Hustle, hustle, hustle
In large organizations, it can take time to get things done. Decisions have to go through several approvals or processes. But startups on the other hand move fast. Very fast. You have to. There’s no time to waste as you’re trying to build a brand and carve out a place in the market. So you have to be prepared to hustle each day. Any “down time” is an opportunity to tinker with side projects, new ideas, or ways to get things done faster and more efficiently.
Remember to stop and enjoy the ride
Like I said, things move fast. You can move from highs to lows and back in the blink of an eye. And before you know it there’s a handful of new faces around the office, new customers, and not to mention some friendly media coverage. It’s easy to get wrapped in the day-to-day, but it’s so important to remember to step back and take it all in. Who knows when it will happen again? Cherish the highs, learn from the lows, and enjoy the ride!
When it comes to startups, there’s so many opportunities to learn new things quickly, work closely with talented people, and gain experiences not everyone will have in their career. But at the end of the day, it will be what you make it. If you ever get a chance to work in a startup I definitely encourage you to take it.
For those who’ve made the switch along the way, what other advice would you share?