The Valley of Death

Amar Pandit , CFA , CFP

Amar Pandit

A respected entrepreneur with 25+ years of Experience, Amar Pandit is the Founder of several companies that are making a Happy difference in the lives of people. He is currently the Founder of Happyness Factory, a world-class online investment & goal-based financial planning platform through which he aims to help every Indian family save and invest wisely. He is very passionate about spreading financial literacy and is the author of 4 bestselling books (+ 2 more to release in 2020), 8 Sketch Books, Board Game and 700 + columns.

While the headline might come across as a bit odd, it will make sense as you navigate through this Nano.

Now Imagine yourself doing something new. 

What happens after you start doing a new thing?

At first you are super excited. Then you hit some bumps and figure it’s harder than you thought.

I wanted to write more but Austin Kleon in his book Steal Like an Artist, shares an outstanding visual (based on Maureen McHugh’s work), that captures the next few lines and thoughts.

Does this happen to you?

It happens to me all the time after I start something New. This is Natural.

The Dark Night of the Soul in the above visual is what I call the Valley of Death. This is where most new projects and initiatives die down.

The key to escaping the valley of death is to keep doing what needs to be done. 

Take the Next Smallest Step. One at a Time. And Just Keep Doing this. 



P.S. This is yet another area where an excellent coach is immensely valuable.