Perspective is Essential to Success
I grew up in the nineties. It was the age of grunge. It was also the beginning of the dot com boom. I was more into the former. Grunge was an answer to the decadent eighties. The lavish expressions of wealth and opulence. The entrepreneur, Gordon Geckos and Ferrari’s which once was symbolic with the American dream became shunned. In its place was a certain ideology that the establishment had corrupted everything that was sacred.
The hair bands of the eighties had sprayed their last can of aqua net. Ripped flannels and rainy Seattle was the new cool. Pearl Jam and Nirvana were the leaders of the new generation. This was a volatile time for the yuppie ideal. Carlton was not the fresh prince but instead a laughing stock of the diaspora of the republican party.
MTV aired alternative nation and the sub cultures flourished. The meth found its way into small towns like mine in the satchels of Harley riding vigilantes. The new breed of junkie became idolized as a tragic romance. An infatuation with moral decline. So, yes, of course, I was influenced. Influenced by a Bukowski intellectualism, influenced by a beat fatalism, influenced by the chaos of a traumatized household.
Coming home to broken plates flying in the kitchen was a weekly occurrence. So, was NIN, Ministry, and Bleach playing 24-7 in my boom box with the automatic tape stop feature. I didn’t have a mentor. I didn’t have an internet of thought leaders and wellness coaches. I had an isolated small town experience of poverty.
A Collective Cognitive Disconnect
Yes, we can complain about the pros and cons of technology until the proverbial cows come home. But, really what has happened is a leap in a new class. A techno rich-hyper- social-capitalist class.
An academic class that has become an engulfing force on the relics of nostalgic idealism. The ones who run because of the “new barbarians”…
Alessandro Barrico- “one of Italy’s most respected literary voices” talks about this in his book The Barbarians: An Essay on the Mutations of Culture. As the flood of ambitious enterprising outsiders has become nothing short of a barbarian invasion. But, really it’s not an isolated event or an oncoming hoard, just a widespread mutation of cultural values and interpretations.
So, I am making the case for a collective cognitive disconnect for my generation. A haunting malaise that can engulf as I said the reluctant nostalgic. However, to feed into this collective pity pot would be a continuation of the past. So, I embrace change with a new found fervour.
Entrepreneur is synonymous with impermanence
I live in Portland, Oregon. It’s the home of lumber-sexuality. A hybrid step sister of the battle hardened, hatchet swinging native lumberjack that once was as much a part of Oregon as Uber is a part of SanFrancisco.
It’s a city of transplants wearing carefully coifed flannels and $300 dollar Danner boots with soft hands and manicured beards. My city is now the gentrified fragment of the early days of the wild west.
I remember going to a high-end rustic furniture store. Its theme was the American Pioneer through an Instagram filter. The crowd was a culmination of California tech meets midwestern Protestant work ethic.
Then suddenly my mind was blown with four words that rang out of my best friends mouth. He said,”They make great customers”.
As I saw them as a barbarian horde coming to cut away at the “totem of my experience” my friend saw them all as customers or new prospects for his business. That was the exact change I needed. This was the soft nudge that bumped me off the road of my personal tirade against the status quo into the quest for my own journey in entrepreneurship.
Optimism is crucial in entrepreneurship
It is integral that we are able to adapt to an optimistic perspective to succeed in this new world. If not then we are stuck in the economic underbelly of poverty. Change is crucial. It has been extremely difficult for me to get out of a scarcity mindset. But, I did and now I have no excuses. I take full accountability at this moment. My perspective and world view have made a full 180-degree turnaround. And for that, I am blessed.
I research entrepreneurs to learn their systems and models for success. I don’t have a disdain for them like I did in the past. Now, I have an appreciation for their innovation and I am able to look at what they have done to overcome their own obstacles to be the best version of themselves they can be.
The term Entrepreneur was coined by French-Irish Economist Jean-Baptiste Say. Which is derived from the latin word Entre- means to swim out, and Prende meaning to grasp, understand or capture.
In his 1880 treatise on Political Economy, he writes ““The entrepreneur shifts economic resources out of an area of lower and into an area of higher productivity and greater yield.” The entrepreneur is kind of like a financial superhero, able to leap minimal financial statements with fierce ingenuity to create substantial wealth through innovation of monetary gain. You could even call it one of my favourite hot buzz words. A growth hacker.
There is an ocean of experience out there. All we have to do is swim out and grasp it but first, we have to learn to swim. In my recovery, I am learning to face fear and to not be defeated by my cynical mind. I have to be a spiritual entrepreneur and use the tools I have been taught to upgrade my life.
To do that, I read and research constantly. I use the internet as my own university. I am never bored. There is too much to learn! Too much to do! If you are bored than learn something new. Learn a new language, maybe learn to code, you could start writing. It’s one of the healthiest ways to express yourself. Push yourself so that you can build the momentum to overcome the barriers in your life.
I wish I did this ten years ago. I wish I was in this frame of mind, but it’s ok, because I am in it now. And that is all that matters. Anyway, according to some futurists, they say in twenty years we will be able to live to be over a hundred and twenty years old. So, looking at the prospect of getting old is much more optimistic than it would be twenty years ago. When I get to be 60 will they have a cure for cancer? I don’t know but I am not going to risk my health just on that note.
In Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling book “Outliers”- he says anyone can master something if they heed to the 10,000-hour rule. Which is putting ten thousand hours of practice, But, first to even get past even the thousand hour mark. A person has to have the passion, drive, and grit to go through the advanced hurdles of any discipline.
One guy who has really pushed the limits of what man can do is Tim Ferris. Tim is a world class entrepreneur- his podcast “The Tim Ferris Show” has the distinguished honor of being the most watched podcast on Itunes, and it has been ranked #1 out of 300,000 podcasts on more than one occasion. He is the author of the four hour work week, which was a crucial force in starting the swarm of online marketers, affiliates, and drop shippers that there are today.
In the four hour work week, he created a formula for success and told the Protestant work ethic to kiss his ass, He wins, and wins big. Tim Ferris wrote this book when he was a nobody, and it was rejected by over 26 publishers. But now it’s a New York Times #1 seller, #1 on the Wall Street Business Journal, and #1 on the Business Week best seller list. You have to check this book out if you have not read it. It’s a game changer.
Just click on this link- “The Four Hour Work Week-escape 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich” for other reviews of this amazing book. and check out one of my favorite staples that helped me immensely in getting sober.
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