People say you have to have a lot of passion for what you’re doing, and it’s totally true. And the reason is because it’s so hard that if you don’t, any rational person would give up. It’s really hard. And you have to do it over a sustained period of time. So, if you don’t love it and you’re not really having fun doing it, you’re going to give up. That’s what happens to most people. If you look at the ones that ended up being “successful” in the eyes of society and the ones that didn’t, often times the ones that were successful loved what they did so they could persevere when it got really tough. And the ones that didn’t really love it, quit because they’re sane.
Who would want to put up with this stuff if you don’t love it? So it’s a lot of hard work and it’s a lot of worrying constantly. If you don’t love it, you’re going to fail. You have to love it and you have to have passion. And I think that is the high order bit. The second thing is: you have to be a really good talent scout, because no matter how smart you are you need a team of great people. You have to figure out how to size people up fairly quickly, make decisions without knowing people too well and hire them, while seeing how you do and refining your intuition. And be able to build an organization that will eventually just build itself, because you need great people around you.”