Here are judgments my bosses have thrown in my face over the years:
You’re a big company guy.
You’re a small company guy.
You’re too corporate.
You’re too entrepreneurial.
You’re on your own wavelength.
You’re too rigid.
And my favorite:
You don’t know what you want.
I’m not mad at any of them. I’m hard to peg. I’ve served years in both global and regional company trenches so I can navigate a big org or bootstrap an insurgency with the best of them.
But it’s not until this past year I learned perhaps my most important career lesson yet: I’ve always been entrepreneurial, but this is the first time I’m actually an entrepreneur.
I say “bootstrap an insurgency” above because I’ve built amazing and profitable machines over the years, including ones constructed as separate companies. But creating a company within a company is not the same thing as creating a company from scratch—even if you bootstrapped that company-in-company without up front capital or put in your own capital (which I’ve done both).
Creating it from scratch is way harder and way more fun.
The best part now is I don’t have to listen to anyone telling me what I am and what I’m not. And my teammates don’t have to listen to me spit that nonsense at them either.
We just need to focus on our little business until it becomes not little on our terms.
So tonight’s Friday Funk installment is Little Business by CSC Funk Band out of Brooklyn, a team that meets all funk bonafides, but whose diversity is also hard to peg. I mean, their drummer is a former member of cult metal kings GWAR!! And a trombonist from ska legends Bad Manners.
Check it out, get your cool back for the weekend, and don’t ever let any boss tell you what you are.
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