Austin Curtis

Austin Curtis

Austin Curtis is a Co-Founder and the Chief Administrative Officer of DreamFetcher.com an employment and staffing website based out of Syracuse, NY.  DreamFetcher.com has been called “the E-harmony of the job search” as the website has developed an entirely new system for matching compatible job seekers and employers.

What are the essential characteristics found within the successful entrepreneur?

Regardless of the role you play in the company successful business people seem to have common attributes.  First off they have an intense passion for their work.  All successful people possess a strong desire to achieve their goal.  This burning desire usually consumes the entrepreneur’s thoughts to the point of obsession.  They live and breathe their business and are having a great time doing it!  The next characteristic that I see within myself and other business owners is industry (strong work ethic).  If you’re not willing to work the hardest you have ever worked in your entire life, then chances are you are not going to be successful.  There is this concept called the 10,000 hour rule.  Generally speaking, if you haven’t spent at least 10,000 hours working toward something then you probably wont become an expert or very successful.  Successful business owners are willing to do whatever it takes to make their vision become a reality.  Knowing exactly what you want is only half the battle.  Taking the necessary steps toward achieving this goal is the real test of a person’s character.  A successful business owner doesn’t fear failure.  If their business were to fail the next day, they would not feel as if they wasted their time on this project.  They would come out with new skill sets, connections and, above all, knowledge from the experience.  Success is not necessarily measured upon how much money you procure.  It can be measured in how you have become a better person, the fun you had along the way and the lasting relationships you have created.

What are the most important lessons that you have learned by running a startup?

I’ve learned through experience that everything is going to take much more time than you think it is going to take and cost much more money that you think is going to cost when starting a company.  Remember that building a successful company is impossible to do alone.  You simply do not have the time to become an expert and handle every aspect of your business.  You need to surround yourself with people that are smarter than you.  For instance, I don’t know much about which entity is best for tax purposes in the state of New York for a web based business, but my accountant and lawyer do.  I don’t know how to write the code to program and build the algorithm for our website, but my web developer does.  If you have an amazing, well rounded team all working toward a common goal success is in your future.  You know that old phrase “If you want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself.”  Well unfortunately that is just not possible when starting a company.  This is why I say that everything takes a lot longer than you think.  If you expect everyone you hire to work for you at lightning speed and drop everything else that is going on in their lives you’re mistaken.  The most important person in my life is me, the most important person in your life is you, the most important person in Kanye West‘s life is himself.  Everyone has their own desires, wants and needs that take priority over the wants and needs of others.  Sharpening your ability to see things from another person’s perspective, especially when you are trying to get them to do something for you, will help you to motivate and encourage them.  Take the sage advice of Dale Carnegie, the best way to motivate someone to do something is to make them want to do it. Sigmund Freud discovered that the most compelling human want is the feeling of importance.  If you can give your employees, or anyone else you deal with for that matter, this feeling, they will be loyal to you and work hard.

Curated by Deepak Gupta.

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by MyPath, Austin, Becky B, Kyle McShane, Austin and others. Austin said: Featured article on marketing blog by yours truly http://bit.ly/9uIMv5 #jobhuntchat #careerchat #genychat […]

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