Malcolm Gladwell’s ten-thousand-hour rule states that 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” is what turns someone into an expert in any field. With this in mind, when my daughter, Colbie, wants to become better in something, I tell her that she needs to practice more. With dance, with handwriting, with spelling new words, with tee-ball, my advice has always been that to become better, she must practice. With hula hooping, this advice certainly worked. [Read more…] about Want to Become Better? Don’t Forget the Importance of Practice, Passion, and Who You Were Meant to Be.
CEO and co-founder of Airbnb, Brian Chesky, has grown accustomed to having others disapprove of his work. In a recent interview, he said that people thought the airbnb idea was absurd in the beginning stages, but he knew he had a good idea and his stubbornness and persistence paid off. When asked about the original intention for Airbnb, he said that it was supposed to only last for one weekend to pay the bills while the team came up with a better idea, but as you can see, the idea stayed around for much longer than a weekend.
So, how did they make it through the initial stages—the toughest part of building a business? And how did Brian and the other co-founders grow their company into the $30 billion valued business that it is today? Their success came from three things, and here they are: