They’re not daunted by failure – Fear failure too much and you’ll have a hard time getting past breakfast.
They’re not daunted by rising before the sun does – Show me a successful lazy entrepreneur and I’ll show you a purple horse.
They’re not daunted by risk – Too much risk is seldom good – but nothing really innovatively great was ever accomplished without some degree of risk, often quite a bit.
They’re not daunted by responsibility – No choice but to take it, if you want the rewards that go with it.
They’re not daunted by conflict – Conflict is the currency of leadership – you have to be able to handle it effectively or others won’t want to follow.
They’re not daunted by what you can’t see with the naked eye – Vision in business means looking past the horizon to opportunity invisible to most.
They’re not daunted by bare forearms – As in the kind that go with rolled-up sleeves.
They’re not daunted by admitting fault– Too much hubris and you’ll have trouble working with others, which of course you need to in order to accomplish what you want to.
They’re not daunted by the unknown – That pretty much goes without saying.
The quality of being daunted, or not, has been on my mind, as I just read a wonderful book titled Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West, by Dorothy Wickenden. It’s the story of two Smith College grads who left the East to teach school in a remote settlement called Elkhead, in northwestern Colorado, in 1916. The book especially interested me, as my wife and I moved last year from the East to a spot near Elkhead.
In a phrase, those two young women had pioneer spirit. It was a good thing then and it is now. In new enterprises of all kinds.