Few entrepreneurs like to admit it, but we’re a particularly ego-driven bunch. Entrepreneurship is a perilous journey of high risk and reward. One that always begins with:
- “I want to leave a legacy.”
- “I want to take more control of my life.”
- “I want financial freedom.”
- “I want to work for a cause that no other business supports.”
Even if these reasons seem generally selfless, there is no success without a sense of self. And the sense of self is the ego. Even with a reason like, “I want to help people live better lives,” there is still the pesky “I” there. There is still an entity that
So, you can fail to help people live better lives. You can fail to leave a legacy. You can fail to take more control of your life. And you can fail to win financial freedom and make money off of a cause that no other business supports
I am no exception. I am an entrepreneur because “I wish to repair and rebuild my culture.” And I can fail at doing this
Innovation and Entrepreneurship: What Is Needed
What poisons entrepreneurs is not their ego in and of itself; it’s when ego turns into narcissism. And narcissism is blinding. It cuts one off from the benefits of constructive criticism. It closes ears to alternative paths to success that one may not want to hear. Narcissism caps one’s progress by preventing them from bending the knee to a mentor. It distances one from their own customers and clients needed to stay in business.
The greatest entrepreneurs are those who have an
Like the world famous video-game developer, Hideo
Meanwhile, world renown neuroscientist Beau Lotto said: “Creativity is a manner of being.”
As a result, the organisms best fit for survival, even businesses, are those that can adapt
However, you cannot adapt unless you’re able to innovate. You cannot innovate unless you are creative. And you cannot be creative unless you’re open to experience
That is because narcissism closes your openness to experience. Thus, narcissism minimizes your chances for survival in not only the world of
Mike Norton is an American award-winning marketing strategist with a BA in Internet marketing from Full Sail University.
He’s also a writer, entrepreneur, and a physicist studying part-time at the University of York who is a veteran of the United States military and the 7-time winner of the USS Dwight Eisenhower award for essays about world peace and respect.
As a mostly self-educated vagabond, he gains inspiration from a myriad of experiences wrought from the adventures of his nomadic lifestyle. He prolifically writes and journals where ever he goes in the world, from one country to the next.