In this post I want to reflect about a key issue on every entrepreneurs life that not necessarily has something to do with the business itself.
It’s about the backbone of the entrepreneur.
It’s about the backup that every entrepreneur should have.
It’s about Alfred Pennywoth.
This rollercoaster of dealing with an honest self-assessment makes it sometimes difficult to judge the own performance. An admiring but objective look from the outside is needed. Sooner or later also the best Entrepreneurs will need some guidance and help throughout their projects. Aspects that give a clear input on basic thoughts rather than execution work.
So what makes Alfred Pennyworth being the perfect backup?
Different Point of View
No matter how this support looks like – try to embrace all advices that your close ones will share with you. They are the ones that have the biggest interest in you and the fewest expectations to receive something in return.
The consequence is that their situation is far beyond a simple boss-employee relationship. That enables Alfred to talk about serious matters that may go against the will of Bruce Wayne. As I described, it isn’t a usual relationship that they maintain. Speaking honestly means saying things the other person doesn’t really want to hear.
Furthermore, it can also find expression in a behaviour of acting in others interests and favours in order not to hurt them (think about the letter of Rachel that was hidden by Alfred on purpose). Therefore, don’t be insulted or personally offended by tips or hints. Especially if they come from people that have a genuine interest in you. If they are close companions of yours you should appreciate that they show courage to tell you their point of view and give you an honest feedback – be sure that it’s not going to be easy for them either.
Arguably, that killing others is a general matter that doesn’t catch a lot of understanding by others. However, it reveals something else. That others are treated with respect. Nevertheless, a certain behaviour by others is strictly rejected and will be condemned if it goes against principles and moral values.
Despite different point of views that Bruce and Alfred might have to sort out from time to time, at the end of the day they are both standing on the same side. They represent one team and one believe.
To see the „benefits“ of this relationship is quiet obvious: In Alfred Pennyworth Bruce has found someone who dedicated his life to him in order to try protecting him in every way he can excluding the execution. This is very much what also every Entrepreneur should looking forward to have. A companion or a group of reliable people that don’t turn your back on you when it goes hard on hard. Sometimes it’s especially those people that enable you to open up a new perspective that is often not visible while you are involved in your business.
This post was originally published November 3, 2013.