5 Habits to Polish Your Raw Talent for a Successful Start-up

In today’s world, to survive in the competition thriving in the global market surrounded by millions of intelligent and talented people, has become very difficult. It is very hard to come up with an idea so unique that no one has ever heard of it before. However, it is even harder to actually start working on the very idea and protect it from being stolen. One might have the talent to generate such an idea but in order to overcome the difficulties that arise during a start-up, one needs to adopt a certain set of skills and develop some habits. These will eventually enable a person to out-perform those with greater resources and talent in the market. Few of the numerous examples of such practices are mentioned below:

  1. Do your Homework:

Always be prepared. In order to deliver the best, first you need to become the best. You need to put yourself in your clients’ shoes and ask yourself that whether or not you would be impressed by your own performance.

  1. Always be eager to learn:

You need to realize that you don’t already know everything and that there is always some room for more improvement. Look up to you peer for the very purpose as well as respect the opinion of your sub-ordinates.

  1. Redefine your goals:

When you achieve something don’t let that stop you from aiming even higher. With the passage of time as you learn from experience, there’s a need to redefine your goals as well as your strategies aiming at achieving those goals. Each time aim for something even bigger and better.

  1. Develop strong work ethics:

Success does not come from talent alone. There is a dire need to have strong work ethics and high moral standards. This means full commitment towards your job and being competent enough to fulfill every requirement. Moreover, along with respecting whom you work for, you should respect those who work for you. Your integrity should show through your work and people should not only be drawn to your work but should also trust you.

  1. Be optimistic:

You should have a positive mental attitude. One tends to face several problems after embarking on the journey of starting a business venture. Thus, it is very necessary that one should not lose temper in case of any hardship or problem. In order to be successful there is a need to stay positive and motivate others to work hard even in the case of a failure. It is only a person with a positive mindset who can see opportunity even in a challenging situation.


Don’t Be a Boss, Be a Leader

If you’re here, you are most probably thinking of starting up. If you do start up, you’ll be working with a team and here are a few pointers on how to deal with the team because I am assuming you’ll want to keep them motivated.

All of you new heads, don’t confuse the words “boss” and “leader”.  A leader can be your boss but a boss is not always a leader. Though it’s hard to self evaluate, here are some Do’s and Don’ts you should keep in mind.

  1. Evoke Respect Instead of Fear:

Your subordinates should feel free to share anything with you from new ideas to expand the horizons of your business to even merely appreciating what you do for them. No need to scare your team to get them to work.

  1. Focus on People to Focus on Work:

People working for you are what make up your organisation. If you focus on keeping them happy, there is a high probability that  your business performance will enhance.

  1. Don’t Micromanage, Delegate:

Have a little faith in your team! It is very important to delegate so that the employees don’t feel demotivated merely because you do not trust them with important decisions. Job satisfaction plays an important part in raising employees’ performance.

  1. Try to Own Your Business Not Just Run It:

While it is very important to delegate responsibility, it is equally important to take part in whatever is happening. After all,  it is YOUR start-up. Thus, instead of stepping with fear, take initiative!

  1. Reprimand Rather Than Scream or Shout:

No one has the right to humiliate anyone else, especially not in public. Constructive criticism is healthy but whatever you want to say to your employee, you should tell him/her in person.

  1. Be Confident About Your Ability to be a Good Leader:

Last but not the least; you should be confident about what you are doing. Stay calm and enjoy the ride of experiences that being a leader brings. If you know you can be a good leader, you will eventually be one.