The cross I bare most painfully right now is one of comparison, where I look at the skills I don’t have and value them far higher than those that I do
I realise this is not unique to me, rather it is an existential issue faced by almost every entrepreneur at some point on their journey.
Doubt and worry are frequently the default position of the startup founder; where will the next fire arise from, what competitive adversary will begin to compete with us, what legal boundaries will impose their limit in our sphere of operation? Doubt and worry are the most intimate bedfellows on any path to success. They should be tolerated if not accepted.
Comparative negative assumption is something far more insidious
It is far worse because it isn’t true; it is a self-imposed obstacle which negates our own progress. It’s like a professional ‘grass is always greener on the other side’ where we undervalue ourselves and overvalue those with skills juxtaposed to our own.
It’s not something we need to accept though, we can reject this position and understand the uniqueness of our own capabilities. We just don’t see it because the appearance everyone portrays is one of overwhelming competence. To admit weakness or gaps in our knowledge is to embrace defeat.
Here’s the other thing, you do not need all the skills. You might think you have to do everything but a great startup never grew from an standalone individual. We may live in a world which promotes founders as deities but what they stand atop was nourished by an army of individual.
What makes exceptional CEO’s stand out ahead of their more average contemporaries is their relentless drive to find people with the skills they lack and enabling them to succeed. Good CEO’s employ good people. Great CEO’s understand their own inadequacies and our brave enough to hire people better than them for the greater good of the company.
Whatever you hold in your mind will tend to occur in your life. If you continue to believe as you have always believed, you will continue to act as you have always acted, you will continue to get what you have always gotten. If you want different results in your life or your work, all you have to do is change your mind. — Anonymous
The power of thought in relation to success is an astounding thing
Attitude is everything
How you think and act, your level of perseverance to solider on in the face of adversity are the things which will be most informative of your future success. Winning isn’t easy, often it is a war of attrition.
Are you willing to outlast your opponents?
Most often that’s what it boils down to. Can you keep putting one foot in front of the other longer than anyone else?
It doesn’t matter if you are the first person to the party, it’s far more important that you are the last to leave
Half the battles in life is turning up.
One quarter is about what you do when you get there.
The last is about how long you are willing to last and whether you give up.
Never give up
By that I don’t mean on one specific thing.
I mean on yourself
Certain ventures can fail, and they will, but you need to continue to back yourself through those obstacles. Nothing worth having is ever easy and giving up is always the easy route.
9 out of 10 businesses fail
You have to be willing to start 10 in order to succeed.
Or 11, 12, how ever many it takes to achieve what you have set your mind to.
If your mind is never right you will never get there
You will lament your luck, blame everyone else, and never realise the true fault lies in your own thinking. The mind control the body and it sets the agenda we must follow.
Perseverance is the key to achieving anything in life
If you don’t have it you need to develop it.