Management and leadership skills I was a terrible manager when I first started out. Unlike most people who start companies with at least a couple years of working experience, we had absolutely zero experience.
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We didn’t do one-on-ones with our team members, we didn’t do performance reviews, we didn’t understand anything about goal-setting or developing a work culture. This was all stuff that we figured out on-the-fly.
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One thing that helped me improve was getting management and CEO coaches, and learning from people who were a couple steps ahead of me.
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Seek mentors who are one or two steps ahead. You don’t need to go to the CEO of eBay - just talk to someone who remembers what it was like at your stage of the process.
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Fitness I used to hate working out but I knew that it would benefit me in the long term. I was determined to create a habit that I could fulfill every day.
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That included finding things that were both easy, and that I loved to do. It’s really about finding your joy, and that comes from exploration.
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There really is no excuse that you can’t workout for 5 minutes a day - I broke both my arms in an accident and was still doing squats every day.
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Hold yourself accountable, and make your habits easy by increasing their attractiveness and lowering the barrier for completion.
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The overall point is that I’m still not an expert at any of these skills - far from it. What I want to emphasize is that I started from not that great of a place, and i’ve learned to work my way up to a level that I’m happy with.
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It’s also about developing the mindset that there is nothing you can’t do if you set your mind to it. I figured out an infrastructure or framework for me to make incremental progress. Commit yourself and if you stick to it, you can be good at whatever you want.
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insanely valuable video Justin! appreciate your openness to sharing your own personal struggles. Also love that you're building your own brand in public constant feedback = immense growth this is what we're trying to do as well 👊
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Starting up with zero corporate experience is terrible. I think it was valid in your time. In our time though there is startup culture all around. VCs expect us to at least get experienced in startups.
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BTW I want to know more about quest fellow. There is no information in website. How do I apply then?
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I try to keep an open mind, an open heart, and a little bit of "f you" when the world is too closed and harsh to others.