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 7: Breaking Through Limited Thinking

When my partner Vic and I decided to go all in (ie. full time) at Jumpstart Foundry a year and a half ago, we knew that we were not going to do what we had done for the previous five years. There was much to have learned from running one of the first accelerators in…

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The Grind 6: Entrepreneurship Can Be Taught

I watched The Big Short (finally) on Friday evening with my wife, Rachel. I had read the book and just hadn’t been able to find the time in 2015 to see many movies in the theatres besides Star Wars, which my boys forced me to see on opening night with all the initiated, most of…

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The Grind 5: The Primary Purpose of Leadership

To those of you for whom today is the sacred day of Easter, I wish you a very Happy Easter. For the rest of you, I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend. When people ask me what I do, I usually tell them I’m an entrepreneur. But in truth, what I am is a…

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The Grind 4: Doubt is a Tireless Foe

Doubt is a tireless foe. There are so many reasons that our minds can conjure up to drive us to inaction. All humans are subject to bias. Recognizing this, consistently, can help us better manage our relationships with others as well as be more effective in business with others. But what about the biases within…

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The Grind 3: Crossing The Valley Of Death

You have to have a purpose to sustain the process of getting a business off the ground, because it’s really too hard to walk through the valley of death without something bigger than the money driving you. In episode 4 of Create + Orchestrate I shared my keys for success, with purpose being one of…

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The Grind 2: Ambitious, Creative Rebels

At the time I’m writing this, it’s Friday, 5:44 PM CST, and I’m tired. You are reading it on Sunday (or someday shortly after) and in a different space. But you know how I feel. You’ve been grinding at a level you previously have never reached, and it stretches you. Your body, and more importantly…

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The Grind 1 The Beginning

The launch of something is always so exciting. You know that feeling of finally sharing something you’ve kept bottled up for months (sometimes years) that says “Here’s what I’ve been working on!!!”. And then for 24 hours the congrats and high fives roll in, and then 24 hours later a few more people hear about…