Sunday, October 30, 2016

Turkey : Menemen

On one side…BE CURIOUS & HUMBLE. Be curious, be a student of your customers – what do they want, what do they need, what are they buying today? Be a student of your investors. Be a student of your competitors.

Be humble about the things you might need to fix. Because people will stick to you like glue if they know their advise matters and they can help shape the future of you or your initiative.

In contrast, leaders also need to BE COURAGEOUS & CONFIDENT. Have the courage and confidence to make the tough calls or to take the risk. At some point, you do need to push back, at some point, you do need to say No.

If you’re just curious and humble, and not the other part, you’re just a student. And if you’re just courageous and confident, you’re an asshole. Assholes actually get things done in the short term, but they usually don’t build sustainable teams over time. So, have a BALANCE of those things.

Am I demonstrating as much hustle and courage and confidence as I can? But am I also remembering to bring forward curiosity and humility?

Make sure you have a business plan that makes sense and that works. Ideas don’t make money. Businesses do.

I have to believe they have what one of my mentors called ‘the candle power’ — that when the wind blows, they shine brighter.

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