1. Dota players understand the importance of a “team” and the need for different roles.

Ever had those experiences in Dota when your team chooses heroes and when you spawn, you realise your Anti-Mage is paired with Faceless Void, Phantom Lancer, Gyrocopter and Ember Spirit? Yes, I recall my own horrible experiences and wasted hours. Trust me, most Dota players would know the pure horror of that lineup as well. You see, in Dota, a truly balanced team has its 5 players play 5 different roles, the basics being support, gank and carry. To win a game, you’ll need everyone playing their own role at a high level. It even requires a degree of sacrifice and compromise with supports giving way to carries for farm and spending their money not on big-game items but small crucial ones like wards, smokes and heals. No selfish team or big-time hunters can ever succeed at Dota.

857

Running a company or a business is pretty much the same thing. A great company can’t have a whole team of a singular talent, it’s success boils down to the cooperation of a pool of diverse talent. A mixed team of leaders, salespersons and techies can easily outplay and outgrow a singular talent team. Thankfully, we at GrowthLightning are all DotA players. Although it sounds simple, many people fail to grasp the necessary sacrifice, compromise and teamwork needed to reach the top. But throw the idea of teamwork to any Dota player and you’ll be able to appreciate the deep understanding they have for teamwork and the nightmarish stories of when it does not exist.

growth lightning dota 2

2. Timing is everything..and Dota players know it best.

“Blink and stun him!” “Blink now!” “No, no, back, back!” “Ulti now!” These are the most common phrases you’ll hear Dota players scream at each other during games. You see, Dota is a game that’s predicated on timing, it’s why I was addicted to it. The slightest miscalculation on a gank or team fight is all that’s needed to lose you the game. Similarly, a well-placed “ulti” or timely cooperation between teammates yields the most satisfying of feelings! Watch high-level games and you’ll realise how much attention players pay to the importance of timing and executing at the right moment.

dota 2

Timing is also the most crucial aspect of running a business. Would Apple be the monster it is today if it launched in 2014? Would Bill Gates be the richest man in the world if Microsoft had launched 10 years later than it did? We’ll never know the answer but these guys chose the best timing to take advantage of an opportunity which is a core skill in business. With the massive amounts of competition in today’s market, it is often the one who did the right thing at the right time that succeeds. We do a lot of research at GrowthLightning to determine the timing of a market before we launch nay new product and honestly, I’d vouch of timing. Trust me, play a round of Dota and have a teammate scream: “Leroyyyyyy Jenkinssssss!!!” while charging in before anyone is ready and you’ll grasp the concept of timing in a flash.

dota 2

3. Dota players are able to think and move fast, all the time.

Dota is a very fast game, with very specific timings and actions to execute. Good Dota players are essentially thinking, executing and synchronising with each other every single second that they’re playing the game. A moment’s lack of focus is often the harbinger of trouble and with such reliance on each player in the team, being able to think fast and act faster is a requirement of any player.

dota 2

The business world is always looking for people who can act fast. Like Dota, there are not just a lot of variables in business but these variables are also constantly changing. Even in our web design business, GrowthLightning faces product changes every year and having people who can keep up with that change and and adapt accordingly is a godsend. If you cannot imagine how fast a Dota player is thinking when he’s playing, just keep an eye on their keyboard and you’ll be amazed at that finger speed.

4. They understand the importance of the little things that lead to success.

So you’ve won a Dota game, who’s the first one you regard for your success? Often times, it’s the farmed-up carry with godly items who one or two-shotted every hero on your opponent’s team. Great Dota players know that it runs deeper than that. The little things in a game like constantly buying wards, always buying smoke of deceit for ganks and clearing the way for your carry to farm are what actually leads to a victory. Without anyone willing to sacrifice the time, money and effort to do all the little things in a game, you’ll always end up on the losing side.

dota 2

The devil’s in the details when it comes to entrepreneurship, it’s always the little things that matter the most. To become a successful entrepreneur, you must be able to not only do the little things but also appreciate the ones that are willing to do it for you. Whether that may be personally sending a package to your customer’s house or doing a stock count in a lonely warehouse by yourself, it’s the smallest acts of execution that lead to the biggest success. If you don’t believe me, just try playing a game of Dota without wards.

growth lightning dota 2

5. They can handle frustration, ignorance and plain stupidity with aplomb.

Dota can frustrate a person. No, really..it has a ton of stuff that can frustrate and drive you nuts. Stupid teammate who refuses to fight together with the team and solos 5 of their heroes? Drives you up the wall. Teammates who refuse to buy wards even though they’re a support hero? Tons and it’s crazy dealing with them. Your team’s Crystal Maiden snatches the Aegis from your Anti-Mage? Sigh, makes you want to quit the game. The bottom line is there is no end to frustration in Dota, every game is bound to have arrogant teammates, newbies with a vengeance and mistakes galore. Yet through it all, it is a lesson in humility and tolerance (and also a class in thrash talking and sarcasm). If we can deal with this, we are ready to take on even more.

web design

Honestly, even Dota’s frustrations can’t match up to what you’ll face in real life. There’s tons of people out there who have some way to piss you off and often times, it’s no one’s fault. Having the years of experience in handling that in Dota will be a blessing, although you might not know it right then and there.

growth lightning app development

6. Dota players know how to plan well before executing.

Have you watched a game of professional Dota? Professional Dota is played on Captains Mode, where teams plan and counter-plan against each other to draft their team. The intense planning that happens in that brief 10-15 minutes is practically the backbone to how the rest of the game is played. Any decent Dota player can tell you that being outdrafted and outpicked is pretty much game over. The rest of the game is just executing the plan, that 15 minutes draft planning is essentially the key to victory.

dota 2

Business and entrepreneurship is a combination of short-term and long-term planning. Being able to achieve short-term goals while being aligned with the long-term vision is often how businesses keep themselves on track for success. Similarly to Dota, being able to plan before jumping head-in to any battlefield is key. Knowing what dangers to expect and how to manage your risks down the line is a crucial skill to pick up. Trust me, it takes years of experience, even we fail all the time. I suggest..a wonderful afternoon playing Captains Mode with some hardcore friends, no better way to understand the importance of planning.

7. Knowing which skills to improve first to maximise productivity

Sounds like some complicated mumbo-jumbo but really, come on, we’ve always gone online to learn how to properly “skill” our hero right? Knowing what skills to pick up early on before others actually makes a huge difference, for example, choosing whether to take a huge burst of damage or life steal first can seriously impact the flow of the game, especially for supports. The most basic thing of any Dota player is knowing how to build your hero to match the situation to attain maximum control and benefit.

dota 2

That last sentence pretty much describes what business is about. Knowing how to build your company and your team to handle the ever-changing waters of the business world is how things work. You’ll constantly have to decide which areas to pour your resources into to ensure that you’ll be able to get the most return-on-investment from it.  That’s why I’m saying, Dota players really do make brilliant entrepreneurs.

8. You’re only as strong as you can be, great tools take you to the next level.

I’ve talked about skills, but another lesson that Dota players have completely understood is how great items can take things to the next level. Although a lv25 Faceless Void is intimidating, a lv25 Keeper of the Light with Dagon, Shivas Guard, Sheep Staff, Force Staff, Boots of Travel and Mekanism will own him nonetheless. The lesson here? Don’t focus on only growing your skills, learn to equip yourself with the necessary tools to increase your productivity.

WdhMD

The tools I’m referencing to is not human capital mind you, though that plays just as big a part. I’m actually talking about softwares and services out in the market. Knowing which service or product to use when it comes to your startup can speed up the process two to three times! If you need help knowing how to analyse, just talk to a Dota junkie. He’ll be able to break down every Dota item to its core and show you to properly analyse and find the right tool for the right situation.

9. Dota players do a lot of studying and adapting, over and over again.

Icefrog has a thing for creating the ideal business environment. Just like business, every time he throws out a new patch, he balances and changes the Dota landscape entirely. This constant state of change keeps things fresh but it also means that Dota players must dedicate themselves to learn, unlearn and relearn all the strategies, tricks and nuances of the game. If they can put so much effort into a game and love it, entrepreneurship will be but the next stepping stone.

dota 2

10. Lastly, we’re as resilient and persistent as a rock. Word.

dota 2

Dota has a horrible community, honestly. We thrash talk and blame newbies, flame losers, bitch on lousy teammates and suck up to good players. There’s no community like us out there. Yet through it all, every Dota player has gone through the process of being flamed to flaming other people. We’ve loved, hated then loved the game all over again, and again. We’re tough people and there’s very little that can hurt us after all the abuse we get throughout the years.

dota 2

That’s it folks! If you’ve managed to read all the way here, you’re awesome. I’ve been a fan of DotA for ages and this article is dedicated to all fans and aspiring entrepreneurs out there. I started GrowthLightning to help entrepreneurs bring their dreams to life and honestly, most of the greatest ideas and dreams I had..started with this little game called DotA. Peace out.

Check out our previous article “10 Awesome Tips to a Killer Web Design!” and stay tuned next week for another awesome article! If you liked this article, be sure to support us and like our Facebook page here!

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Nicholas is an entrepreneur with a mean gaming streak. He is passionate, hardworking and has an obsession that gaming has much to teach entrepreneurs around the world. Nicholas has experience founding and managing companies since 2011 having founded 3 companies: AwesomePenang.com, AwesomeLab.co and GrowthLightning.com. AwesomePenang.com's founding team were awarded the Global Student Entrepreneur Award (Malaysia) in 2012, representing the country to New York to participate in the Global Finals.

1. Dota players understand the importance of a “team” and the need for different roles.

Ever had those experiences in Dota when your team chooses heroes and when you spawn, you realise your Anti-Mage is paired with Faceless Void, Phantom Lancer, Gyrocopter and Ember Spirit? Yes, I recall my own horrible experiences and wasted hours. Trust me, most Dota players would know the pure horror of that lineup as well. You see, in Dota, a truly balanced team has its 5 players play 5 different roles, the basics being support, gank and carry. To win a game, you’ll need everyone playing their own role at a high level. It even requires a degree of sacrifice and compromise with supports giving way to carries for farm and spending their money not on big-game items but small crucial ones like wards, smokes and heals. No selfish team or big-time hunters can ever succeed at Dota.

857

Running a company or a business is pretty much the same thing. A great company can’t have a whole team of a singular talent, it’s success boils down to the cooperation of a pool of diverse talent. A mixed team of leaders, salespersons and techies can easily outplay and outgrow a singular talent team. Thankfully, we at GrowthLightning are all DotA players. Although it sounds simple, many people fail to grasp the necessary sacrifice, compromise and teamwork needed to reach the top. But throw the idea of teamwork to any Dota player and you’ll be able to appreciate the deep understanding they have for teamwork and the nightmarish stories of when it does not exist.

growth lightning dota 2

2. Timing is everything..and Dota players know it best.

“Blink and stun him!” “Blink now!” “No, no, back, back!” “Ulti now!” These are the most common phrases you’ll hear Dota players scream at each other during games. You see, Dota is a game that’s predicated on timing, it’s why I was addicted to it. The slightest miscalculation on a gank or team fight is all that’s needed to lose you the game. Similarly, a well-placed “ulti” or timely cooperation between teammates yields the most satisfying of feelings! Watch high-level games and you’ll realise how much attention players pay to the importance of timing and executing at the right moment.

dota 2

Timing is also the most crucial aspect of running a business. Would Apple be the monster it is today if it launched in 2014? Would Bill Gates be the richest man in the world if Microsoft had launched 10 years later than it did? We’ll never know the answer but these guys chose the best timing to take advantage of an opportunity which is a core skill in business. With the massive amounts of competition in today’s market, it is often the one who did the right thing at the right time that succeeds. We do a lot of research at GrowthLightning to determine the timing of a market before we launch nay new product and honestly, I’d vouch of timing. Trust me, play a round of Dota and have a teammate scream: “Leroyyyyyy Jenkinssssss!!!” while charging in before anyone is ready and you’ll grasp the concept of timing in a flash.

dota 2

3. Dota players are able to think and move fast, all the time.

Dota is a very fast game, with very specific timings and actions to execute. Good Dota players are essentially thinking, executing and synchronising with each other every single second that they’re playing the game. A moment’s lack of focus is often the harbinger of trouble and with such reliance on each player in the team, being able to think fast and act faster is a requirement of any player.

dota 2

The business world is always looking for people who can act fast. Like Dota, there are not just a lot of variables in business but these variables are also constantly changing. Even in our web design business, GrowthLightning faces product changes every year and having people who can keep up with that change and and adapt accordingly is a godsend. If you cannot imagine how fast a Dota player is thinking when he’s playing, just keep an eye on their keyboard and you’ll be amazed at that finger speed.

4. They understand the importance of the little things that lead to success.

So you’ve won a Dota game, who’s the first one you regard for your success? Often times, it’s the farmed-up carry with godly items who one or two-shotted every hero on your opponent’s team. Great Dota players know that it runs deeper than that. The little things in a game like constantly buying wards, always buying smoke of deceit for ganks and clearing the way for your carry to farm are what actually leads to a victory. Without anyone willing to sacrifice the time, money and effort to do all the little things in a game, you’ll always end up on the losing side.

dota 2

The devil’s in the details when it comes to entrepreneurship, it’s always the little things that matter the most. To become a successful entrepreneur, you must be able to not only do the little things but also appreciate the ones that are willing to do it for you. Whether that may be personally sending a package to your customer’s house or doing a stock count in a lonely warehouse by yourself, it’s the smallest acts of execution that lead to the biggest success. If you don’t believe me, just try playing a game of Dota without wards.

growth lightning dota 2

5. They can handle frustration, ignorance and plain stupidity with aplomb.

Dota can frustrate a person. No, really..it has a ton of stuff that can frustrate and drive you nuts. Stupid teammate who refuses to fight together with the team and solos 5 of their heroes? Drives you up the wall. Teammates who refuse to buy wards even though they’re a support hero? Tons and it’s crazy dealing with them. Your team’s Crystal Maiden snatches the Aegis from your Anti-Mage? Sigh, makes you want to quit the game. The bottom line is there is no end to frustration in Dota, every game is bound to have arrogant teammates, newbies with a vengeance and mistakes galore. Yet through it all, it is a lesson in humility and tolerance (and also a class in thrash talking and sarcasm). If we can deal with this, we are ready to take on even more.

web design

Honestly, even Dota’s frustrations can’t match up to what you’ll face in real life. There’s tons of people out there who have some way to piss you off and often times, it’s no one’s fault. Having the years of experience in handling that in Dota will be a blessing, although you might not know it right then and there.

growth lightning app development

6. Dota players know how to plan well before executing.

Have you watched a game of professional Dota? Professional Dota is played on Captains Mode, where teams plan and counter-plan against each other to draft their team. The intense planning that happens in that brief 10-15 minutes is practically the backbone to how the rest of the game is played. Any decent Dota player can tell you that being outdrafted and outpicked is pretty much game over. The rest of the game is just executing the plan, that 15 minutes draft planning is essentially the key to victory.

dota 2

Business and entrepreneurship is a combination of short-term and long-term planning. Being able to achieve short-term goals while being aligned with the long-term vision is often how businesses keep themselves on track for success. Similarly to Dota, being able to plan before jumping head-in to any battlefield is key. Knowing what dangers to expect and how to manage your risks down the line is a crucial skill to pick up. Trust me, it takes years of experience, even we fail all the time. I suggest..a wonderful afternoon playing Captains Mode with some hardcore friends, no better way to understand the importance of planning.

7. Knowing which skills to improve first to maximise productivity

Sounds like some complicated mumbo-jumbo but really, come on, we’ve always gone online to learn how to properly “skill” our hero right? Knowing what skills to pick up early on before others actually makes a huge difference, for example, choosing whether to take a huge burst of damage or life steal first can seriously impact the flow of the game, especially for supports. The most basic thing of any Dota player is knowing how to build your hero to match the situation to attain maximum control and benefit.

dota 2

That last sentence pretty much describes what business is about. Knowing how to build your company and your team to handle the ever-changing waters of the business world is how things work. You’ll constantly have to decide which areas to pour your resources into to ensure that you’ll be able to get the most return-on-investment from it.  That’s why I’m saying, Dota players really do make brilliant entrepreneurs.

8. You’re only as strong as you can be, great tools take you to the next level.

I’ve talked about skills, but another lesson that Dota players have completely understood is how great items can take things to the next level. Although a lv25 Faceless Void is intimidating, a lv25 Keeper of the Light with Dagon, Shivas Guard, Sheep Staff, Force Staff, Boots of Travel and Mekanism will own him nonetheless. The lesson here? Don’t focus on only growing your skills, learn to equip yourself with the necessary tools to increase your productivity.

WdhMD

The tools I’m referencing to is not human capital mind you, though that plays just as big a part. I’m actually talking about softwares and services out in the market. Knowing which service or product to use when it comes to your startup can speed up the process two to three times! If you need help knowing how to analyse, just talk to a Dota junkie. He’ll be able to break down every Dota item to its core and show you to properly analyse and find the right tool for the right situation.

9. Dota players do a lot of studying and adapting, over and over again.

Icefrog has a thing for creating the ideal business environment. Just like business, every time he throws out a new patch, he balances and changes the Dota landscape entirely. This constant state of change keeps things fresh but it also means that Dota players must dedicate themselves to learn, unlearn and relearn all the strategies, tricks and nuances of the game. If they can put so much effort into a game and love it, entrepreneurship will be but the next stepping stone.

dota 2

10. Lastly, we’re as resilient and persistent as a rock. Word.

dota 2

Dota has a horrible community, honestly. We thrash talk and blame newbies, flame losers, bitch on lousy teammates and suck up to good players. There’s no community like us out there. Yet through it all, every Dota player has gone through the process of being flamed to flaming other people. We’ve loved, hated then loved the game all over again, and again. We’re tough people and there’s very little that can hurt us after all the abuse we get throughout the years.

dota 2

That’s it folks! If you’ve managed to read all the way here, you’re awesome. I’ve been a fan of DotA for ages and this article is dedicated to all fans and aspiring entrepreneurs out there. I started GrowthLightning to help entrepreneurs bring their dreams to life and honestly, most of the greatest ideas and dreams I had..started with this little game called DotA. Peace out.

Check out our previous article “10 Awesome Tips to a Killer Web Design!” and stay tuned next week for another awesome article! If you liked this article, be sure to support us and like our Facebook page here!

*We do not own viagrapill.com these images or sell these images for profit, all rights belong to their respective owners such as Nerfnow.com*

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Nicholas Theng

Chief Executive Officer at GrowthLightning.com
Nicholas is an entrepreneur with a mean gaming streak. He is passionate, hardworking and has an obsession that gaming has much to teach entrepreneurs around the world. Nicholas has experience founding and managing companies since 2011 having founded 3 companies: AwesomePenang.com, AwesomeLab.co and GrowthLightning.com. AwesomePenang.com's founding team were awarded the Global Student Entrepreneur Award (Malaysia) in 2012, representing the country to New York to participate in the Global Finals.