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Why Rational People Won’t Succeed

| October 8, 2012 | 9 Comments

Starting and running a truly successful business is more often that not, a difficult task.

You will need to work incredibly hard and you’ll run into all types of risks, hurdles, setbacks and more. This is the point where rational people will give up.

Rational people can’t function without eating, sleeping and having time to unwind. They don’t want to be locked away from family and friends, building a business where there’s no sure payoff. They’d much rather prefer to get a ‘normal’ job that offers a predictable income.

That’s what allows us irrational entrepreneurs to flourish.

Our irrationality is fueled by passion. Passion to make a difference, passion to create something amazing and passion to succeed. Without passion, reason takes over which makes the path to success all too difficult.

That’s why it’s incredibly important that entrepreneurs work on something that they love doing. Don’t do it for the money, status or anything else other than the love of what you do.

That will fuel your drive and keep you going despite setbacks that you’re bound to encounter.

The rational guy will give up when they think they can’t go any further or do any more. I love this Will Smith quote:

“I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, but if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: Your getting off first, or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple.”

What this means to me, other than not wanting to get on a treadmill alongside Will, is that when you commit to something, you commit with everything you’ve got. You give it your all and see the only option as success.

All of the greats around us succeeded because of sickening determination and pure passion. Look at sporting greats such as Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. Look at entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Richard Branson. Luck and talent does play a part but ultimately, the main ingredient is passion.

If you’re building a business that you’re not passionate about. If it is starting to feel like work, reconsider what you’re doing. You may simply be able to outsource the functions that you don’t like so you can continue adding value where it counts. Or you may need to take more drastic steps.

Whatever you do, make sure it’s built on a solid foundation. Don’t go chasing money or the latest hot fad. Don’t think you’ll be able to quickly sell for a profit or raise surplus funds from noble supporters. Do something that you’ll enjoy doing every waking hour of every day if you needed to.

That’s the only sure-fire way to maximize the chances of long-term and ongoing success.

I’ll leave you with this wonderful quote by Charles M. Schwab:

“The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to neither make money nor find much fun in life.”

Author Bio: Sandip Singh is the founder of several successful online businesses including most recently, niche visual photography site Asian Capture.

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  • Robert Preston

    “Reasonable people adapt themselves to
    the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All
    progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.”

    – George Bernard Shaw

  • http://twitter.com/investormaniacs InvestorMania

    While this is mostly true, you must be careful who you give this advice to. A seasoned business person will take it with a grain of salt, but if you tell this to a first time business owner you may be hurting them more than helping.

    “The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to neither make money nor find much fun in life.”

    I think this quote was more relative when most men worked for themselves as tradesmen and does not apply as much in this overly saturated/competitive landscape.

    So if i have a PASSION for milking cows that is the business i should start? A great businessman acts as a MIDDLE MAN in all aspects. A great business solves a major PAIN POINT, enough that people will pay for it. PASSION does not find nor solve a pain point in a market. On the other hand, if you find the greatest business in the world but do not execute/ not passionate about moving it forward, that will fail so i do agree with you in that aspect.

    I think the safest way to put it is….. ” Find a solution to an everyday problem, and be passionate about solving it”

    If we all followed our “passions” there would be many people… on many beaches.

  • http://www.callboxinc.co.uk/ Hannah Hamilton

    I like the quote so much. Great, you had put my thoughts into words. There is really a big difference of having a job and having your passion. If you had happen to watch ’3 idiots’ this is more likely to relate with your article. A person will always be at his/her best when they are well-motivated and when they ‘love’ what they’re doing. :)

  • http://twitter.com/shaelipp Shae Jordan Lipp

    This is one of my fav articles i’ve read so far on Under30CEO. Passion is Key!

  • http://twitter.com/Plebu Plebu

    If rational people cared enough their business, I’d bet they would commit everything to that cause and hide away for a while to make it successful. A better title would be “Why People Who Don’t Care Won’t Succeed.”

  • adamslieb

    This is 100% true, I think the corollary is “many irrational people aren’t successful.” If you’ve ever watched any shows like Shark Tank or the Next Great American Inventor, you see irrational people who cling to “passions” that are silly, proven not to work, or impossible to accomplish. You can have success without passion, but I wouldn’t want to work with you.

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  • CJDellatore

    Inspiring views, but I’ve been known to be fairly rational…. that said, I’m always open to learning, even if it’s counter intuitive.

  • http://twitter.com/LynDing Lyn

    It does really make sense. Rational people may presee and overthink multiple difficulties and risks before actually making the business come alive and then just give up. Be a dreamer first, and then a builder.