Friday, July 8, 2011

A Vision that Inspires

The vision of an entrepreneur is critical for any start up to succeed. By envisioning the possibilities, feasibilities and greatness of the idea/technology/product/purpose, we can inspire others to follow and make the impossible, possible.

An entrepreneur sees what others don’t see, that’s why they take risks in travelling down paths which many dare not travel. Their faith and believes drives them to build enterprises which aggressively seeks out service gaps in the market or to bring us innovations which were never thought possible.

I find the following quote most inspiring,

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplating it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” 
-          Antonie de Saint-Exupery, the author of The Little Prince

Just like the simple rock pile, an idea ceases to be a simple idea the moment someone envisions that it can be of great value.

The purpose of the vision is to set the grand direction which the organization should take. When done correctly, it has the power to motivate, inspire and highlight the core purpose of the organization.

Especially for enterprises in their early start up stage, where many uncertainties surround the enterprise, it is crucial for all members to have aligned vision and be constantly reminded of it.

Therefore, be positive and optimistic when setting your vision. For it is a great tool at times of difficulties, in reminding us of the initial purpose, ideas and dreams we had. 

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