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Your 10 Rewards From Joining A Startup

Your 10 Rewards From Joining A Startup

Joining a burgeoning start up results in what is usually a thrilling, wild, and terrifying journey. You never know what to expect, for better or for worse, and are constantly surprised as you walk the less-traveled path. There are a lot of reasons to join a start up, positive or negative. Here are ten happy consequences of joining such a company.

1. You Learn

When you’re building something from the ground up every moment that you’re constructing it is a huge learning experience. With a start up there’s no playbook yet; you and your team write the book yourselves with the lessons you learn together. At a regular job you might learn company policies and standard procedure. At a start up there is no standard procedure, so you learn in extremely informative but completely unexpected ways.

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2. You Work Hard

You had a lot of time to party in college; now it’s time to get to work. You’ll feel good about putting a lot of effort into something that you’re passionate about. To keep yourself motivated you should remember how that hard work could potentially pay off huge down the line.

3. You Work How You Want To

An established company has a routine. Your employers will expect things done in a certain way, at a certain time, and in a certain order. At a start up there are less of those regulations. Your team doesn’t always care how you complete their tasks; they’re happy as long as they’re getting good work done.

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4. You Have an Awesome Workplace

We’ve all seen photos of start ups that show an office that you actually want to go to every day. Think about how great working in a Google-like environment would be for your spirits and your productivity.

5. You Get Inspired

True inspiration is rare if you’re doing the kind of work that many have done before. At a start up you’re treading completely new ground, so you have many more opportunities to get the kind of inspiration that can change everything.

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6. You Matter

When you’re a cog in a machine you feel like you’re not worth much. At a start up you’re worth everything to your team. As a part of a small group your contributions are that much more significant. You are truly impacting the success of the company instead of just pushing paper around.

7. You Might Profit

The founders of successful start ups are the ones going from rags to riches, reaping in millions or even billions of dollars. Even if you’re not the founder, your reward can be massive. A percentage of a driven, inspired company can be worth a whole lot in the years to come. Ask early employees of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.

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8. You Might Succeed

True success isn’t measured by dollar amount. Succeeding at a start up means you’ve really built something great that you’re proud of. If you find meaning in the work you do you have found some kind of success. That is so much more possible at a new business than an established one.

9. You Might Fail

A lot of start ups wither away, it’s true, but those kinds of failure can be life-changing experiences. Your successes teach you a little, but the times you fail are when you learn the most.

10. You Grow

At the end of the day, aren’t we all looking to be a better version of ourselves? Time at a start up gives you the maximum opportunity to change and grow along with your company. The independence involved in working for a start up is an opportunity to throw yourself into the deep end and really test yourself. If you join a start up, whether it be a major success or massive failure, you will get to see what you’re really made of.

Featured photo credit: Philippe Lewicki via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 19, 2018

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

How to Find a Suitable Professional Mentor

I went through a personal experience that acted as a catalyst for an epiphany. When I got fired from a job, I learned something important about myself and where I was headed with my freelance career. I realized that the most important aspect of that one rather small job was the influence of the company owner. I realized that I wasn’t hurt that the company and I weren’t a perfect match; I was devastated by the stark fact that I needed a mentor and I had almost found one but lost her.

Suddenly, I felt like J.D., the main character in “Scrubs,” chasing Dr. Cox and trying to rip insight and wisdom from someone I respect. The realization that a recognized thought-leader and experienced entrepreneur severed ties with me felt crushing. But, I picked myself back up and thought about five ways to acquire a mentor without having the awkwardness of outright asking.

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1. Remember, a professional mentorship must be mutual.

A professional mentor must agree to engage in a mutual relationship because, as the comedy T.V. series showed us, one simply cannot force someone to tutor us. We have to prove that we are worth the time investment through persistence and dedication to the craft.

2. You have to have common interests with your mentor.

Even if a professional mentor appears at your job or school, realize that unless you and this person have common interests, you won’t find the relationship successful. I’ve been in situations where someone I respected had vastly different ideas about what was important in life or what one should spend his or her free time doing. If these things don’t line up, you may find the relationship won’t be as fruitful, even when the mentor knows a great deal about one industry.

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3. Thought-leaders will respect your passion.

One of the ways you can prove yourself worthy to a professional mentor is through your passion and your dedication. No one wants to spend time grooming and teaching another who will not take advice or put the effort in to improve. When following thought-leaders on Twitter and trying to engage with higher-ups in a work setting, realize that your actions most often speak louder than your words.

4. Before worrying if he respects you, ask if you respect him.

On the other side of the coin, you should seriously reflect on those common interests and make sure you respect your professional mentor. Just because someone holds a title, degree or office does not mean that person is trustworthy or honest. Don’t be swayed by appearances and take the time to find a suitable professional mentor.

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5. Failure is often the best way to learn

I honestly have made more mistakes than I can count. I know I’ve learned a great deal from poorly organized businesses and my own poor choices. The most important quality I’ve developed is an ability to swallow my pride and learn from my mistakes. If life knocks me down nine times, I get back up 10 times. One of the songs Megadeth wrote, “Of Mice and Men,” resonates in my mind when I pull myself up by my bootstraps and try again for a goal I’ve set: “So live your life and live it well. There’s not much left of me to tell. I just got back up each time I fell.” Hopefully, this brief post can act as a professional mentor to you in your quest to find not only a brave leader but also a trusted adviser.

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