I would like to propose we make Wile E Coyote the patron saint of entrepreneurs. I have given this a lot of thought, and I think he epitomises the qualities required to be an entrepreneur. Please allow me to explain myself, before you have me fitted for one of those lovely jackets that strap up at the back.
Wile E has a goal; to catch the roadrunner, we know this to be true. Now just consider for a moment how tenacious and unrelenting he is. Regardless of the episode you happen to be watching, ole' Wile E comes up with a multitude of ideas to catch the (rather smug and goading) roadrunner, implements those ideas full thrust, and goes from failure to unmitigated disaster without any loss of enthusiasm whatsoever. If that isn't the definition of an entrepreneur, then I don't know what is
My children adore these cartoons, whilst I watch them thinking “Oh my God, I've had days like that!” - when I'm thwarted at every thwartation, and a piano lands on my head when a plan comes unstuck. Okay, I may have made that last it up, but you get the gist of what I'm saying, and I bet you're agreeing with me?
Of course the not-so-secret secrets of being an entrepreneur are to 1) never lose focus and keep your eye on the prize, 2) implement your ideas and walk the walk, 3) give it 100% welly and expect to succeed, 4) laugh back in the face of ridicule and believe in yourself, and most importantly 5) never, ever quit.
Wile E always gets up off the dirt, dusts himself down and starts again with renewed vigor; always believing that one day he will catch the roadrunner. Maybe one day he will succeed, but only if he keeps trying. I hereby propose Wile E Coyote be acknowledged as patron saint of entrepreneurs, will someone else second my motion?