Startup founders, no matter the industry, are faced with a unique set of challenges. While there are certain things that they should do to ensure their success, there are also some habits that seem to work for others but not for them.
We’ve all heard it before — “startups are about hustle and hustle alone”. However, what has been neglected is the fact that in order to be successful, one must be both an entrepreneur and a person that works hard.
There are two different tracks that a person can take when it comes to their work habits:
1. A person who works smart — they work at their peak levels, leave things for the last minute and they love to get things done but not necessarily by the book. This is usually what people refer to as ‘workaholics’.
2. A person who works hard — This is a type of person that loves working hard but isn’t necessarily working smart.
In this article, we will discuss what habits a person should work on to ensure their success and how one can distinguish between the two types of work habits.
What Are The Best Personal Habits that Helps Startup Founders Increase Their Chances of Success?
The question is, if you’re a startup founder, whose personal habits makes you more successful? What are the best personal habits that helps startup founders increase their chances of success?
I’ve come up with a list of 5 personal habits that will help you increase your chances of success. These are all habits that I have personally adopted over the years and have helped me achieve my current level of success.
These are the top personal habits that helped me achieve my goals.
1. Work Hard, Be Smart & Be Passionate!
I am one person who believes in working hard, being smart and being passionate about what I do. This is the perfect advice that helped me get to where I am today.
I’m not the kind of person that works hard just for the sake of working hard. I put in all my efforts and energy into work because it gives me a sense of fulfillment and purpose.
If you want to be successful, then you must be willing to put in hours and hours of work. This is not a fast track to success either. You will also have to keep working hard even after you’ve achieved your goals.
Work hard, be smart and be passionate about what you do. If you can make this happen, then you’re halfway there already!
2. Always Be Learning And Growing
One of the things that will help startups and entrepreneurs is to always keep learning and growing. This is something that I was reminded of recently and I totally agree with it. As a startup founder, it’s very important that you always learn as much as you can.
The more you know, the more chances you have of excelling in your industry and succeeding.
Not only that, you will also have to make sure that you are learning about things that will help further your goals and dreams. For example, if your goal is to become a successful entrepreneur, then you should be learning about entrepreneurship.
You don’t want to stay stuck in a box where everything is the same. You want to keep expanding your horizons and learn about new things so that you can grow as a person.
Mentoring is also an effective way of learning and growing. This is something that I do on a regular basis and it’s been very helpful for me.
3. Keep Your Head Down & Work Hard To Achieve Your Goals
There are many who have achieved success in life by having a positive mindset, working hard to achieve their goals and staying focused on the task at hand.
If you want to be successful in life, then you must keep your head down and work hard. It might be a cliché but it’s 100% true.
If you can learn how to keep your head down, it will be easier for you to focus on the task at hand. You need to have a strong sense of self-belief and determination to get things done.
You also need to stay focused until the very end and don’t let anything distract you. This is the best way to stay focused and achieve your goals.
4. Be Passionate & Have A Dream!
I’m a passionate person and I have always had big dreams from a very young age. This has been one of the reasons why I was able to achieve my current level of success.
I believe that if you want to be successful, then you must have a burning desire for what you do and a dream that you want to achieve.
If you have a dream, then you are more likely to work hard and achieve them. You want to have your own motivation and passion for what you do. You need to believe in yourself that things will happen when they happen.
It’s only when you lose faith in yourself that things start to get difficult. If you can have hope and belief in yourself, then things will go well for you!
5. Surround Yourself With Positive People That Inspire You!
I believe that the best way of staying motivated and achieving your goals is to surround yourself with people who inspire you. Surrounding yourself with positive people will help you stay motivated and achieve your goals.
If you are surrounded by negative people, then you will probably fall into the same negative habits that they have adopted. This will only cause more problems for you in the long run.
You need to surround yourself with positive people that can remind you of the dreams you have. This will help you stay motivated and keep you focused on your goals.
There are many things that can help a startup founder achieve success, but one of the best habits is to work hard, be smart and be passionate about what you do. These are the top personal habits that helped me achieve my goals and I highly recommend them to others as well!
About the Author
I am the Founder of Cudy Technologies (www.cudy.co), a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students learn better. I am also a mentor and angel investor in other Startups of my other interests (Proptech, Fintech, HRtech, Ride-hailing, C2C marketplaces, and SaaS). You can also find me on Cudy for early-stage Startup Founder mentorship and advice.
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