6 Lessons from Jack Dorsey On Hard Work and Startups

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You may be familiar with Jack Dorsey and his work, or he may just be another face of the entrepreneurial tech world for you. Whatever the case is, there’s a lot we can learn from him.

He started as a programmer, and is now best known as the creator, co-founder and chairman of Twitter (now you may feel like you know him) and the CEO of Square (a company for mobile payments).
‘Innovator of the Year Award’ for technology was given to him by The Wall Street Journal. He’s also one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35.

Another thing he does differently is that he works hard. And by hard I mean 8 hours in the first company, followed by an 8-hour shift in the second. Daily.

Also, he creates billion dollar companies, but still takes the bus or bikes to work.

So clearly he knows what he’s doing, both in life and in business, but also shows an interesting personality. And we can learn from his words and actions.

Here are some life lessons:

1. Look out for ideas.

“Ideas can come from anyone and they can come anytime. We all have various directions that we want to take the company and sometimes those ideas come during a shower, sometimes they come when we’re walking, sometimes they come when we’re talking with other employees at the coffee store.”

If you’re complaining about not having any ideas to work on and use it as an excuse not to have hobbies or build businesses, then you’re destined to fail.

Ideas are everywhere around us, just like inspiration can be found in daily life. You just need to be open to them, to notice them and to actually take action once that happens.

2. It all starts with passion.

“Twitter has been my life’s work in many senses. It started with a fascination with cities and how they work, and what’s going on in them right now.”

Jack Dorsey has been coding since he was 14. And he combined it with his biggest passion – maps.

He was in love with big cities and enjoyed wandering through them – New York and San Francisco, for example. And he was obsessed with maps.
But paper ones were dead already, and the Internet was just starting to thrive, so he started programming to play with them. He drew maps and made dots around. Soon he implemented the same techniques in the businesses he created.

You can hear him talk about that, how he started Twitter, and much more, in the very first episode of The Foundation podcast:

3. Use routines for discipline and productivity.

The shocking number of hours he works daily would be impossible if he wasn’t using an interesting technique – theme days.

He plans out his week in advance and focuses on one thing each day, in both companies. That helps him stay concentrated, get things done and move forward in a certain area every single day.

Here’s what he shares in an interview for Fast Company:

“All my days are themed. Monday is management. At Square we have a directional meeting, at Twitter we have our opcomm [operating committee] meeting. Tuesday is product, engineering, and design. Wednesday is marketing, growth, and communications. Thursday is partnership and developers. Friday is company and culture. It works in 24-hour blocks. On days beginning with T, I start at Twitter in the morning, then go to Square in the afternoon. Sundays are for strategy, and I do a lot of job interviews. Saturday is a day off.”

4. Embrace simplicity.

“Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.”

In life and in business those who choose less over more succeed in the long term. And Twitter is one of the greatest modern proofs of that.

In just 140 characters you have to say the most important things about yourself. Which means there’s no room for anything unnecessary, or even slightly important.

Also, all your messages have to be short. So no fluff, repetitions or complex sentences. Just simple thoughts.

5. Take action upon your ideas.

One of the things Jack talks about in the video above is new ideas. He says that we should all get them out of our head as soon as we have them, to write them down, to go show them to someone, to even start coding them and create something to present them.

He advises everyone to put their idea on the shelf as soon as possible. And – most importantly – to be okay if it doesn’t work out and to quickly move onto the next.

6. Use data.

He shares that in Square they have a metric that shows how many times users look at their dashboards which shows how much they care about that.
And if you’re a fan of startups, or have some kind of a digital business, you know that’s not the typical metric.

So the lesson here is: build your own system that’s according to the results you get from data.

“You need to have an understanding of the momentum of what you’re doing and where you’re going. And you can only get that from data.”

So that’s how you become a successful tech startup founder. You have to be purpose-driven, find what works and do more of it, be passionate about the work you do and willing to hustle more than the average person. But you also need to get out there and do some things differently.
And if you can’t think of anything, there’s already so much powerful advice you can follow from those who are where you’re heading.

So what do you like the most about Jack Dorsey? And what else can you learn from him?

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5 Convincing Reasons to Start a Business in Your 20s and 30s

5 Convincing Reasons to Start a Business in Your 20s and 30s

Every day we hear about brilliant minds who have made their first million before the age of 25. There are even businessmen who reach success and experience the advantages of self-employment before they turn 21. This influx of young gifted entrepreneurs makes you think there is no room for startupers over a certain age in any industry. But is it really the case?

Seasoned business analytics and researchers say there is no ideal age to start a business. You can be a successful entrepreneur fresh out of high school, but it’s also not uncommon for people in their 40s to finally find their entrepreneurial path. However, 20s and 30s remain the most popular age for starting a business, and that’s what we’ll focus on today.

Why Start a Business in Your 20s and 30s

1. Risk-taking

The importance of taking risks and accepting the outcome of your decision doesn’t need any explanation for entrepreneurs. As a startup founder, you will face risks every day, and this is where a person with more business expertise can encounter their first difficulties.

When someone is over 40, they’ve likely already taken big risks and failed. It means that they’ll be much less inclined to do it again. This is how older businessmen think they avoid complications, but that is also how they miss opportunities.

People in their 20s and 30s normally don’t have that kind of experience. They understandably have qualms about risk-taking. However, in the end, they usually decide to make a risky move, and there is a very good chance the risk will pay off.

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2. Knowledge

Those who launch their business after 40, usually have certain business experiences under their belt. They may have taken part in starting their own business or witnessed the birth of a business of a friend or coworker.

When you’re in your 20s or 30s, you may not have the same real-life knowledge of how businesses begin. Nevertheless, you have something much more important: the knowledge and skills you received at college.

The importance of college education for launching a prospering business is often overlooked. Yet there are essential things you can only learn in college, and that’s exactly the foundation you need for building a viable business.

3. Responsibilities

By the time they are 40, people accumulate a lot of financial responsibilities. Families, mortgages, car payments, and medical expenses not only eat up a large part of your budget but also make you much less flexible.

It’s a popular thought that businessmen in their 20s and 30s have nothing to lose. That may not be completely true, as some people start families when they’re fairly young. However, when you’re under 40, you have more freedom for making choices.

If you’re a forty-something father of three, your business decisions will be dictated by the risks you’re able to take. Young people have fewer things restricting them from making bold decisions and, ultimately, succeeding.

Related: How to Start a Profitable Blog – This step-by-step guide to starting a blog is a must for everyone who wants to start earning online and become self-employed. Having your own blog is the first step to selling products, making money from affiliate marketing, building a name for yourself, getting traffic and monetizing that attention.

4. Resilience

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If there is one thing experienced entrepreneurs would like every beginner to know, it’s that launching a business will be a journey filled with ups and downs. If you look at business success stories, you’ll see that each of them comes with their share of failures.

Impressionable young businessmen don’t react great to failures. Their initial reaction can differ, but it always includes disappointment, resentment, and even a desire to quit. If they’re lucky, their support system won’t let them quit. If they’re not, then the days of their startup are numbered.

It’s a different story with people in their late 20s and 30s. They arrive at the starting point of their business with an understanding that failures are bound to happen. It doesn’t mean that they’re completely immune to failures, but they are guaranteed to have a more mature reaction.

5. Technology

Technology is a vital part of launching a startup these days. There are thousands of businesses that only exist online. Even if your business is completely offline, technology can still be a valuable aid in the business development.

People over 40 may understand the importance of using technology in their business. They may even move their business online or take successful steps to foray into the digital world.

However, they will never have the understanding of technology of a 28-year-old.

Today’s 30-year-olds are not only fully familiar with technology – many of them are actually digital natives. These people have spent most of their lives with the digital world being an essential aspect of living. That is why technology-skilled young entrepreneurs are the future of business.


According to those who have a multi-faceted experience in business, starting a business at any age has its challenges. Entrepreneurs that are 20, 30, 40, or 50 years old have their strong suits and weaknesses. However, there are many reasons why the age between 20 and 40 is the golden age for launching a business. Take risks, learn as you go, use your forte, don’t let anything distract you, and soon your name can be part of the world business hall of fame!

About The Author

Christine Acosta is a content manager at App Reviews. She specializes in digital marketing and content creation. Christine is also passionate about startups and business development. She uses her degree from the Florida Institute of Technology to offer sound advice to those who launch their own business.

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