THINGS I FOUND THIS WEEK
In his classic book Growing a
Business, Paul Hawken talks about the
difficulties of starting his first business.
The challenge, Hawken recalls, wasn't about
making a go of it; it was the lack of
enthusiasm from folks around him.
"My venture confirmed for my parents that
their second-born was a failure, and I
thereby fulfilled the promise I had shown
since early childhood. I thought of them
often as I swept the sidewalk outside my store.
"They weren't the only people who flinched at
my decision to enter business. Former
teachers struggled to maintain a calm
expression when I told them I was a
storekeeper, friends expressed concern about
my 'direction in life,' and old girlfriends
didn't return my calls.
"All my friends were antibusiness. My sense
of isolation became so acute that I almost
joined the Rotary Club."
Hawken is writing about a business he started
in the sixties, a time notable for a fair
amount of civil unrest and distrust.
Consider, then, what Sir Richard Branson
declared a year or so ago: "The world is a
massively more hospitable place for
entrepreneurs than it was twenty years ago."
It's not just more hospitable because of
attitudes. The amount of resources and tools
available for running a successful operation
expands every day. Here's some evidence i
uncovered in just the past few days. I urge
you to set aside a bit of time to explore
them for yourself.
The oh-so-entrepreneurial Naomi Dunford, aka
IttyBiz, shared this insightful article with
Creative Ways To Meet Your Goals
Another generous and smart expert is Joan
Stewart of Publicity Hound fame. Here was her
gift to entrepreneurs this week: 19+ story ideas to
generate publicity, PR for your business
Although this one is more about kids, it's
also a terrific reminder of being an
innovator in everyday life. Love this video
on the power of