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  1. 1. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSISTENCE AND OVERCOMING OBSTACLES Nell Watson 29th July 2014
  2. 2. PART I - WHY FOUNDERS CREATE “What is to give life must endure burning.” – Viktor Frankl
  3. 3. Founder: Someone who creates a new engine through which the world is shaped.
  4. 4. The urge to Found is born from pain.
  5. 5. Founders are outsiders.
  6. 6. Founders have something to prove.
  7. 7. Not worth it unless:
  8. 8. Not worth it unless:
  9. 9. Not worth it unless:
  10. 10. ‘Extraordinary’ Doesn’t Just Happen
  11. 11. PART II - WHY FOUNDERS FAIL “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – WINSTON CHURCHILL
  12. 12. “WE’RE FUCKED; IT’S OVER. BEN HOROWITZ – THE HARD THING ABOUT HARD THINGS
  13. 13. Martin Seligman “Learned Helplessness”
  14. 14. PANIC & PAIN FAILURE TO EXECUTE PERCEPTUAL BIASES DESPAIR & DREAD GIVE UP & GIVE IN VOLITIONAL PARALYSIS
  15. 15. NOT A MATTER OF WILLPOWER
  16. 16. A BEAUTIFUL SERVANT A DANGEROUS MASTER
  17. 17. “There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself” - Louis X1V PART III – KEEP YOUR HEAD
  18. 18. PANIC & PAIN PERCEPTUAL BIASES DESPAIR & DREAD GIVE UP & GIVE IN VOLITIONAL PARALYSIS FAILURE TO EXECUTE
  19. 19. Our emotions are led by our perceptions.
  20. 20. The sensation of having control is everything.
  21. 21. LACK OF CHOICE IS AN ILLUSION “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.
  22. 22. MINDFULNESS & SELF KNOWLEDGE
  23. 23. “I SUCK AT ‘X”’ Only for now. Everyone is on a growth curve.
  24. 24. “ENOUGH STRUGGLE ALREADY” A comfortable life is one lacking in learning
  25. 25. “EVERYTHING IS RUINED” Plans usually go awry. So you can plan for it.
  26. 26. “I FEEL HUMILIATED” This only matters if you think it matters. .
  27. 27. “I HAVE FAILED. I AM A FAILURE” Failure, with learning, is the only path to success.
  28. 28. “I FAILED TOO BIG THIS TIME” You fail fatally when you stop trying.
  29. 29. “IT’S JUST TOO HARD” It usually does get better if you just keep going.
  30. 30. • MISTREATED & IGNORED • ECONOMY SUCKS • NOT GETTING SUPPORT • NOT ENOUGH MONEY • STUCK IN A RUT GOOD THINGS ABOUT TOUGH TIMES
  31. 31. CULTIVATE AN IMMUNITY TO BEING DEMORALIZED
  32. 32. When you are able to succeed at easy tasks, hard tasks feel possible to accomplish. When you are unable to succeed at small tasks, everything seems impossible. RECOVERY FROM BURNOUT
  33. 33. Take small actions (like making your bed) Taking action bolsters belief in one’s ability to succeed Rest! Call it a success Do a little more each day COLLECT SMALL WINS
  34. 34. PART IV – A TALE OF PERSISTENCE “Whoever, at any time has undertaken to build a new heaven, has found the strength for it in his own hell” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  35. 35. Frédéric Bartholdi
  36. 36. 1856 Frédéric Bartholdi
  37. 37. 1865 Frédéric Bartholdi
  38. 38. Frédéric BartholdiEdouard de Laboulaye 1865
  39. 39. “LIBERTY ENLIGHTENING THE WORLD”
  40. 40. 2 million francs / $10,000000
  41. 41. MOCKERY
  42. 42. CHAMPS ELYSÉE, PARIS
  43. 43. MADISON SQUARE GARDENS, NYC
  44. 44. VIA PHILADELPIA?
  45. 45. 1879 Eugene Violette-le-duc
  46. 46. Gustave Eiffel
  47. 47. Gustave Eiffel 18821880
  48. 48. HURRY UP AND WAIT
  49. 49. FURTHER MOCKERY
  50. 50. Joseph Pulitzer
  51. 51. 1856 – 1865 – 1875 – 1880 – 1886
  52. 52. MANIFEST A DREAM STRATEGIC DETERMINATION CAPTURE & PROVE VALUE INVOLVE OTHERS SHIP ITKEEP YOUR COOL
  53. 53. CLOSING THOUGHTS ‘He knows the "why" for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any "how.”’ – VIKTOR FRANKL
  54. 54. WHAT: PEOPLE BOOST YOU THE MOST? CLOSING THOUGHTS WHEN: MOST AT YOUR PERSONAL BEST?WHEN: LOWEST TIMES IN YOUR LIFE? WHAT: GIVES YOU ENERGY? WHAT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO GIVE TO THE WORLD? WHAT: PEOPLE DRAIN YOU THE MOST? WHAT VALUES ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU?
  55. 55. NELL@POIKOS.COM Nell Watson, Founder & CEO, Poikos Thanks for participating! @FounderNell

Hinweis der Redaktion

  • Social Group
    Philosophy, or Life Stance
    School of thought
    Company or NGO

  • RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION AS INJUSTICE , INDIGNITY, OR STUPIDITY.
    THE FEEL THE PAIN OF UNFULFILLED NEEDS
  • THE URGE TO FOUND IS BORN FROM RIGHTEOUS PAIN AND INDIGNATION.
  • You’re really motivated to solve a problem
    Satisfaction of solving it justifies 5-10 years of failure and stress much of which beyond your control
    You are comfortable with investing your life in this process
  • You’re really motivated to solve a problem
    Satisfaction of solving it justifies 5-10 years of failure and stress much of which beyond your control
    You are comfortable with investing your life in this process
  • You’re really motivated to solve a problem
    Satisfaction of solving it justifies 5-10 years of failure and stress much of which beyond your control
    You are comfortable with investing your life in this process
  • EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE, SITUATIONS, CHALLENGES!
  • CHECK TIME
  • NOT WITH A BANG, BUT WITH A WHIMPER: THEY FADE AWAY
  • STARTUPS DIE WHEN FOUNDERS GET DEMORALIZED
  • EUPHORIA Vs TERROR
  • EUPHORIA Vs TERROR
  • FEAR IS THE MIND KILLER. WHY? FEAR THAT BUILDS OVER TIME LEADS TO DREAD, DREAD CAUSES PARALYSIS
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • WILLING YOURSELF TO GO FORWARD WHEN YOU ARE PARALYSED = BURNOUT
  • VENTRAL STRIATUM
  • DREAD CAUSES PARALYSIS
  • CHECK TIME
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • KNOW THYSELF
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • Taking action bolsters one’s belief in one’s ability to succeed
  • Taking action bolsters one’s belief in one’s ability to succeed
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  • LION OF BELFORT
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  • CRATES SIT THERE FOR ANOTHER 5 MONTHS UNOPENED
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  • 120,000 donations
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  • Manifest your dream - He started with a clear picture of what he wanted to achieve. He visualised it, mapped it out, and made it his mission to turn it into reality
    Without compromise - He then took action, finding his way in to knock on the right doors, and when a door closed he went seeking a new one (wherever in the world that happened to be)
    Small steps to capture value and to prove himself to the people who mattered - with an hand here, and a head there.

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