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Genius entrepreneurs had their super-power sources of intelligence?

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It does seem so, so make these sources work for you …

Are all successful entrepreneurs — think the Sergei Brins and the Jack Mas of this world, from the lost continent of Atlantis? Or have I on this pleasant calm mostly silent morning, gone completely batty —lost it?

All I’m saying is that there is a case to be made that successful entrepreneurs of our time tap into some mystic force of the universe. To cap that, here is a clincher to that premise: tap into that universal mystical force, and you will be a successful entrepreneur too.

All hokey — much baloney?

“Sergey Brin is the co-founder of Google and quite a yoga enthusiast as he is into acrobatic yoga. He credits yoga with mental and physical stability in his life.”

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If you want or make a list of yoga-enthusiast CEOs, you could add Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, Rattan Tata of Tata, and Arian Huffington founder of Huffington Post and CEO of Strive Global.

The practice of Yoga is said to help people tap into hidden intelligence, but rather than elaborate further on the mystic powers of yoga, let’s extrapolate on the idea I opened with — are successful entrepreneurs deriving their core intelligence from some other place, a hidden reservoir, an unknown location, which, maybe, we can advisedly call ‘the lost continent of Atlantis?’

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Whichever hidden reservoir the wizards of business are tapping into, you should tap into it too …

I got the idea of tech wizards emerging from the debris of a long lost and forgotten continent after a read of the book Many Mansions by Gina Cerminara, in which the author writes that many of the tech wizards of today have chosen to be reborn thousands of years after they lived and died in the lost continent of Atlantis. You don’t have to believe in any of this. It could merely be your useful metaphor for the concept of genius entrepreneurs emerging suddenly among us in this day and age. Having said that, here is something to mull over:

Just because you or I don’t believe in past lives, or Aliens, or the Lost Continent of Atlantis, or even Nirvana, doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. Here is another great book by Rizwan Virk that discusses these topics.

But yet, it’s not my idea to make you believe in rebirth, or Atlantis or aliens or even Nirvana. The idea is to think about the fact that most successful entrepreneurs particularly of the disruptive model, such as the Sergei Brins or even the Richard Bransons and Steve Jobses don’t operate from the level of human intelligence that we normally chalk up as the source of their genius. They tap into a spiritually resonant reservoir if you will, which may be called a ‘universal hidden intelligence’ a la the Yogic tradition.

I’d say if they tap into a superpower, so should you. It’s all there is to the idea. You can take what you want of the Yoga, and the rebirth and Atlantis. The kernel of my thought is that their vision comes from an altogether separate place, which most nuts and bolts entrepreneurs seem to have locked up in closed minds, unfortunately.

If the most visionary entrepreneurs are from all over the place, doesn’t it stand to reason that their work coalesces as a meeting of minds?

According to Adria Hernandez:

  • “40% of the largest U.S. companies (like Google, Intel, Pfizer, Proctor & Gamble, Ebay…) where founded by either immigrants or their children.”

  • “51% of current U.S. ‘unicorns’ ($1+ billion startups) are founded by immigrants. Of these, immigrants make up over 70% of key management or product development positions.”

If the top tier of visionary entrepreneurship is from all over the planet, location seriously does not matter in the startup game. Brains and vision come from every remote pocket in which human talent flourishes on the planet. I take that to be a pointer to the fact that there is an ingathering of vision from diverse places, pointing to an extraordinary passage in time in which people of extraordinary vision and skills meet. If you believe in rebirth, you might say they had all met previously when they lived in Atlantis, but you don’t have to go there. This is an exciting time in the historical continuum of creative entrepreneurship, and visionaries come from all over the planet probably because intelligence is not location-based, and business intelligence doesn’t come from graduate school. It comes from the super reservoirs of intelligence these avatars tap into.

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Conventional learning sources are almost anathema to genius entrepreneurs

Some of the wealthiest and most influential entrepreneurs in the world dropped out of college.

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg all left college before they could collect their diplomas. Peter Thiel even encourages talented students to drop out of college by funding a scholarship that awards recipients with $100,000 if they quit.

If entrepreneurs were in a hurry to drop out of college and work on their visions of change, obviously they were not keen on drawing from available sources of knowledge. It’s one more pointer to the fact that these folk had their hidden reservoirs of intelligence. I’d say that if those reservoirs were ‘not of this world’ (i.e: College, or wherever learning is at a premium …), they must have been from some other place i.e: an unknown reservoir of intelligence.

Effectual reasoning of the entrepreneur is summed up well by the American computer scientist, Alan Curtis Kay, who said – “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

Genius entrepreneurs are generally impatient, and they seem to eschew the ways of the world. It’s easy to romanticize those traits of course, but what I’ve done in the foregoing parts of this article is to, at the very least, broach the idea that they are probably not conventional in the way they use their powers of reasoning and imagination. It’s a subject that needs deeper study but for now, at least I hope you could take away the idea, and build on it.

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Rajpal Abeynayake
Practicing attorney at law, and contributing writer to South China Morning Post and Nikkei Asian Review. Public Affairs and Public Relations consultant. As an attorney at law, he practices in the Supreme Court and Appeal Court of Sri Lanka and has specialized in public interest litigation. Rajpal was the Editor in Chief of the Sunday Observer and the Daily News published in Colombo Sri Lanka, and the Lakbimanews English language weekly, of which he was the founder editor. He has been previously published in the Singapore Straits Times regularly and was an opinion writer whose column won him the Editors’ Guild Columnist of the Year award. He was a member of the World Association of Newspapers' Facebook expert group. AMIC (Asia Media Information and Communications Centre) has curated a collection of papers he wrote and presented on media-related issues. A short audiobook written by him on China and the so-called digital firewall is available in Audible. Rajpal writes across genres and is passionate about raising important issues facing underprivileged communities, wherever they may be. He believes in empowering people through his writing. More can be read here www.rajpalabeynayake.com

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