As I listened to startup founders speak on television about their businesses (Republican and Democratic adverstisements and media interviews), I heard in what they said the same pattern in each of them, that "something special" that lead to each success.
Let me show you what I mean, it may boost the effectiveness of your hard work:
STARTUPS ARE ALL ABOUT MANAGING EMOTIONS
- GUTS are mandatory. The risks are huge, far more than first time entrepreneurs realize. From the moment your idea is conceived and every day thereafter, the process will move you through some of the most frightening days of your life. Determination to endure, balanced with wisdom, combine to make guts work in your favor.
- FAILURE is likely. Starting is easy, surviving is not. Almost every successful new enterprise is lead by a founder who failed at least once with a prior startup. The key is to accept and learn and move on.
- TOUGH minded is required, not tough nosed. Gentleness and humility are common traits of founders I have known, people who were very successful. Yet their minds and character are as tough as steel when the tough days arrive (and they will). Wise about people, they set very high standards for performance without destroying souls.
- SUCCEED-MINDED is constant. These people see the glass half full. Dark days are the light before the dawn. Current slogging trough the startup swamp is a mild workout before the fast running begins. They think like winners rather than victims of circumstance and luck.
- MOTIVATORS are central to what entrepreneurs do. Click here to listen to what Ken Langone, co-founder of Home Depot has to say about entrepreneurship. Ken focuses on this point: "Getting people to believe they can do things they never thought they could do." Steve Jobs also believed that. So do the many other entrepreneurs I've been priviledged to work with over the past three decades. Motive, encourage, boost, support, assist are all fundamental to the management styles that these winning startup founders live with every day.
Managing emotions is central to startups that win.
If you are not skilled at managing the emotions of people, do what others have done before you: find people who are good at that and recruit them to join you in the startup founded on your cool idea. Techies and individual contributors frequently succeed that way.
Your job is to set out building a core team of people who motivate greatness in people. The power of a group of people inspiring each other day after day is a strength that lifts the entire new enterprise to the next level. Your competitors will be very discouraged.
Making management of emotions central to your startup breeds it into the company culture from Day One. Then it becomes a living organism which inspires people to do amazing things. It beomes "awesome."
BOTTOM LINE: Regardless of what politics you support, winning entrepreneurs agree that managing emotions of people is central to their success. A core team that can motivate people to do breath-taking things begins a trail of outstanding accomplishments that lead to outstanding success of the new enterprise. When you can do that, the unfair advantage of your startup will be daunting to your competitors, will attract capital and people from the finest available, and you will be amazed at what happens to your new enterprise.
I wish you The Best in your Adventure!