1. No one is an island. Isolation rarely leads to success. Everyone needs support from time to time! Find people with similar passion and dissimilar ways of thinking, whether they’re mentors or friends who believe in you, your mission, and who can give good advice.
2. Believe wholeheartedly in your product. You will be spending days and nights and weekends and all of your free time on this company. Throwing 100% of your energy into something you aren’t passionate about is draining. You passion will shine through to your employees and investors.
3. Stick with It. If you believe in your company, you should see it through. If your heart if halfway in it, maybe being an entrepreneur isn’t the right path.
4. The customer is always right. If you are consumer facing, listen to what your customers want and adapt accordingly. Know when to pivot. Change isn’t bad. Missions change. Companies change. Don’t assume you’re the smartest person on the subject.
5. Be Fearless. There are large companies out there. That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for your company. If you don’t believe in your product, why should your investors?
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” —Steve Jobs
And be sure to tune into the television premiere of "The Valley Girl Show with Jesse Draper" on Sunday, August 3 on KICU channel 36!