Lesson #7: Lessons for Entrepreneurial Success (Maybe, with Hard Work and Luck)
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This is a very succinct lesson. We’ve heard countless stories of entrepreneurs who took huge financial, emotional, and personal risks to get to where they are. We’re not saying that you should risk bankruptcy or go into crushing debt. It’s about taking strategic risks, some will be devastating failures, while others will become triumphant victories. Comedian Jim Carry said it best:
“My father could have been a great comedian but he didn't believe that that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant and when I was 12 years old he was let go from that safe job, and our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father. Not the least of which was that: You can fail at what you don't want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”20
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- Carrey, Jim. “Full Speech: Jim Carrey's Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation (EN, FR, ES, RU, GR,...).” YouTube, 30 May 2014, https://youtu.be/V80-gPkpH6M?t=676.