Which one are you—fragile, Phoenix or Hydra?

Being an entrepreneur and all that requires one to take great deal of hits in its head, stomach and elsewhere—if I use k1 wording. In my 5 year entrepreneurship I saw people come and go. They couldn’t or wouldn’t handle the startup presshure—but every single one of them left in different personal condition.

I could classify them in three main categories:

  1. fragile
  2. robust—just like Phoenix
  3. indestructable—just like Hydra

Fragile

These folks are like a vase made from glass. They are negatively affected by volatility. When something bad happens they get broken. They are left worse off then when they started. They are definitely NOT the type of person you should hire on your startup.

Robust (Phoenix)

These folks aren’t negatively impacted by volatility; they’re resilient! Just like mythological bird, the Phoenix. If the Phoenix is killed, it rises again from the ashes. It is not harmed by a negative event—but it isn’t made any better, either.

Indestructible (Hydra)

These folks are positively affected by volatility. When something bad happens, they actually grow stronger! Just like mythological creature Hydra! When you cut off one of Hydra’s heads, two more heads spring up to replace it. By hurting it, you are actually increasing its power. This is the folk you want in your startup!

In Hydra example I don’t imply you should hurt anybody by purpose—like ever! Bad events are typical in startup environment when one person does few things.

So try to recognize Hydra(s)—or any other type for that matter— on your next future employees interview.

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