The Power of Giving a F**k

June 2018 — #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.

It’s a huge market too - in the UK alone, 700,000 new companies were formed last year, generating £1.8tn of sales. In fact, 60% of the private sector’s GDP is created by small and medium businesses alone.

But there are just as many (and probably more), that fail too.

I believe what separates the two is having a bigger ambition in going it alone – the need to give something back to the world, change it for the better, rather than just wanting to take it over. 

After all, as one of the world’s best problem solvers, don’t you owe it to the world to at least try to help solve some of the world’s problems?  There is a powerful network effect.

The truth is that if your motivations are purely material - to prove something to your parents, peers, perhaps even your thirteen-year-old self, it’s not going to work. 

The material benefits of thinking differently must be the by-product – never the goal.

Over the last 12 years SLP has watched this point be proved time and again – you can read about some of our success stories right here. 

But for now, the question I’d like to pose to you is, how big is your ambition?

Because if it’s bigger than just wanting to be the next hotshot on the block, we’d love to help. 

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

SH. June 2018