Earnestness is an undervalued virtue, especially in the realm of startups. It signifies doing something for the right reasons and with unwavering commitment. In the startup world, where motives can be questionable, earnestness sets exceptional founders apart. It reflects a genuine interest in solving problems for their own sake, not just for fame or fortune. The earnest ones, often labeled as “nerds,” possess a powerful motivator—deep passion. While vulnerability accompanies earnestness, it becomes a source of strength in facing complex challenges. Embracing earnestness can lead to remarkable achievements, driving the convergence of intellectual curiosity and financial success.
Read the excellent article by Paul Graham about Earnestness here.