What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? The spirit of a pirate combined with the discipline of a Navy SEAL, according to Bill Aulet SM ’94.

Aulet, the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, recently appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” to talk about the pirate/SEAL split personality.

“It is this dichotomy that makes for great entrepreneurs,” Aulet told the hosts. “It is not just this craziness. It is actually that they execute like hell when they get down to it.”

Aulet, who is also a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, is the author of a new book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup.

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  1. I have to agree with Bill Aulet. Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy. The fact is, is that being an entrepreneur is right down hard and when it gets tough, because it will, you have to muster the intestinal fortitude to hold on until it gets better. You have not choice but to execute. It is the epitome of being responsible for the most results based activity of your life.

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