I am not sure what the next great technological advance will be. Nor am I sure of how long into the future that this advance will occur. But I am certain when it does happen, new companies will rise, rushing to be the first ones to get to market. And they will fall. Because ultimately, these companies are built with the wrong people. And that includes the founders. Because these founders are not trying to build something great. They are just trying to build their personal fortunes. When you have the right people working for your company, you can count on them to carefully consider new technology instead of jumping on bandwagons. You can be sure that any technology adopted will fit within the company’s long-term strategy. The great companies, let by the right people, will adapt. And they will continue to be great.
The things that make a start-up so awesome in the beginning are the very things that cause so much trouble once the company achieves some level of success. A small, dedicated team of individuals becomes a large, unwieldy troupe of employees. Hierarchies are established, managers and executives are brought in from the outside, processes are standardized. And that core group of dedicated individuals looks around at what the company has become and realize that work is not fun anymore. So they leave, taking with them their innovative, entrepreneurial spirit that helped the company become what it is. Bureaucracy kills innovation. Instead of creating a bureaucratic system to manage a few wrong people, focus on getting and keeping the right people for your organization. The right people are competent and disciplined. They do not need, or want, a bureaucratic system to work in.
Knowing your purpose keeps you energized. It motivates you to develop your vision, to push through adversity, and to work through failures. Living a successful life without knowing your purpose is impossible. Your purpose keeps you grounded. It keeps you centered. It keeps you facing the right direction on your life’s journey. And it should be shared. Because you will never truly lead and you will never truly affect those around you without sharing your life’s purpose with them. It is all about leading with heart. Finally, remember that you cannot find your purpose by looking at the world around you. Your purpose is found within. And no, your purpose should not be to make lots of money. You will have to dig down deeper than that.
You have goals. A vision for your future. You are trying to get there, but you have made mistakes along the way. That’s okay. Mistakes happen. Keep moving forward. The only way your mistakes hold you back is when you allow them to make you stop. No matter how much time you spend planning, no matter how much effort you spend in executing your plan, you will not execute your plan for success perfectly. When failures happen, reevaluate your plan and try again. Only by repeated trying will you ever accomplish your goals and achieve your vision for your life.
Each of us were born with certain abilities. Either we choose to develop and improve our abilities, or we choose to ignore them. By choosing to develop ourselves and our natural abilities, we begin a process of personal growth. This growth is necessary for each of us to try to reach our full potential. Only by making the choice today to improve ourselves can we ever hope to reach our personal goals tomorrow.