Many people are seeking answers to the burning question concerning exactly what it takes to become a successful leader in business. Entrepreneurs, such as Robert Rosenkranz and many others, are constantly grilled by the media concerning the “secrets of their success”. Many onlookers seem to believe that entrepreneurial success comes down to nothing but possessing the right social connections. Others take things a few steps further and insist that success in life is solely due to our genetic inheritance.
Does It All Come Down To Being The Smartest Person In Your Field?
It will surely come as no secret to anyone reading this that the smarter you are, the better chance you have in succeeding in life. Of course, “smart” is a relative term, one that is almost impossible to quantify, much less define. “Smart” people seem to be those who not only do their homework in life, but also put in the time and effort to qualify for the chance to realize their goals.
“Smart” people can be further defined as those who are able to quickly adapt to changing circumstances. Personal expectations are always subject to the reality of constant change, and so, in many ways, “smart” people are those who are able to adjust their ego and image in order to conform to the prevailing tide of trends and opinions.
This doesn’t necessarily always have to mean that the smartest people are “chameleons”, but it does mean that those who possess excellent communication and social aptitude (some might even use the vague term “empathetic”) skills do tend to finish first in business, and in life.
Free Will Versus Fate: Is It All In The Genes?
Another question that some observes tend to ask themselves is, “Is it all about having the right genes?” This normally comes down to a question of whether success or failure in life is automatically predetermined, even before you enter the world, by the quality of your DNA. In a sense, the argument reduces all of the various trials and vicissitudes of human existence down to a nice, neat, “scientifically” quantified formula of “Good genes = Superior DNA = Success in life”.
Leaving aside the fact that the argument is inherently insulting to high achievers and “common” folk alike, the terms of the proposition simply don’t add up. Even if it is true that possessing a high IQ can definitely give you advantages when it comes to choosing a prestigious and high paid career(such as rocket scientist, physics professor, brain surgeon, and the like), it isn’t really true at all that your genetic makeup is the only guarantee of success in business.
Is Entreprenurial Success All About The Right Connections?
Others will allege that the success or failure of an individual in the world of business comes down to nothing more than having the right connections. This, they allege, can be achieved either through being the son or daughter of an already well established figure, or by developing the right “social network” in college.
Of course, this argument really boils down to nothing more than “sour grapes” at the visible success of others. The fact of the matter is that, no matter how good your genes or social connections might be, in the end, there is simply no substitute for hard work and perseverance.
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