Skills vs. Mindset - What's more important for a Startup Hire?

When looking for hiring people for your startup, what is more important - skills or mindset? Skills can be taught but not mindset. In fact, they (co-workers) will learn most of the skills they need after they have joined. So a learning mindset is more important. They will need to cope up with ever-changing decisions and directions, so having patience and enthusiasm is necessary. Degrees, marks, resume cannot tell you about the mindset. Often those are written by someone charges few buck a page to type. They are found at unusual places, finding it hard to fit-in and unsatisfied with what is. They want more challenges, they are not hard to spot - just keep your eyes, ears and mind open.

You are reading a post that I wrote a long time backā€”at least 14 years ago. Take it with a bag of salt.

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