Of Entrepreneurs And Dinosaurs

Jurassic Park is one of my favorite books, partially because it still seems so relevant, even though it’s almost 20 years old. While I used to be more interested in the gory action, the philosophies behind the book have become far more intriguing to me as I’ve gotten older. In what is probably my favorite part of the book, the eerily prophetic Malcolm explains why genetic technology is so dangerous:

Most kinds of power require a substantial sacrifice by whoever wants the power. There is an apprenticeship, a discipline lasting many years. Whatever kind of power you want. President of the company. Black belt in karate. Spiritual guru. Whatever it is you seek, you have to put in the time, the practice, the effort. You must give up a lot to get it. It has to be very important to you. And once you have attained it, it is your power. It can’t be given away: it resides in you. It is literally the result of your discipline.

Now, what is interesting about this process is that, by the time someone has acquired the ability to kill with his bare hands, he has also matured to the point where he won’t use it unwisely. So that kind of power has a built-in control. The discipline of getting the power changes you so that you won’t abuse it.

Now this from a blog post entitled “Entrepreneurs Need To Suffer

Too much attention has been focused on raising money in an age where “capital-light” startups are a reality. Entrepreneurs need 1-2 years of suffering while they build their businesses to sustainability.

The interviewee also stated that, had be been given millions for his startup as a 20-year-old, he “likely would have misspent it.”

So what does this mean to you? Well, there are a couple of things. First of all, when you’re going through your times of stress, it can be some consolation that this suffering is teaching you the discipline you’ll need to be a wise manager when success finally does arrive.

More importantly, it tells you that the harder you work to learn the principles of management that allow you to master your enterprise, the less suffering you’ll have to endure. That’s why getting to profitability ASAP should be your chief goal. It’ll teach you what you need to know to be successful, and the faster you can learn that, the better off you AND your company will be.

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