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How To Know Yourself & Talk To Your Team - Rodney Evans Reading List via @TSF_VC

How To Know Yourself & Talk To Your Team - Rodney Evans Reading List via @TSF_VC | Startup Revolution |

How Do You Become Great?
We had a great talk at the Startup Factory today from Rodney Evans ( Rodney works in a cool DC Think Tank / "Movement" called The McChrystal Group (

Founded by General (ret.) Stanley A McChrystal and David Silverman. Their mission is nothing less than changing the way the world does business in the 21st century.

Sounds cool and fun to the team at CrowdFunde ( Rodney shared some great reading with me (books I just ordered) including:

Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them by Joshua Greene 

Energy Leadership: Transforming Your Workplace and Your Life from the Core by ...

And I added one of General McChrystal's books:
Counterinsurgency Challenge, The: A Parable of Leadership and Decision Making ...  

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We are going to ask Rodney to weigh in on how we talk about conversations, realized networks and creating LOVE needed for social advocacy on CrowdFunde. We may use Moral Tribes and Energy Leadership too. Stay tuned.

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Creativity More Valuable Than Passion for Startup Entrepreneurs

Creativity More Valuable Than Passion for Startup Entrepreneurs | Startup Revolution |
What is the most important quality of an entrepreneur?

Via Kamal Bennani
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Working on my 4th company (CrowdFunde) I agree creativity is more important than passion. I've created companies based on passion and they don't dance as well. 

Passion can be limiting. The "blind side" of passion is bigger. When you develop a company that is the barest outlines of something you know will change 10x before launch it "dances" better. 

It is important to be passionate about your belief in the movement you've joined. Successful entrepreneurs don't make any money until one magic day they do.

Money is an important scorecard, one tht builds confidence and the ability to do it again (why there are so many "serial startup entrepreneurs"). 

But money can't be the main motivation or you will never make it out past the breakers. Any startup will wobble, fall and drown a little before it learns to surf. If money is the only motivation or you are so passionate you can't see the wave about to hit you and your new company then you drown. 

Drowning a little is also part of the game. So never give up. Come up for air, up your creativity and go again.  


CAP Brand Marketing's curator insight, January 29, 2014 4:26 PM

Creativity is the ultimate trump card for Entrepreneurs. 

Ernest Collett's curator insight, February 4, 2014 2:59 AM

What do you think?

Nancy Barnett's curator insight, March 12, 2015 10:56 AM

Creativity enables an entrepreneur to pivot, adjust, move forward and let go when necessary. Flexibility in business is key.