“You’ve got to win!”
“You’ve got to be the best student!”
“You’ve got to be the smartest!”
“You’ve got to be the fastest!”
That’s the mindset we all grew up with — Winning!
From birth, our parents’ mission is to help us succeed. Our culture expects us to win. Tough criticism attacks us if we don’t win.
Tell me, what if you DON’T win?
This winning obsession is now your biggest nightmare. This is what holds you back and what you need to overcome to get started on this entrepreneurial journey.
Ironically, to win in entrepreneurship, you need to learn…
“How a tea seller turned a rich businessman”
Meet this person who lives just beside my house and I have known him for a long time.
The story behind his success is incredible.
A few days ago my mother shared his story.
His name is Rakesh Chander ( not an original name) he was 17 years old when his mother died and after a year his father died because of a heart attack and he was an alcoholic too. Rakesh was not alone he has two sisters and one younger brother. They moved to his uncle's house. But his uncle’s…
Henry Ford was an intelligent man
He started with the “Quadricycle”. It was his first automobile and was four bicycle wheels attached to an engine.
Why would anybody want a machine to drive around in? It won’t work, we won’t need automobiles.
This did not stop Ford. Ford was smarter than this. He realized that
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses”
Ford was not ordinary. He was a problem solver. He saw the deeper underlying problems. He took his quadricycle prototype and set out to improve it.
He was backed by…
Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales, TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington, Netflix’s Reed Hastings, Craigslist’s Craig Newmark, and Zipcar’s Robin Chase.
Those entrepreneurs were 35, 35, 37, 42, and 42, respectively, when they founded those companies.
I’ve seen a study that says a business with a founder aged 39 is the most likely to succeed. And according to the Kaufman Foundation, the average and median age of US-born tech founders were 39, and twice as many were older than 50 as were younger than 25.
There are outliers, and these outliers seem to get most of the attention — Zuckerberg, Spiegel, Gates, etc… These guys…
Be a mysterious Japanese zip company.
Tadao Yoshida had a plan.
Yoshida had lived through World War 2, having survived the bombings of Tokyo.
He owned a small zipping company that he called YKK and he had the aim of modernizing the zip industry. He got to work and created some designs for a custom-made zipper machine. But…
No machine tool makers wanted to create a machine that could only produce zips. You want a machine that can do multiple things. Zips are too specific.
Yoshida was not a man to give up easily. He simply created his own machine.
It’s because the media and investors have made it easy to believe.
Uber has never turned a profit and is planning to IPO at $90 billion dollars.
Whatsapp was purchased for $19 billion.
Slack became a billion-dollar company in less than 2 years.
The list goes on…
If that isn’t enough, every time a young entrepreneur logs into a social network like Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram (especially Instagram) they see images like these:
“It won’t be.”
Such simple words, but they broke my heart. I am tearing up right now as I see them 5 years later.
According to my relative…-
My youngest son Colin has always been the most happy-go-lucky person I know. Nothing seems to get him down. He has always been small for his age and yet, he is beyond bullies. A quick little story about that, one of many.
When Colin was about 6 years old we went to the park. There was a bigger kid, probably 8 or 9, standing by the jungle gym. I watched Colin head…
Boy, can I identify with this question?
Thinking way back now, using a simulacrum of Mr. Peabody’s “Wayback machine”, while not quite as powerful as the telephone booth shaped TARDIS in Dr. Who, I still manage to get around fairly well inside of my own space-time continuum.
I think when I was very little 5 or 6 or somewhere around that age, I might have been narcotically affected by the phenobarbital I was given at bedtime for I don’t know exactly what reason, and my mom doesn’t remember either.
Way back in the Dark Ages, the early 1960’s, Phenobarbital was…