As an entrepreneur, it’s important you engage in moments of deep reflection and introspection. Not only do they help you cross-examine your past actions and achievements, they also keep you driven and focused to achieve more milestones.
For Josh Puckett, his 30th birthday was an excellent time to have such moments. For him, his moment birthed ‘what he’d tell his 20-year-old self’. These pieces of advice are so deep and well thought out that they will prove very invaluable to forward-thinking entrepreneurs. Here is a list of his advice:
Ship, shipmate, self. Any success you find is because of a team. Being a great teammate is far more important than being right.
Your colleagues are not your competitors. Celebrate their success more than your own. Do everything you can to empower and uplift them.
You’ll remember and regret every-time you thought for you to win or be right, a colleague had to lose or be wrong.
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. You’re young and eager, but will trip over yourself often by valuing action and speed over thinking and planning.
Maintain a growth mindset. Be a self-reinventor. You’ll make many mistakes, but that’s ok because you can learn, change, and grow.
Be kind. You won’t believe how much of an advantage this is if you can figure it out. Above all, be kind.
Don’t rely on your instincts; they’ll be wrong more often than right. Being thoughtful and thorough, considering all of the consequences, will save you from binary thinking you are so prone to.
Kill your pride. It has no place in life, and will hamper your ability to collaborate with others. The craft, pursuit of excellence, and output is what matters. Getting credit does not.
Be patient. With yourself, but especially with others. Remember how lucky you were to have someone take a chance and invest in you.
Confront your biases and privilege. You work hard and have some skill, but you’re as much a product of luck and environment as anything. You’ll wish you started using your privilege for the benefit of others much sooner.
Remember, the entrepreneurial journey is a long one – twisted and full of turns. It’s often lonely too. So, if the right people do show up – friends, investors, customers, team mates, co-founders, employees – never take them for granted. In the end, you’ll need them more than you’ve ever imagined.