Randy Komisar, a successful entrepreneur and now a partner at Kleiner Perkins, wrote a powerful book called The Monk and the Riddle. Published back in 2000, Randy’s book is a must read. Anyone serious about launching his or her own company should definitely read this book. I first read it as a reading assignment for one of my classes at Babson College. I finished the book in one sitting.
Here’s a quotation from the book regarding risk that has stuck with me for the past several years and to this day helps me fuel my entrepreneurial ambition:
“Personal risks include the risk of working with people you don’t respect; the risk of working for a company whose values are inconsistent with your own; the risk of compromising what’s important; the risk of doing something you don’t even care about; and the risk of doing something that fails to express- or even contradicts- who you are. And then there is the most dangerous risk of all- the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet can you buy yourself the freedom to do it later.”