Learning Resources: How to Survive and Thrive The Start Up Journey

How to Survive and Thrive the Start-up Journey


Self-awareness has countless proven benefits including stronger relationships, higher performance and more effective leadership. Sounds pretty great, right? Here’s the bad news: 95% of people think that they’re self-aware, but only 10-15% actually are! Luckily, Tasha Eurich has a simple solution that will instantly improve your self-awareness.

In this TEDxMileHigh Tasha Eurich tells you how to Increase your self-awareness with one simple fix:


Johari Window Model | Alexander Lyon | Video

The Johari Window Model is an excellent tool to increase self-awareness and for personal development:


What is self-awareness and why is it important? | Fingerprint for Success | Blog

How well do you really know yourself? Probably not as well as you think. According to research by Tasha Eurich, 95% of people claim to have self-awareness-but only 10 to 15% actually do.

So what’s with this huge disparity between perception and reality? It turns out that self awareness is harder to achieve than we think. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.



The Entrepreneur’s Purpose | E&Y Report on Winners of The Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

WHAT IS THEIR FORMULA FOR SUCCESS? These award winners often see profit as a measure instead of a goal. For them, profit comes from infusing a company with a compelling purpose that builds trust and attracts more customers and talent than competitors can.

Purpose is an accelerator that fuels success and growth. As these Entrepreneur Of The Year winners demonstrate, a well-articulated and integrated purpose will engage and empower employees, build a customer base, increase brand loyalty and, yes, increase the bottom line. As Simon Sinek says, “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.”

The market likes purposeful companies too. Purpose-led companies outperformed the S&P 500 by 10 times between 1996 and 2011.

Great leaders are harnessing the power of purpose. Indeed, 64 percent of the 500 award winners surveyed for this report have a defined purpose. If you’re in the other 36 percent, it’s not too late to start.


What’s Your Vision of the Good Life? (link here) | Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek | HBR

Some people struggle with the notion of having a vision of the good life because it sounds abstract and distant. Fortunately, authors Richard Leider and David Shapiro have come to the rescue with an elegantly simple definition of the good life: “living in the place you belong, with the people you love, doing the right work — on purpose.”


Five Reasons Why You Need A Personal Vision Statement (And How To Write One) | Nick Leighton | Forbes

Who are you?

If you had to answer this question today, could you? If not, you’re in the same boat as most of the population. There’s no specific time or age in which we as humans magically come to know ourselves.

Many of the business owners I coach are able to tell me their business’s vision statement, but most don’t know their own personal vision statement. Yet, developing a personal vision statement is imperative for both your personal and business success.

Related to the personal mission statement, but used to understand yourself and your future at a deeper level, here are five reasons why you should start writing your personal vision statement today.


Big Hairy Audacious Goal | Jim Collins

So, there’s one guiding star, but each step along the way there’s the next big mountain to climb, the next Big Hairy Audacious Goal. So, you want to think of it as that every time you’re about to get to the top of the mountain, every time you’re about to summit, you say to yourself, “What’s the next mountain? What’s the next Big Hairy Audacious Goal?” so that you’re always saying, “Oh, my goodness, that was really hard, but this next one’s going to be even harder.” Then when you get to the top of that one, you look at it and you say, “Boy, that one was really hard, but the next one is even going to be harder still.” You just keep setting BHAG after BHAG after BHAG—Big Hairy Audacious Goal. And people wonder, “How do you stay out of complacency?” Well, if you just keep setting goals that are really huge, you will not be complacent. They will make you better.


7 Ways to Discover and Clarify Your Personal Values | Nick Wignall | Blog


48 Motivational Traits | Fingerprint for Success | Website

Fingerprint for Success measures 48 different traits that influence your energy levels and motivation for certain tasks.

The Vital Importance and Benefits of Motivation | PositivePsychology.com | Article

This article explains the reasons why understanding human motivation is important and well worth the time spent on learning to increase it. It lists many benefits of healthy motivation and distinguishes the types of motivation that are more effective in dealing with our complex and rapidly changing environment.


Introducing Strengths (link here)| StrengthsProfile.com | Video

A strength is something you enjoy doing, something you’re good at and something you do often. When people use their strengths they’re more engaged at work, they’re happier and more confident and able to better achieve their goals.

How Employees’ Strengths Make Your Company Stronger | Gallup | Article

Employees who use their strengths are more engaged, perform better, are less likely to leave and boost your bottom line.


Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality | TEDTalk | Brian Little

What makes you, you? Psychologists like to talk about our traits, or defined characteristics that make us who we are. But Brian Little is more interested in moments when we transcend those traits — sometimes because our culture demands it of us, and sometimes because we demand it of ourselves. Join Little as he dissects the surprising differences between introverts and extroverts and explains why your personality may be more malleable than you think.


What is Personality? Identity Versus Reputation | Hogan | Blog

Reputation — that is, how others perceive you — determines whether you will be hired for a particular job. After you are hired, it determines the results of your performance reviews, your opportunities for advancement, and more. Other people make and act on decisions about you all day, every day — and those choices are based on your reputation, not on your identity. All consequential decisions others make about you in life are based on who they think you are, not who you think you are.


A Definitive Guide to Jungian Shadow Work: How to Get to Know and Integrate Your Dark Side | Scott Jeffrey | Article

It’s always standing right behind us, just out of view. In any direct light, we cast a shadow. The shadow is a psychological term for everything we can’t see in ourselves.

Blind Spots

Blind spots… | pwc | Articles + Videos

Experts tell us that our unconscious mind makes a majority of our decisions. It creates blind spots – unconscious biases that can narrow your vision and potentially influence your behaviours.

Inner Voice

10 Types of Negative Self-Talk (and How to Correct Them) | Nick Wignall | Article

A lot of mental and emotional suffering comes from the way we talk to ourselves in our own minds, what psychologists call negative self-talk.

In this article we’ll cover what negative self-talk really is, the most common types of negative self-talk (sometimes called Cognitive Distortions), and some strategies you can use to identify and start to change your own unhelpful negative self-talk.