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Earnestness

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Paul Graham
Paul Graham
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Earnestness: a passion for a topic or business driven not by the potential for beneficial outcomes but rather for the journey and topic itself. - Earnestness in a founder is an underrated trait - An entrepreneurs who is not only talented and formidable but also earnestly passionate about their business area will be more resilient and relentless in pursuing it, as opposed to someone pursuing a business objective for wealth or fame - A genuine interest in something is a powerful motivator and is likely why nerds in high school become bosses later in life - they are more willing to sacrifice to achieve their goal - Naivety, stemming from earnest, helps founders sidestep institutional pessimism - Naivety, a subtrait of earnestness, can be beneficial as one will blindly tackle the problem, believing there must be a solution - This can overcome institutional realism which often blocks attempts at solving difficult problems deemed impossible

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