Difficult or Not, Follow Your Convictions

14 thoughts on “Difficult or Not, Follow Your Convictions”

  1. That’s a great article, Om. A refreshing reminder to stick to one’s convictions, especially today, when you see so many me-too companies out there trying to go after the latest fad.

    Although, you have to be willing to tweak and adapt a product continuously, within the realm of your convictions of course.

  2. Om, its a great message you are sending. Liam leads by example. And its also cool that he lives in Europe and is successful (not everyone has to live in Silicon Valley / S.F.)! This line of yours was a particularly great one:

    > Just because someone announced a new product or raised more funds, that
    > doesn’t mean your strategy is wrong.

    Have you ever noticed that some companies seem to need to brag louder than others when it comes to having raised funds? For example, “XYX just got funded by big name VCs” and such and such company as a result of this funding is going to rule the world etc. and its as if the authors of those press releases are also trying to make other people (who might be in the same competitive space) have an emotional reaction to feel diminished and intimidated. Indeed entrepreneurs should be proud of raising money and getting someone to invest and believe in them, but do some of them feel the need to boast more than others? My hypothesis is that the ones that tend to make more noise and brag are more often than not more deeply insecure about themselves from a corporate culture and self image. After all, if you have a great product and customers love you, then what else do you need and why do you need the adoration of peers, competitors, etc.? So all the more reason to underscore your point about being true to yourself (adjusting strategy if need be) and imagining what Liam has had to do all his life!

    1. Glad you enjoyed the piece. thanks for leaving your thoughtful comment.

      I do tend to agree with you, but many of the start-ups are using the names of their VCs and the big funds raised s a way to get attention. You have to remember these days, it is all about getting noticed in this super-crowded marketplace.

  3. Great post. Bookmarked. Thank you.

    I’m reminded of Steve Job’s 2005 Stanford commencement address. It’s on YouTube.

    “Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

    I had not heard of Bill. Thought provoking, indeed.

  4. Great post Om. To me a great post includes well written content, additional interesting links within the story and the desire to read the comments. Your stories always represent that.
    Not sure if you caught the NYT response by Grant Hill. He wrote about the fab five calling him and other Duke players “Uncle Tom”. What I loved in this post is his reference to a Latin term (on iPhone, no link) meaning “toward the building of character”. Both these articles have me thinking thoughtfully this weekend. Thank you.

  5. Good article, maybe a little over the top, but what does Liao use the 20 KW of solar thermal for, just heating water? I know of no small units that would convert the output to electricity, even tho he has the solar cells and wind mill. Plus what would the cost be for those units?

  6. As an lifelong professional environmentalist, it’s the simple things we do in our lives that set the course for future generations. We are the living brains and feet of the planet, we need to become the heart the connects brains to feet to save our planet which we are much a part of.

    Live with the heart connecting action of the feet to the brain to make a difference.

    Hal Lunsford

  7. Thanks, Om. Pieces like this are among the reasons why I think of GigaOM as more than a tech news site.

    San Francisco and Silicon Valley, where I’ve been living since January, are indeed noisy places. There are great opportunities here, but there are also many distractions.

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