Get a Job: Essential Entrepreneurial Values You Gain from Having a Job

From the perspective of pretty much anyone who knows me personally or follows my social media profiles, the whole entrepreneurial thing has worked out pretty damn well for me. I lead a pretty the lavish existence; when I’m not working my own hours from a comfy home office or a gourmet coffee shop I have a super active social, dating and nightlife. I’ve already spent 60 days this year traveling and adventuring abroad and am planning another trip soon. No silver spoon here, this lifestyle is financed by my marketing and web development firm.

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Grocery Store Courtesy Clerk

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Missionary

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Waiter, Buser, Cook & Dishwasher

In high school, I took a culinary class where we ran an actual small restaurant. During my senior year, I also worked in the ‘front of the house’ at a couple of restaurants and had many moments which you see in the ridiculous, comedy, satire film about of the hospitality industry, Waiting.

Car Salesman

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Door to Door Outside Salesperson

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Telephone Marketer & Mortgage Broker

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Personal and Business Banker

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Corporate Advertising Account Executive

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Marketing Executive of Entertainment Company

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Lessons this entrepreneur learned from the jobs above:

Develop real skillsets.

There is a myth of dubious veracity that entrepreneurs don’t need actual skill sets. It goes something like this; an entrepreneur comes up with a really good idea, entrepreneur raises capital because they are passionate and have a really good idea then entrepreneur hires people who are smarter or more skilled than themselves to make the good idea happen. Many popular business books and media focusing on entrepreneurship, in many more words than the sentence above, spread this message citing examples of highly publicized entrepreneurs who luckily found themselves at the intersection market demand, technological innovation, and economic conditions. In the real world entrepreneurs need at least the following skill sets:

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Do it because it is hard.

Entrepreneurs are consumed with a desire to find the path of least resistance and that’s a part of the reason why they change the world. Of course, it is more important to work smart than to work hard, but hard work is still pretty damn important to making things happen in business. While it’s certainly not the most efficient way to make a sale, walking 5 miles in a day, asking +200 strangers to buy your product builds a hell of a work ethic. When I started my own firm, my first few clients I acquired the exact same way, knocking doors. The point is that you have to get out your comfort zone to get places in life or business. Unless you are an exceptionally bold person naturally you are going to need some kind of mechanism to get you in the pattern of venturing beyond your comfort zone. While entrepreneurs are some of the hardest working and most committed people on earth, they often look for ways to circumnavigate their challenges when should be beating them to a pulp with a rusty crowbar.

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The importance of first impressions, looking good and curb appeal.

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Be very wary of taking investors money.

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Understanding and identifying with the vast majority of the people in the world.

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The supreme importance of creating autonomous profitable systems.

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Adventuring philosopher, Pompous pontificator, Writer, K-Selected Biohacker, Tantric husband, Raconteur & Smart Drug Dealer 🇺🇸

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