In a small startup or any small team it’s very important for all members to challenge one another and keep people from getting comfortable. The tough thing is to find the delicate balance that forces people to push themselves just enough that they’re performing at their best without going to far to cause serious stress or a mindset of impossibility. The challenge should keep someone from getting comfortable, keeping things just out of reach so that one is always trying to reach just a little bit further.
So what are you doing to challenge the rest of your team? Are you actively trying to push your coworkers to perform just a little better? If you manage anyone, what are you doing to help them grow and keep them performing at their best?
Challenge is one of the great things that come out of working in a small team. Don’t cut your team mates short by skimping on this. Push them, and yourself, further.