On Entrepreneurial Courage

What is the difference between courage and stupidity in taking your next step as an entrepreneur? True confession, I have shiny thing disease … you know, always thinking that if I can just afford that tech, gadget, thingy, device, web enabled flange gasket or course of knowledge then ALL will be copacetic and money will effortlessly flow through my business. Granted, if you stay stupid forever, refuse education and don’t ever invest in training your life isn’t likely to change. But how do you figure out actual need vs good use of what you already have?

Screwdrivers are evil!

Help me out here. Am I seeing more than the usual amount of “bash anyone who has the desire to make money” or “bash anyone who’s decided to own something you don’t” or not? Maybe its just me (a small business owner/solopreneur) but there seems to be a concerted effort to label business and possessions as evil. It’s rather like the illustration above. Somehow we’ve decided a priori that money (a means of holding the results of talent, time and effort) is at best amoral, if not immoral. I disagree. A screwdriver is good. It is inherently incapable of evil and it enables anyone who picks it up to do more than they could do with their fingers alone.
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When you've got nothing

We've all had times when we stare at a blank piece of paper and will ourselves to be clever and creative and we get nothing but a headache out of the deal. “I’m not God!” you say. Our Lord does creatio ex nihilo - (creation from nothing) I don't. You're not alone, we’ve all felt like liars forging ahead and trying to create interest for a story we don’t “get.”