ENTREPRENEURSHIP

I have been fortunate enough to have employees, generate over millions in revenue by myself, raise significant venture capital, sit on numerous boards, and partner in a pro sports venture which is cool but incredibly difficult to navigate. I’ve also failed to make payroll and had to lay people off. I’ve been sued. I’ve had my technology product crash when I got my big chance to partner with Def Jam Records on the launch of Watch The Throne. I’ve curled up in a ball and wanted to die probably 20 or more times over the last 10 years. Nothing about this is for the faint of heart.

But I wouldn’t trade any of it. The failures are inevitable. But the effort, the planning, the heart, the autonomy… these things are magic, and I think they are only accessible to the average person through entrepreneurship. That’s why I’m so passionate about it.

I also believe there is a ton of bullshit out there about entrepreneurship. Because I learned by doing as an adult, I had to figure out the hard way what was real and what wasn’t. As an investor, mentor, advisor, partner, and now content creator, my take on entrepreneurship will be consistent and authentic with good intentions even if it’s hard to swallow. The game is hard enough, you don’t need bad guidance to make it any harder.

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

I have been fortunate enough to have employees, generate over $1M in revenue by myself, raise significant venture capital, sit on numerous boards, and most recently partner in a pro sports venture which is incredibly cool but also incredibly difficult to navigate. I’ve also failed to make payroll and had to lay people off. I’ve been sued. I’ve had my technology product crash when I got my big chance to partner with Def Jam records on the launch of Watch The Throne. I’ve curled up in a ball and wanted to die probably 20 or more times over the last 10 years. Nothing about this is for the faint of heart.

But I wouldn’t trade any of it. The failures are inevitable. But the effort, the planning, the heart, the autonomy… these things are magic, and I think they are only accessible to the average person through entrepreneurship. That’s why I’m so passionate about it.

I also believe there is a ton of bullshit out there about entrepreneurship. Because I learned by doing as an adult, I had to figure out the hard way what was real and what wasn’t. As an investor, mentor, advisor, partner and now content creator, my take on entrepreneurship will be consistent and authentic with good intentions even if it’s hard to swallow. The game is hard enough, you don’t need bad guidance to make it any harder.

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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WeGrowMedia: “You Have to Shift From Consuming to Creating.” My Interview with Marcus Whitney

Dan Blank of WeGrowMedia sits down with Marcus Whitney and discuss how to claim your creative power.

Whitney also talks about how there are two critical sides to create something whether that is a book or a business. The first one is inspiration. The second one is specific tactics and philosophies to make creative work central your life to ensure it turns to actions and results.

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Book Bites: Entrepreneurship Is the Great Equalizer

Marcus walks you through his unlikely journey from college dropout waiting tables to successful entrepreneur.

To be an entrepreneur, you don’t need wealth or higher education. You simply need to understand the language of business. This understanding is available to everyone, making entrepreneurship the great equalizer that lets anyone overcome the challenges of our changing world.

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Author Hour: Create and Orchestrate: Marcus Whitney

Author Hour hosts Marcus Whitney, and discusses Marcus’s own path to success, which began when he was a waiter supporting a one-year-old child and with a baby on the way and has taken him all the way to where he is today–the CEO and founder of Health:Further and founding partner of Jumpstart Health Investors.

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Product Hunt: Create and Orchestrate

In Create and Orchestrate, Marcus walks you through his unlikely journey from college dropout waiting tables to successful entrepreneur, healthcare VC and co-owner of a Major League Soccer team.

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Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Feature: Coffee, Content & Conversation 2020

Marcus Whitney discusses his path to entrepreneurship and shares the path to claiming your creative power.

Whitney also gives tips on raising capital, dealing with the biggest challenge for entrepreneurs, and more.

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COVID-19 Will Fuel the Next Wave of Entrepreneurship

Marcus Whitney calls discuss how COVID-19 will fuel the next wave of entrepreneurship and the innovation required going forward.

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The Hemp Industry: A Burgeoning Business – Marcus Whitney LIVE with Tonya Lewis

This episode’s guest on #MWL is Tonya Lewis. From high school dropout to CEO, Tonya exemplifies what it takes to find both business and personal success.

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Building Your Personal Brand – Marcus Whitney LIVE with Nada Taha

This episode’s guest on #MWL is Nada Taha. Nada discusses how her past experiences have led up to her current position as an on-air personality and content strategy professional.

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Two Worlds 22: Your Voice

Can you imagine how much harder it was to create a movement fifty years ago? No email. No cell phones. No social networks. Just think about the leg work that went into gathering ten people to do anything, much less a thousand.

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Word of Mouth: Belmont University Conversations— Elam Freeman and Marcus Whitney

Lily Clayton Hansen and Marcus Whitney discuss about the process of becoming an author and how taking twice as long to finish his book benefitted the final product. He also discusses the importance of embracing failure as no entrepreneurial journey comes without pain.

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Answering the Call to Lead – Marcus Whitney LIVE with Lonnell Matthews

This episode’s guest on #MWL is Lonnell Matthews. We talk about the power of relationships, the evolution of justice, and entrepreneurial governance.

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Two Worlds 21: Atonement At The Abyss

This is the decision point. This is the time to act from your gut. This is your hero’s journey.

What do you stand for?

For so many right now, what holds them back is their ego. It’s useless, but it’s what they are clinging to.

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The Grind 79 What To Create To Create

That argument has been won already Like clockwork, my new life is starting not to seem so new. More and more, people are approaching me about my podcast and The Grind. These are becoming the things that people associate me with. Coincidentally, it’s becoming more comfortable to create podcast episodes and issues of The Grind.…

The Grind 78 Turning Plateaus into Basecamps

The Grind 78 Turning Plateaus into Basecamps

The peak is not the peak. I need to lose 15 pounds. Do those words make you feel anything? Depending on your relationship with bodyweight, maybe you felt nothing. Perhaps you felt an urge to encourage me. Maybe you were triggered in some negative way. Those six words weigh more than the 15 pounds they…

The Grind 77 All In

The Grind 77 All In

a narrative that isn’t our own When I was growing up, I was a happy kid. I had two parents in my home who loved me. They made sure I was in great schools my entire life. They kept me very busy with athletics and extracurricular activities. They surrounded me with great people to be…

The Grind 76 Overwhelmingly Creative

The Grind 76 Overwhelmingly Creative

I’m struck more every day with the miracle of life. It doesn’t have to be this good. There are many things to work on to get to” perfect,” but the world is a pretty fantastic place for more than 7.5 billion of us to work together the way we do. The journey of human conception…

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The Grind 75 System Aware

Where Freedom Can Be Found Last Thursday, I grabbed coffee with Matt Bodnar. Matt is an entrepreneur, investor, and a fantastic podcast host. I have been listening to his podcast, The Science of Success, for the last four months or so and can’t recommend it enough if you geek out on evidence-based personal growth strategies.…

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The Grind 74 Resilience and Hard Things

Something we can hide in. Movies compress months, sometimes years of experiences into two hours of entertainment. Screenwriters have to move viewers through the arc of the story in those two hours. As a society, the Hollywood story arc is a program that we follow for how we want stories to be told to us.…

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The Grind 73 The Shadow Side of Significance

They can’t help you right now Conor McGregor is the first mixed martial artist to hold UFC championship belts in two weight classes at the same time. Fans of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) are likely to have strong feelings about Conor. He’s a massive star to some, and a huge egomaniac to others. Even people…

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The Grind 72 Narrow and Deep

People are looking for the thing that only you have. We want to be touched. We want to be inspired. We want to be encouraged. We want to be nudged. The practice of engaging people via written and recorded words has taught me this. I’ve spent the last seven months slowly building the habit of…

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The Grind 71 Patience and Transformation

It digests itself. Transformation is the messy work that the dissatisfied soul yearns for. Perhaps intentional transformation is not for everyone. We transform throughout our lives regardless of whether or not we do it consciously or with intention. For some of us, that’s more than enough change. Others look at the world, then look in…

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The Grind 70: Befriending the Unknown

It will still take us. With all that we have learned as humans, there is one thing we still know very little about, and that’s death. We know it is a universal experience. It is not limited to humans. All the other animals on Earth that are born experience death. Plants experiences death. The stars…

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The Grind 69 The Great Imbalance

It’s not about good or bad. It’s about balance. Sometimes we don’t have to figure it all out. Sometimes we just have to be genuine in our desire to grow and open to receive the wisdom that will change everything for us. This week was such a time for me. I’ve been observing some dissonance…

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The Grind 68 Freshman Principles

It’s a Brave New World, Take This With You Last week I took my youngest son to his college orientation at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville(UTK). These days college orientation is often a two-day affair, happens before move-in day and includes parents. After getting him checked into the dorm where he would be staying for…