Lately, you might have been wondering about finding out more information on Pasquale Romano, the CEO of ChargePoint. This is especially true if you have a tendency to follow things about global warming, the environment, and how we can reduce our footprint on it. As it turns out, this isn't the only interesting thing about Romano. Keep reading to find out 10 things more that make him stand out.
1. He’s always been good at seeing opportunity where others don’t
There is no question that he has always been able to turn virtually anything into an opportunity, even when other people don't see any way to make it happen. That is one of the things that truly sets him apart from everybody else. He makes it a point to see how he can change things for the better, even when the only thing that other people see is despair or desolation. That fact alone has allowed him to make great strides both in his professional and his personal life.
2. He’s changing the way the world operates
Some people go to work to make a paycheck and others go to work because they truly want to do something that will change their little corner of the world. No one would ever argue the fact that he is doing exactly that, especially when you consider the fact that he is solely responsible for the company that has put more than 130,000 charging stations for electric automobiles throughout the state of California. That is definitely making a positive change in the world, one in which he is determined to see continue.
3. He’s used to doing things that others say can’t be done
For years, people have told him that certain things just can't be done. They have said that he would do well for himself to throw in the towel, find something more mainstream, and stop thinking about all of these futuristic ideas with his head in the clouds. As it turns out, one of the things that galvanizes him is listening to other people tell him that something is impossible. For him, it's like a challenge. When someone says that something can't be done, he makes it his sole goal in life to prove that they are wrong. According to him, it's sort of like being in a situation where you really want to do something, yet no one really believes in you and keeps trying to talk you out of it. That's when you either let others break you and give up or you decide that you are going to be in charge of your own destiny. For him, it's all about the latter.
4. He sees himself as a visionary
Because of his refusal to give up and his ability to see things where others can't, he has come to see himself as a bit of a visionary. According to him, it's virtually impossible to be a bona fide entrepreneur without seeing yourself as such. In fact, he's even been controversial enough to suggest that other entrepreneurs who don't agree with his statement are either lying to others or lying to themselves. Whether or not that is really the case, is left up for debate.
5. He says that it can be lonely when you have more vision than others
He has commented in the past that when you have vision that others simply lack, it can be a rather lonely existence. For much of his life, he has been focused on achieving goals that other people think are utterly pointless. As a result, he's not really been able to share those goals with a lot of people, largely because they don't buy into it. According to him, that has made his adult life rather lonesome.
6. He’s stubborn
According to him, you have to have a certain amount of stubbornness if you are going to succeed as an entrepreneur. Rolling over every time something doesn't go your way is a sure recipe for failure, something that just can't be tolerated when you're doing things that have never been done before.
7. He’s rather accustomed to arguing with people
Being a visionary who is quite stubborn, he has become rather accustomed to having some arguments with other people. He's quick to defend the way that he sees things, even when it's not a popular opinion. As such, he's grown used to having to argue about those things with others.
8. He thinks it will take another 20 years for electric cars to become mainstream
He knows what he’s up against, there is no doubt about that. In fact, he has often commented that it will probably be at least two more decades before electric cars start outpacing traditional internal combustion engines. Even so, he knows that if people don’t start laying the groundwork now, nothing will ever change and that is simply not acceptable in his eyes.
9. He knows that money talks
When it really comes down to it, nobody has a tendency to listen until you start talking to them about money. If people can figure out how to buy an electric car for less money than they would pay for an internal combustion engine, they will do it. If he can convince businesses that it's cheaper to provide charging stations for these cars then it is to offer a gym membership, they will also act accordingly. According to him, it all comes down to getting people's attention by showing them how they can benefit monetarily.
10. He understands that perseverance is the key to success
He isn’t exactly knew to the charging station game. In fact, ChargePoint has been around since 2007. That is saying quite a lot, especially when you consider the fact that very few people in the United States were interested in anything to do with electric cars more than fourteen years ago. The fact that he’s still at it proves that he never gives up, even when it would actually be much easier to do exactly that.
Written by Allen Lee
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