Gotta Ride It Out. Alexander Lyadov

Gotta Ride It Out. Alexander Lyadov

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Gotta Ride It Out

There were moments when things went south in our investment fund:

After getting the money, the founder didn't keep his promises.

Losing projects to us, rivals played dirty with criminal ties.

We parted ways with one fund CFO and haven't found a replacement yet.

We parted ways with one fund CFO, and we still haven't found another.


In those times, my business partner always said his signature line:

"Just gotta ride it out."

I found that perspective irritating, but in the end, he was right.

No one threw in the towel. Instead, we rolled up our sleeves and worked round the clock for a while, feeling the sharp discomfort. But sooner or later, the wave of problems always subsided.

A buddy who's into surfing also told me that when you fall off the board, don't panic—stay composed. The goal is to stretch your oxygen supply and avoid smashing your head. Eventually, the wave weakens, and it lets go. Then you'll know which way to resurface.

Some problems have this quirk: time beats them. Like engaging in a grapple with an aggressive bodybuilder, endure his push for 2-3 minutes. After that, he slackens, and you can submit him.

In this sense, if you do everything in your power, time is on your side. Be patient. Just gotta ride it out.

Alexander Lyadov