That’s Paul Graham from yCombinator’s number one quality he looks for in start up founders.
Everything can and will go wrong, but drive and an unwillingness to accept defeat will see great founders through to success. It may not come on the first start-up, but it will eventually come.
Flexibility, imagination, naughtiness and friendship are his other four, but its no secret that he also looks for people that scare him slightly.
To me a scary person is someone who has such high levels of determination and imagination that you, or they, really don’t know what they cannot achieve. They back themselves to go all the way, and see you either as someone who is helping them get there or an obstacle that needs to be avoided or dealt with. Employing scary people is, well, scary – as you never quite know what’s going to happen. It won’t necessarily be comfortable, but comfort won’t change the world.