Brian Braudis’ 1-Minute Morning Memo: October 9, 2017 – Columbus, in recognition of his holiday

Columbus American Entrepreneur

It’s October so let’s look at Columbus.

Columbus is the archetype of the American entrepreneur. He’s like the modern-day Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Columbus boasted that he would change the world, make the world a better place and get rich doing it.

He was the perfect entrepreneur for the task of finding America. He applied himself through these well-known, classic entrepreneurial traits.

  • Persistence. After years of planning his voyages Columbus was turned down for funding countless times by the Kings of Portugal, France, and England.
  • Resourcefulness. Most entrepreneurs prepare and deliver an elevator pitch for funding. Columbus prepared and delivered a 15-year sales pitch, the King and Queen of Spain eventually provided funding.
  • Enthusiasm. Columbus talked excitedly about the gold and riches he would discover and bring back.
  • Belief. Even though he underestimated the size of Earth and over estimated the size of Asia, he received funding. Columbus’s strong-minded belief generated belief from others, especially his backers.

It is said that Columbus was over the top

Columbus was manic?
People say Columbus was hyper. He was over the top. Some scholars say Columbus had faith in himself that was abnormal and irrational. They say he had a habit of squelching doubt. Columbus was bewildered by others’ skepticism of his ideas and his plan.

Columbus represents modern-day entrepreneurialism to the tee because the entrepreneurs who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are usually the ones who do.

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes … the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. … You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. … They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.   American Entrepreneur, Steve Jobs