Nasir Ali, the president of the Technology Garden in Syracuse, sent me a great piece by Paul Graham ( a writer, entrepreneur and one of the partners in Y Combinator) called Be Relentlessly Resourceful. According to Mr. Graham, he “finally got being a good startup founder down to two words: relentlessly resourceful.”
By that he means a founder of a company must be “Not merely relentless. That's not enough to make things go your way except in a few mostly uninteresting domains. In any interesting domain, the difficulties will be novel. Which means you can't simply plow through them, because you don't know initially how hard they are; you don't know whether you're about to plow through a block of foam or granite. So you have to be resourceful. You have to have keep trying new things.”
For those really interested in starting up a business, take a look at Mr. Graham’s summer project.