Some entrepreneurial principles to live by
by Andrew Taggart
An entrepreneur: “one who undertakes,” says the OED. Or could we be a bit coy and say, “one who gives it a whirl?” And how might he live? By his wits and according to principle.
The first three, slightly modified, are lifted from a short essay by Milton Glaser.
- Only work with people you like.
- Don’t get a job. (Addendum: The career is dead, and the project, disconnected from a broader vision, is disorienting).
- Seek out nourishing people. Avoid toxic ones. (Read Glaser here.)
- Lines of thought: Learn the art of the zigzag: Few ideas or essays ever go in a straight line.
- Partnerships: Invite the other–try things out–thank him.
- Money matters: Never haggle. Ask what the other thinks is fair. (If you’re following principles 1-3 above, then the question of haggling should never arise.)