“Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use, do the work you want to see done.” Austin Kleon

Meet Molly Graham

Company builder. Lover of weird metaphors. Chief Operating Officer at Lambda School.

Molly talks often about things she wishes someone had told her 15 years ago when she started her journey at growing, changing, scaling companies. Lessons that would have saved her mistakes and burnout, and would have helped her grow faster.

She reflects on how much of this journey — a career in start ups — is not about getting good at things as much as it is about becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Here are her top 9:


1. Building companies is really emotional and hard.
2. Your only job is to learn as fast as you can.
3. Make friends with the self-doubt monster chewing on your leg.
4. You can learn anything if you’re willing to sound like a moron.
5. Be skeptical of words with more than one syllable.
6. Don’t obsess about the current power structure. It will change.
7. Don’t worry about your title. Just be useful.
8. Make friends with the people you work with.
9. This is the opportunity of a lifetime. Take advantage of it.

You can read more here:

Easing the Growing pains of a scaling business here

Give away your legos and other commandments for scaling startups here

6 counterintuitive rules for being a better manager here

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