Every time you persevere through adversity, you get closer to the greatest version of yourself. Challenge yourself and impose your own adversity if necessary. Embrace struggle and know true victory and triumph.
Learning and growth happen in phases. Develop technical mastery and self-mastery. Learn to manage a team and/or function. Learn how to hire and lead great leaders. Take on as much responsibility as you can handle. Learn to lead a meritocracy.
Startups are a great platform for learning because of their disproportionate growth. Disproportionate growth leads to disproportionate learning. It’s your ability to solve bigger and better problems in the world that make you more valuable.
Too many young people want to head straight for the glory, fame and riches of being a successful venture capitalist or entrepreneur. They’ve equated these labels with sure success. Most startups in fact will fail. Success is more than just ambition. Optimize for learning.
Why even head an organization if you know how to do it all yourself? If you’re talking more than you’re listening, you are blocking out valuable insights. Leaders make work cohesive—not make work a vehicle for their egos.