It can be said that people are one of two types: a starter or a finisher, but not naturally both. Today we’ll talk about the differences and how this can affect you as an entrepreneur.
You’re a starter if you:
- have more ideas and project plans than you could likely ever finish
- love the challenge of getting something new started
- are energized by ideas and envisioning a completed project
- are easily bored/distracted midway (or earlier!) through a project and need a push to get it completed
- don’t want to be bothered with the little details
- prefer to come up with ideas than actually do the work to complete it
You’re a finisher if you:
- are detail oriented and get energized hashing out the tiniest details on a project
- love to come in and finish up projects – you’re enormously pleased seeing everything come together
- like to split test and fiddle with things like email headlines or product descriptions
- would rather take on someone’s idea and direction and go from there
- love proofreading or editing – reviewing text repeatedly to find errors and areas to improve
Neither type is better if you’re an entrepreneur. We need the dreamers and big thinkers, and we need the detailed people to make sure all of the pieces come together. It’s important as an entrepreneur and CEO of your company to recognize which one you identify with more and then surround yourself with team members who have more of the opposite trait. Personally, I’m a starter – I own 3 companies and am always in the middle of writing at least one book. I know that I have to have deadlines in place (and sometimes reward incentives to treat myself when a major project is finished) in order to wrap up plans in a timely manner. I also know that my best team members are those who are detailed and can help take my ideas and put them into action by tending to all of the required pieces. It is only when I have a strong team around me that I can do my best work and best serve my customers and clients.
Which are you – a starter or a finisher? Share in the comments below.