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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF
PERSISTENCE AND
OVERCOMING OBSTACLES
Nell Watson
29th July 2014
PART I - WHY FOUNDERS
CREATE
“What is to give life must endure
burning.” – Viktor Frankl
Founder: Someone who creates a new
engine through which the world is
shaped.
The urge to Found is born from
pain.
Founders are outsiders.
Founders have something to
prove.
Not worth it unless:
Not worth it unless:
Not worth it unless:
‘Extraordinary’ Doesn’t Just
Happen
PART II - WHY FOUNDERS FAIL
“Success is not final, failure is not
fatal: It is the courage to continue
that counts.” – WIN...
“WE’RE FUCKED; IT’S OVER.
BEN HOROWITZ –
THE HARD THING ABOUT HARD
THINGS
Martin Seligman
“Learned Helplessness”
PANIC & PAIN
FAILURE TO
EXECUTE
PERCEPTUAL
BIASES
DESPAIR &
DREAD
GIVE UP
& GIVE IN
VOLITIONAL
PARALYSIS
NOT A MATTER OF WILLPOWER
A BEAUTIFUL SERVANT
A DANGEROUS MASTER
“There is little that can withstand a
man who can conquer himself” -
Louis X1V
PART III – KEEP YOUR HEAD
PANIC & PAIN
PERCEPTUAL
BIASES
DESPAIR &
DREAD
GIVE UP
& GIVE IN
VOLITIONAL
PARALYSIS
FAILURE TO
EXECUTE
Our emotions are led
by our perceptions.
The sensation of having
control is everything.
LACK OF CHOICE IS AN
ILLUSION
“Between stimulus and response there is a
space.
In that space is our power to choose our
re...
MINDFULNESS & SELF
KNOWLEDGE
“I SUCK AT ‘X”’
Only for now. Everyone
is
on a growth curve.
“ENOUGH STRUGGLE
ALREADY”
A comfortable life is one
lacking in learning
“EVERYTHING IS RUINED”
Plans usually go awry.
So you can plan for it.
“I FEEL HUMILIATED”
This only matters if
you think it matters. .
“I HAVE FAILED. I AM A
FAILURE”
Failure, with learning, is
the only path to
success.
“I FAILED TOO BIG THIS
TIME”
You fail fatally
when you stop trying.
“IT’S JUST TOO HARD”
It usually does get
better if you just keep
going.
• MISTREATED & IGNORED
• ECONOMY SUCKS
• NOT GETTING SUPPORT
• NOT ENOUGH MONEY
• STUCK IN A RUT
GOOD THINGS ABOUT TOUGH
T...
CULTIVATE AN IMMUNITY
TO BEING DEMORALIZED
When you are able to succeed at easy
tasks,
hard tasks feel possible to accomplish.
When you are unable to succeed at
smal...
Take small actions (like making your
bed)
Taking action bolsters belief
in one’s ability to succeed
Rest!
Call it a succes...
PART IV – A TALE OF
PERSISTENCE
“Whoever, at any time has undertaken
to build a new heaven, has found the
strength for it ...
Frédéric Bartholdi
1856
Frédéric Bartholdi
1865
Frédéric Bartholdi
Frédéric BartholdiEdouard de Laboulaye
1865
“LIBERTY
ENLIGHTENING
THE WORLD”
2 million francs /
$10,000000
MOCKERY
CHAMPS ELYSÉE,
PARIS
MADISON
SQUARE
GARDENS,
NYC
VIA
PHILADELPIA?
1879
Eugene Violette-le-duc
Gustave Eiffel
Gustave Eiffel
18821880
HURRY UP
AND WAIT
FURTHER
MOCKERY
Joseph Pulitzer
1856 – 1865 – 1875 – 1880 –
1886
MANIFEST A DREAM STRATEGIC DETERMINATION
CAPTURE & PROVE VALUE
INVOLVE OTHERS
SHIP ITKEEP YOUR COOL
CLOSING THOUGHTS
‘He knows the "why" for his
existence, and will be able to bear
almost any "how.”’
– VIKTOR FRANKL
WHAT: PEOPLE BOOST YOU THE
MOST?
CLOSING THOUGHTS
WHEN: MOST AT YOUR PERSONAL
BEST?WHEN: LOWEST TIMES IN YOUR
LIFE?
WHAT: ...
NELL@POIKOS.COM
Nell Watson, Founder & CEO, Poikos
Thanks for participating!
@FounderNell
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  • Social Group
    Philosophy, or Life Stance
    School of thought
    Company or NGO

  • RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION AS INJUSTICE , INDIGNITY, OR STUPIDITY.
    THE FEEL THE PAIN OF UNFULFILLED NEEDS
  • THE URGE TO FOUND IS BORN FROM RIGHTEOUS PAIN AND INDIGNATION.
  • You’re really motivated to solve a problem
    Satisfaction of solving it justifies 5-10 years of failure and stress much of which beyond your control
    You are comfortable with investing your life in this process
  • You’re really motivated to solve a problem
    Satisfaction of solving it justifies 5-10 years of failure and stress much of which beyond your control
    You are comfortable with investing your life in this process
  • You’re really motivated to solve a problem
    Satisfaction of solving it justifies 5-10 years of failure and stress much of which beyond your control
    You are comfortable with investing your life in this process
  • EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE, SITUATIONS, CHALLENGES!
  • CHECK TIME
  • NOT WITH A BANG, BUT WITH A WHIMPER: THEY FADE AWAY
  • STARTUPS DIE WHEN FOUNDERS GET DEMORALIZED
  • EUPHORIA Vs TERROR
  • EUPHORIA Vs TERROR
  • FEAR IS THE MIND KILLER. WHY? FEAR THAT BUILDS OVER TIME LEADS TO DREAD, DREAD CAUSES PARALYSIS
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • WILLING YOURSELF TO GO FORWARD WHEN YOU ARE PARALYSED = BURNOUT
  • VENTRAL STRIATUM
  • DREAD CAUSES PARALYSIS
  • CHECK TIME
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • KNOW THYSELF
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • UNDERESTIMATED? GREAT!
  • Taking action bolsters one’s belief in one’s ability to succeed
  • Taking action bolsters one’s belief in one’s ability to succeed
  • CHECK TIME
  • CHECK TIME
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  • LION OF BELFORT
  • CHECK TIME
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  • CRATES SIT THERE FOR ANOTHER 5 MONTHS UNOPENED
  • CHECK TIME
  • CHECK TIME
  • 120,000 donations
  • CHECK TIME
  • Manifest your dream - He started with a clear picture of what he wanted to achieve. He visualised it, mapped it out, and made it his mission to turn it into reality
    Without compromise - He then took action, finding his way in to knock on the right doors, and when a door closed he went seeking a new one (wherever in the world that happened to be)
    Small steps to capture value and to prove himself to the people who mattered - with an hand here, and a head there.
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    1. 1. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSISTENCE AND OVERCOMING OBSTACLES Nell Watson 29th July 2014
    2. 2. PART I - WHY FOUNDERS CREATE “What is to give life must endure burning.” – Viktor Frankl
    3. 3. Founder: Someone who creates a new engine through which the world is shaped.
    4. 4. The urge to Found is born from pain.
    5. 5. Founders are outsiders.
    6. 6. Founders have something to prove.
    7. 7. Not worth it unless:
    8. 8. Not worth it unless:
    9. 9. Not worth it unless:
    10. 10. ‘Extraordinary’ Doesn’t Just Happen
    11. 11. PART II - WHY FOUNDERS FAIL “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – WINSTON CHURCHILL
    12. 12. “WE’RE FUCKED; IT’S OVER. BEN HOROWITZ – THE HARD THING ABOUT HARD THINGS
    13. 13. Martin Seligman “Learned Helplessness”
    14. 14. PANIC & PAIN FAILURE TO EXECUTE PERCEPTUAL BIASES DESPAIR & DREAD GIVE UP & GIVE IN VOLITIONAL PARALYSIS
    15. 15. NOT A MATTER OF WILLPOWER
    16. 16. A BEAUTIFUL SERVANT A DANGEROUS MASTER
    17. 17. “There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself” - Louis X1V PART III – KEEP YOUR HEAD
    18. 18. PANIC & PAIN PERCEPTUAL BIASES DESPAIR & DREAD GIVE UP & GIVE IN VOLITIONAL PARALYSIS FAILURE TO EXECUTE
    19. 19. Our emotions are led by our perceptions.
    20. 20. The sensation of having control is everything.
    21. 21. LACK OF CHOICE IS AN ILLUSION “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.
    22. 22. MINDFULNESS & SELF KNOWLEDGE
    23. 23. “I SUCK AT ‘X”’ Only for now. Everyone is on a growth curve.
    24. 24. “ENOUGH STRUGGLE ALREADY” A comfortable life is one lacking in learning
    25. 25. “EVERYTHING IS RUINED” Plans usually go awry. So you can plan for it.
    26. 26. “I FEEL HUMILIATED” This only matters if you think it matters. .
    27. 27. “I HAVE FAILED. I AM A FAILURE” Failure, with learning, is the only path to success.
    28. 28. “I FAILED TOO BIG THIS TIME” You fail fatally when you stop trying.
    29. 29. “IT’S JUST TOO HARD” It usually does get better if you just keep going.
    30. 30. • MISTREATED & IGNORED • ECONOMY SUCKS • NOT GETTING SUPPORT • NOT ENOUGH MONEY • STUCK IN A RUT GOOD THINGS ABOUT TOUGH TIMES
    31. 31. CULTIVATE AN IMMUNITY TO BEING DEMORALIZED
    32. 32. When you are able to succeed at easy tasks, hard tasks feel possible to accomplish. When you are unable to succeed at small tasks, everything seems impossible. RECOVERY FROM BURNOUT
    33. 33. Take small actions (like making your bed) Taking action bolsters belief in one’s ability to succeed Rest! Call it a success Do a little more each day COLLECT SMALL WINS
    34. 34. PART IV – A TALE OF PERSISTENCE “Whoever, at any time has undertaken to build a new heaven, has found the strength for it in his own hell” – Friedrich Nietzsche
    35. 35. Frédéric Bartholdi
    36. 36. 1856 Frédéric Bartholdi
    37. 37. 1865 Frédéric Bartholdi
    38. 38. Frédéric BartholdiEdouard de Laboulaye 1865
    39. 39. “LIBERTY ENLIGHTENING THE WORLD”
    40. 40. 2 million francs / $10,000000
    41. 41. MOCKERY
    42. 42. CHAMPS ELYSÉE, PARIS
    43. 43. MADISON SQUARE GARDENS, NYC
    44. 44. VIA PHILADELPIA?
    45. 45. 1879 Eugene Violette-le-duc
    46. 46. Gustave Eiffel
    47. 47. Gustave Eiffel 18821880
    48. 48. HURRY UP AND WAIT
    49. 49. FURTHER MOCKERY
    50. 50. Joseph Pulitzer
    51. 51. 1856 – 1865 – 1875 – 1880 – 1886
    52. 52. MANIFEST A DREAM STRATEGIC DETERMINATION CAPTURE & PROVE VALUE INVOLVE OTHERS SHIP ITKEEP YOUR COOL
    53. 53. CLOSING THOUGHTS ‘He knows the "why" for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any "how.”’ – VIKTOR FRANKL
    54. 54. WHAT: PEOPLE BOOST YOU THE MOST? CLOSING THOUGHTS WHEN: MOST AT YOUR PERSONAL BEST?WHEN: LOWEST TIMES IN YOUR LIFE? WHAT: GIVES YOU ENERGY? WHAT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO GIVE TO THE WORLD? WHAT: PEOPLE DRAIN YOU THE MOST? WHAT VALUES ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU?
    55. 55. NELL@POIKOS.COM Nell Watson, Founder & CEO, Poikos Thanks for participating! @FounderNell
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