“Entrepreneurs are not the ones with the best ideas, they’re just the ones willing to jump off a cliff without the answers,” explained Weinreich. When he took the plunge on his first venture, he didn’t see a finish line - and he thinks it is wrong to have one in mind. Instead, he believes that the best start-up teams just try “to stay in the 5th inning forever.” Weinreich calls this “the process of willful delusion.” “If you have ends in mind, that’s a big problem.” You must somehow stay engaged with incremental progress and keep momentum, even if you find yourself staying in the same inning.
The award-winning American author E.L. Doctorow once remarked on what it is like to write a novel. “It’s like driving a car at night,” he explained. “You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” One might argue that the value of having a grand business plan or some master strategy is overrated. As entrepreneurs, we must be comfortable only seeing a few yards ahead.
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