A truly great post by Anthony Tjan, It's a most read.
The late Oscar Levant — American pianist, composer, actor, hypochondriac, and world-class neurotic — once remarked, "There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased that line." As Levant saw it, this blur gave him creative impetus. Just as Levant achieved renown by navigating the lighter and darker sides of his imagination, couldn't the same be said of great entrepreneurs?
To be truly great, entrepreneurs need to be a little...out there. After all, fearless creativity, maverick thinking and risk taking seldom show up in the middle of the bell curve. As venture capitalists, we see our fair share of aspiring and veteran entrepreneurs, and have often wondered if the man or woman standing before us was brilliant, deluded, or a combination of the two. In one of my previous posts, I explored the relationship between our strengths and weaknesses and how they are often one in the same: your strength is often your weakness and your weakness is often your strength. The goal is to find the optimal balance between the two.
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