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Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know

Great article written by Pita Ellis 
I love hearing about Australian Startups playing the big game and getting noticed. 

Australia Startups tend to shy away from the limelight, it is not our culture to talk about ourselves too much. Aussies can also be harsh on each other, Americans are much better at dishing out high fives and back pats to fellow entrepreneurs having a go.

The downside to keeping quiet when building your empire is that it appears from the outside looking in that there is not much going on in the Australian Startup scene. There is, yet we only hear about a small percentage of people kicking goals. I think it’s time we change a few things culturally.
  1. Startups and Entrepreneurs need to support each other more. Someone somewhere has come up against the same issue as you at some point, so put it out to your network if you get stuck, and ask for help. I guarantee you will be surprised by the response to contribute. 
  2. Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know. It’s a tough gig knowing everything so hook up with complementary skill sets. Between you and your network you should get the answers you need. When people do take the time to explain things – listen and be grateful of the information exchange. Thank them. People actually like to help and no, you won’t sound dumb by asking. 
  3. Try, fail, try again. Then talk about it. Please talk about it – share what didn’t work with someone else. We are aiming to get better at this ‘together’. 
  4. Be honest. If a friend or someone you know is creating something and asks your opinion, tell them what you really think. Mean? No, Challenging? Yes. It may be uncomfortable for both of you but it’s much better to give feedback in testing or idea stage than after they have built it. If they are validating effectively they will ask more people than just you so your feedback should be some of many. 
  5. Ditch the fear. Of what people will think. Of failing, of getting stuff wrong, of not achieving your goals, of people stealing your idea, of others being better than you and of not being first to market, or second, or last or whatever place you’d hoped to be. Don’t be scared of hard work or setbacks – there will be loads of that. Most of all ditch the fear of being successful, start playing the role of a successful person already and back yourself now because if you don’t, who will?
I read a great article of the success of Aussie Startup Stackla. When I read founder Damien Mahoney’s comment on “Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know” it struck a chord with me. I used to be afraid of what I didn’t know and saw it as a weakness which I hated. I have since learnt to trust my network, ask questions, be grateful of help and always surround myself with smart, like minded people. 

We have some great Startups here in Oz, with the best yet to emerge. I’m keen to see better knowledge exchange and a strong support network in our community.

Ivan’s comment :- hopefully we can assist by creating forums of collaboration , learning and growth. 

Join us at a forum near you and see how you can play a part in this narrative that we call BBG  http://www.bbg.business
Posted on April 15, 2019

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