When I was in the 3rd grade, we had to write a paragraph about something we loved, and then draw a picture in the box above it.
We were first asked to draw and write in pencil, and then once the teacher had checked our work, we were supposed to carefully go over each word in the paragraph with a black pen, creating the finished product.
When I started going over the words with my black pen, I outlined the first word of the paragraph, and then the second, and then I thought it would be fun to outline the last word of my story, and then some words in the middle — just sort of outlining the letters I was drawn to next, not following any sort of rigid path. …
Being a business owner is not easy.
At the end of the day, everything falls on your shoulders. Even if it’s not “your responsibility,” it’s all you’re responsibility. It’s a career path not meant for everyone — and those that pursue it for themselves can all relate to each other in some very fundamental ways.
Whether you’re running a restaurant, or a marketing agency, or a bicycle shop, there are some underlying truths to what it means to be a small business owner.
Similarly, if you’ve ever worked for a start-up or a small company, even as an employee you see first-hand what it takes to maintain an efficient, profitable business — and it takes a lot. …
About 6 months before I took the leap from my 9–5 job, I told my dad I was thinking about leaving to start my own thing.
“Then you should go to business school,” he said.
Hundreds of moments from my formal education came to mind: falling asleep in algebra and having my teacher call me out in front of the entire class; bringing home a D in French and a D in biology on my high school report card and my parents thinking I was destined to work at a gas station for the rest of my life. …