Blogging - tougher than being an entrepreneur!

I've received several emails telling me to just "go with the flow" and not to get too deep into the philosophical shit of being an entrepreneur. Ok, so I've been sitting here for three hours trying to figure out what direction I wanted to go in with this blogging gig. This is tougher than I thought. I don't want to focus just on technology, or just on creativity, because at least for me, entrepreneurity involves a whole bunch of things. I just have to figure out what they are. So ....

Yes, I'm a Geek! Well, let me be more specific ... a Linux Geek. I've made a rather decent living from geek-stuff for the past 25 years or so; have patents, presented talks, given seminars, collected T-Shirts from all of the Unix shows.

And yes, creativity is a big thing; I play in a popular southern rock band called Steelhorse, write and record music, and play several instruments. I also create software, design hardware, ride motorcycles, and tinker with things mechanical. I watch MTV and The Discovery Channel. I've fallen off boats, and jumped from airplanes.

While surfing the internet tonight, looking for inspiration, I remembered reading some cool stuff in a blog a few years back that was written by Wil Wheaton of Star Trek TNG fame. So, I went on a trek to find it, and ended up spending a good amount of my evening (night?) reading posts. Now here's a clever and versatile guy; actor, geek, and author. A real entrepreneur. He's taken various skills and brought them together, and into focus.

I'm working on that focus thing ... stay tuned!

And Wil, if you're ever in this part of the country, bring a real guitar. Me and the band will show you how to play all 10 minutes of "Green Grass And High Tides".

Permalink 08/20/08 03:52:39 am, by Bill Rosser Email , 304 words, Categories: Entrepreneurity ,

Putting the cart ahead of the horse - er, what horse?

I was recently reminded of an acquaintance who, a good number of years ago, left his job as a car salesman and declared himself a computer consultant. After all, he had been using a Windows PC for a while, typing letters, doing a few spreadsheets, and an occasional marketing flyer. What else was there to know? The consulting business looked like an easy gig.

So, he invested in a really great looking professional office in the downtown area, surrounded by accountants, lawyers, and corporate buildings. He bought the latest PC, printer, and a new suit. After a couple of months, my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to pay him a visit just to see how he was doing. He was in quite a bind. For some reason, people wanted networks, and software, and connectivity; all of the things that he just took for granted, and really knew nothing about.

So many potential entrepreneurs, dive into a project having absolutely no depth of understanding whatsoever. In the case above, a bit of research would have revealed that his potential customers weren't looking for someone to show them what they already knew, they were looking for someone to show them the technology that they, and unfortunately he, knew nothing about.

He invested in the things that made him look like a consultant, but a sense of arrogance in thinking that he knew everything there was to know, kept him from investing in what he really needed to be successful. He tried to put the cart ahead of the horse, and ultimately discovered that he didn't even own a horse.

Last I heard, he was painting houses.

Permalink 08/15/08 01:59:30 am, by Bill Email , 278 words, Categories: Entrepreneurity ,

There's more to being an Entrepreneur than thinking about it!

I've had so many people make comments to me about going into business for themselves. They tired of working so hard. They want to set their own hours. They've had great ideas. They want to make big bucks.


While these may be noble goals to write down on paper and perhaps even hang on the wall for future reference, it's most definitely the wrong way of thinking. Being an Entrepreneur means working harder than you've ever worked before. The hours can be long, and not always rewarding financially. It's not always easy to turn those great ideas into a paycheck.

"I have this great idea", a friend said recently. "WE can make big money!"

Notice the WE part. There seemed to be some spark of entrepreneurity in there somewhere, but having an idea doesn't get you anywhere unless you act on that idea. This is where another concept really comes into play. I call this trait Economicity.

economicity (n) "The ability to sort through an idea, weigh the pros and cons of every aspect of that idea, and create a logical set of steps to bring the idea to an economical conclusion. That is to say, find a way to either make money, or have the smarts to say "I can't make money from this at this time."

Often, economicity requires an additional dose of entrepreneurity. Perhaps the idea in it's original form isn't practical, or can't be accomplished in an economically feasible way. But, with a little additional creative thinking, the idea can be morphed into something that is producible, or even has a completely different application.

We've all heard stories about some entrepreneur trying to create one thing and ending up successfully applying the idea to something completely different.

The point to be made here is that having a great idea makes you clever, or maybe inspired. It doesn't make you an entrepreneur. The idea is only the beginning of the process.

Permalink 07/22/08 02:25:35 am, by Bill Email , 325 words, Categories: Entrepreneurity ,

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