Entrepreneurs with the Killer Instinct

Whenever I talk to successful entrepreneurs, I like to hear the origination story. Why did you start the company? What lessons have you learned along the way? Any near death experiences or crazy things you had to do to make it succeed? That last question is especially interesting in that it almost always reveals incredibly difficult times entrepreneurs have to go through before achieving success. Part of it is grinding it out, part is making personal sacrifices, and part is doing whatever it takes to make things work.

I like to call these collective traits the entrepreneurial killer instinct. Here are a few questions to potentially discern the killer instinct:

  • How many companies have you started that didn’t work out? What happened to them?
  • What personal sacrifices did you make to help the business succeed?
  • What are you willing to do to make this new startup successful?
  • Why are you the one that’s going to win?

Building a successful company is incredibly hard. After talking to a number of entrepreneurs that have succeeded, the most common element among them is this killer instinct.

What else? What are some more thoughts on this idea that successful entrepreneurs have a killer instinct?

3 thoughts on “Entrepreneurs with the Killer Instinct

  1. Successful entrepreneurs have to have a killer instinct otherwise they will not be successful. There are unfortunately to many naysayers in the world and you have to have that focus not caring what others think or what others tell you to be successful.

  2. Great post David. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on how the killer instinct in a first time entrepreneur applies to building a team. If this is their first time and they may not have had the track record of trials most do, how does their intensity (and approach) on building a great early team way in on your opinion?

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