🌼The Single Most Important Skill That Will Make or Break Your Entrepreneurial Journey(HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
If not every, 99% of entrepreneurs have this skill.
As an entrepreneur, you must have an array of skills in your arsenal.
You need to have a working knowledge of almost everything to make the best product, run the business or communicate with everyone on your team.
You may be highly skilled in coding or have all the knowledge of running and scaling a business, but the core skill required for your success is as old as humanity itself.
It’s the ability to deal with people.
You have to learn how to deal with people effectively and leverage them for your cause. At the same time, you should consider their cause and growth.
Here are a couple of strategies on how to deal with people well. The ideas come from Dale Carnegie’s famous book “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” I think every person should read this book at least once.
1. Empathy- Put Yourself in the Shoes of the Other Person
As an entrepreneur, you are going to meet a lot of people.
No matter what type of business you are going to run or running, you are always going to deal with these two groups of people —
Your Customer (or Clients)
Your Employees (or Team)
“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.” — Dale Carnegie.
Your customers serve as a brutal test for the true value of your business, your product or your service.
You are not going to effectively solve your customer’s problems if you don’t spend time with them and understand their pain points. You should learn how to —
listen to their problems
understand their deep pain points
develop meaningful relationships (so that they keep coming back to you)
Your next check is to find out what makes everyone tick.
Every person in your team will be different. They would have different mindsets, different personal goals, and different visions. You can’t treat everyone the same and expect incredible results.
You are responsible for discovering what motivates them and what lies inside their interest circle.
You should be able to find out these things to align their interests with your vision to yield tremendous results from everyone in your team.
2. Easygoing — Make Yourself a Pleasant Person to Work With
Once you start acting like a boss, people will lose interest in you.
Entrepreneurs go on a rollercoaster of emotions every day. No one can expect them to act flowery and kind all the time. But, if you let your ego run wild, it is the end of it.
Instead, a little kindness can take you a long way.
When you help people and be kind to them (irrespective of your status), they will go above and beyond to help you. It stems from psychology as the Reciprocity Principle.
Now, there are exceptions.
For instance, Steve Jobs was known for being an insensitive boss. But it’s possible to say that he was successful despite, not because of, the fact that he often lost his temper at work. His skill at designing products and marketing them was simply more than enough to make up for it.
But let’s be honest for a minute. No one is going to tolerate it now. You have to be —
in your workplace to perform the best and make your team perform at their best.
These are two of the strategies that I found and liked in how to deal with people. There is a wide range of skills when it comes to communication and dealing with people.
For an entrepreneur, it is a necessary skill that you should practice and learn.
Contributed by Logan Rane
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