What makes an entrepreneur rock ? clearing the unclear path.

Tara is a fantastic femme that I have run into over the last 7 years, both in Europe and in the US. She did a talk for TEDxConcordia a while back about being a startup entrepreneur – a new opportunity for her to conquer, after being one of the coolest and smartest authors and marketers that I have ever met. The talk is entitled “the unclear path” and it made me think hard about my own path as an entrepreneur and as a business owner.

One of the things I personally struggle a lot with, is that I don’t think I do enough as an entrepreneur. There’s not enough hours in the day to have me do everything I want to do. Also the financial insecurity kinda sucks (as fx. now where we have two rents because we haven’t sold our apartment in CPH yet (oh and if anyone is interested in the coolest new yorker apartment 12 km outside of CPH you can see it here and you can buy it from me =) It’s the space where I’ve build Toothless Tiger and written my book so it just oozes with curly  creativity =))

The thing two rents has taught is to not be lazy and to think smarter. So as I see it the unclear path is a freedom to me – and also the path that without a doubt has taught me the most. I feel so rich in experiences and everytime the clients from hell doesn’t pay on time and I want to throw it all away and it doesn’t work out, I think about what a 9-17 job would mean to me and my family and I feel like a caged tiger. And I quickly change my mind again and I’ve realized there’s no way Im going back.

So what makes an entrepreneur rock ? For me it’s both to take the unclear path and make it more and more clear as you go. Getting more and more people in with different expert areas and grow the vision in that way. (ps. I wrote a free ebook a while back called “why every company should be a rockband” – you can get it here)

I’ve teamed up with amazing people. I have some kickass advisors and a fantastic partner in Toothless Tiger who is giving me structure and helping me out driving my dream forward, it’s something I realized I needed a while back because I was driving myself down like the struggling artist I am, thinking “I don’t do enough, and I don’t manage the business well enough” Well I found someone who can manage the business, My business backbone as I call him, and I can focus on my art: the art of marketing, branding and identity.

And YES I see marketing and branding and identity as art. It’s the art of the glorified word “virality” and it’s something that needs constant planning and taking-care-off.

It’s my art and I am an artist who thinks bigger and crazier and more curly than most other people. It’s how I see that I save the world and make it a better place day by day, especially since I only want to work with people who wants to make a difference.

 

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  1. […] What makes an entrepreneur rock? Clearing the unclear path. Henriette Weber posted this TED talk on the ever interesting topic of the life as an entrepreneur. In this specific case Tara Hunt speaks about the life as a start up entrepreneur before the brilliance of your idea is shared by the rest of the world. […]

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  2. Daryl April 16, 2011

    Just in reading your article, it seems like you are constantly doing things as an entrepreneur. With your vision, passion for your work, and ability to make your people contacts work for you, I’m sure you will enjoy continued success.

    -Daryl

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  3. Ann April 22, 2011

    Tara seems like an amazing woman, she had me stay and watch the entire video with her.
    That makes me think about the following: I am about to make videos in my business. Everybody keeps on saying, that it must not last more than 1½ minute or so.
    But Hey – what kind of information last 1½ minute on video?
    I like watching a video for 19.56 minutes because I feel so much more informed, than by watching a video for 1½ minute.
    The people that only want to watch videos when they last no more than 2 minutes, must be peple who only want the surface information and not the information that goes deeper.
    Frightening I think.
    What does that do to the world?

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