We tend to focus on the small things & ignore the big things.
When building a product, we skip over the problem in our excitement to build a solution — any solution.
When building a team, we skip over the principles that we must share to keep us together on the journey.
When building a company, we skip over building a clear, long-term vision.
It stems from impatience. Everyone rushes ahead, worrying about the little things, willing things to move fast. Busying themselves because they lack the patience, to stop, to observe. They allocate time & resources in a flash, rather than approaching it as methodically as a chess grandmaster would.
Fear also plays a major part in this. It’s hard to face the big issues. The structural problems in your company. The toxic culture. The lack of leadership you have provided.
It takes some deep self-examination. It takes questioning your ego. It takes making hard decisions that are going to upset a lot of people.
It also means confronting the possibility that things might not work out. That the underlying problems have become too big.
But it’s got to be done. Those problems will rear their head at some point. And you’ll be unprepared for it. You’ll act surprised, shocked even, but you always knew they were there. You just tried to ignore them.
So be patient & build your foundations properly. Without strong foundations, it doesn’t matter how big you may get, at some point that first storm is going to head your way.
And it’s going to blow your company right over.
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