This is a subscriber-only article. Join Entrepreneur+ today for access

Learn More

Already have an account?

Sign in
Entrepreneur Plus - Short White
For Subscribers

Creativity vs. Hard Work: Which Matters More for Startup Success? Should entrepreneurs focus on hard work or creative ideas? Here's how founders can find a balance between hard work and creativity.

By Aytekin Tank Edited by Frances Dodds

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Westend61 | Getty Images

Since its 1986 launch, Pixar Animation Studios has become synonymous with creative storytelling, thanks to films like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, WALL-E, and Up. We also know the Pixar team spends years of focused effort to perfect every frame.

As my kids watched Incredibles 2 for the third time this week, I started questioning whether founders should prioritize hard work or creativity. What's the right balance? Which matters most for startups, both new and established?

These questions led me down a rabbit hole of conversations and research. I also thought about what I've learned from my own 15-year-old company, JotForm. Not only do most people have strong opinions on the topic, the answers aren't as straightforward as they might seem.

The rest of this article is locked.

Join Entrepreneur+ today for access.

Subscribe Now

Already have an account? Sign In