The primary cause of success in life is the ability to set and to achieve goals. Thats why the people who do not have any goals are doomed forever to work for those that do. You either work to accomplish your own goals or you work to accomplish some one else’s. If you don’t work on building your dream someone will hire you to build theirs. If you don’t design your own life plan, you run the risk of being drawn into someone else’s plan. And almost certainly that someone else is not focused on adding value to your life and vision.
You need to have a dream or a vision and you need to have goals to turn your vision into reality. You can get far with nothing more than good old fashioned hard work, but hard work without a vision will not be as inspiring or fruitful. Hard work with a vision is about taking the steps that are necessary to live your dream. When you have a vision you have the bigger picture and you will find motivation to accomplish your goals. You will value your hard work much more and you will have a better mindset. When you know WHY you are building a cathedral it is much easier to move the rocks.
Perseverance is important because, in a startup, nothing goes according to plan.
As an Entrepreneur I live day to day with a sense of uncertainty, isolation, and sometimes lack of progress. Plus, startups, by their nature, are doing new things – and when you do new things, people often reject you. People like the idea of innovation in the abstract, but when you present them with any specific innovation, they tend to reject it because it doesn’t fit with what they already know.
In additional to perseverance, founder need to be adaptable. Not only because it takes a certain level of mental flexibility to understand what users want, but because the plan will probably change. People think startups grow out of some brilliant initial idea like a plant from a seed. But most founders changed their ideas as they developed them. Paypal started out writing encryption software, Excite started as a database search company, and Flickr grew out of an online game.
Starting a startup is a process of trial and error. What guided the founders through this process was their empathy for the users. They never lost sight of making things that people would want.
If you believe in it, don’t let anyone talk you out of it.
If you don’t believe in it, don’t let yourself talk you in to it.