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 67 The Fear Behind The Anger

I’m Sorry The topic of mid life crisis has come up quite a bit in my social circles over the last six or so months. I haven’t initiated discussions on the topic because I wouldn’t call what I’m currently experiencing in life as a crisis, but the topic does make me reflect on what my…

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The Grind 66 Who's Setting Your Price?

I Just Don’t Have The Time. I’d like to continue the thread from my last writing about the importance of Creative Power in the new economy. As I mentioned in the last issue, we are in the very early phases of determining new ways to value human contributions to the economy. The massive shifts that…

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The Grind 65 Money Value Time

This is still about business… and your independence. I’d like to share my view on where I think the economy is going, and why it’s a big factor in driving me to talk so much about well-being. The majority of you who have subscribed to The Grind signed up because of my personal brand connection…

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The Grind 64 Who's Reaction Matters The Most?

You want to know how to make people mad? There is a layer of glaze in society that performs like a glue but is really a sludge. It’s the social lubricant of saying what we think people want to hear rather than using our voices in an authentic way. We have an agreement in society…

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The Grind 63 The Work Behind Inner Peace

It works, but it’s work. In April 29th’s edition (released on my blog May 27th), I went into a bit on the role that gratitude plays in helping me deal with dissatisfaction and ended that email with “Have a grateful week”. If you happen to follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me share quotes…

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The Grind 62 Get on the Stage

We place too much focus on magic As you go through this week, try keeping an ear and an eye out for inner dialogue and conversations with others that start with “I can’t” and “I’m not good at”. As someone who is actively trying to lean into their strengths and find support around my weaknesses,…

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The Grind 61 Journeys and Objectives

What was true is no longer true. I’ve been doing a lot of speaking and writing lately. Speaking and writing both trigger me to think about ‘narrative’, which leads to reflection about what has transpired in my life so far, and how I’ve been transformed by it. One major theme has come up lately in…

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The Grind 60 We Are Better With A Rear View Mirror

Have we lost an understanding of freedom? I hope that you had a great three day weekend and a Happy Memorial Day. Since my oldest son recently became a Marine, I’ve developed a deeper interest in the military. Its history, its traditions and its importance. For that reason, I decided not to write this issue…

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The Grind 59 The Wisdom To Know The Difference

What are we all freaking out about? In three days my youngest son will graduate from high school. I’m so happy for him and so proud of him. I can close my eyes and vividly remember when he was a baby. When he was a little boy that I carried around my neck. Today trying…

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The Grind 58 Active Patience

The Trick Is Forgetting About The Goal… For those of you that find joy in Mother’s Day, I hope it was a wonderful one for you. For those that find it challenging, I wish you peace. I’ve had a week myself over here. Growing under constraints is a challenge I usually embrace, but I have…

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The Grind 57: The Power of Less

Being a great entrepreneur is about responsiveness, making great decisions and execution, just like being a great athlete. The habit of accepting less bullshit in our lives is transferrable in a good way.

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The Grind 56: Dealing with Dissatisfaction

We’re human, we’re not going to stop being pissed off. As we (“the societal we”) continue to understand the impact of our state of mind on our wellbeing, and subsequently our wellbeing on everything we want to accomplish in the world, we’ve put more and more focus on the kind of thoughts we need to…