Favorite Quotes Vol. 42: What is entrepreneurship?

You think a career in the theater is tough?  You should try stand-up comedy.

It’s just you on that stage.  Nothing else.  No sets.  No costumes.  Just you.  And an audience drunker than the one at The Awesome 80s Prom (and that is saying a lot).

It takes a certain breed of artist-epreneur (which is my new term for all of us who pursue a life in an artistic profession) to pursue a career in comedy.

But that didn’t stop Kevin Hart, who was raised in North Philly, whose father was a cocaine addict, and who was booed so badly at his first couple of shows, someone actually threw a piece of chicken at him.

He kept at it.  And slowly but surely, he got good at it.  (That’s what usually happens when you keep practicing something anything).  And then he developed his own purple style, and got great at it.

And like the artist-epreneur he is, he didn’t stop at comedy, but released an app, developed a kick a$$ (dollar signs intentional) vid game and that’s just the start, I’m sure.

When asked about entrepreneurship, this is what Kev had to say:

Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.

Well said, don’t you think?

So when you’re facing a battle of a day (like the one I had yesterday, actually), remember that whatever slog you’re in, no matter where you are in your career, it will be worth it as long as you keep at it and keep practicing.  There is a reward on the other side.  And fortune, fame . . . that’s not even what I’m talking about.

The reward is seeing your project, your play, your dreams . . . happening right before your eyes.

And it could be worse.  You could be a stand-up comedian.


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  • janis says:

    Excellent article and quote. Here’s a few more.

    Life is not about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw

    A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. — Ayn Rand

    Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. — Norman Vincent Peale

    If you’re going through hell, keep going. — Winston Churchill

    If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. — Jim Rohn

    Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. — William James

    If you can dream it, you can do it. — Walt Disney

    The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. — Confucius

    I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be. — Ken Venturi

    Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. — Thomas Jefferson

    Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward. — Victor Kiam

    You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. — C. S. Lewis

    Either you run the day or the day runs you. — Jim Rohn

    Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle. — Sasha Cohen

    Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing. — Thomas Jefferson

    The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. — Epictetus

  • diane uniman says:

    Always good to hear encouragement for those following their life’s purpose and dreams. Merci milles fois encore et encore et toujours.

  • Bryan Austermann says:

    Thanks Ken, for this post. It’s funny how things line up – this came at a good time for me to hear it. Just keep going and pass it on.

  • A great Rags to Riches story. In Kevin Hart’s instance, the ‘riches’ can be interpreted as providing for his family, creating positive legacy, breaking the back of poverty, and combating personal demons (his dad’s cocaine addiction). Way to go!

  • Paul Carter says:

    Great post, Ken. I just read another great post on the topic “Entrepreneurship is 80% sales and marketing:” http://buytaert.net/entrepreneurship-is-80-percent-sales-and-marketing. Dream about it, create it, have faith in it, act on it, work hard, practice, and persevere – yes. And above all TALK IT UP!

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