Coming to Certainty

I enjoy spending time with entrepreneurs that have synthesized the world, spotted an opportunity, and are pursuing it with mission-focused passion.  Their level of certainty creates the persistence necessary to introduce a new solution.  It makes me smile (and sometimes cringe) to listen to excited pitches of young people with certainty.
William Stafford describes coming to a conclusion–bundling knowledge, a logic model of cause and effect, and a little lightning:

Learning, they call it, this anticipated

lightning, this thinking around an event

and bringing it right.  It is hard to tell

if the connection is yours, or the world’s—

it all comes together and you say, “I know.”

Because many ventures end up in a different place than they started (in conversation this week, Jamie Daves, City Light Capital, pointed out this unique openness of venture capital to new destinations), entrepreneurs need enough certainty to persist and enough humility to say “I don’t know.”

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Amit Shah

Thanks for bringing poetry and philosophy and a bit of the balm of compassion to what is often a brutal process of giving birth to an idea(s).

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