X is for X Factor

Posted by Pierre de la Fortune on September 24, 2015 @ 12:01 a.m.

Written by Peter Baskerville and Dr. Neil Flanagan

When Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines was asked [15] about the characteristics of the successful entrepreneur that could not be learned he detailed 1. a reasonable intelligence, 2. good health, 3. optimistic disposition, 4. lengthy attention span, 5. perseverance, and 6. a love of people. One could summarise these into three basic points of intelligence, health and attitude of which Herb declared attitude of paramount importance or the X factor that must be an inborn characteristic of the entrepreneur. He carries this simple maxim all the way through to the hiring process: "You hire attitude, everything else can be trained"

Entrepreneur - Anita Roddick's Book

For Anita Roddick the X factor was obsession and she explains it in this way "Dysfunction is the essence of entrepreneurship. I've had dozens of requests from places like Harvard and Yale to talk about the subject. It makes me laugh that ivy leaguers are so keen to "learn" how to be entrepreneurs, because I'm not convinced it's a subject you can teach. I mean, how do you teach obsession? Because it is obsession that drives the entrepreneur's commitment to a vision of something new." She goes on to say that Potential entrepreneurs are outsiders. They are people who imagine things as they might be, not as they are, and have the drive to change the world around them. Those are skills that business schools do not teach. She believes that the X factor is passion and imagination.

Whatever the X factor might be (attitude, passion, obsession, self confidence, enthusiasm) most entrepreneurs believe there is one. Just like any field of human endeavour some people have it some dont. For us, entrepreneurship is a destiny. A calling. A sense that this is what we were meant to do. It is the one role that that both creates the greatest good for others whilst still fulfilling the aspirations of the soul.

"The smugly talented know they can do better than those less gifted achievers but they never will." PB

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