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On Building Resilience

Published 9 months ago • 1 min read

On Building Resilience

Hello Innovators, Trailblazers, and Lifelong Learners,

In this edition of "The Sunday Scoop", we're diving into a subject that forms the cornerstone of successful tech startups and fulfilling personal careers: resilience.

A New Definition of Resilience

For tech startups, resilience is about so much more than weathering a storm. It's about swift, informed decision-making, the relentless pursuit of customer value, and a staunch refusal to chase losses or wallow in sunk costs. This focused, dynamic resilience is what keeps startups not just surviving, but thriving.

The "Alive By Default" Philosophy

My own approach to resilience is captured in a business philosophy I like to call "Alive By Default". This perspective places survival - the ability to live and innovate another day - at the forefront of every business decision. But what does this look like in practice?

From Philosophy to Practice

In the "Alive By Default" mindset, the focus is on maintaining an indefinite runway for experimentation and iteration. This philosophy directly influences how I handle risk, manage finances, and respond to setbacks. Failure isn't a dead-end; it's an instructive stepping-stone to the next experiment, seamlessly fueling a cycle of learning, adaptation, and growth.

Resilience: Not Just for Startups

While resilience is a key factor for startup survival, it's equally vital in individual career growth, especially for programmers. In a rapidly evolving tech landscape, resilience means continuous learning and openness to new tools, techniques, and approaches. Achieving 'expert' status in a certain area is an accomplishment, but the truly resilient programmer knows that the learning journey is never over.

Resilience: The Secret Weapon

Resilience is not just about survival; it's about learning to adapt, innovate, and thrive amidst challenges. It's a trait that serves startups and programmers alike, enabling them to turn hurdles into opportunities and continuous growth.

Whether you're building a startup or shaping your programming career, remember that resilience is your secret weapon. Keep it sharp, and there's no obstacle you can't overcome.

Until next week,

Ivan Novak

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Ivan Novak

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