Updated: Jun 23, 2019
Wa’il Ashshowwaf has lots of advice on how to get unstuck in your career. He’s learned that working even harder is not always the best method for getting yourself unstuck.
He is a serial entrepreneur and advisor to several startups. He’s the founder of Stuck in the Sand, a company dedicated to giving startups the tools they need to take action.
He’s also the co-founder of Reyets, an app that helps people understand their civil rights on demand when they have an encounter with law enforcement.
Instead of resisting uncomfortable situations, why Wa’il embraces them.
The two types of failure, one good and one bad.
The most common forms of getting stuck for first-time entrepreneurs and how to get unstuck.
His approach for building apps from the ground up, including advice on hiring developers.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
Self-direct your learning
Build your community
Reframe your mindset
How Wa’il Works and Thinks
Wake up time: 8:00 am
Core work activities + habits: 1) Always be moving forward. 2) Reassessing what they accomplished previously and what they’re doing next. 3) Having a vision of where they want to be and where they’re going.
Ideal work environment: At night either at his desk or in his home office.
Definition of success: If he’s content and enjoying life.
“I help startups build and create to get launched, I build and create my own startups, and I try to have fun doing it.”
“If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, you won’t do it very well.”
“Every time I’m uncomfortable, it’s probably because I’m learning something new.”
“I don’t care if you have the best idea in the world. A great plan doesn’t mean anything. I’d rather have a C plan and great execution.”
If you have an idea that you’ve been sitting on, Wa’il advises these actions to get going on it:
1) Write down your idea on paper, no more than 2 or 3 paragraphs.
2) Share your idea with someone and get their feedback on it.