Been doing a tonne of planning and reflecting the past few days with colleagues and myself. My daily reading included the following passage by Guy Kawasaki.
Here’s some food for thought: perhaps this explains the inexorable march toward mediocrity of many (temporarily) great companies. Let’s say a startup is hot. It ships something great, and it achieves success. Thus, it’s able to attract the best, brightest, and most talented. These people have been told they’re the best since childhood. Indeed, being hired by the hot company is “proof” that they are the A and A+ players; in fact, the company is so hot that it can out-recruit Google and Microsoft.
Unfortunately, they develop a fixed mindset that they’re the most talented, and they think that continued success is a right. Problems arise because pure talent only works as long as the going is easy. Furthermore, they don’t take risks because failure would harm their image of being the best, brightest, and most talented. When they do fail, they deny it or attribute it to anything but their shortcomings.
The last bit that I bolded resonated with me as the truth. I have seen it many times in others around me and myself at times. Sometimes I get a bit scared of taking risks…but I love the feeling of taking risks and fall victim to listening too much to the people around me about risks/no risks. Finding the right balance of risk is the key for me.
Traveling by yourself, starting a company, or going down a road that has no guarantees can seem like a risky thing. For me, it is when I feel most alive. Most people I know are afraid to do something like these things on their own.
Things to remember for me from this
Don’t be afraid to take risks and when you screw-up, admit it and learn from it/move one/don’t dwell.