Of all the entrepreneurial traits I’ve written about on this blog, here is one that I’m not going to officially add to the list….but unofficially it may be the most important: being a little bit crazy. I don’t mean this literally, but almost. Maybe the official trait would be “Having a Great Imagination.”
David Segal wrote a terrific piece in the NYTimes last month called Just Manic Enough: Seeking Perfect entrepreneurs.
In the article, Segal points out how entrepreneurs have to “imagine a product that sounds so compelling that it inspires people to bet their careers, or a lot of money, on something that doesn’t exist and may never sell.” “Shouting to the ramparts! with no ramparts in sight takes a kind of irrational self-confidence…”
This is one of my personal favorite aspects of being entrepreneurial. Not just having a vision for what you are doing in the figurative sense, but ACTUALLY being able to see the product and the outcome in your mind’s eye. Like it really exists in a future history that you can see. It’s what allows us entrepreneurs to make decisions quickly (often times too quickly), but with a passion and confidence that can make a real difference in the process of building a product, leading an initiative or building a company.