Over the last 1.5 years, I've built the first language learning tech company for advanced learners.
Sounds great, right?
Not until recently. I made every mistake imaginable.
👉 My biggest challenge was getting my mindset right.
Here are the 15 #mindset rules that I've developed:
✅ 1. Get started.
Don't seek validation. People will call you crazy, say it won't work, or wouldn't pay attention.
Remember: Other people's opinions don't matter
Just take the first step. It'll be the bravest thing to do.
✅ 2. Don't give up too soon
Sounds simple, I know, but it isn’t.
Some days you’ll on top of the world, most days you’ll feel everything's breaking.
Whatever it takes, try to make today a bit better than yesterday.
✅ 3. Be your authentic self
Know yourself, inside and out.
There’s nothing more effective than a courageous, self-aware, and authentic founder.
✅ 4. Work on your self-talk
“I love what I do”
“My work is important. Both to me - and to others”
✅ 5. Collaborate with uncomfortably good people
I started with no prior experience in running a tech company.
I reached out to people WAY out of my league and picked their brains.
It’s the best way to mature fast.
✅ 6. See failure as the road to success
To get 10x outcomes, you have to take 10x risks.
If you fail, learn fast and move on.
✅ 7. Don't fall in love with failure
Embrace failure but be mindful - risks costs a lot of time, effort, and resources.
Try to be right as often as you can!
✅ 8. Learn to diminish risk
Risks are inevitable. Risk cannot be avoided.
Ask the right questions - this will diminish risk.
✅ 9. Keep your health in checkPrioritize yourself. Eat on-time. Exercise regularly.If you function at your best - so your company will.
✅ 10. Sometimes compromising on your health is ok
Still, there will be days you’ll exhaust yourself.
Don’t let frustration take over your mind.
Focus on recovery!
✅ 11. Be creative
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” - Einste
✅ 12. Boring is better if it works
Keep an eye on what works. Sometimes, it won’t be the most creative way.
If something works, don’t think too much, just repeat.
✅ 13. Have high integrity
Stick to your commitments and work in alignment with your values.
Only when you are truthful about what you value and want - you can build trust - within your team and with the customers.
✅ 14. Don't be too harsh on yourself
Remember you are learning. Trust the process.
✅ 15. Things take time
You’re in for a long haul, keep the focus on the big picture.
Live and breathe your vision.
And that's all! Building a company is tough - wherever you are in your journey, I admire you.
I hope my these 15 mindset rules will add value to you as much as they've for me.
I still reflect on all of them every single day ☺️
Happy to invite you to my company's LinkedIn page THINKIN - Beyond intermediate™