I’ve been seeing ‘advice for entrepreneurs’ pieces around the Internet. It would seem that slower pace of work around the holidays produces an overabundance of self-reflection. Medium.com website is awash with executives of startup
executives entrepreneurs telling their stories of leadership, lessons learned, and ‘what I wish I had knowns’.
Increasingly, I’m looking at these people as idiots and thinking that its incredible that we put the worst, least capable people into these positions:
The advice we’ve collected here is a tapestry of what technology’s top minds believe is most important for people to know right now. Before every interview we ever do, we work with our subjects to choose a topic they think is truly timely and urgent — like a question they get asked all the time, or something they know keeps too many people up at night. In order to build this year-end roundup, we re-read through it all to concentrate the most pressing and impactful wisdom they shared — the tactics, actions, systems and frameworks they themselves invented or applied to succeed when the chips were down and failure wasn’t an option.
Source: The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2017 | First Round Review : http://firstround.com/review/the-30-best-pieces-of-advice-for-entrepreneurs-in-2017/
Honestly, have these people ever had real jobs before they put themselves in charge of something ? Lets take some examples:
1. Start every day at zero.
- Keep your team in ‘flow state’ with this framework.
- Be tenacious.
But here is my favourite :
- Don’t choose risk-averse mentors.
Thats plain stupid.
Ideally, you want to surround yourself with people who will push you past your appetite for risk if that’s what needs to happen. Choose mentors, investors, advisors, who have broad vantage points and long histories of watching companies rise and fall. You want folks who have seen enough to know they’ve seen too much, and who will talk you into pushing yourself as a result.
If you don’t have the maturity and self awareness to understand risk, you are in bad place to be a leader. Normal companies have systems, processes and teams to work through this. Why do ‘entrepreneurs’ lack this basic competency to