For the last decade or so, I run unofficial survey in all my classes
And I ask my students, you don’t have to participate but I’m curious,
How many of you come from dysfunctional families, raise your hands
And probably I’d say that a third to a half in a hardcore entrepreneurship class raise their hand
And then I tell them that probably for the first time in their lives, they have a competitive advantage over quote normal people.
And the reason why is survivors have almost been part of scientific experiment to see what happens to people who can survive chaos on a daily basis for their entire lives.
And what the outcome is, is a type of personality that when stuff melting down, bullets are flying, things are changing on daily basis, whatever.
And everybody else who grew up in a normal household is ahh, People came from dysfunctional family go:
OK, it’s like a normal day for me.
And in fact it gives them the competitive edge in the chaos that is a startup
But what happens, it turns out when things start succeeding, and the company moves from chaotic search into repeatable process and execution,
that’s when these people feel most uncomfortable, and start throwing hand grenades into their own company to keep the chaos going.
And every time I suggest that all of a sudden you see a couple of people going,
that explains my boss, or that explains you know what I’m doing
“我的老板就是这样呀” 或者 “我就是这样呀”
and so it’s kind of interesting to watch patterns in organizations as well as patterns in searching for business models.