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This article is not specific enough. There's a marked difference between "confidence" and "ego." 

An entrepreneur cannot afford to set aside confidence. As a leader, an entrepreneur can greatly inspire his or her employees by example; confidence in his/her ability, confidence in the product, confidence in the success of the business... Ego, on the other hand, is a cancerous growth of one's importance and self-worth. A company does fine without ego, and it can be hazardous to success.

Being "insecure" is the wrong word as well; what this article is really describing falls more on the lines of "humility." At what point does anyone want a leader who is insecure? When the business is sailing through unsteady waters, would you want a captain who will navigate through the storm, or a captain who jumps on the first life raft?

I'm not writing this response as a slam against the article; it's a good read, and if the words are replaced, would be more applicable. I just don't think it's right to tell an entrepreneur to stop being so confident. Tell that to JK Rowling, who had to go from one publisher to the next, being rejected each stop, until the 12th, to finally publish "Harry Potter." Or maybe KFC's Colonel Sanders, who had his chicken rejected by thousands of restaurant chains. Those are just some common examples of people who had confidence and learned from their mistakes.

You can be confident and humble. You cannot be egotistical and humble.

1 year, 2 months ago on Conversation @


Although I agree cloud computing is relatively new and users and developers alike will encounter many challenges, I never knew it could be so... epic. And to add to the mix, I am listening to a Hans Zimmer mashup as I read this article. This is the most intense article on cloud computing I've ever read.

2 years, 4 months ago on Lessons From The Hobbit: Cloud Computing Education