If you’re looking to start your own business in 2017, you need to be great at listening. This may sound harsh, but it’s true. The ability to build a passionate, resourceful, and committed team is paramount to the success of your new company. It’s the first step in fulfilling your vision, which is why it’s so important. For me, I pray for “soul players” or what I describe as people who are passionate about the work they do. Selling a vision (to investors, employees, customers, etc.) requires true passion and faith in what you’re doing. While it’s possible to achieve this on your own, having faith in God can make the process easier by reminding you of your self-worth and giving you confidence in knowing that God wants to bless you and your business.
- Passion – The entrepreneurial nature of a startup undoubtedly creates a lot of passion which means you will be working with colleagues every day who have the same positive energy and excitement as you do. With a smaller team, each person at a startup tends to have more opportunities to share, voice his/her opinions, and influence key decisions. You want that, right?
- Learn – The innovative nature of a startup usually allows you to have close contact with the founders (who are usually some of the best people to teach you honest entrepreneurial insights). Also, expect to get a lot of exposure to the intricacies of the entire business operation.
- Stock Options – Although working at a startup could mean a pay cut compared to a cushy corporate job, there are other benefits worth considering–including stock options (equity)–which may provide a huge upside for you if the company does well. If you get in the door early enough, this incentive can be positively life-changing!
- More diversity – There shouldn’t be much pigeonholing at a startup; you’re going to do and see a lot of different things. You will be thrown out of your comfort zone. You will get a chance to expand your horizons. With fewer (or zero) levels of bureaucracy, everyone is closer to one another. You should be well connected to your CEO as well as the network of customers, vendors, VCs, friends, etc. that surround the startup.
- Personal Growth – Last, but by no means least, you should join a startup because it’s a unique experience to help build something and be part of its growth from the very beginning. This means living the high highs, low lows, and everything in between..
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
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