Consistency breeds success
When it comes to the success of a startup, consistency is key. Many founders believe that luck and timing are what determine the success of a venture, but it’s actually the consistent actions taken by the founder that matter most. A startup founder who remains consistent in his efforts will often see better results than those who are sporadic in their approach.
Boring is the foundation
Exciting things and glamorous beginnings are what motivate us to get into this tricky business of building something new. And yet it’s the boring things that actually make success possible. Sending out emails to prospects, tracking expenses, going to sleep on time, meditating and time blocking are some of the essential but boring parts of running a successful business.
Boring things might not seem like they’re worth your time, but in reality, they’re often the most important tasks you can do to keep your startup moving forward. And in the end, these boring tasks will help you make more money and grow your business. So don’t neglect them – embrace the boring and watch your startup succeed!
The hardest skill in life
There are many skills that startup founders need to succeed, but consistency is arguably the most important. Being consistent means showing up and doing the work day in and day out, even when you don’t feel like it. And that goes for both your business and yourself. If you’re not there to build your energy and focus with personal care routines, you won’t have what it takes to keep going. That’s why so many founders burn out. They have trouble being consistent in their business and their wellness.
It’s easy to be motivated and inspired when things are going well, but it’s much harder to maintain that same level of consistency when times are tough. No one is born looking and thinking like Andrew Huberman, it requires daily consistent effort. In his own words, he hasn’t missed a workout for over 20 years.
You need to personally experience consistency and develop the resilience needed to keep going no matter what. This is where the advice of going with the plan, not the mood will come in very handy. If you’re committed to doing the boring tasks regardless of how you feel about them, success is imminent.
The best way to develop consistency is to make it a habit. Set aside time each day or week to work on your boring tasks, and stick to it as much as possible. Don’t allow yourself to get sidetracked or discouraged; just keep moving forward one step at a time. Over time, you’ll find that being consistent gets easier and more automatic. And when you’re able to be consistently progressing towards your goals, that’s when real success starts to happen.
Vision is glamorous, productivity is boring
Anything new is fun, but I’ve seen a few startup founders get something awesome off the ground just to feel fizzled out and unwilling to go on because they are bored.
Your vision will keep you going and will remind you why you got into this in the first place, but sometimes the vision gets hazy. This is when your boring, consistent routines will save you because by then you’ll have learned to trust them and rely on the process to bring results. And this goes for both productivity and mental health routines!
You just can’t get away with being flaky as a founder because there’s too much at stake. And entrepreneurship is truly a great teacher of character. I’ve personally had to really level up my commitment in the process of building my business and in the process of recovering from burnout. Health is just like business, it requires commitment, boring actions and consistency but the returns on investment are unreal.