Today, we are going to chat about “SCRAPPY”. As I read this book, I was struck time and time again by how this theme of “scrappiness” continued to be the driving factor and often the difference maker in their success. The Merriam Webster definition of scrappy is “to have an aggressive and determined spirit”. Eric and Adam did have remarkable gumption to fearlessly go after their goals, but what I found most impressive is how resolute they were in achieving those goals. A lot of us can summon the courage to try a hard thing once, but to try again and again after being struck down is a lot harder to do. However, Eric and Adam remained resolute in their goals, but flexible in their approach.
So how do we get a little of that scrappiness for ourselves? There seems to be three main qualities this dynamic duo seemed to have that created this “Scrappy Mentality”.
Quality 1: Embracing the Mentee Mindset
It’s really hard to be the leader of an organization and also allow yourself to be humble enough to admit that there are things you don’t know. Eric and Adam embraced the“not knowing” and got really comfortable with understanding what they were and were
not good at. That level of vulnerability allowed them to grow astronomically, and by extension so did their brand. Eric and Adam were not strangers to rejection, but they did 3 things that allowed them to convert those no’s into a resounding YES.
Quality 2: Never Let Lack of Money Deter You
Money issues exist at every level. There will never be a point where Cash Flow and profit margin are less important. I don’t care how big of an investor, client, or buyer you just landed, you can always find yourself in a cash flow crunch. HOWEVER, a lack of money doesn’t have to prevent you from getting what your business needs. Adam and Eric used all kinds of clever ways to fund or realize their projects. Here are just some of the tactics they used
Quality 3: Resilience
Adam and Eric talk a lot about scaling fast, but what I don’t think they give themselves enough credit for is their ability to bounce back fast. The story of their “big break” shows at least 3 devastating and seemingly impossible obstacles that stood between them and Target. They took a beating from buyers, experienced shelf debacles that risked their position at Target, and then had to contend with the sudden flood of the market once their brand took off.
Through all of this, they allowed themselves to quickly experience the emotions and then move on to the solution. They never allowed themselves to make fear based choices. Rather than panicking they slowed down and made well thought out strategic plays and that strategy has been a game changer for them.