So, it was a just-in-time gift for Shark Tank's Lori Greiner to parachute in and remind us: Trust the gut. At least if we want to be a successful entrepreneur or venture capitalist investing in the products/services of the future.
Geiner spoke at Youngstown University last night to a packed auditorium. Here is the media coverage.
Although her focus was entrepreneurship, there were plenty of us Baby Booomers there. Many of us had had with working for The Man. Her description of her first venture - an erring organizer - reinforced our determination to keep pushing ahead in our own initiatives.
After the lecture, I spoke with women from my generation who had started businesses. Their gut instinct had told them:
- The workplace remains a man's world. Therefore, they can level the playing field by setting up their own shops. One woman had done taxes until she was just a bit over 80.
- Being an employee sucks off all control. You can be laid off, fired, or demoted at any time.
- There is no need to endure the social obligations of interacting with so many co-workers. You can just, as was the 60s saying, do your thing.
What were the other entrepreneurial traits Greiner hammered? They included:
Doing whatever it takes
Tending toward Type A in temperament
Working all the time.
The mindset takeaway from Greinier's presentation for me was: Live a life of "yes." Never say "no." On the "yes" platform for work and love, anything can happen.