In reality, not having a co-founder adds more to the feeling of anxiety in a young founder’s life than it adds to the stress of handling everything all alone.
When running a startup without a co-founder, you feel like you’re on a boat with the ocean covering you from all sides. No matter which direction you go, you feel like you haven’t moved an inch since the water looks the same all around.
Even more anxiety sets in when you’re in a place where no other sailors can be found to provide direction, you only have a bag of supplies to last you for a few weeks, and the north star you were tracking disappears in the mid-day sun.
All you can do is move forward while guessing you’re in the right direction and pray that the storm doesn’t set in to add to your problems.
All while hoping, “I will be found”.