5 Similarities The Hunger Games and Startups Share

1. Choose Your Allies Wisely

As smart, strong and skilled as Katniss was, there was no way she could have survived The Games alone. She found people she could trust, and that’s exactly how you’ll survive your startup. Find allies and build a team of highly trained professionals who share your vision and are ruthless executors of tasks.

2. Come Prepared and Ready to Hunt

Like Katniss, you must arm yourself. It’s beyond difficult to secure investors, especially if it’s your first startup and you haven’t been able to “prove” yourself yet. These were some of the most frustrating times in my journey, to say the least. Time and time again, investors expressed interest in investing, but they wanted to wait until I had more funding secured first.

3. Earn Your Own Destiny

“Deserve” is not a nice word. It gives false hope. Katniss never sat around thinking about what she deserved. She was simply a person of action.

4. Channel Hope, Not Fear

You’ll never be able to predict what will happen next. Your cargo container might get held up at the docks and you’ll need to pay expensive last-minute fees to access your goods. You could also meet an SEO genius at a dinner party and get free advice that ends up saving you tens of thousands of dollars. As the saying goes, this too shall pass. Enjoy the good times while they last, and know that the bad times will eventually end, too.

5. Keep Each Other Alive

Everything you’ve done has lead to this moment. Do you have the right team, and do they have your back? You’ll survive or die together, so make sure you take care of your team because they’re the ones who will take care of you.

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Rachael McCrary is a Fashion Designer, Lingerie Expert, Startup Advisor and Life Coach. CEO of shopjeweltoned.com #fashion #ecommerce #entrepreneur

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Rachael McCrary is a Fashion Designer, Lingerie Expert, Startup Advisor and Life Coach. CEO of shopjeweltoned.com #fashion #ecommerce #entrepreneur