I really liked this short video on some of the major lessons that were learned during the Box.net journey. The five take-aways are:
1. Do something that was not possible three years ago.
2. Do something you are extremely passionate about.
3. Don’t compromise.
4. If you feel comfortable, you’re probably not doing it right.
5. Don’t write your obituary too early.
In my opinion point number 2 is really important. Without a passion for what you are doing, after year #1, things become far too difficult to handle. This is the point at which I see many people throw in the towel. Whatever problem you are solving, make sure that it is one you have ideally set yourself and want to create the solution for.