Trust Yourself to Trust Others - by Ravi Patel

 

Beginning Entrepreneurs like to be in "total" control. It is difficult for them to acknowledge that other people can do as good, if not a better, job than they can. They also believe that if they share their ideas with people, someone may steal them and take advantage.

 

It is all about trust. However, it is less about trusting other people, but more about not trusting themselves enough.

 

Entrepreneurs do take significant risks in the business sense - that is embark on new ideas, in an uncertain environment, with a not fully developed product or service, no ready customers, lack of adequate funding and so on. They are good at that.

 

When it comes to relying on other people, their risk-taking is limited. While they may trust family members, it is difficult for starting Entrepreneurs to trust outsiders. So what is the problem?

 

In my opinion, the issue is that Entrepreneurs do not have sufficient trust in themselves to identify, train, and coach the right people to delegate key responsibilities. Sometimes loners, people management skills are the least ones they have developed. This often creates a situation where Entrepreneurs end up performing all key tasks and stretching themselves too thin.

 

Entrepreneurs need to train and then trust themselves to make appropriate people decisions so they can then trust those people to do the things right. The sooner they learn to do that the faster their growth and success.

 

 

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