everybody should create a start-up

by phil on Friday Jan 30, 2009 3:46 PM
call to action, mainfeed, optimism

Reading Julia Cameron's The Right to Write is interesting because of all the different angles at which she tries to jostle readers into just picking up a pen and writing.

One of the interesting angles is that she talks about how everybody is a writer. Everybody thinks, has ideas, and wants to express their ideas.

Which has got me thinking that if you take an inventory of skills in a career-finding test, there will be a subset of these skills that belong in the "everybody is" category.

I can think of a couple off the top of my head.

"everybody is a singer"

Everybody wants to sing, and enjoys singing (barring physical handicap). If they're bad, they like to sing in the shower. I think that's largely the appeal of American Idol. (And now in the US, karaoke).

Here's another one.

"everybody is an entrepreneur"

I believe that everybody has had a moment like, "somebody should fix this" or "somebody should offer this." I think I'd feel comfortable going on a crusade to have everybody, and I mean everybody, try creating a start-up. I feel like that would be a universal good.

A cynic could say, "well, not everybody has good ideas, the world doesn't need more half-baked ideas." I think that would be B.S. because we don't know which ideas are half-baked and which ideas are not until they're attempted. I've had a lot of start-ups ask me to do things which looked ridiculous on paper, but once fully expressed became a "why didn't I think of this."

A lot of good companies started in downturns. GE, Disney, HP, Hyatt, Microsoft, FedEx, MTV, CNN.

Five reasons a recession is a good time to start a company.

Starting up in a down economy.

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