If you’re a young entrepreneur, the one thing that keeps getting hammered into your head is failing.
Entrepreneurship starts much more often with failing, than with instant success. So, why not embrace something that is so imminent? You know you will fail, so embrace failure. But don’t just embrace, do it fast. Fail fast. Fail forward fast. What does that mean?
Metaphorically speaking, I think it can help to see success through the lens of evolution. Let’s take a look at how Charles Darwin might explain the road to success, using the example of the budding entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur you are constantly evolving. Starting off with minute resources, big dreams, and soft manpower (and daily scarfing down of ramen noodles too), you’ll start to tweak small things in your strategy as you move forward on your journey of creating a business.
Think about how evolution works. The idea of natural selection is one that can be applied to many things in our world because nature is the foundation on which many man-made things seek to mimic. So, the way success comes about is kind of like the workings of natural selection.
Different traits in organisms in a population, over time, allow for the passing on of effective traits that make it easier for them to survive, making them dominant and complementary to the unique environment around them. These changes, individually, are defined as microevolution, and over a long period of time, a mosaic of changes creates a whole new species, often described as macroevolution.
Treat success (as an entrepreneur, teacher, or student) like the rules of natural selection and evolution. The traits that you have as a leader inform your decisions and eventually drive either success or failure in creating the viable organism that is your start-up company. The challenge is to pinpoint the traits that lead to small successes on a daily basis and emphasize them more often, making them the dominant traits of your leadership. Hopefully, over time, you pick out your strengths, concentrate on them, and make your weak decisions obsolete, creating an evolutionary change in your character as a leader.
Now, if you have weak traits, think about this more in terms of outside of the rules of natural selection. It’s important to pinpoint your weak traits as a leader, and either work on them personally, or more importantly, hire smarter than you in those fields. For example, if you’re a participatory leader and enjoy listening and absorbing other people’s ideas, you’ll want a slightly aggressive manager to drive execution in your start-up. These aren’t hard and fast rules, but a company requires a diverse group of self-starters to ensure it’s success.
Remember, as an entrepreneur, you’re always changing, evolving, and tweaking. That’s how you ensure success because entrepreneur’s solve worldly problems, and if the world is always changing, than the entrepreneur must also follow suit and evolve to recognize and grasp opportunities as they come to execute them from start to finish. Similarly, the same is true for a student, teacher, or doctor. Trends, people, and knowledge are always changing, and you must keep up with the changes by evolving your own skill set.
Now, I pass it to you. How do you view success? What is your favorite color? Where is Waldo? All pertinent questions that NEED pertinent answers!
As always, thanks for reading!
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