I think the best entrepreneurs have just the right amount of naivety… It’s just enough so they believe they can do it, but not so much that they’re too ignorant to make it happen.
The best entrepreneurs probably skirt the border of naivety throughout the growth of their companies. Perhaps they know that with the right level of naivety they’ll continue to lean into doing things that what would otherwise seem impossible.
The right amount of naivety has probably been a factor in some of the biggest success stories of our generation. I mean who in their right and rational mind of experience and influence would take on the incumbent paradigms that have been upturned over the past 20 years. Imagine over those 20 years how many Founders were told by friends, family, colleagues or investors that they’re wrong or it won’t work or they just don’t know what they’re talking about.
Perhaps in a world where you’re trying to achieve the conceivably impossible, the wisest way to be is naive.