I was frustrated. The tech company that I helped found was focused too much on the day-to-day, without a clear long-term goal. And this was mostly my fault.
A strategist realizes that it doesn’t matter where you are tomorrow, as long as you’re where you want to be in a year. This outlook (this freedom) is necessary to build the foundation for long-term success. This wasn’t where I failed.
Also, a strategist needs a clear truth (e.g. goal) for the long term in order to orient today’s short-term activities. Any other basis for short-term decisions is nonsense. And I was right in looking for this truth.
My failure was my inability to see what was really going on: that short-term activities are important for morale, as well as for short-term cash flow. I should have worked harder to help orient those short-term activities to long-term goals.