Five months ago, I met up with Ophélie Lechat for a job interview.
I was nervous as hell because I really wanted the internship. Like real bad. The coffee didn’t exactly help, either (it makes me very hyper).
But we hit it off straight away. We both loved content marketing and publishing high-quality articles on the web. We still do.
Three days later, I began my internship at Flippa. Here are the three most important lessons I’ve learned along the way.
1. Focus on goals
We need to be SMART about our goals, and the Flippa team excels at this.
Every week, we have a quick and efficient morning meeting, where we share and discuss important projects and ideas. We decide on particular goals, and we all work hard to get there.
This is by no means an easy task, but it helps to begin with the end in mind. This habit also translates well into our private lives. We need a clear sense of purpose. For example:
I want to accomplish X. Will doing Y and Z help me with that?
If it doesn’t help you, then you need to move on to something else. In my experience, there’s a lot you can weed out because it simply won’t get you the results. Cut the fat and get to the point. It’s an essential skill to master in an attention-poor world.
Why is the art of prioritisation so important? Because you have limited resources. There’s only so much you can do in a day. Are you truly focusing on the most important tasks? Are you swallowing those frogs early in the morning?
You better be, or you’re wasting your (and your organisation’s) valuable energy. And now we don’t want that. It’s much wiser to use each other’s strengths.
Of course, setting SMART goals and having team meetings is only the beginning. Next, we need to act.
2. Execute fast (it’s OK to make mistakes)
One of my bright colleagues once said:
“Ideas are 1 %. Execution is 99 %.”
I just can’t get that quote out of my head. It’s so true. How many times haven’t you heard someone complain about the latest and greatest invention?
“Oh, that’s so easy,” they say. “I could have done that.”
Well, I’d like to point out to them, you didn’t. You didn’t create Facebook. You didn’t build Angry Birds. And you most certainly didn’t invent the post-it note.
And that’s the difference between an amateur and a pro. An amateur has plenty of ideas. He simply doesn’t act on them. A pro, on the other hand, executes fast and steers the ship as he goes along (think Steve Jobs).
The amateur is afraid to fail. Sometimes, he might even be afraid to succeed. He does nothing.
Done is better than good.
You accomplish nothing if you don’t execute on your ideas. You won’t help anyone, least of all yourself. So, park your ass in the chair and get to work.
3. Embrace change
Nothing is permanent but change. People come and go. Companies rise and fall. The economy goes up and down.
Change is never easy. Our brains are hard-wired to despise it. We hate to feel unsafe and vulnerable. Funnily enough, refusing to change can be the most dangerous thing that we do. Why? Because it stops us from growing and learning new things. When we don’t grow, we fade away.
But don’t despair. You’re forgetting one important ingredient. Your ability to adapt. Your ability to connect with others and to form new tribes and remarkable relationships.
Change is scary and exciting. But look around you. You’re not alone.
Who do you share your journey with?
Thank you, Flippa
It’s been a true pleasure working with such smart, motivated, and helpful co-workers. Make sure that you surround yourself with people who can challenge and support you. That’s exactly what I got from my time working at Flippa. And for that I will always be grateful.
What have you learned this year? Please share your thoughts in the comments.