The Power of Giving a F**k

June 2019 — #Inspiration, #Steven Hess

The Power of Giving a F**k

Anyone can call themselves an entrepreneur. But as endless ‘gurus’ promise a magic pill and bark the virtues of going your own way with never-ending streams of bluff, bluster and bullshit, what really separates the good from the great?

I believe the answer is simple - ambition.

Think about it like this: you’re an entrepreneur, you have a start-up (or at least an idea for one), you’re focused, motivated, unafraid. You see solutions others can’t, fit things together in ways they never could. It feels like you have a kind of sixth sense where uncertainty and risk are as vital to you as the air you breathe and the water you drink.

If you’re seeing shades of yourself in these words, you’re potentially one of the best problem solvers in the world.

I’ll paraphrase the Russian writer Yevgeny Zamyatin here:

The ones who change the world are those who know that progress isn’t made by the diligent functionaries, but rather the madmen, hermits, heretics, dreamers, rebels and sceptics.

We are, all of us, the outliers who dared to try.

But there are some harsh realities we can't ignore:

Last year there were 5.7 million private sector businesses in the UK but for the first time in recent memory, we didn’t see a year on year increase. While new start-ups were obviously created – we estimate around 330,000 – that rate is slowing and being off-set by the number of companies being dissolved.

However, investment continued to flow: $8bn of VC funds and $40bn of exits, with the UK continuing to lead in Europe.

Here at ground level, there's no doubting the temperature change - capital Investment is slowing and increasingly difficult to gain.

Having a bigger ambition – the need to give something back to the world - has never been more important.

Besides, as one of the world’s best problem solvers, it's only fair you try to help solve some of its problems while you're at it.

SLP has watched this point be proved time and again over the years (you can read about some of our success stories right here in fact), because the fact can't be ignored - success is hard to come by; there's only room for those who'll make the most of it.

So the question I’d like to pose to you now is this: how big is your ambition?

Because if it’s bigger than just wanting to be the next hotshot on the block, you've come to exactly the right place.

Applications for the class of 2018/19 are now open.

SH. June 2019