The startup landscape is littered with the carcasses of young, enthusiastic, creative entrepreneurs, buried beneath the ashes of brave ideas, failed dreams and misguided expectations.
My question is, when did we decide that was a bad thing?
At least those people took a risk. At least they had the guts to follow their dream, put it all on the line, live on an unpaved road and hope to find some beauty at the end.
Truth is, the fact that they didn’t make it out alive is a moot point. Because the world hasn’t seen the last of them. People like that are masters at learning fast, growing stronger and bouncing back with new skills to redirect their energies into something else.
It’s only a matter of time before something they do sticks.
That’s how greatness works. It’s platform agnostic. Team, position, hometown and league are irrelevant. If you’re great, you can be great anywhere.
And forget about following your passion. Great people let their passion follow them.
Allowing it to set up shop anywhere it needs to, making itself at home wherever they go. It’s like a universal power adapter with twin voltage converters that can channel electricity in whatever outlet is available.
Here’s an interesting illustration from out left field: Arabian horses.
Valentino was a champion yearling colt from about fifteen years ago. Even at the ripe age of two, bookings for future breeding started pouring in from around the world. Hundreds of them. Because horse owners knew that greatness was in his blood.
Sure enough, once he began siring his offspring, each of those horses became great in their own right. Some became work horses, others became show horses, while others became race horses.
But they were all great. Because of their conformation, how they were built, the way they moved, those beauties would have been great at whatever they did. They were the kinds of animals who could have done whatever needed to be done.
The point is, trust your greatness. Be patient with it. When you see the moments of it flickering, don’t be in such a hurry to power the entire world.
Sometimes it takes a while before the charge catches on.
Just have faith that you take yourself with you everywhere you go.
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