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Top 3 Ways to Tell Your Loved Ones You’re Going to be an Entrepreneur…

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Someone asked us recently– “What are the top three pieces of advice you’d offer to entrepreneurs on how they can best prepare loved ones for their journey into starting up?

My immediate reaction was: “Just tell them your idea, why you need to do this and show them the true passion your have for following your dream. Loved ones by definition will yearn for you to follow it, not to hold you back.”
“Not with these loved ones, the person said. These are my parents. And they always wanted me to go to Dental School!” They think a “start-up” is when someone gives you jumper cables for a dead battery. And then they’d worry about the legal liability.”

You’re going to need some extra horsepower, I said. Here might be a good top three in your particular case:

Number 3:
Show up for the talk in a pink feather boa and high heeled pumps if you’re a guy–wearing combat boots and motor cycle leathers if you’re a girl. Then say: “I’ve got something I’ve needed to talk to you about for a really long time.” Lord knows what they’ll be expecting.  When it’s only that you’re quitting your six figure job and mortgaging your house to start your own business, they’ll jump up and hug you for it.

Number 2:
Tell them it was either this or the witness protection program.

Make your mother the CFO.

Beyond that– Trust your loved ones to support you when they see your dream is stronger than your doubt. You’ll find that even the most pessimistic family members secretly admire anyone who steps into the arena, seeking to maximize their own lives and the lives they’ll touch with a successful business. The only difference between those who succeed and those fail is that the successful failed to listen to the 97% of friends and family who initially advised “no.”

Bill Schley

UnStoppable Review in Rivard Report

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Thanks to writer and business expert Winslow Swart and the rest of the folks at San Antonio’s Rivard Report–the hottest online source in America’s ‘City on the Rise.’ San Antonio is one of the nation’s most dynamic start-up communities–home to Rackspace and Geekdom a collaborative work space that calls itself The Place Where Start-Ups are Born. Here’s a great quote:

“There is a rare and disruptive chain of genetic code in the human DNA – entrepreneur. Only half of those who possess this anomalistic signature are aware of its power, for the other half it remains to be discovered or never uncovered. Now one of San Antonio’s most celebrated entrepreneurs, Rackspace co-founder and chairman and Geekdom founder Graham Weston, has teamed up with friend, branding expert and author Bill Schley to spread their shared version of the entrepreneur’s gospel message.

Attention, business school applicants: You might want to read The UnStoppables before enrolling and taking on all that college debt. Both Schley in the body of the book and Weston in the Foreword suggest the key to unlocking an individual’s entrepreneurial spirit is more likely to be discovered outside academic halls and right in the crucible of a startup company or in the learning laboratory of a technology incubator…

Now read the rest…