In the world of the dreamer there was solitude: all the exaltations and joys came in the moment of preparation for living. They took place in solitude. But with action came anxiety, and the sense of insuperable effort made to match the dream, and with it came weariness, discouragement, and the flight into solitude again. And then in solitude, in the opium den of remembrance, the possibility of pleasure again.

Children of the Albatross (1947)

via Anaïs Nin – Wikiquote.

This resonated with me today. We’re in the middle of launching our biggest product update in the company’s history. It’s been a painful labor.  This quote sums up the entrepreneurs life cycle quite nicely. Joyful ideation. Miserable activation. And re-found inspiration. rinse. wash. repeat.