What success means to you can’t and ideally shouldn’t come from external sources because an overwhelming majority of people around you are simply chasing success as defined by others.It takes deep insight to realise that you must have your own definition of success. And it won’t be possible...

4. Insanely clear

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Clarity of thought is the foremost quality of successful and happy people.  It’s the stuff geniuses are made of. A confused person takes the longest path to success (material or spiritual). When you are clear ,you may fail ,and yet your other qualities help you make better decisions the next...

Champions in any field, be it corporate leadership, sports, the arts,etc., are fiercely independent thinkers. They have mastered the delicate art of balancing others’ inputs and opinions with their own goals and views.  They don’t go out seeking approval on every little matter, nor do they...

Persistence is not giving up no matter what. Persistence is to continue working on something with an open mind while making improvements to progressively build your chances of success. Successful people are not afraid of changing their opinions about something. There’s no wisdom in sticking to...

There are four insanities that successful people live and breathe, This is known as the EPIC Model of Success: Enthusiastic, Persistent, Independent and Clear. 1.Insanely Enthusiastic: The word enthusiasm comes from the Greek word enthousiasmos , meaning inspiration or possession by a god. When...

Mindfulness

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Life is fast-paced, but mindfulness is your break from the chaos. Whether it’s meditation, yoga, or simply taking a deep breath, mindfulness reduces stress and sharpens your focus and clarity. Practice mindfulness and meditation to improve your emotional intelligence, reduce stress, and increase...

Relationships

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Building strong relationships with others is essential for success. Cultivate relationships with people who support and encourage you. Surround yourself with people who lift you up, not bring you down. Building strong relationships with positive, supportive individuals will give you the...

Gratitude

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The glass is always half full when you practice gratitude. Practice gratitude and be thankful for what you have in your life. This helps cultivate a positive mindset and attracts more abundance and success. Being thankful for what you have attracts more abundance and success into your life. So,...

Focus

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Distractions are everywhere, but focus is your secret weapon. Success requires focus and persistence. Learn to prioritize your tasks and eliminate distractions. Master the art of prioritizing and eliminating anything that takes you away from your goals. The post Focus appeared first on...

Habits

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Want to be successful? Emulate successful people! Successful people develop positive habits that support their goals. Replace negative habits with positive ones and stick with them. Cultivate habits that propel you towards your goals, like exercise, meditation, and positive self-talk. And...

What is the problem? (the gap between ideal and reality) Who is experiencing the problem? (you, a friend, family member, colleague…) Where is the problem occuring? (at home, at school, at work…) When does the problem occur? (every day, week or month, during specific events, when around...

Ask yourself the following questions: What is your ideal, what is your reality, what are the consequences of your current situation, and what can you propose as improvements The post Writing your personal problem statement appeared first on...

Writing a problem statement for a personal or professional issue can be beneficial in many situations During times of transition, it can help you to fully understand the crux of any issues you might be facing now Problem statements work in your private life as well In a relationship, they can...

Problem statements should explore the gap between your current state and your future goal The statement can suggest options, but it doesn’t define the final answer In a team setting, the problem statement is a tool for constructive conversation: it allows group members to discuss potential...

This is an indicator of decisiveness, focus, intensity, and the ability to get things done. Founders that are hard to talk to are almost always bad. Tech startups need at least one founder who can build the company’s product or service, and at least one founder who is (or can become) good at...

The most important characteristics are ones like unstoppability, determination, formidability, and resourcefulness. Intelligence and passion also rank very highly. Good founders have a number of seemingly contradictory traits. One important example is rigidity and flexibility. You want to have...

How to test an Idea

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The way to test an idea is to either launch it and see what happens or try to sell it (e.g. try to get a letter of intent before you write a line of code). The former works better for consumer ideas (users may tell you they will use it, but in practice it won’t cut through the clutter) and the...

One of the first things we ask YC companies is what they’re building and why. We look for clear, concise answers here. This is both to evaluate you as a founder and the idea itself. It’s important to be able to think and communicate clearly as a founder—you’ll need it for recruiting,...

Most first-time managers try to do everything themselves. It usually ends in a meltdown. Resist all temptation to switch into this mode, and be willing to be late on projects to have a well-functioning team. The post Avoid “Hero Mode” appeared first on...

Fire quickly

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Everyone knows this in principle and no one does it.  Also, fire people who are toxic to the culture no matter how good they are at what they do. Culture is defined by who you hire, fire, and promote. The post Fire quickly appeared first on...

Hire Slowly

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The most successful companies at YC have waited a relatively long time to start hiring employees. Employees are expensive. Employees add organizational complexity and communication overhead. The post Hire Slowly appeared first on...

Look for raw intelligence and a track record of getting things done. Look for people you like – you’ll be spending a lot of time together and often in tense situations. The post Hire for Aptitude Over Experience appeared first on...

One mistake that CEOs often make is to innovate in well-trodden areas of business instead of innovating in new products and solutions. It’s nearly always bad for founders to look for new ways to do HR, marketing, sales, financing, PR, etc. The post Don’t Reinvent the Wrong Wheels appeared...

Build a Religion

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Building a company is somewhat like building a religion. If people don’t connect what they’re doing day-to-day with a higher purpose they care about, they will not do a great job. The post Build a Religion appeared first on...

This can feel a little hokey, but it’s worth doing early on. Whatever you set at the beginning will usually still be in force years later. Each new person needs to first buy in and then sell others on the mission and values of the company. The post Define the Mission & Values Early...

Be Optimistic

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It’s important for the CEO to believe that the future will be better, and that the company will play an important role in making the future better. The CEO should infect the rest of the company with this belief. The post Be Optimistic appeared first on...

Be Persistent

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Most founders give up too quickly or move on to the next product too quickly. If things generally aren’t going well, figure out what the root cause of the problem is and make sure you address that. The post Be Persistent appeared first on...

People who let themselves make a lot of excuses usually fail in general, and startup CEOs who do it almost always fail. The post Don’t Make Excuses appeared first on...

Retake your entrepreneurial temperature. Take time away from the daily activities of the business to think about your vision, assess whether you are realizing it, and course-correct if you are not. Remember: Running a business as a solo operation isn’t an end in itself. It is a way of...