Are you working like an entrepreneur?

This illustration for the cover of this month’s TOWN magazine is from my shiny talented niece Alice Ratterree.

Okay. I have question for you this morning.

How long has it been since you were so excited about an idea you couldn’t sleep?


I’ve started having some quiet conversations with the Brains on Fire tribe about what excites us. I really haven’t had an agenda, I’m just curious. So I’ve been asking and observing and listening.

Here’s what I’ve discovered:

We love and value great design. All of us.

We love smart ideas and often send brilliant ones we stumble upon to each other by email.

We love people and truly believe the world is full of amazing human beings.

We get down right emotional about the things humans will do for each other.

We love dogs and kids and cooking and books and fashion and flower arranging and music.

Collectively we celebrate and believe in excellence. We defend the right to pursue it at all costs.

We believe marketing has the power to change lives in a positive and meaningful way.

We don’t celebrate working late or overtime, but I’ll often come in first thing in the morning to be surprise and delighted when someone “just felt they could make something even better.” And so they stayed late to make that happen.

Here’s something else I’ve discovered:

If you find yourself a part our tribe, you are an entrepreneur.


As I’ve been asking and listening and learning it dawned on me with a fierce certainty; I’m speaking with, observing and working alongside of an amy of entrepreneurs who drive my passion even further every single day.

Yesterday I got an email from a young friend of mine. She’s thinking of starting her own business. The email she wrote, asking for a little networking help and some simple advice, almost CRACKLED with passion and excitement. I caught it. And Jumped right into trying to help her. That’s what people who are driven by strong desire and passion do, they spark their desire and passion in others. They trail little bits and pieces of desire and passion in their wake.

All day long.

So, how about you?

Are you only living for the weekend? Or are you excited about the possibilities each day brings? Do wake up with excitement? Do you work hard to make things “even better”?

Are you working with the desire and passion of an entrepreneur?

If not, what can you do to change that?

Come on. Let’s talk this morning…

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