Hard work, luck, talent – these are the usual tired tropes paraded by entrepreneurs to explain their success (even though Malcolm Gladwell would disagree). They’ll talk about the number of hours they worked, the people they networked with, and that lucky meeting with the future seven figure client. What they won’t often talk about is another quality that so much of success depends on: faith.
Faith is a rather anomalous idea in the meritocratic, ‘sweat-of-my-brow’ world of entrepreneurship. As a word, it reeks of an archaic theism, a value that is asynchronous with the valley’s liberal ideals. But Faith is a much broader word – and a much broader concept – than can be whittled down to its theistic origins. It is an inexplicable, resolute belief in the value of something, even when all evidence points to the contrary.