The Anatomy of Determination in Start-ups

According to Paul Graham’s essay, determination is the best predictor of start-up success. Anna Vital reframed the same concept in the following infographic:

The Anatomy Of Determination In Start-ups
Successful start-ups are extremely rare compared to the number of start-ups are formulated now-a-days. Determination virtue consists of three qualities, such as, discipline, ambition and wilfulness, when you nurture a viable idea within any start-up community
1. Discipline
Discipline is simply doing some goals according to your plan. It requires a plan and how you execute it. There are many reasons you could doubt your plan. It might be laziness in disguise or you may genuinely doubt your ability to carry out the plan. Another reason may be psychological – whatever you plan is not what your body actually does. That’s the lack of determination.
Whatever the mental barriers to discipline may be, if you just want to be disciplined, you can simply be, like a robot executing instructions. You can write instructions for yourself and follow them each day. In fact, it is easier to be disciplined when you turn off the analysis running in the background of your mind. Analysing triggers doubts, but for discipline we want pure and unhindered execution. The good news is that all of these are fixable.
2. Ambition
Ambition is the grandness of what you want to achieve. Being ambitious is relatively easy – just imagine the most you could achieve in a lifetime. Another aspect – think bigger. It’s easy to become delusional about your potential grandeur. But you never get more than you ask for in life. Ambition is the ask. Asking is easier than doing. So for most us ambition is easier than discipline.
3. Too Realistic
For people who are disciplined already the opposite may happen. They may be in a habit of assessing themselves all too realistically. The remedy for that is getting to know people who are above and beyond your current ambition level. Once you get to know them personally, you will see that they are no smarter than you. You will start thinking that you can achieve as much or even more.
4. Doubt
If the problem is doubt, dig deeper and find exactly what kind of doubt this is. Do you doubt that you can get anything at all? If so, doing and finishing a quick-and-dirty prototype of anything takes care of that doubt. Is you doubt that you can do anything well, then start by doing something small but exceptionally well.
5. Wilfulness
Wilfulness is the desire to do something regardless of consequences. If you lack wilfulness, you either don’t have an extreme desire or you fear the consequences of your desire so much that the fear stops you. Digital marketers do this, as they make things look better than they really are.
6. Intense
Desires come from experiences of different lengths and intensity and this applies to any start-up community. It is rational to fear the consequences of start-up life. It is painful. But so is the alternative. Is it more painful to run a start-up than to have a boss? And fear is relative. The lesser of the fears wins.
Out of discipline, ambition, and wilfulness the latter is probably the most difficult to acquire. It takes intensity of experience to want something to an extreme. People might call you “intense.” It takes courage to think even for a second that you can create what you want. It may take time to realize that whatever you fear about start-ups is more frightening if you don’t start one.

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