I’m a 40+ year old man living in the heart of silicon valley and completely lost on what to do with my life.
I have started five tech companies in the past 15 years and not really had much success except for one which I managed to sell to a friend’s company for a non-trivial amount that gave me a couple of years of time a few years back. Since then, I’ve tried two other startups, managed to build a small team and build great products that didn’t really have a market.
I can code pretty well but not like the ninjas out there. I have done a lot of other things like building compelling pitches, design, business planning, build financial models, legal contracts, etc. So I guess you can call me a generalist.
My issue is that once I go down a path, I tend to spend a lot of time on the minutia, lose the focus on the bigger picture and in some ways avoid getting the product in front of the customers.
At this point I’m about to give up on my current gig and feel completely lost on what to do next. Being in my late 40’s my options are limited and I find myself not capable of competing with my peers who’ve achieved great things and have found a path. Living in the bay area is extremely taxing and leaves me filled with anxiety 24hrs a day. Not sure what kind of counseler I should turn to for help and getting my life back on track 🙁