‘The sociologist Alejandro Portes observes about modern economic migrants that they tend to be entrepreneurial in spirit; the passive stay home. This migratory dynamism was built into mediaeval goldsmithing.’*
“We didn’t just want to make lists of cool things we could do. The goal was to identify passionate people who would take ideas forward. We wanted to put people with clever insights in front of Pixar’s executive team.”**
It’s not about some people being passive and others being entrepreneurial.^ It’s about noticing where we’re passive and where we’re entrepreneurial.
A characteristic of being human is that we strive. We have to overcome something, and we take risks in order to do this.^^
Striving and risks are the the means by which we create the best human stories when they recognise the spine or narrative arc of our personal story.
It doesn’t matter that I might stay at home when it comes to the thing you’re excited about; the important thing is that you don’t stay home, that you travel to the edges and bring your discoveries home for everyone.
(*From Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman.)
(**Tom Porter, quoted in Ed Catmull’s Creativity, Inc..)
(^Admittedly, some people do passively go through the entirety of their lives, whilst others go through their lives pushing, pushing, pushing.)
(^^Taking risks looks different on the inside for the person undertaking it, than for the person looking in from the outside. In Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder, Jim Clifton and Sangeeta Bharadwaj Badal list six things risk-takers do in order to mitigate risk: they know what they know and what they don’t know; take incremental risks; watch out for the “confirmation bias;” imagine various scenarios to see possible futures; do not gamble; and, ignore the unimportant projects.)