Tips you can use to succeed at your startup

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The November edition of Fab magazine featured an interview with Dave Brailsford, who coached UK’s cycling team and was very much the man-in-charge for making sure they win as many gold medals as they can at the 2012 London Olympics. Amazingly, the team swept off with 8 Gold medals and here is an interview with the coach who made it all possible.

In that interview, he had some great advice which can be applied not just in sports but also in your startups. Here is a compilation.

Pic Credit: Flickr
Pic Credit: Flickr

1. Differentiate between dreams and targets

A dream is what we want to happen while a target is something we can make happen. So, focus on setting specific targets to help realize your dreams as these will form the building blocks of performance and will all be within your control. You can make them happen if you choose to do so.

2. Bad things happen quickly and good things take time

In this era of instant gratification we want good things to happen quickly but we must also recognize that good and great things take time. So, it is OK for certain things to build slowly. As long as you put in the effort, you will get there. You can’t start something new today and expect something great to happen tomorrow – it takes time.

3. Give people ownership and responsibility

If you want to get the best out of people, don’t be control freak. People respond better when they are given the ownership of what they’re doing. Commitment is a great virtue.

4. Understand the difference between logic and emotion

Stick to your game plan. Rather than basing your decisions purely on emotional reactions, take a step back and try to use the logical path within your brain. You will have a much better chance of success.

5. Plan, review, do

With any task or performance – good or bad; you should go through a straightforward cycle of (i) planning what you’re going to do (ii) doing it (iii) reviewing what you’ve just done (iv) and then putting all that learning into your next plan. All you can do is be your best and strive for personal excellence. If a performance doesn’t go to plan, it’s not about screaming and shouting, it’s about what we can learn from it.

Be the best you can be, you are in charge of that. Take charge.

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