One of the more messed up expressions of startup culture is the believe that we all need to have everything figured out. Similar to the “everything is always awesome” attitude, people also seem to expect that entrepreneurs (and particularly the founders of a startup) have all the answers to every possible question, always keep their cool and overall have everything sorted out.
I have never met a single entrepreneur (or more generally speaking person) who had all the answers. The best entrepreneurs and the most delightful interactions are with people who openly admit to their knowledge gaps and seek out help wherever they can find it.
One of the most important things you can do on your own leadership journey is to develop a perpetual aggressively help-seeking mindset.
Ask for help. Openly and often. Get over your ego. Whatever you are building is more important. And it’s also so much more fun to keep learning.
P.S. Talking of which — I want to create a new set of T-Shirts for the Heretic community (long-time Heretics will remember our first T-Shirt). I found a great shop which does real screen prints on high-quality tees. Can you help me chose the design? Here’s a quick 30 sec survey.