a) at what point did you feel that you had “survived” the start-up phase?
b) at what point did you feel that you had “made it”?
what were the indicators, numbers, figures, or feelings that made you feel you had accomplished the above?
When did you know that you were already a real-honest-to-god business owner and not just someone dabbling?
This could be a feeling, it could be a metric, a milestone, a competitive benchmark, or anything whatsoever that allowed you to feel that you either/both survived the start-up failure curse and/or that you made it.