Entrepreneurs push beyond the limits of mere mortals

24 May

Sir Richard Branson has announced that he will be swimming across the Irish Sea in order to fund cancer research. This from a man who runs a multi-billion dollar, multi-national company -Virgin. Branson has crossed oceans in hot air balloons, sail boats, and whatever other craft you could dream up.  He’s building a private space program called Virgin Galactic  and plans to go to the depths of the ocean in a specially designed submarine via Virgin Oceanic.

Mere mortals might ask: How does this Branson guy run a multibillion dollar empire, jet from private isles across the world, break world speed and aviation records, and have time to develop new projects simultaneously?

Another question is simply why?

It’s simple:

  • Drive
  • Desire to push the limits of humanity
  • Zero fear of failure
I believe these attributes are qualities that are the driving force behind all successful entrepreneurs and organizations.  Most people are content with the status quo and as a result, never truly reach for their own version of the stars (in Branson’s case, both literally and figuratively). On the other hand entrepreneurs not only reach for the stars, but they ask themselves: What’s beyond these stars and how the heck are we going to get there?
I’ll leave you with a quote from Sir Richard himself from his book, Business Stripped Bare:
“Enterpreneurship is business’s beating heart. Entrepeurneurship isn’t about capital; it’s about ideas.”
Take an idea. Run with it. Rinse. Repeat
Always going for glory,
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2 Responses to “Entrepreneurs push beyond the limits of mere mortals”

  1. kimani@aligningthequan.com May 24, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    Nice post, Mr. Steinfeld. Richard Branson’s photo hangs over my desk at the office. My passion and attempts to make step-level changes were viewed negatively in many ways when I worked in cubicle hell. I now work for myself and Losing My Virginity has been a continuing source of inspiration.

    One of my favorites quotes is from an Apple commercial (go figure):

    “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things…differently. They’re not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo.
    You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them…the only thing you can’t do is ignore them, because they change things, they push the human race forward.
    And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to change the world…are the ones who do.”

    All the best to you, my friend.

    Buona fortuna!
    Kimani

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