Why I Walked Away from an AI Accelerator Before It Even Began

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I applied for an AI accelerator program in Astana, KZ, and passed the first round. The next step was a Zoom interview. But I've decided to drop out before everything even starts.
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I applied for an AI accelerator program in Astana, KZ, and passed the first round. The next step was a Zoom interview. But I've decided to drop out before everything even starts.

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Here’s why:

Burnout

I experienced a major burnout at the end of last year. After almost eight months of recovery, I'm just beginning to feel normal again. It took longer to recover this time, and I'm still not 100%.
So, jumping straight into something as intense as an accelerator program feels like stepping into a fire. If that makes any sense.

Mental Health

These programs are fast and furious, the "hustle till you drop" kind of situation. I’d have to sacrifice my sleep, social life (if I even have one), and relationships with my family.
The idea of going through sleepless nights, constant pressure, and an uncontrollable workload just doesn't vibe well to me.
Sure, I’m exaggerating. But knowing me, it would happen somehow.

Value Reset

To fit into this program, I'd have to reset my values and priorities. The +$22K funding is tempting, but is it worth the suffering and stress? I’m not so sure.
Right now, I just want to focus on my personal well-being, business growth, and family. A more back-to-basics stuff.

Authenticity

I want to stick to my own pace. Joining this program feels like it'd push me into a style that just doesn't vibe with me.
Everyone's got their own rhythm, and mine isn't about always hustling. I'm more about working smart, not just hard.
Plus, I'm all about finding that sweet spot between getting things done and still having time for myself. This program's full-speed-ahead approach just doesn't match up with how I roll.🚶🏻‍➡️🛞

Reflecting on My Decision

If I were still in my 20s or 30s, I'd definitely consider it. I like the program’s goal: “Build AI Product That Sells”. And not just build any AI product, which is something many of us struggle with.😅
I will definitely go back to building one, with an idea that sync with my personal values. Meh, values again. What does it really means, right?😝
Just build something that people wants. Something that you will use. Not building for the sake of building something.

Final Thoughts, and Reminders to All🫶🏼

At the end of the day, do what makes you happy and take care of yourself. Life is too short to spend it on things that drain you.
For now, I'll dive into smaller, exciting projects that fit me. I'll keep learning, growing, and creating, my way. Exciting times ahead! Whee!🎢
 
Let’s go! 🏃🏻‍♂️💨
 
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