I wanted to add another type of post to my blog. I have been reading a lot. I brought two books from the states with me to Israel, but I have already read those two plus another two books that I bought in Israel. The books I enjoy reading are informational and educational books. I feel like it would be a great idea to share some things I learned from these books to all of you. Let me know what you think!!
Israel: located in the Middle East, surrounded by neighboring countries that we do not have the greatest relationships with. Since the creation of the Israeli State in 1948, the people of Israel have had to overcome so much adversity. The typical stereotype for a Jewish career is a doctor, accountant, or lawyer, but for someone living in Israel, you have to add entrepreneur. What makes Israel, and the people of Israel so keen to be the home of the most amount of start-up companies in the world. In the book Start-Up Nation by Dan Senor and Saul Singer, the "Why?" and "How?" questions were all answered. The number of start ups in Israel are just mind-boggling. Numbers do show you the proof, but they do not give the reasoning. In my opinion, I believe the land and the people have a huge role in the reasoning. It is not luck at all. The lesson I will be focusing on is the Israeli chutzpah, and how that gives Israelis the upper hand when owning their own business.
Look at the image above. What do all of these companies have in common? These are all companies that were first started in Israel. How crazy is that? The people of Israel think of idea after idea that make our lives better. The personality of Israelis is really unique. Israelis have a ton of persistence. A more local way to explain this is the word chutzpah. Chutzpah is a Yiddish word that pretty much means to have guts. This is probably one of the biggest culture shocks that will hit someone when they are living in Israel for the first time. I sure have felt it. Having guts is an amazing quality to have, especially as an entrepreneur because guts are needed in order to succeed. Having chutzpah gives you the ability think outside the box, while also giving you the ability to question authority. Israelis know that some rules are meant to be bent, while other rules are meant to be broken. These abilities have lead to some amazing innovations in Israel, like the companies above. Dov Frohman, the founder of Intel Israel, talked about innovation, saying that it is usually "the fear of loss often proves more powerful than the hope of gain" that really drives the Israeli people to succeed. It is not until failure is right around the corner, when you know you have to change your thought process. Everyone is going to fail at one point in their life or another. Actually, all of us will fail multiple times, that is if we take risks in life. Entrepreneurs, especially will experience failure. Looking at the quote from Frohman, lets relate it to when a company is about to fail, or when a military has to adjust its mission on a moments notice. When failure is about to happen someone may just give up and allow failure to happen. For Israelis, they will not give up, they will do whatever it takes to succeed. There is such a drive for Israelis that is is not uncommon for an Israeli lower down of that so called "ladder of authority" to question their superiors. Instead of just asking why they are doing what they were told, they will propose something different that they believe is a better approach. This allows for the ability to collaborate no matter the persons position. When everyone has the ability to speak their mind you never know who is going to have the next big idea. You would never have that ability to questions authority back in the United States. In my opinion, I find it sad that people pull rank. It is so hard to succeed on your own, working as a team and collaborating can really make a difference. I firmly believe we all have some chutzpah in us. Find that inner chutzpah and step outside your comfort zone because you never know what type of impact you can make.
That is just one small reason on why Israel is the Start-Up Nation. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I have really enjoyed learning what makes Israel such an amazing country. I look forward to sharing with you other things I have learned.