The metaphor that I use for entrepreneurship frequently is, "you jump off a cliff and you assemble an airplane on the way down," and the reason I used this metaphor is because it gets you really focused because the ground is coming. Financing isn't a success; it's a thermal draft, it just makes the ground a little further away. You have to get the plane working and of course, if you get the plane working maybe it goes up and off to the right, and that's good.
Jump off a cliff and assemble an airplane on the way down
LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman's keynote at Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit: