11 Important Things That Should Be on Every CEO's Wish List

11 Important Things That Should Be on Every CEO’s Wish List

What does every new founder need? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Brett Fox, Fmr CEO @ Touchstone Semiconductor, on Quora:

I'm going to start a new company. Yes, Genie. I know I'm crazy. And, I know I only get eleven wishes. With these eleven wishes, please grant me:

1. A great co-founder. Batman needed Robin. The Lone Ranger had Tonto. And every great founder needs at least one great co-founder. So please grant me a great co-founder. And please give me...

2. Wisdom. Decisions are never clear when you are CEO. There are multiple options and multiple paths. Please grant me the wisdom to decide on the right path. And, while you're at it, Genie, please give me ...

3. Grit. I know it's a tough road to success. I'm going to need grit and lots of it (read: What's The One Trait All Successful Entrepreneurs Have?) to hang in there during all the rough times ahead. Oh, and could you also grant me ...

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4. A reality distortion field. Like the one Steve Jobs had. Yeah. That would be useful, I think. You need to bend reality when you're starting a new company. Then it would be helpful if you could grant me...

5. A great network. Then I can recruit a great team to work with. You know. A team that is passionate, has integrity, is smart, and fits the company culture.

And since, we're on the subject of integrity. Genie, please grant me ...

6. A soul. Temptation is everywhere. And I never want to lose my integrity. Ever. Even if it means doing things that might hurt.



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