What kind of psychological preparation and cognition before starting a business

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before the start of what kind of mental preparation and cognition? American well-known Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator founder Paul Graham and the Stanford University jointly set up in the open class "CS183" is a special festival speech to explore this topic. Paul has always been known for its humor and sharpness. For entrepreneurs all through strict selection into the Y Combinator and Paul are conscientious to give the most comprehensive training and help; on the other hand, for a variety of problems appeared in the course of business entrepreneurs are often outspoken criticism and be. In Standford’s "CS183" class, facing the Silicon Valley eager and ready to young entrepreneurs, Paul Graham put forward the following opinions and warning, hope to help them to have a good psychological and cognitive preparation before the start.


first, the entrepreneurial process, relying on intuition can not rely on

Paul to put forward that entrepreneurship is an unbelievable thing, but if the entrepreneurial process is intuitive judgment, you will not return to mystery way. In YC training, Paul often warned entrepreneurs not to rely too much on intuition, try to avoid the error caused by intuition, but entrepreneurs still often make mistakes on this issue, the reason is:

intuition can be expected, can be grasped, people feel confident, a sense of security;

‘s counterintuitive judgments are like violating common sense, which makes people suspicious, and often leads to selective neglect.

two, but in the choice of partner candidates, intuition may be more reliable

although the entrepreneurial process many judgments and your intuition on the contrary, in turn, but Paul has pointed out that the selection of business partners, means that every day you have to deal with him deeply, so choose a like-minded and trusted business partner is very important. And for people to judge, many times more intuitive than rational, reliable.

you may have encountered a qualifications, ability is very impressive, but the face-to-face communication and let you feel faint each other in some aspects (possibly character, probably etc.) makes you have concerns, this intuition is very important. Therefore, Paul suggested Entrepreneurs:

choose a partner you really like, respect, and would like to work with for a long time;

to ensure that these small partners you know enough, it is best to know for many years, trustworthy, and the hypocrisy of friendliness over time, in the face of the benefits will eventually be exposed.

three, the so-called entrepreneurial know-how is not a trick

Paul is very keen to point out that the core of learning how to to (learn how start a start-up) is not the core itself as a certain skill or process to master (such as learning >