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Success is complementary: Every great fortune starts with day when a creator of ideas and a seller of ideas got together

Entrepreneurial success depends on multiple ingredients and one must put all ingredients together in appropriate amount to get things right. For Ray Sata-“courage and the capacity to take risk are fundamental to entrepreneurship”; for PayPal co-founder Max Levchin entrepreneurship is not a bowling alone game. Max famously proclaimed-“try to have a good co-founder. I think it’s all about people, and, if you are doing it completely alone, it’s really hard”.


However, for entrepreneurs success is all about chemistry. It takes to mix complementary items together and play the team game well. It takes year to make an effort successful and one should make sure that his design is appropriate to get it all right. Indeed one should apply sufficient concern to start with complementary skills because generating great ideas is not enough, you need to sell them.

Napoleon Hill’s remark on complementary approach to success gives us a practical case to consider while starting-up:

The story of practically every great fortune starts with day when a creator of ideas and a seller of ideas got together and worked in harmony. Carnegie surrounded himself with men who could do all that he could not do. Men who created ideas and man who put ideas into operation, and made himself and the others fabulously rich.

Complement with How to be successful: 9 rules for success from British Novelist Amelia E. & On getting Ideas: Importance of keeping a personal journal/diary

Mohammad Ruhul Kader is a Dhaka-based entrepreneur and writer. He founded Future Startup, a digital publication covering the startup and technology scene in Dhaka with an ambition to transform Bangladesh through entrepreneurship and innovation. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, and society. He is the author of Rethinking Failure. His writings have been published in almost all major national dailies in Bangladesh including DT, FE, etc. Prior to FS, he worked for a local conglomerate where he helped start a social enterprise. Ruhul is a 2022 winner of Emergent Ventures, a fellowship and grant program from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He can be reached at ruhul@futurestartup.com

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