So I was in the operating theatre today, watching a colleague take a trainee through an inguinal hernia repair.
The conversation went a lot like this:
Surgeon: So what’s the next step?
Trainee: uhhhhh….. open the sac?
Surgeon: No (sigh…) try again….
At the end of the operation, the trainee said: “I wish there was a good way to really learn the steps of this operation. I think I need to go home and write them all out or something”
So there you have it. Straight from the trainee’s mouth. The reason why we created Touch Surgery
You could apply this phrase easily to yourself, and relate it to the “start” and “just do everything” learning points. However, it also applies to the people that you will meet along your journey.
You will meet a lot of people who will make big promises to you. They may come in the guise of investors, advisors, mentors and so on. They will all promise you greatness as long as you do something for them first. They may say “put me on your advisory board and I can help you do X”, or “For a small amount of equity I can help you do Y”. Let me tell you - most of them are just fishing around, trying to grab a piece of everything, hoping to jump on the next big thing.
We’ve heard many many promises during the past few years. Only a few individuals have actually stood up and made a difference to us. Unanimously, they demonstrated their value before receiving anything in return.
Don’t give up anything unless you have proof of real value. Get help first, then decide how much it was worth. You know you’re going to be the next big thing - don’t give it up for nothing.