I decided to write this because this simple thought is what keeps me moving forward, and hopefully might help some people out there too.
Those who know me know that I’m not fond of Steve Jobs person nor what he represents (a heartless person, with a questionable life and disrespectful to others than himself -know for a fact-) but still that doesn’t mean that I can’t admire him in some ways. There’s one super simple phrase he said, and everybody knows:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever”
And I can’t agree more with this, because of two reasons:
- Many times nothing will seem to make sense. Nothing. You’ll find yourself lost and clueless (and sometimes things actually don’t make any sense);
- And yet you HAVE to move forward, because there are so many people depending on you: Partners, employees and investors but more than that: Customers and end-users.
And when nothing seems to make sense, and when I feel lost, when I feel tired, when I feel underskilled there’s one small thing that helps me to move forward, to keep pushing, to keep delivering. It’s not a love story, this time, it’s not “I’m doing this for my kids” nor “for the future”, nor for the planet.
I am moving forward, even when I’m clueless, because I trust my gut, I know that some way or another I’ll figure things later and most of all because I trust my team. And I know they’re going to be there when I can’t.
Because, face it: You can’t always be there. And this is the most important thing I’d like to share here: Build a team you can trust like yourself.
As a founder you can doubt, and you should doubt, about everything: Your market, your industry, your product, your goals, everything! But there’s one thing you just can’t afford to doubt, you simply can’t: You can’t doubt on your own ability to figure things later and your team’s as well (actually, don’t take my word for it take Sam’s)
As a remote company, in publica.la, the challenge is double: I invest a lot of time, or I try, to invest a lot of time on my team, talking with them, bonding, and creating more than a “remote team” a “distributed team”, meaning not a group of isolated people (remote implies there’s a HQ and some are remote from there) but a team of members working in a distributed ambient
So remember this: It is not brave to have no doubts, if something that’s just reckless.
- Do you doubt your Industry? No problemo. Go out and talk to customers!
- Do you doubt your product? No problemo. Measure and analyze things!
- Do you doubt your skills? No problem. Read some books, talk to people, ask for advice. Learn!
- Do you doubt yourself or your team? Damn, man… It’s gonna be complicated. Start from there.
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