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Warning, trap:Clever people and stupid mistakes

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Typical founder's mistakes can be seen again and again - a list of recurring mistakes.

Company founders are usually smart people. But that doesn't prevent them from making similar mistakes over and over again. Perhaps that's not a contradiction in terms, because many of the most common startup mistakes fit a pattern: they are typical mistakes made by clever people.

I just came across a topic on Quora that fits this question well: What are some stupid things smart people do? Here is a list of the most frequently mentioned:

  • Neglecting the importance of design and layout.
    Usability and a pleasing appearance are extremely important for a satisfied audience, and not just for web services. Anyone who approaches things too top-heavily and sacrifices the aesthetics or ease of use of the functionality will soon feel it.
  • Follow the pack. Intelligence and risk affinity are not always distributed equally. Smart people in particular are good at creating scenario after scenario in their heads of what could go wrong with their project. Accordingly, they often plan conservatively, protect themselves or, in case of doubt, choose a known way of minimizing risk. Our education system, especially the universities, plays its part in this: Tried and tested strategies pay off there; The result is a lack of incentive for creativity. This is also due to a tendency to compare with others: Instead of doing something else, you'd rather do the same thing - just a little better.
  • Leave social skills aside. - Networking, self-confidence and self-promotion are particularly important for entrepreneurs. If you didn't have it in the cradle, you should train it. An above-average number of clever people shy away from it or do not even realize that there is still something that could be improved. Intelligent and introverted people often do not notice that the image they have of themselves and the image from the outside are different. Here it is worthwhile to go over the books.
  • Underestimating the value of commitment and experience. In other words: those who are used to solving tasks easily and with greater effort tend to shy away from something that they cannot master straight away - or give up too quickly. That is a brake when it comes to work in a startup. Here you have to give yourself a chance to familiarize yourself with a new field with commitment and growing experience.
  • Want to be right. Shows up in many facets - applied to entrepreneurship, for example: "How we designed the product is right. The others just don't get it. ”The fact that it doesn't suit the customer is of secondary importance.
  • Lack of empathy with the other person. Especially for innovative startups can explain a central skill. Again and again you have to prove that you can convey your idea to the other person in a way that is understandable and appropriate to your interests. This requires an understanding of what the customer, investor or partner is looking for and the will to really accommodate it.

The list can easily be extended - do you have any further points?

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