The Headline Trap

Reducing barriers to entrepreneurship allows more people to feel inspired by their work. There are many common barriers to entrepreneurship. As I’ve worked with students, new entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs working inside existing companies, I’ve noticed a self-limiting ideology we can call The Headline Trap.

The Headline Trap is an emotional barrier that can subconsciously make people think their own entrepreneurial abilities don’t warrant action. It festers from the deception that business ventures must “go big” or make a bunch of cash to positively impact one’s career portfolio.

This is no surprise. Successful startup stories are celebrated loudly. These spotlights are well deserved and celebrating entrepreneurs is important, but you don’t have to build something crazy to feel the innovative energy of entrepreneurship.

Everyone has a product or new initiative they’ve thought about exploring. Yes, building a business that impacts a lot of people is absolutely possible, but we’re all invited to tinker. Side hustles, community building, volunteerism and innovative projects that intrapreneurs spark inside existing companies all represent entrepreneurial efforts that should be celebrated.

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Any project you care about generates genuine energy. This energy is commonly referred to as passion. The beauty of passion is that it leads to persistence. As you find ways to create joy, you’ll savor the project longer. Even if you’re not making a profit (yet), you can still be inspired by the process. This inspiration often transcends into other areas of your career portfolio as well. In fact, sometimes an entrepreneurial venture is less about the money and more about the opportunity to collaborate with others. Working with people you enjoy being around is a treat and finding trusted partners with complimenting skill sets is the trick to make things even more interesting.

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Building a business with less concern about revenue can provide a sense of peace, but beware, the luxury of not needing something to work can lead to crippling procrastination. Maintain transparency with everyone’s commitment levels to avoid tension.

Even when a project is only a tiny sliver of your career portfolio (we’ll talk more about managing your career portfolio next week), curiosity is being triggered. Not everyone will identify these actions as entrepreneurial, but innovative energy is being activated. Whether a project works or not, the entrepreneurial spirit gets bolder with time and often leads to more innovative initiatives in the future.

This type of personal growth also creates expanded interest in the startup and small business community. At the community level, entrepreneurial ecosystem builders can help people avoid The Headline Trap by recognizing, encouraging and celebrating projects that don’t make the news. This benefits everyone when more passionate people are invited to plug in. As more curious people are connected throughout the entrepreneurial ecosystem, take the opportunity to be radically inclusive to fuel a more diverse, flexible and sustainable environment.

Happy New Year

I spent 2020 writing my first book!

You Don’t Need This Book: Entrepreneurship in the Connected Era is for caffeinated entrepreneurs who are interested in starting or continuing to build their own business.

This book is brewed to be fun, but will leave a lasting impact as well. The ideation process, the value of community, how to research business ideas, building a team, testing the concept, marketing, sales and how to effectively grow a company are all discussed. I’m also excited about guest contributions from two iconic thought leaders as well. More on that soon! For now, know that the publisher’s release date is SPRING 2021 and pre-orders will start a few weeks before we ship. This book means the world to me and is written just for us, so stay tuned my friends!

To celebrate, I am embarking on a new literary odyssey in 2021 and you’re invited to join me as we continue to learn and build together. My weekly blog will pair with the book and will live right here on this expanded website. Expect caffeinated conversations on entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, entrepreneurial ecosystem building, technology, marketing, personal updates, blasts from the past and guest articles sprinkled into what will become a collection dedicated to the unmatched energy of accelerating others.

This consistent cadence will be challenging and your support helps fuel momentum. If you’d like to collaborate together or if you’d like me to riff on something specific, I’d love to hear those ideas as well. You can send me an email anytime or subscribe here to receive a friendly jolt of innovative energy delivered with your coffee every Wednesday morning. Cheers!

Backstage

You’ve arrived backstage!

If you’re reading this, you’re a VIP and I invite you to stick around for more caffeinated conversations. I’ve written a new book and in 2021, I’m pairing it with a weekly blog called Roasted Reflections. These ruminations will be brewed as innovative energy for entrepreneurs who fuel positive change and the first one drops January 1st!

Feel free to send me an email if you wanna know where this adventure might take us, but you know me…we’re gonna have some fun making a ruckus.

The Holiday Walk

We’ll keep the stories around here focused on entrepreneurship and community-driven economic development, but passionate work is fueled by personal experiences and those we share our lives with. Let’s give these reflections a little heart by sprinkling in some personal experiences and plenty of fun.

I’ll start by sharing an emotional moment I felt today. As our little family got cozy by the fire to finish a magical Christmas day, we enjoyed watching Soul. The ending reminded me that one of the greatest joys in life is the opportunity to infuse the very best of ourselves into those who follow our footsteps. I felt the gravity of such purpose and let my eyes water as I whispered a few loving words to my little startup that pays in love.

As we spend time celebrating the holiday season with family and friends, below is a seasonal cocktail to keep things interesting as well. Eggnog is a seasonal drink that’s too thick to drink by itself, but the trick is adding Diet 7up. Here’s a fun compliment to your next stroll around the neighborhood looking at holiday lights.

The Holiday Walk
  • Full Glass of Ice
  • 1/3 Captain Morgan Private Stock
  • 1/3 Eggnog
  • 1/3 Diet 7up
  • Stir, then add a dash of cinnamon

      Genre

      I finished reading The Practice by Seth Godin. It reminds us how important it is to identify the tribe we seek to serve. As I prepare to share a weekly blog in 2021, here’s an outline to highlight the genre of content you can expect around here.

      My creative work is dedicated to…

      …passionate people interested in entrepreneurship.

      …small business owners and startup founders alike.

      …people who like to work hard, but have fun doing it.

      …open-minded, inclusive builders of the future.

      …people who believe generosity builds trust.

      …friends caffeinating 1 Million Cups communities.

      …folks who maintain an optimistic, #GiveFirst approach.

      …entrepreneurs who accelerate fellow entrepreneurs.

      …entrepreneurial ecosystem builders.

      …people eager to learn together.