Key Startup Mantra – from Jobs to Zuckerberg
We are all so enchanted by the high profile startup world – looked upon with great reverence by every working soul. Unknowingly it garners immense respect for its founders who show the guts to follow their calling, take risks and push themselves to work at superhuman levels both physically and intellectually. Learning to manage everything from tech to HR, networking to fundraising – all this and more while they enchant people around with their visions and ideas. From investors to teams to customers to cofounders – everyone is glued together for something unseen. They fail they falter they rise up again, wearing it all as badges of priceless wisdom garnered by first hand experience. Taking the thrill of uncertainties and ambiguity, in their stride there’s only one mantra driving their pride – don’t give up.
Like we don’t give up on things which are central to our existence – our jobs, families, loved ones etc. In a similar way ‘they’ don’t give up on their intention to make the ideas successful and leave no stone upturned to overcome the hurdles. In the process they might discover a new version of themselves – extremely high levels of energy and productivity which inspires people surrounding them, creativity to find solutions for technical and humane situations. Not just the idea but they regularly pivot their soft skills of understanding and dealing with people. They continuously ponder and analyze their own patterns and traits and with every interaction learn to refine them.
This ‘not giving up’ isn’t that simple as it sounds. For instance, it must have taken a lot of inner strength and courage for Mark Zuckerberg to not give up his belief on his social networking idea when initially google wanted to buy it out for millions of dollars. Most of his senior leadership left him for not accepting the offer. If he would have given up on his product or given in to their views, Facebook won’t the the billion dollar company it is today. Similarly Jack Ma made ‘not giving up’ his sole virtue in life, inspite of uncountable rejections he kept moving ahead into the unknown. Building the mega e commerce platform Alibaba. Steve jobs dint give up when he was thrown out of his own company by the board of directors whom he himself might have got in. He made sure that his work speaks for himself and after he got back, made Apple one of the worlds best and most sought after product company.
What is that underlying thread behind the success of these immensely successful entrepreneurs, who all were once a dreamy eyed startup founders like many of us – it’s not just their technical know how or management skills. It’s something more ethereal or rather spiritual. The self belief, resilience and tenacity comes from somewhere deep within. From some sincere inquiries into their keen observations about themselves and people or situations around. If you study their lives closely, you will find that they have invested great deal of time and effort in maybe learning or observing the secrets to tap the source of all these virtues, within. They could access a greater calm inside to sail through the humongous disturbances and challenges outside. And that’s why the strength to ‘never give up’ spring forth so seamlessly. And it’s interesting to know that every entrepreneur has a potential to discover that ‘source’ within and unlock his true potential !