My list of natural tendencies to avoid:
Nature: linear relationships
Social world: exponential relationships
Why someone achieves 10,000x more than another cannot be because they work 10,000x harder, but because they take advantage of exponents (through leverage).
=> Entrepreneurs, especially in tech, must think exponentially, not linearly
The problem in the past: not enough food, resources, info. Led to conflict and competition. Zero-sum.
Today, everything is abundant. Default action should be collaboration. Positive-sum.
=> Entrepreneurs should share their ideas, collaborate, learn in public (and not limit themselves because they think ideas/success are scarce)
In the past:
Today, fit body, good relationships, riches, success... Everything is possible, but only if you stick with it and think long-term.
=> Think long-term, stay patient, don't look at the results too frequently
Caring about others’ opinions was beneficial in a tribe of 150, not so much in a tribe of 7 billion.
If an investor doesn't appreciate your business, your life expectancy won't go down.
=> Don't rely on others' opinions. If they agree it's a good idea, it's already too late and the market is saturated. Trust your vision and gain feedback, but don't be overly impacted by negative comments.
Fear in the past: “Was that a lion roaring 2 meters from me? Or just my hunting mate’s hungry stomach?”
Fear today: “If my business fails, my mother-in-law will think I'm no good.”
Most fear today is not life-preserving but self-limiting.
=> It's okay to feel fear, but it's not okay to be limited by it. Do it regardless. You'll still be alive afterwards.
What would you add to the list? Bonus points if you can explain WHY it's a natural tendency to us and WHY it doesn't serve entrepreneurs today.