Entrepeneurship | Mindset

5 Mind Habits That Set Successful Founders Apart

If you have these habits, you’re set.

Os Ishmael
6 min readJun 11, 2024


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Navigating complex problems, generating insights, and finding solutions that others didn’t know existed are the most admired skills for founders.

Yet, very few people can do it well — the ability to think critically is a rare skill.

Most people lack thinking muscles because they treat it as a born gift instead of being an acquired trait — false.

Not sufficiently exercising their mind by thinking through tough problems keeps them falling for cognitive shortcuts, quick solutions, and outdated beliefs.

What separates crappy founders from successful founders is how they put their minds to use.

Becoming a successful founder doesn’t require an extraordinary brain.

You only need to embrace healthy thinking habits that keep your mental machinery working at its best.

Five mindsets for success

Here are the five thinking practices that successful founders take very seriously and integrate them to be part of their day-to-day life:



Os Ishmael

Fractional Chief Communications Officer embracing life's wisdom | By day crafting strategic communications and narratives | At night, asleep.