Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi quotes on optimism

Founder MightyApp + Mixpanel. Pizzatarian, programmer, & music maker.

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Good teammates: (1) challenge your over optimism (2) don’t bicker about work style differences (3) prioritize getting work done (4) care about the goal over themselves (5) don’t want to waste time (6) kill their ego (7) debate to make a great product not to personally win


The right teammates: give you energy, create natural social accountability, increase your optimism, enhance your focus, support your learning. The wrong teammates: create fear, reduce safety, fatigue, chastise your inexperience, micro-manage, demotivate. Find the right team.


Every time I start to feel a little doubt about the company succeeding, I've always found that having users try the product & getting feedback was more than enough to keep my optimism. As long as the problems are solvable & sufficiently painful, it's just a matter of time.


Focus means sometimes putting the ideas you’re bursting with optimism about in the back log.


Two weeks ago, I was lamenting to my wife, "Gah, this is so hard. Odds of success feel so low" but, today, it's the opposite: I am filled with optimism. Never-ending, remembering to have fun building has provided me the most peace while only analyzing results once a month.

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