Success Habits for Founders: Smart Lifestyle Changes for Achieving Goals

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This article is a summary of a YouTube video "Most Important Lifestyle Habits Of Successful Founders" by Y Combinator
TLDR Founders should plan ahead and make smart lifestyle changes to reduce the impact of setbacks and achieve success.

Key insights

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    Planning ahead and setting up infrastructure can help founders navigate and recover from big challenges and low moments in their startup journey.
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    "If you want to be a founder of a very successful company, you might have to adult harder than the people around you."
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    Successful founders take measures to limit their social media consumption and prioritize their mental well-being, such as blocking social media, grayscale their phones, and turning off notifications.
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    Learning how to have hard conversations with co-founders is crucial for success, even though it may be uncomfortable and challenging.
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    Taking time to pause and reflect before responding to a negative situation can lead to better decision-making and clarity.
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    Reacting in a calm and composed manner during challenging times can lead to better decision-making and outcomes.
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    Choosing the right peer group can determine whether you engage in healthy habits like self-care and personal growth or unhealthy habits like substance abuse.
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    Mental health care is important for founders, and therapy and medication should not be stigmatized or seen as a weakness.


  • How can founders reduce the impact of setbacks?

    — Founders can plan ahead and set up infrastructure to reduce the intensity of setbacks and low moments.

  • What lifestyle changes should founders make for success?

    — Founders should adult harder, opt out of certain activities, and ensure they have good habits in sleep, diet, exercise, and environment.

  • Why do founders need to change their approach to work and play?

    — Founders need to change their approach to work and play to avoid incurring a massive debt that could cause a breakdown later.

  • How should founders handle conflicts with co-founders?

    — Founders should navigate conflicts with co-founders, focus on the bigger picture, and have empathy for different styles of dealing with frustration.

  • What should founders do when facing failure?

    — When facing failure, founders should examine the facts, look at the positives, and consider stopping if it means not messing up their life in a permanent way.

Timestamped Summary

  • 🤔
    Planning ahead can help founders reduce the impact of setbacks.
  • 💪
    Adulting harder and making lifestyle changes can help you succeed, even if you don't want to change your approach.
  • 💰
    Start good habits early to avoid a massive debt and breakdown later.
  • 🤔
    Sacrificing salary for equity can be a good move, but founders should pay themselves enough to stay motivated and out of debt.
  • 🤔
    Conflict with your co-founder is inevitable, so figure out how to navigate it and focus on the bigger picture.
  • 🤔
    Taking a step back and considering "no action" can be a powerful play when making decisions in a startup.
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    Archive emails for important matters, and it's okay to take a day off when things go bad.
  • 💡
    Take time to reflect on failure, and don't let it lead to sacrificing relationships, savings, or comfort.
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