Two types of people in the world:
Entrepreneurs and then everybody else? According to Jason Calacanis, you choose who want to be. Everyone can be the rice picker he says but it takes an entrepreneur to create something from nothing. You are going to build something of substance in your life. It is you versus you, you versus the world.
Jason created “Silicone Alley Reporter” a sixteen page photocopied newsletter in 1996. It grew and expanded into a 300 page magazine making Jason very successful. The Dot-Com bubble came to end and the “Silicone Alley Reporter” was a fail.
Jason states that he was an entrepreneur who learned everything on the job. He states he was having fun. Jason described his failure as ‘getting punched in the face’. He said it comes out of no where, leaves you on the ground looking at the ceiling, and wondering what happened. Jason’s credibility was lost and he went from: ‘Hero and visionary one day to a goat and hustler the next day.’ Jason stated that it was psychologically brutal to lay people off.
Walk the House of Mirrors.
Jason would: “Look in the mirror and say I screwed up”. It was during this phase that Jason attributes to developing character. He said it just makes you hungry for more! The easiest way out is to check out he said. People can say anything about you, just don’t let it get you down. He described this process as walking the ‘House of Mirrors’ because some will say you are tall, you are short, you are fat, but if you know who you are, then none of that matters.
Jason was ahead of the curve on blogging. He began blogging while he was working for a boss. Jason cofounded Weblogs and asked his friend Mark Cuban for $100,000 to hit the ground running. In 2005 AOL bought the company for an estimated 25-30 million dollars. Jason was sitting at his computer with $15,000 dollars left in his account and said he hit the ‘refresh’ key until he saw A LOT of zeros. Jason said he just cried, he cried, and when his Fiance asked him why, he said: “Because I knew I could do it.”
Be the Sumarai
Jason was giving a speech to a senior college class in Penn State and he dared them to be the Sumurai. To have their passions, their ideas, and their beliefs and to fight for them. “Don’t give up on yourself.”~Jason Calacanis
Where are you today?? Are you being the Sumarai or are you hitting refresh? I do believe that timing has to meet opportunity but we have to put ourselves out there in order for that to happen. Don’t check out!
All my info today came from this video: