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Five Reasons for Startup: Independence
Do What You Love, Do What You Want, Be Your Own Boss, Unlimited Possibilities, Fulfillment
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I'm going to level with you right out of the gate. No matter what your reasons are for getting into startup, I can assure you that those reasons are valid.

There's no judgment here, there's no list of right and wrong reasons for becoming an entrepreneur, despite what you will hear from people, including me, about phony entrepreneurism (known as wantrepreneurism), greed, or even whether or not your idea is particularly good. Let the haters hate.

I will tell you this though: The primary reason you SHOULD be getting into startup is Independence.

Independence is the driving factor for why I'm an entrepreneur, nothing else. For me, the monetary rewards would likely be better elsewhere, I'm not necessarily a person who has to make this world a better place through my work, and I can thrive in both the entrepreneurial and corporate environments.

No, the reason I'm an entrepreneur is because I treasure my independence. I want to go to work every morning feeling excited about what I'm going to do that day, and I want to come home every night feeling satisfaction in a job well done.

That doesn't happen every day, mind you, but for me, it happens more often being an entrepreneur than not. It may not happen for you. It definitely won't happen every day. But at some point on your startup journey, you'll feel the rush of independence, and you might get addicted to it.

Being an entrepreneur is not a lifestyle choice or a hobby, it's a career. There are just as many responsibilities, headaches, heartaches, and pitfalls as a corporate career. There are, however, a plethora of reasons why everyone should try startup at least once in their life. Here are some of those reasons, and yours might be totally different.

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VIDEO: How To Market a Startup - Episode 2.1
Teaching Startup: The Show
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I met WedPics co-founder Justin Miller about 10 years ago when he came up with the idea to establish a music festival as a marketing event for his photo-sharing startup DejaMi. You heard me. A music festival. Bands, venues, tickets, the works. I immediately fell in love with the idea for its boldness and its batbleep insanity.

Entrepreneurs are usually terrible at marketing, especially first-time entrepreneurs. And that's the core of this episode -- How To Market Your Startup -- where we dig into offline vs. online marketing tactics and how one must complement the other in order to see any success out of either.

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When Do You Call Yourself An Entrepreneur?
THE SHOW - Episode 4.1
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Why do people hesitate calling themselves entrepreneurs? I meet entrepreneurs from all over the country -- these are smart, ambitious, even successful people who having trouble getting the term entrepreneur to roll off the tongue. And more often than not, it's because they feel like they don't know enough about startup to label themselves as an entrepreneur. This is ludicrous. And it makes me furious.

But I can understand the awkwardness of it. It's not like being a doctor or a lawyer -- there's no credentialed association to back up the fact that you studied and worked hard to become what you are. There's also a bit of sketchiness to it, those multi-level marketing and huckster salesmen who go with entrepreneur because it gives them a showy legitimacy.

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When You're an Entrepreneur, Confidence is Everything
Episode 3.3 featuring 49ers QB and Athlete Entrepreneur Thad Lewis
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We continue our discussion with NFL QB and entrepreneur Thad Lewis. Here's another way startup and sports run parallel. When you're an entrepreneur, confidence is everything. When you're an athlete, confidence is everything. Talent can only take you so far, it's confidence that's going to give you just enough of a boost to separate you from the pack.

But if a lack of confidence will kill you, overconfidence will kill you just as quickly. Finding the right mix, and how to go about getting to that mix, is one of the things we talk about in this episode.

On your startup journey, you're going to come across a lot of people who will tell you you're doing it wrong. What exactly will they tell you you're doing wrong? Just about everything. Wrong product, wrong market, wrong time, wrong place, wrong team. You need to have the wisdom to listen and adapt but still keep enough backbone to follow your mission when you know you're right.

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VIDEO: What Does Success Look Like? - Episode 2.2
Teaching Startup: The Show
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What does a successful entrepreneur look like? That's a pretty good question that shouldn't have an answer, but it does. There are two prototypes, the VC wannabe and the dorm room hoodie. And it's all dudes. And all of that needs to change.

But what about the rest of us? Do we entrepreneurs dress a certain way to stand out? Definitely. You need to cultivate your own look. It helps make people remember you. And the opposite, dressing for success, that doesn't help one iota. That's one of the things I love about startup. The ability to stand out or be contrarian helps you more often than it hurts you.

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A Startup Culture of Entitlement and Sexual Misconduct
The Startup Show - Episode 5.2
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In Episode 5.2 of The Startup Show, we get three dudes together to talk about sexual harassment, because how could that go wrong. But in all seriousness, this discussion should be uncomfortable, and it's necessary, for everyone, including these three dudes, to push the conversation forward.

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The Show: Episode 1.2 -- Are Startup Accelerators Worth It?
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Startup accelerators are all the rage -- hard to get into and seemingly a one-way ticket to success. Colgan has been through 500 Startups, and Andy is on his way after a successful stint at The Startup Factory, so we have a conversation about the pros and cons.

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