So first of all, I’ve been badly neglecting this blog for a while now. That means two things :
1. I’ve been shit busy (which is good because it means things are moving forward).
2. I had nothing to say (which means I had no time to stop and reflect on how and what I’m doing).
So, thank you 8 loyal followers who stuck around (who are you btw??) – as a token of my appreciation you will receive a free coffee voucher redeemable if you’re ever in Tel-Aviv
And to our business today – my first few posts focused on how I personally see the transformation into an entrepreneurial state of mind. Now that I’m there I’ve been wanting for a while to write about how to do it right. I couldn’t really focus on what I want to say though until I read This article by James Altucher. He talks about the things you need to do to really improve your skills as an entrepreneur. So first of all go and read the article (instead of me telling you about it). When you’re done come back here and read my personal take on the points he makes. I intend to write a short post about each point hopefully elaborating and giving examples.
The first point I’d like to refer to is Tutor/Mentor. Learning from someone experienced is probably a smart move in any job, but the interesting thing I noticed during my first year in start-ups is the willingness of people from the field to help and advise. Perhaps it’s their understanding of the difficulty or maybe it’s just cool people, but I’ve yet to ask someone for advice and be refused. Moreover, most people are happy to feel that someone actually wants to learn from them!
Here’s how it works – when I think there’s something I need help with, or someone I want to learn from, I just ask him/her for coffee and talk to them about what they do or have done. Most people like to tell their story, and you get a priceless lesson for a price of a coffee. I’ve also stayed in touch with most people I’ve met over the past year, and one of them is even in my advisory board.
Bottom line – Mentoring helps, and people like doing it so don’t be shy and approach whoever can help you.