Welcome to the tenth article of our Entrepreneurial Wednesdays series. In this series, I share my thoughts on lean entrepreneurship as I take my first steps in my journey. I will be sharing my lessons learned with you.
Space for Improvement
Remember the last point I mentioned at the end of the previous article? No? Well, don’t worry about that because I am going to tell you and I am going to tell you even more! The last thing I discussed previously were user stories. I am honestly fascinated by this method of creating features for the product and I hope that I will have a chance to try it. You might or might not know, that this type of approach towards development is part of agile development. As you could already guess, this development is based on the flexibility of the whole team of developers towards the demand of the clients or management. That means that when Mr. Farb (head of Grockit) started to deliver the user stories to the team, they were very fast and efficient when it came to creating the new features. It is very important to always be ready to react. Although this could be very tiring because constant focus is needed, companies which base their development on this method (such as Grockit) tend to bring quality products to the table.
Have you already found yourself in a situation when you knew that in order to move forward you needed to change something? Not always the setbacks that occur on your path to your dream company are from the outside. Sometimes it happens that we are the ones that stand before the company of our dreams because we are simply failing to admit that we made a mistake. I know, sure, there are plenty of quotes, happy pictures with nice sayings encouraging you not to care about them. But this is not what I have in mind. Surely, we should not deal with our past more than is needed. But what are the results of not being self-critical? Sometimes being self-aware or being not is the key element in building a successful project. If you are a person who doesn’t at least realize that your actions do not always have to be right then let me say that business will be hard for you. Why? Because business is not only a way to make money but while you are trying to earn them, you learn a lot, mostly about yourself. I am not a company owner, although I am working on a project hoping that I will be successful and on my short trip into the world of business I clearly had to see, that there is soo much space for improvement. And I love that.
Judge Your Actions
Imagine how many more products, companies, services and partnerships there would be if people could admit that somewhere even they made a wrong turn. When you lose the ability to judge what you do, most of the activities tied to entrepreneurship stop to make sense. It’s all about being adventurous. And never has there been an adventure, when someone ended it being as wise as he was when he started. I see the opportunity of self-improvement as a unique bonus to everything (bad and good) that comes with choosing the life of a businessman. You, of course, have to decide individually whether you share my view or not. I believe that people involved in business do share this thought and feeling on some level.
I think that the worst thing that can happen to someone who is trying to create a business is that he unconsciously destroys the project by being selfish and deaf to the outcome of his actions. Overall, I think it is not bad to admit mistakes. It is a virtue that was not given to anyone, but to understand this virtue and to use it wisely, you have to think about yourself and do not take for granted the words that come out of your mouth and actions you do with your hands.