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An inspiration both in life and after: 5 lessons entrepreneurs can learn from Professor Stephen Hawking

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However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.- Stephen Hawking.

An inspiration both in life and after: 5 lessons entrepreneurs can learn from Professor Stephen Hawking

On 14th March 2018, the world lost one of its most cherished people, Stephen William Hawking. He was a world-famous theoretical physicist and cosmologist who received recognition in the field of cosmology, quantum physics, black holes, and the nature of space and time. He had an unquenchable zest for life. His approach to obstacles and problems left a lot to learn from. Here are but a few ways in which entrepreneurs can learn the art of success.

 The importance of a sense of humour
Hawking’s sense of humour and his positivity is an important aspect to consider when looking to do well as an entrepreneur. Laughter stimulates lateral thinking. Under the acts of such pressure that business tends to put on people, one can learn to induce a sense of humour within. Stephen Hawking was known for his cheerful demeanour even at his worst days. Happier companies mean happier employees which in turn mean happier customers. It’s a mantra to live by. To be able to laugh even during times that your business doesn’t flourish is the key to good business. As Hawking famously said, “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny”.

 Embrace your imperfections
One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist. Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist. This is yet another quote put across by the wise Stephen Hawking. Imperfection is the key to being unique. It is the key to knowing that there is no wrong or right but just perfection or imperfection wherein both teach different aspects of life. Being an entrepreneur too requires a person to believe in art, to see differently and to accept what is imperfect. To look for what could be better in something brings upon more successful entrepreneurs.

To be grateful
You can never be a successful entrepreneur without learning the art of appreciation.
“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus” This quote is from an interview published in The New York Times in December 2004. Hawking learnt to take his drawbacks and appreciate them enough and it became his power. To be grateful is to learn to accept things as they are. There will come a time when failure would be a constant affair but failure is a way to success and to be able to incorporate that thought into your business will be equivalent to achieving a milestone.

Never give up
Hawking had a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of motor neurone, also known as ALS, which gradually paralysed him over the decades. He learnt it the hard way that life can put you in situations that might not always be pleasant but it’s up to you to turn it into your strength and proceed. Being an entrepreneur means being able to proceed despite of hardships and daily obstacles. As he said, “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. However difficult life may seem there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

To be independent
Stephen Hawking once said, “I’m an atheist in 2014 during an interview with Pablo Jauregui, a journalist from El Mundo, a Spanish language newspaper. He didn’t believe in religion. It depicted how independently thoughtful he was. It isn’t a matter of whether we should believe in God; it is about having our own views about things and believing in what we stand for. Business is a ground that requires facts and reality at its best. To be able to make your own decisions and have your own judgement behind certain things shows how independently well you can make it as an entrepreneur.

These are a few ways in which an entrepreneur can learn to flourish in his/her field. The lessons put forth are inspired by how Stephen Hawking led his life, so gracefully, teaching everyone the art of success and happiness, even in times that see no light.