Other articles in this series:

  1. The Core Values That Fuel Breathe Life
  2. When You Trust People, They Hold Themselves Accountable
  3. Pushing the Limits and Never Getting Comfortable
  4. Ask for Forgiveness, Not for Permission – We Are Proactive
  5. Happy Work and Happy Life, the 5th Core Value at Breathe Life.

In last week’s article, I explored what the value We are accountable means to Breathe Life. About how it means that we trust each other, and if we’re struggling with our work, we ask for help. This week I’ll be looking at a value that is very important to us, it is We push the limits.

The ability to always be pushing the limits is something that we look for when we hire new team members. We’re looking for people that are skilled at solving problems, that are innovative, independent, and autonomous. No matter what role someone is being interviewed for at Breathe Life, we put a focus on figuring out if they will pursue excellence. The startup world is a crazy one, it’s one where most people are doing a million things at once and everyone is constantly hustling. We need to bring on team members who can take things on, on their own, self-starters who can find the tools, work the problem, and get the result. So far, we’ve been lucky that our rigorous hiring process has helped ensure that every Breathe Life team member fits the bill for this.

Lamine N’Dao, who joined Seb’s Product team as a Senior Product Designer last September, can attest to this.

« When I was being interviewed, Seb focused on my ability to push the limits as a designer. More so than my concrete design and product skills, he wanted to understand how I would approach problem-solving to ensure that when building Breathe Life products I would always be thinking creatively and pursuing excellence. »

Looking beyond just team members, it’s crucial that the leadership never gets comfortable. One of my startup analogies is the similarities between Entrepreneurship and Doc Brown from Back To The Future. In the movie, Doc Brown is trying a million different things, and eventually, one thing works. When it does, he continues to work on that path and follow what worked. It’s the same with launching and growing a business, in order to get an MVP out you need to test and learn and test and learn until you get it right, to never get comfortable with what you have. And you often need to do this in an extremely lean manner with few resources or help.

At the end of the day, you need to have a team that is pursuing excellence and never gets comfortable. Something that I believe deeply as a CEO is that when you hire people who push the limits then no problem is unsolvable and the sky isn’t the limit!

Stay tuned later this week as we look at our fourth value, We are proactive.