Mistakes. We all make them. We wouldn’t grow without them. I used to be overly critical with myself when I was younger, and would get pissed whenever I made a mistake. Today, that isn’t the case. I realized that we all make mistakes, especially when you take an unknown path.
Having been part of a handful of startups and running a few of my own, I can tell you it’s not for everyone. Most startups fail, for many reasons, and when they do succeed it’s mostly determined by one factor: timing.
I recently had a chat with a group of entrepreneurs and one question I got asked was about differentiating persistence and stubbornness. This is an important question, here I share my response…
Innovation is messy, it just doesn’t happen in a straight line. The entrepreneurs, innovators, anybody who achieves great outcomes, have many traits in common which help them push through the ups and downs: stubbornness and persistence.
You can’t predict the future, you have to create it. Still, a main component of doing innovation is forecasting; understanding what drives the future. This is something I get asked about a lot, and don’t claim to be a futurist. What I do know is that one of the key skills of the future is imagining future scenarios; futuring.
Rebels, misfits, renegades, heretics or troublemakers whatever you call them, are commonly seen as difficult to work with. Why? Because their strengths (driven, talented, smart and impatient in achieving outcomes) can sometimes make them come across as assholes and go rogue.