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 31: Introducing The Eight Core Concepts

Happy Sunday my friend, Many of the conversations I’ve been in lately have come up around people selling their services versus people building a business as a system that works independent of them. Both are fine and a matter of personal choice, but they are not the same thing and sometimes people confuse the two.…

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The Grind 30: The Hustle Rules

Nine years ago, I stumbled onto the philosophy that has guided all of the successful and enduring visions I’ve been a part in creating. I met Dave Delaney while working at Emma. He was on his way in as a member of the marketing team, and I was on my way out to start the…

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The Grind 29: My 9-11 Memories

9/11 sneaks up on me every year. It’s not a day I look forward to, I don’t plan on doing anything particularly different on this day. But it’s impossible for many of us to not reflect on this day, certainly not me. Today, 15 years from the day the unspeakable happened, I have a different…

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The Grind 28: Look Down

I can barely walk this morning. It’s because on Thursday, two dear friends of ours took Rachel and I on a climb of Mount St. Helens. I had been so busy leading up to the climb that I didn’t really have time to research what we had gotten ourselves into. We did some training hikes…

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The Grind 27: Look Up

You’re already doing lots of amazing things. You and I both know that. But that doesn’t mean you are satisfied with your performance or that you are meeting your expectations. I certainly am not. Sometimes when that happens, the only thing to do is blow everything up, like my partner Jacob said in his most…

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The Grind 26: Get Confidence From Consistency

I hope you were able to capture at least a bit of the Olympics over the last two weeks. I know in my house, everyone gets a little more inspired to get in shape, compete and find a new level of willpower after watching elite athletes from around the world participate in completely obscure sporting…

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The Grind 25: Competition Is A Signal

I don’t know why the world works this way, but it always seems that our dreams collide with other peoples if they are big enough. And in those collisions we experience competition for the realization of our dreams. Sometimes, you understand that competition is required, and sometimes you wonder why collaboration can’t be the model.…

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The Grind 24: Relationships Over Metrics

Something you have probably noticed in your own life and work experiences, is that when things get stressful (and at some point they always do), people tend to have different responses to it. Some people seem completely unprepared for the stress, and begin to respond by getting short with people, driving anxiety levels even higher.…

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The Grind 23: Belief Of Destiny

I did some travel for work this week. On behalf of Nashville FC, my partner Chris Redhage and I went out to San Jose for the MLS All Star Game and met up with all the owners of the teams in the USL. It was a great learning experience and a great time. The MLS…

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The Grind 22: Responding To Failure

This week I’ve been thinking about our ability to respond to things. Two things in particular: Failure to produce expected results Unexpected changes that are beyond our control If you think about our lives, whether in business or personal situations, these two things can produce so much anxiety and disharmony. If I think about what…

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The Grind 21: Stretched But Not Torn

A pattern emerged this week that popped out at me and I want to share it with you. It’s about “scale”. You know when you are describing something you or someone else is doing and it’s described as “big” or “major”? Yeah, that “holy …. That’s huge” feeling. Scale. I came in contact with several…

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The Grind 20: When Things Get Bad, Take Care of Yourself

Context: This was written in response to the murder of Philando Castile and the subsequent assassination of 5 Dallas police officers in July of 2016. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty drained. We had quite a week last week in the United States of America. One that continues to show us opportunities in…