Achieve Success with Smarter Goal Setting Strategies

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This article is a summary of a YouTube video "The Secrets To Setting Smarter Goals" by Y Combinator
TLDR Founders should focus on creating something that works, setting realistic goals, and leading by example to ensure success.

Key insights

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    Setting goals that are too aggressive can actually be demotivating and counterproductive, as they are often motivated by fear rather than a true understanding of the purpose of setting a goal.
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    Companies should measure their success based on the amount of money they make, not on fake metrics like registered users or website hits.
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    Sandbagging may be more common in corporate environments where impressing superiors is prioritized over genuine achievement.
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    The idea of needing an executive team may not be applicable to all startups, and VC content should cater to a wider range of founders and stages of growth.
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    Acquiring failing startups can help a company grow faster, but it doesn't necessarily mean that acquiring companies is always a good thing.
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    Setting and accomplishing goals is a skill that can be improved over time, but some companies become so good at it that they move faster than we would ever imagine.

Q&A

  • Why do people often set overly aggressive goals?

    People often set overly aggressive goals out of fear, which can lead to unproductive outcomes.

  • What should companies measure success in terms of?

    Companies should measure success in terms of money made, not fake metrics such as registered users, hits, downloads, or incomplete registrations.

  • How do investors make decisions?

    Investors make consistent decisions based on the company's similarities to other companies they have invested in.

  • Is it a good strategy to set intentionally easy goals?

    Setting intentionally easy goals to blow them out of the water is a great career advice.

  • What should founders focus on to ensure success?

    Founders should focus on creating something that works, setting realistic goals, and leading by example to ensure success.

Timestamped Summary

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    00:00
    Believe in gradual success and launch a social media campaign with influencers and a wait list.
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    03:36
    Companies should focus on making money, not fake metrics, to ensure investors make informed decisions.
  • 💪
    08:05
    Setting realistic goals and working hard to exceed them is the best way to succeed.
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    10:51
    Don't try to cheat your way to success; adjust your goals and focus on creating something that works.
  • 🤦‍♂️
    14:32
    Playing the "most money raised" game can lead to a "stupid prize" and over-hiring, making pivoting difficult and leaving the winner with a failed company.
  • 🤑
    18:56
    Hiring from prestigious companies can be a gamble, and acquiring talented failing startups can help you grow faster.
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    21:48
    Don't launch a product without product-market fit; it could lead to serious consequences.
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    24:10
    Founders should consider the consequences of their decisions and lead by example to ensure their team is focused on building a successful business.
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