Reading the book “Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World,” by Deborah Perry Piscione, I obtained a new perspective on ideals. She discusses the Silicon Valley´s entrepreneur characteristics, which are distinct from other entrepreneurs in the world, and in fact, they are. I faced huge cultural differences when doing business with people from other countries.
According to her, a SiliconValley´s entrepreneur:
• Is passionate about what he develops – in other words, doesn´t work for money but instead for the pleasure of being creating something.
• Is authentic – he has his beliefs, he isn´t conformist.
• Is moved by ideas- believes in unlikely solutions.
• Likes to take risks – the most known characteristic of entrepreneurs.
• Trustworthy – in an opened and collaborative environment, such as the Silicon Valley, it is vital, to be honest and reliable to be part of the ecosystem.
• Is resilient – to withstand the pressure of expectation, risk, and uncertainty, resilience is substantial.
If one of the above-discussed characteristics applies to me is the fact that ideas move me. I am crazy about new solutions. Reading this part of the book, I gained insights into new ways of dealing with ideas. Ideas, opposed to what many of my friends in Brazil believe, are commodities.
Ideas aren´t worth anything; I already said that. And it´s because of it that in Silicon Valley they´re traded, consumed and improved.
Being moved by ideas is to be immersed and surrounded by an environment where ideas can be exchanged, validated and strengthened. An idea´s a concept or a mental impression.
In a place where everything is possible, any idea is crazy. It may even be a dream, but the dream comes true. For that, effort and determination are enough. If ideas fascinate you, it´s already a big step to be a Silicon Valley-style entrepreneur. Share your ideas, strengthen your creativity.