The Entrepreneur Within Me May Be Crazy by M. Luchies
The Entrepreneur Within Me May Be Crazy
By Michael Luchies – Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization & PitchJam.com
I used to think that I was crazy. After years of changing jobs, coming up with hundreds of odd business ideas, creating new websites and blogs, and wondering what in the world I was going to do with my life – I finally realized that I wasn’t crazy at all, but the entrepreneur within me is.
How crazy is the entrepreneur within me?
I’ll let you be the judge of that, but here is the evidence.
As of one month ago, I was working a full time 50-60 hour a week job, working 20-30 hours as the marketing director of a growing startup, and developing another startup with a partner. Trying to do this while keeping my sanity and nurturing a marriage that is less than a year old was not an option. I stepped down from my position as the marketing director and have thankfully been able to regain my overall sanity, but the crazy entrepreneur within me is still there and waiting to break free.
Coming up with an uncountable number of product ideas, websites, and businesses is nothing new to me. Here are just some of the start-ups, websites or blogs that I have been involved in over the past decade:
The list above mentions only the ones that I can remember and the ideas that I followed through with enough to create a website.
Although I don’t have any wild successes to talk about and am not able to retire at the age of 28, I have been able to learn a lot from my endeavors and picked up some accolades along the way. I have spoken at a National Summit in Las Vegas, been published in the #1 magazine for my field, won a business plan competition with $100,000 in prizes, competed in the National Elevator Pitch Competition, and more. Without the crazy little entrepreneur within me, I would have not been able to experience any of those things.
Instead of fighting the crazy entrepreneur within me, I am going to embrace it…but try to keep him from getting overly excited.
Is the entrepreneur within you crazy?