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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Marcus Whitney On Creative Entrepreneurship – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

When Marcus Whitney dropped out of college and started waiting tables, it was probably hard to imagine that would end up as an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and bestselling author.

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From Desperate to Mogul: Marcus Whitney Shares His Secrets on How to Rise to the Top – 207

Here’s a success story of an entrepreneur that spans such a range that I can only refer to it as cinematic. That is, if you could convince anyone to fund the picture. Most production companies would feel uncomfortable getting behind a story that reads like an entrepreneurial fairy-tale. At first glance, it doesn’t seem like a gritty e-commerce journey.

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5by5 – Featured Change Maker: Marcus Whitney

When Marcus Whitney dropped out of college, moved to Nashville and started waiting tables, it was probably hard to imagine a path that would end up with him as an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and bestselling author. And yet, through hard work, dedication and a little bit of luck, that is exactly where he ended up.

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Build Your Brand – Marcus Whitney LIVE with Mitch Joel

Today’s guest on #MWL is Mitch Joel, a seasoned marketing agency executive and the founder of Six Pixels Group. We talk about brands, commerce, community, and what’s next for us all as we build our new normal together.

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Parnassus Books: Marcus Whitney Virtual Author

Marcus Whitney’s book Create and Orchestrate was listed by Entrpreneur as the number one book to help you move past your entrepreneurial fears.

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

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Black Leadership in Tech and Entrepreneurship – Marcus Whitney LIVE with Clarence Bethea

Today’s guest on #MWL is Clarence Bethea. We discuss entrepreneurship, venture capital, and startup accelerators.

We also talk about the current state of Black leadership in tech.

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Black Entrepreneur Blueprint 314 Marcus Whitney From College Dropout To Venture Capitalist

I was working as a waiter when I decided I needed to make a change in my life. I joined Jay Jones on the Black Entrepreneur Blueprint podcast and we spoke about my journey.

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Music, Photography, Authorship, & Business: The Whole Package – Marcus Whitney LIVE with Michael Weintrob

Today’s guest on #MWL is Michael Weintrob. We discuss entrepreneurship in music and photography, as well as the innovation needed to pivot during COVID-19.

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Entrepreneur: 7 Books to Help You Move Past Your Entrepreneurial Fears

Marcus Whitney’s book Create and Orchestrate was listed by Entrpreneur as the number one book to help you move past your entrepreneurial fears.

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

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Changing course in a pandemic: How one man, afraid to leave his front porch, turned a panicked moment into a movement

Shawn Dromgoole discuss how he turned a moment into a movement during the COVID-19 pandemic and how he caught Marcus Whitney’s attention.

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The Combined Power of Music and Business- Marcus Whitney LIVE with Mark O’Shea

Today’s guest on #MWL is Mark O’Shea. We discuss business ventures like Noise New Media, overcoming personal obstacles, philanthropy, and music.

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Empowering Entrepreneurs and Developing Diversity – Marcus Whitney LIVE with Oliver Libby

Today’s guest on #MWL is Oliver Libby. We discuss entrepreneurship, innovation, and the future of work, as well as principles of leadership.

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The Grind 43: The Gift Of Reflection

I’m really excited for this week. This week I will put out two shows on the podcast or the first time. I’m getting the hang of this thing… Both shows will feature my friend, Megan Barry. For those of you outside of Nashville, Megan was the 7th Mayor of Nashville. She was the first woman…

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The Grind 42: Our Relationship With Discomfort

I didn’t send my newsletter yesterday because it was Martin Luther King Jr. day., and I like to reflect on sacrifice on that day. For the last week, I have been thinking about the value of discomfort, and the importance of developing a healthy relationship with it. Have you watched MLK’s mountaintop speech recently? If…

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The Grind 41 Hiatus

Happy Sunday my friend, This is the last Grind newsletter I will send for at least a month. I also will not be doing anymore Create and Orchestrate videos for at least a month. Why? Because I can see the finish line with Create and Orchestrate, the book, and I’m in focus mode. Last year…

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The Grind 40: Giving Thanks

Happy Sunday my friend, This was a particularly wonderful Thanksgiving season for my family and I. I hope it was for you as well. There is always more that we can do to stand in our power. So much of our power is in our potential. These seasons of downtime, gratitude and community have a…

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The Grind 39: Startups Are Kids

Happy Sunday my friend, Yesterday, my wife shared with me an incredible way of looking at what it means to raise teenagers. In case you didn’t know, we’ve got two. She said that their conscience is developing but isn’t fully baked yet, and so as parents it’s our job to be their external conscience. To…

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The Grind 38: The Disengaged Majority

Hello my friend, I’m going to talk about the election. If you are tired of reading about it or hearing about it, I totally understand and wanted to save you the energy of reading any further. It’s also not short. We live in incredible times. Among the things that make these times so incredible are…

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The Grind 37: The Downside of Striving

Happy Sunday my friend, Weeks like last week kinda suck. I spent the whole week feeling “in between”. Maybe you know what this is like. I’m coming off of a really good week. Just a couple of things that happened… Oasis Venture announced a partnership with Google Fiber to teach young aspiring entrepreneurs how to…

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The Grind 36: Impact and Influence

Happy Sunday my friend, I hope you did a better job than I did of celebrating Halloween this weekend. It totally snuck up on me, I’ve got so much on my plate and I just didn’t get around to pulling a costume together. We all have these choices we have to make around where we…

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The Grind 35: What Makes A Legacy?

Happy Sunday my friend, I hope you had a great week. Last Sunday Rachel and I were fortunate to be in attendance at the Medallion ceremony for the Country Music Hall of Fame, where Fred Foster, Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis were inducted into the Hall. I sort of felt like I had no business…

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The Grind 34: The Spirit of Forgiveness

Happy Sunday my friend, This past week was Yom Kippur, a High Holy Day for Jews in which God is asked for forgiveness for the people’s transgressions of the previous year through a period of fasting, prayer and reflection. I converted to Judaism in April of 2014 prior to marrying Rachel, and over the last…

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The Grind 33: Years Of Work

Happy Sunday my friend, This last week was a big one, and so this week’s message is a long one. I hope you can hang in there with me. When weeks like this happen and I sit down to write my weekly message to you, I’m often surprised at the things that stand out. This…

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The Grind 32: Innovation Takes Many Forms

Happy Sunday my friend, How do you feel about the word ‘innovation’? I don’t often talk about it in The Grind because it feels like it may lead me into the land of buzzwords and I’ve been trying really hard to stay away from those when I write to you. But I don’t think I…