There was always something tragicomic about those stories of
Wall Street bankers jumping out of windows after the Great Crash of 1929.
The comic element disappears when one hears of an increasing
number of suicides during the current crisis: a German multi-millionaire steps
in front of a train because he is suddenly only a millionaire; an American
kills himself and his family after losing his job...
Yet, if one could say one thing to those people, it would be
simply this: Be Serious.
“Come on, be serious... It’s only money, after all...”
This is not to say we do not take money seriously. A blog
written by, for, and about entrepreneurs must have a healthy respect for the
Yet is it precisely because we have a proper sense of the
value of money that we can say that is it not worth killing oneself over the
The worst that can happen without it is personal bankruptcy
– the pain, stress, and humiliation of which should never be under-stated – but
which is nevertheless by no means the end of the world.
So long as one still has one’s health, one can always start
In fact, most people in such a position do just that. Some,
strengthened by adversity and learning from mistakes, go on to much greater
success, sometimes in a surprisingly short period of time.
Of course, there are no guarantees. Others may never regain
the standard of living they once enjoyed, but they learn the far more valuable
lesson that there is more to life than lifestyle.
Indeed, until one finds that proper sense of proportion and
priority, one can never be entirely successful as an entrepreneur in the first