5. Ex­cep­tional in­tel­li­gence

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The en­trepreneur, although un­able to con­form to tra­di­tional struc­tures, is of aboveav­er­age in­tel­li­gence and cou­pled with a very strong self-be­lief, this may come off as ar­ro­gance. The abil­ity to see a risk as an op­por­tu­nity and make the leap from an idea to a busi­ness ven­ture takes a mod­er­ate amount of blind­ness to the ob­vi­ous pit­falls and a mind that op­er­ates on all kinds of lev­els si­mul­ta­ne­ously. A study con­ducted by the Kauff­man In­sti­tute showed that 75% of the 549 com­pany founders in the study ranked their aca­demic per­for­mance among the top 30% of their high school classes, and 52% said they ranked among the top 10%. In col­lege, 67% of the founders ranked among the top 30% of their un­der­grad­u­ate classes, and 37% ranked their per­for­mance among the top 10%.

In 1983, Dr Howard Gard­ner, from Har­vard Univer­sity, pos­tu­lated that the tra­di­tional def­i­ni­tion of in­tel­li­gence is too lim­ited and pro­posed that there are in fact eight in­tel­li­gences that cover the broad spec­trum of hu­man po­ten­tial.

One of the key defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics of en­trepreneurs is that they pos­sess more than one ap­ti­tude or in­tel­li­gence. Be­ing good with words, con­nect­ing eas­ily to peo­ple, hav­ing the ca­pac­ity to ref lect back on one­self and an­a­lyse mis­takes are all sep­a­rate in­tel­li­gences, ac­cord­ing to Gar­dener, and all are demon­strated by those dar­ing to call them­selves en­trepreneurs. So, when you next see a well­spo­ken, like­able person who hap­pens to be walk­ing his dogs while on the phone and wav­ing to passers-by, con­sider that you might have been in the pres­ence of the lesser-un­der­stood, achieve­ment-seek­ing, risk-tak­ing en­trepreneur.

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