In business, as in life, your emotions are likely to have a disproportionate impact on your outcomes. As human beings, our emotions vary from moment to moment; and although they come and go unconsciously; they influence each step that we take. Entrepreneurs in particular, have to constantly battle the emotion of fear – sometimes, its the fear of going where no one has been; the fear of not succeeding; or ultimately, the fear of being alone.
Still, as I look at those whom I most admire, I see a distinct thinking pattern; First, I see individuals who are supremely focused and excel at separating the truly essential from the less important. Next, I see leaders who make it their priority to first and foremost lead themselves. And finally, I see overachievers who rarely look to the outside world for validation; because to them, success is highly personal and is a direct measure of their self-worth.
One shining example is Rackspace Founder, Graham Weston, who's profiled in Bill Schley's book, The UnStoppables: Tapping Your Entrepreneurial Powers. It turns out that what makes ordinary people Unstoppable isn't something they learned in business school. Instead, its what they call 'emotional mechanics' and here's how you can tap it.
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- Why Five Founders Made the Decision to 'Choose Must' — The ‘A-ha moment’ in my shift to adulthood (Translation: Post Grad life) was reading Elle Luna’s story The Crossroads of Should and Must. I stumbled on Elle’s narrative while dealing with one of my then weekly quarter life crises. Her invigorating call to choose must - “the intuition that explodes inside of us” - put my existential fears in perspective.
- Why Jonathon Triest is Following His Must with Ludlow Ventures — One of the greatest days of our lives is when we stop subscribing to what we should be doing and start living our Must. I learned this lesson from Elle Luna, an artist and designer who shares her story leaving her job as a designer at Mailbox, in The First Round Review. She previously worked on redesigning Uber’s mobile app and spent time at Medium as well.
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