by Shane Barbanel
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the question is: What does Thanksgiving have within her to teach entrepreneurs about business and the startup life?
It’s in the attitude. If we feel entitled, superior, greedy, it shows in our action, and our actions are colored by our attitude. I’m not saying don’t own your power or ability, own away!
I’m talking about how we grow what we give the most attention.
Startup life is the rise-and-grind life. It can be a self imposed blood sport where most of the blood in the sport is yours. Any number of obstacles can be the tipping point onto the train of negative thinking. Don’t take that train my friend, not the local or express because this train has a rep for getting stuck, frequently.
We can spend an enormous amount of time talking to people who aren’t there. The co-founder who left you when the going got tough, the investor who strung you along – wasting valuable time – only to tell you to bake the idea more, or the investors you already have, all of them telling you how to run your business.
We can walk around talking to these people, power driven madness conversation – resentment and scorn. These feeling and inner actions of retribution are a pointless wastes of time, and can have a damaging affect on your real life relationships.
Turn your back on it. I’m serious. These inner false relationships will die from neglect. Really, we grow what we give our attention to: appreciation towards an associate for fixing a bug in the system, the designer for creating a beautiful design, your partner for setting up a meeting. Focusing on the positive is the best way to escape this negativity. The best phrase for this is “what’s working here?” “What about this design is good?” “What do we like the most about…”.
Most of all when alone, focusing our minds on the positive. I get it, the startup life can be soul crushing at times. Visit it, don’t live there. Climb out and away from that hole while focusing on what IS working.
To be grateful is a practice not reflexive. When you don’t practice gratitude it can seem alien and a waste of time. But if you are kicking the sh*t out of yourself in your head all the time, tell me how is that working for your ROI?