How can startup founders stay motivated through the moments of seeming impasse?
Ever heard of Airbnb? The company funded itself when the co-founders began selling their own customized breakfast cereals because angel investors were skeptical about investing in it, today it is worth over a billion dollars. The co-founders at Reddit had to operate multiple fake user accounts while replying to their own messages to create a false sense of traffic, they did this until people started taking note of this and the real user base grew and today is worth over five billion dollars. Furthermore, PayPal started out by giving paying new users ten dollars to join, today they make over three hundred million dollars’ worth of transactions daily.Here are some tips to help you stay motivated while starting your business.Click To Tweet
The world of startups can be grueling and remarkably unforgiving; nevertheless, companies like Airbnb and PayPal found a way. What kept these startups in business and made them some of the most profitable ventures in the world today? How could the founders stay motivated through the moments of seeming impasse? Here are some tips to help you stay motivated while starting your business:
Recognize the personal nature of vision
When it comes to running a startup, the journey can be a lonely road because often times only you can see the vision. You may be seeing possibilities where others may not and sincerely it is not people’s fault when they don’t see it. The founder of Pinterest had to personally write to over seven thousand followers/visitors before Pinterest became a household name; this is because he saw what no one else did. It is your job to nurture your vision and idea until people begin to buy into it and personalize it for themselves.
Write your vision and keep it simple
Always have your startup vision written in your personal diary or keep it stored on any of your soft notepads. This will always remind you of where you are going and keep your focus and gaze fixed on the target. In the hard and trying times, it will help you remember the goal and look beyond the immediate circumstance.
Read motivational books
Books like the power of positive thinking, just start and how successful people think are just the right tonic to keep your enthusiasm alive and keep your motivation ticking. Frequent reading inspiring stories like those in the outliers and chicken soup for the soul will fuel your passion and lighten the pressures of the fast-paced business climate.
Practice endurance exercises
Startups are all about endurance and patience, Rome was not built in a day, neither will your business. Indulging in endurance games and activities will help strengthen your resolve and keep your motivation alive. There is this feeling you have when you win a game of chess after an hour or two of engaging with an opponent; there is also a sense of fulfillment you derive when you accomplish a very hard physical exercise like covering a really long distance for the first time. Succeeding in endurance games will boost your morals and give you the right mentality to succeed with your startup.