Insights: What’s the deal with entrepreneurs and manifestation?

entrepreneurs and manifestation
Alesandra (Sasha) Temerte

How do entrepreneurs do it? You know — make something out of nothing?

If you’ve opened any social media platform in the past six months, you’ve probably come across the term “manifestation,” or the idea that you can bring your goals into reality through repeated thoughts and belief.

This may come as a surprise, but manifestation isn’t new.

Good news: It works. And it is so much more than just an online trend.

Long before social media gave “manifestation” a viral name, the concept had been used by the richest entrepreneurs in history. Think Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and any other name you associate with wealth.

So who coined it first?

Spiritual teenagers on TikTok?

Or the 1%?

Simply put, manifestation has been around for centuries, passed along as the secret to wealth through books like Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.

In Think and Grow Rich, Hill wrote that “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” Strong desire and genuine belief (not to be confused with mere hoping or wishing) tricks the subconscious mind into transmuting these thoughts into reality.

Hill claimed that the subconscious mind is closely linked to the universe, and that by influencing your subconscious beliefs, you can “manifest” wealth and success.

Essentially, your subconscious thoughts become your conscious way of life which becomes actions that bring you closer to accomplishing your dreams. But without first convincing your subconscious, you cannot find or claim the necessary opportunities to achieve your goals.

The effect compounds significantly when these desires are written down and repeated daily.

And this is how the entrepreneurs we know and love — the end-all, be-all of making something out of nothing — can manifest their business ideas. At their deepest core, they believe in their abilities to overcome any obstacle that stands between them and growth.   

Napoleon Hill put it best: “There are no limitations to the mind except those that we acknowledge.”

If you have an idea brewing within you, take this chance to secure the very opportunities you’ve been dreaming of manifesting.

Contact Syracuse University’s Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars for help developing your idea into a business or check out our competitions to secure funding.

By Blackstone LaunchPad Orange Ambassador Alesandra (Sasha) Temerte ‘23, Coronat Scholar, Renée Crown Honors