I spend the bulk of my week speaking with business owners, from liquor store chains to indie bike shops, and there’s a recurring trend:
These people are fascinating.
From startup types in the Rust Belt to inspiring immigrant stories, these folks are braving the odds that are stacked against them (about 50% of businesses fail within 5 years), assuming tremendous risk for unknown reward.
A few years ago, I sat in an NYU lecture hall, listening to the benefits of a Stern Business School education. It promised top-notch professors, world-class networking opportunities and an illustrious NYU diploma. When I got back to my apartment that night, I pulled up their website and took a look at the tuition prices.
I could’ve bought a house with the tuition they were asking. And a used Porsche.
The value of an MBA is an entirely different discussion, but I began to theorize that if I spent a fraction of the money, took risks, experimented, learned from smart people and read, I might cobble together a DIY MBA of sorts. No, there’d be no diploma at the end– but the point has been that there really isn’t an end to this. It’s a lifetime education.
Which is where you come in (or maybe someone you know) if you’re a business owner or entrepreneur.
I’ll be exploring a few formats, from video interviews to surveys and more, but I’d love to hear your story, understand more about your business, what brought you to where you are and spend a few minutes absorbing what you’ve learned.
If you’d like to hear more, drop me a note and I’ll be sure to reach out.