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10 Tips from CEOs and Founders

Whether you are a starting entrepreneur or an employee to a company, there will come a time that you will feel down and unmotivated. It’s perfectly normal! With a little motivation from the experts, maybe it will ignite again the fire in you and help realize what your goal is.

These words are not only meant to uplift your spirit but also tips on achieving success. These are not shortcuts but proven ways on how to stay on track.

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1. Know Yourself

“Self-awareness helps you make the right decisions.” — Bill Warren, former President of and CEO of Direct Employers.

For Warren, knowing your core self is foundational to success especially at the top level. Even researchers and leadership guru agree with this, as Jack Senger seconded that self-awareness is the singular secret for success.

2. Let Go

“As a founder—or anyone who feels proud of and close to the product he or she creates—you struggle to have the right perspective about your business. It’s easy to get too close, and that can be distracting. Here’s the good and bad news: No one is looking at your work as closely as you are. So, remember that when you’re on hour four debating which shade of navy blue works best for your logo. Yes, details matter. But at a certain point, you have to let go and move on to the next thing.” — Pavia Rosati, Founder of Fathom

3. Recover Quickly

“Every time you take on a challenge or make a decision, there’s a chance you may come up short, and that’s alright,” — Aaron Meyers, President & COO of Hammer & Nails.

It’s normal to feel down and unmotivated whenever there’s a failure and mistake. But you can’t just let yourself stuck in that position forever nor define you and what you can do. Get up and move on!

4. Have an Opinion

“In 2020, all organizations are being asked to embrace a higher standard on ethics and equality. Customers, vendors, and employees all want this, and companies that live up to these standards are rewarded.” — Dr. Chris Tomshack, Founder and CEO of HealthSource.

In order to have a holistic success, it is important to adapt and live to the dynamic social norms. Take a close look at your policies, listen to stakeholders and make sure everything is aligned.

5. Find Balance

“With the community, give before you get. Do deep research for your ideas, but trust your instincts. Actively seek guidance, but know the advice often conflicts, so you need your own conviction. With product, think expansively, then pare it back to basics. Be proud of what you build, though there will never be perfection. Be aware of competition, but don’t worry about it. Be direct with your team, but always kind, empathetic, and self-aware. Understand that maybe the world doesn’t need your idea, so know when to move on. Luck and resilience are as important as ideas and talent. Don’t believe your own press, good or bad. Don’t take yourself too seriously, even if you’re trying to change the world. Never lose sight of the important stuff: love, friends, family.” — Jamyn Edis, Founder and CEO of Dash Lab.

6. Don’t aim for Perfection but aim to be Courageous

“Starting a company can be scary and lonely, and the funnest and most rewarding thing you will do. Just keep taking steps towards the goal. Buy the domain name. Tell people about what you are building. Close your first customer. Don’t focus on doing these things perfectly, do them bravely. Focusing on perfect will lead to inaction. With each imperfect step, it will be harder and harder to turn around and walk away.” — Maxine Minter, co-founder and head of operations at Radvocate, a tech-enabled consumer advocacy startup.

Starting a company may sound fancy for others but in the first stages of it, you’ll be the only one doing all the work. So, it’s important to keep a brave heart while championing this stage.

7. Credit Yourself

“One issue I had to face and overcome as a female entrepreneur was taking ownership of my success. Unfortunately, women are often taught to downplay our accomplishments, so we seem less threatening or boastful. It’s important to realize that you don’t need to do this in order to succeed. Make a habit of recording hard evidence of your successes, so that no one (including you) can dismiss them. This practice is a great way to boost your confidence as a female business owner.” —  Katie Schmidt, owner, founder, and lead designer of Passion Lilie, an ethical clothing boutique.

Don’t let other people dismiss your success just because of your sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.

8. Focus on Yourself

“Ignore the hype you see about other startups in the press. It’s usually a pack of lies, and half of them will be dead in a year. Focus on building your business so you can be the one left standing” — Jules Pieri, Co-founder, and CEO of The Grommet.

It may build up pressure on you but don’t let their noise get in your way.

9. Mitigate!

“The best entrepreneurs don’t seek risk. They seek to mitigate risk.” — Rick Desai, Co-founder of Dashfire.

10. Do not be afraid of Change

“You will never know enough. You will always be forced to make a decision without fully understanding what is coming. As a founder, that is just something you have to get comfortable with.”  —Aaron O’Hearn, Co-founder and CEO of Startup Institute.

These people have been in your position before. Success is not an overnight process but a long rigorous journey. It’s all about continuing what you have started and being true to your goals. So, take these in mind and get back to work!

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