July 30, 2013, 4:21 p.m. ET
Who Moved My Fortune?
Some entrepreneurs want to do good. Many more are driven by a chip on the shoulder, a desire for revenge, a distaste for authority.
PHILIP DELVES BROUGHTON
Successful entrepreneurs, in my experience, are tenacious, hardheaded and creative. They persist with their ideas long after others might have given up, and they are good at persuading clients, partners and investors to take a chance. Like successful people in any field, they are driven by a powerful inner need, sometimes positive, like the hunger to do something entirely original, but often less appealing: a large chip on the shoulder, a desire for revenge, a distaste for authority and in many cases flat-out greed. “The Social Network,” David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin’s 2010 movie about the founding of Facebook, gave a good sense of how all these forces churned inside Mark Zuckerberg: the sense of social insecurity at Harvard; the delight in confronting authority; and the ruthless unwillingness to share equity. Read more of this post