In the closing scene of the movie, The Polar Express, Hero Boy’s sister finds one more Christmas present under the tree. If you don’t remember the scene, or didn’t see the movie, here it is.
We all know that entrepreneurs do not succeed unless they truly believe they will succeed. But it goes beyond themselves. They must also have people around them who believe – friends, family, co-founders, early employees, investors, etc. But that’s not easy.
It can be an uphill battle to find people who “get it” or to effectively communicate your vision so that they do. But, as we all know, those are two critical roles of any leader.
Every one of those people must hear the bell for a startup to succeed, and it’s the founders’ responsibility to find people who do. It’s also the founders’ responsibility to stay away from, or let go, those who don’t.