Entrepreneurship is a lifestyle that requires more than discipline, focus and determination. It also requires love, forgiveness and heart. Conveying such a message can be a daunting task.
Reporting on business regulation isn’t always sexy, discussing tax policy is often dry, and illustrating creative destruction can be tricky. Non-fiction reports rarely deliver powerful stories of entrepreneurism.
According to entrepreneur and author Kamal Ravikant, that’s why fiction storytelling is vital to messaging the importance of free markets – because using storytelling as an instructional and educational tool for relating to others is a tale as old as time.
In an episode of the Freedom Fast Lane podcast with Ryan Moran, Ravikant explained the important role fiction work plays in telling stories that other mediums of communication are unable to do. Ravikant, the author of the new fiction book, Rebirth: A Fable of Love, Forgiveness, and Following your Heart, recants some of his particularly memorable experiences as an entrepreneur in the podcast with Moran.
According to Ravikant, such experiences as the ones he’s had as an entrepreneur are best told through fiction. Just as fiction authors often write tales that illustrate ethical decisions and the importance on values, fictional stories of entrepreneurship teach life lessons.
News reports and business analysis don’t always do justice to the sacrifices made by entrepreneurs – but fictional stories can.
As an entrepreneur, individuals face personal challenges by making their own way in life. It’s the crazy ideas and dreams of entrepreneurs that innovate the marketplace, according to Ravikant.
Fictional stories of personal fear and triumph illustrate the reaction entrepreneurs have to market conditions – it’s how they operate. It’s also how innovation works. Such narratives illustrate the intricacies of the free market. Those fictional tales are something the human brain actually responds to.
In this tell-all podcast, Ravikant opens up about the struggles and victories that entrepreneurs face. The author and investor shares stories of advice he received from Elon Musk, his perspective on trusting repeat entrepreneurs, and the nature of personal challenges in leading a business.