Recently an entrepreneur was asking me questions about my own entrepreneurial journey. He was interested in learning from other entrepreneurs and potentially modeling his style and actions after others. My advice: play to your own strengths. Only you can be you.
As for myself, I have a number of strengths and weaknesses.
I love starting things, but hate finishing them.
I love dreaming up ideas and getting others excited about them, but have little interest in the detailed execution.
I love connecting people and looking for ways to add value to others.
I love seeing trends in the world and guessing where things will be in the future.
I love finding gaps or opportunities in the market and thinking through potential solutions.
I love as little process as possible that ensures the organization is running well, but eschew anything that feels like overhead.
I love challenging people and working to help them grow in their careers.
I love getting doubted and then proving the skeptics wrong.
I love trying hard things and just move right along when most don’t work, with no regrets.
I have plenty of strengths and weaknesses, no different than anyone else.
My ability to see where markets are headed, recruit people for crazy ideas, and stay out of the weeds are some of my most important strengths.
What are your strengths?