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3 Things that Hold Back Losers in Business

Published 9 months ago • 1 min read

Few things in business are worse that working with an asshole.

Building a business is inherently filled with uncertainty and high pressure. Expect it.

Drawing inspiration from Dale Carnegie’s timeless advice in “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, you can greatly benefit by avoiding the three Cs:

  • Criticizing
  • Condemning
  • Complaining

The tone at the top matters. You set the cultural blueprint for the entire organization. By refraining from criticizing, condemning, or complaining, founders can foster an environment of positivity, collaboration, and constructive feedback.

This not only motivates your team but also encourages open dialogue, where they safe to share their opinions and ideas without fear of harsh judgments.

In addition, mistakes are inevitable.

When they occur, it’s easy to point fingers and condemn those responsible. However, doing so can alienate your people and create an environment of fear.

Instead, you should demonstrate empathy, seeking to understand the root cause of the issue.

In the near decade that I ran my SaaS product (pre and post-acquisition), I never blew up on anyone on my team.

I have high expectations and you should as well. But when things go wrong, take a deep breath and try to fix the root cause.

At the end of the day, don’t be an asshole. You’ll repel most of the high-performers that will help your business thrive.

Nerd Out on Business

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I launched a niche SaaS business in 2017 and sold it for mid-8 figures in 2020. I'm here to help you in your journey to achieve financial freedom while having fun doing so.

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