they were fresh, it seemed like nothing would ever change and life would be horrible forever. With the help of good people and a vision, I kept showing up in my life and by the time things got better I learned one powerful fact: those moments have been crucial to my personal and professional growth. Though dark at the time, they were perhaps the longest days.

Stay faithful to your vision, you crazy entrepreneurs; keep innovating, keep grinding, and have a happy holiday, everyone!


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