As I have the pleasure of working with people when they are on the initial stage of their start up journey, I speak with years of experience of some of the scenarios that I have encountered. I have encountered excited, eager, ambitious, determined, energetic, creative risk takers.
I have also encountered deluded, selfish, opinionated, arrogant chancers.
I have taken so much advice from people and tried to put it into practice. However there is no school like the school of hard knocks to really teach you the lessons that you need to know.
Let's meet these people individually.
Don't get me wrong, one needs ambition in spades, however when the ambition comes in the form of a cut throat determination for success that involves knocking everyone out of the way, watch out. This person is the one at the networking event, working the room with such gusto that no genuine conversations take place as their ultimate goal is to find the most powerful person in the room. They are just talking to you until they can corner them. They keep looking over your shoulder and not really listening to you as you have nothing to offer them. We have all encountered them. They can be intimidating to a newbie entrepreneur who feels inadequate by their ability to schmooze the masses, however they usually get found out, so relax and be yourself.