Everyone has heard it at least once of the infamous quote by Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn..." (look it up kids, it might just make your day). And that is the best damn advice I ever hear on how to go through to life and how to be successful in business. Do Donald Trump or Bill Gates or that insane Virgin guy, Sir Richard Branson, or some famous Malaysian, like Tony Fernandes, the AirAsia business owner, ever give a damn. Like they will ever stop doing what they think is right or what they think can make money from them every time they here someone say they cannot do it.
As lawyers, I have met a few of these people and I sometimes tell them the bad news when I say to them that they just can't do a particular thing because the law does not allow it. They can't build that property there as those lands has been tagged by the local council as agriculture. They can't get that approval as hundreds of entrepeneur before them had tried and failed. They couldn't do this. They couldn't do that. As a lawyer, that is my job. To tell them the law and let them decide. To put all those on paper and for them to find a way out of it.
Being the entrepeneur, they will rarely listen. They will still apply the license. Buy that land. Tie-up with that company. Buy into the equity of that company. They will be cocky at the right place and demand that they are entertained. If there is a need to pay anything, they are willing to spend. If there is a law needed to be amended, they will muster the strength and the staying power to do just that. Some even finally become politician as they want to make real difference. Some became great leaders due to this.
So, my dear? Do you still need to give a damn to get what you want?