A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
The movie True Grit opens with a quote from the book of Proverbs: “The wicked flee when no man pursueth”. A statement containing powerful truth, for sure.
But as I sat in the theater watching that movie, I had the nagging sense the screenwriters had left something out. So when I got home, I looked up the reference.
The movie quoted only half that particular verse. The entire passage reads like this…
I have this acquaintance… let’s call him Nicholas. That’s not his real name, for reasons that are about to become glaringly obvious. You see, Nicholas repels people.
He’s a genius. Yet it seems nobody wants to hear what he has to say…
You don’t need permission to succeed. You don’t need someone to say you’re worthy. You just need to grab hold of your idea, wrestle it into submission, and then go out there and do it.
It’s the doing it part that gets people hung up. Most of the time, it’s easier to talk about the project you’re “working on” than it is to actually do the work.
My friend Jeff asked me recently why I went through the hassle of hosting a seminar of my own. I’ve been thinking about that question.
I have lots of great-sounding reasons, but the truth is… it just seemed like a good idea, and I wanted to do it.
In the movie Apocalypse Now, the film’s narrator explains the extraordinary success of the iconic Colonel Kurtz this way: “He received no official clearance. He just thought it up and did it.”
If you feel that you do need permission, here it is (along with instructions): whatever it is that’s burning inside of you, go ahead, think it up and do it.
Yesterday at church, I got into a conversation with my friend Wayne, who is a CPA. It’s tax season here in the US, which means it’s his busiest time of the year. Wayne does the taxes for a lot of business people and entrepreneurs, and he made a comment that caught my attention.
“I think maybe the economy is turning around,” he said. “At least I’m hearing that from a lot of my clients.”
I was so encouraged to hear him say those words. But probably not for the reason you may suspect. I did not need a report to tell me that the economy is “turning around”…
I do not choose to be a common man,
It is my right to be uncommon … if I can,
I seek opportunity … not security.
I do not wish to be a kept citizen.
Humbled and dulled by having the
State look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk;
To dream and to build.
To fail and to succeed.
I refuse to barter incentive for a dole;
I prefer the challenges of life
To the guaranteed existence;
The thrill of fulfillment
To the stale calm of Utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence
Nor my dignity for a handout
I will never cower before any master
Nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect.
Proud and unafraid;
To think and act for myself,
To enjoy the benefit of my creations
And to face the world boldly and say:
This, with God’s help, I have done
All this is what it means
To be an Entrepreneur.”
I attend a lot of conferences. Most of them are held in a hotel ballrooms. This was the first one I have ever been to that took place in a Nashville recording studio.
I was drinking an espresso, which Seth Godin had made using his very expensive and fancy espresso machine.
It was 2002, and I was sitting in Seth’s office with a small group of entrepreneurs.
We were discussing the future of marketing, and our individual marketing challenges.
“I’m in the radio business,” I said to Seth. “What advice do you have for me?”
Seth didn’t even miss a beat.
A lot of people are worried about this Friday, December 21, 2012.
Some are even excited about it.
Many believe that December 21 is the day the world will end. This idea is fueled by speculations about the Mayan Calendar.
Why is it important for you to follow your heart, and pursue your dream – your destiny – of being an entrepreneur?
Why does it matter if you start your business, or hang out your shingle as freelancer?
It’s because the desires of your heart are placed within you by your Creator.