Do you agree that as a general rule entrepreneurs must be a little "irrational" in believing in themselves in order to be successful?
In his Inc.com article, Jeff Haden points out there’s one essential trait every successful entrepreneur possesses: Irrational Optimism.
Absolutely! Like anything else in business and in life - you're only going to get out of it (your business) the effort you put into it. Any entrepreneur worth his (or her) salt and who is truly passionate about what it is they are doing will ALWAYS have "irrational optimism!"
I do NOT believe I'm irrational in believing myself to be successful...just the opposite. It is rational thought and actions that create my success.
BTW here is the definition:
1. without the faculty of reason; deprived of reason.
2.without or deprived of normal mental clarity or sound judgment.
3.not in accordance with reason; utterly illogical: irrational arguments.
I do not relate to any of the 3 definitions given.
I do believe it is rational to think I can succeed even if others don't.
I do think it is rational to believe I can make a difference for my clients .
I do believe it is rational to create something that is not there because it is needed. Henry Ford said "If I had asked my customers what they needed...they would have said a faster horse"
What's irrational about believing in oneself in order to achieve success? After all, if you don't have faith in yourself, then why should anyone else...? Irrational optimism? Sounds like an oxymoron to me. Optimism comes from an extremely rational mind that goes to sleep believing that there will be a tomorrow, as opposed to ending it all and ensuring that there definitely won't be.
Irrational, Passionate, Dedicated, Forward thinking and maybe highly motivated as there is no one else to sound your own trumpet as well as yourself!
I think an entrepreneur should have a deep level of confidence and understanding on the niche that they are trying to exploit. If others think that irrational so be it.
A little irrational inasmuch as they are betting on an unknown future. The optimism comes from their belief that they can mitigate the risk or at least overcome it.
Absolutely agree, being an entrepreneur is the most challenging profession an individual will ever undertake and it requires fortitude that the "rational" person does not care to engage. The biggest challenge is that you have a vision and rarely does anyone else share or understand that vision - that is until you begin making money - and then everyone wants a piece of the action. Irrational? - Absolutely.
Definately! If you don't believe in yourself who else is going to???
For me I like being identified as irrational, because the definition of "Entrepreneur" is to be a risk taker... So, I would say you have to be a little irrational if your going to take a risk.
As a "older" entrepreneur I can say that I take a lot more calculated risk now, LOL. (maybe not as irrational, age and wisdom, has taught me a few thing)
I most certainly do. The reality of running a business has the ability to produce negative emotions in the entrepreneur's mind, so a healthy dose of irrational optimism can help the entrepreneur make the necessary actions to succeed.
"Irrational" by whose definition?
"Those who say something can't be done should get out of the way of those who are doing it."
I believe that entrepreneurs, as a whole, could benefit from being a bit 'irrational' in believing in themselves as human beings with great potential and capacities, but should balance it with being 'rational', feet-on-ground when it comes to the very nature and commercial feasibility of their endeavors. That's the trick.