Put An End To Your Condescending Attitude Toward Entrepreneurs

In this week’s Teaching Startup, we addressed an entrepreneur’s concern about transforming a profitable, revenue-generating firm by leveraging technology to develop a larger, better business.

That is what we do.

I did not respond to this specific inquiry (I answered another about partnerships). Rather than that, this response came from a guest advisor, someone who has exited the startup business and spent the last year or so attempting to educate entrepreneurs on a more technical foundation without requiring them to spend a lifetime learning to code.

I would have given anything for that response earlier in my career. However, do you know what? I’m as pleased to have heard it now, as I’ve gained knowledge.

What does this have to do with the situation of startup advice in general?

As Teaching Startup grows, I want to make it less about me and more about the answers and guidance, which is why I’ve begun reaching out to recruit additional guest advisers to answer additional questions from additional entrepreneurs. So far, I’ve been fortunate in finding intelligent, experienced individuals who can provide excellent solutions to perplexing problems.

However, I keep coming into a snag.

Numerous individuals claiming to be startup consultants and specialists are really arrogant.

I was already aware of this. However, I’ve identified the source of the problem and devised a method for identifying and resolving it.

Even if you have no interest in me or Teaching Startup, I want you to remember this advice if someone offers to assist you in growing your business.

Condescension conceals insecurity.

The startup advising market is riddled with ineffective advice and advisers who blame the advisee for not effectively implementing the ineffective counsel.

This is unlikely to come as a surprise to you.

There are numerous probable fundamental causes, but one thread runs through them all: a marked lack of confidence in the expert’s opinion.

They may not be speaking from personal experience, or they may be trying to sell you garbage.

However, their lack of confidence is frequently due to the fact that they are ultimately uninterested in assisting you. What they’re interested in is ensuring that whatever they’re selling as advise is purchased repeatedly.

This is difficult to do in the startup sector, because each firm is unique, as are each entrepreneur and leader. As a result, success is notoriously hard to package. I am familiar with this. I did make an attempt.

However, if I knew the secret trick that divides successful entrepreneurs from unsuccessful entrepreneurs, I would not offer it to you; rather, I would repeat the trick over and over, silently savoring the rewards.

What I do have, and I have a lot of it, is a desire for others to achieve the same level of success that I did, whatever they define success. This requires me to take a genuine interest in your success, in the success of everyone who reads any of my words, believes in the solutions I provide, or listens to the counsel I place in front of them.

That is where I believe I am correct.

When I provide a guest advisor to you, I want to ensure that the person I choose is capable of assisting not only you, but also everyone who reads the answer, and, maybe most significantly, me.

I’ve realized that if they can teach me something, they’re on the right track. For the simple reason that I have completed my sentence. I’m well aware of the three words that no investor wants to hear, as well as the rest of the nonsense. However, I am aware that my business adventure is not yet over, and I am eager to see where it leads and what I learn next.

I took the trek alone twenty years ago. That was a terrible mistake. And it is precisely for this reason that I carry out my work. The only time I feel isolated these days is when someone snorts at the fact that I’m unfamiliar with a particular startup word or entrepreneurial trend.

To be sure, this is not common. I also keep abreast of the bullsh*t in case it comes up. However, that sensation is unpleasant, and I’m sure that’s one of the primary reasons why the startup landscape looks the way it does, with the same people repeating the same buzzwords and living off whatever they did as if they had a plan.

However, it has taught me what characteristics to seek in a financial advisor. Thus, as we expand and take on additional volunteers, all I have to do is ensure they truly want to help.

Therefore, if you have entrepreneurial experience and are truly interested in assisting other businesses, contact us. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing from you, as are a lot of other businesses.

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