May 24th, 2006

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It's Wednesday, so Brezsny tells the Gemini this week:

"Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to change the world?" That's the question asked by Marc Hedlund in the intro to his "Proverbs for Entrepreneurs" (http://snipurl.com/ndlv). Since you're experiencing new opportunities to bring more of the entrepreneurial spirit into your life and work, I thought I'd offer you a few of his suggestions. (1) Pay attention to any idea that won't leave you alone. (2) Give people what they really need, not necessarily what they say they need. (3) If you keep your brilliant ideas secret for fear they'll be stolen, people will hide their brilliant ideas from you. (4) Great things are made by people who share a passion, not by partners who have been talked into it.

More of the entrepeneurial spirit into my life? Maybe over the past year, but not so much just lately. I'm getting the impression that Rob's been hitting the entrepeneurial literature harder lately, both from his book recommendations, and that he's *doing* book recommendations the way he is. So maybe he's just projecting onto me.
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From the latest Paul Graham essay, called "How To Be Silicon Valley":

However, merely creating a new university would not be enough to start a silicon valley. The university is just the seed. It has to be planted in the right soil, or it won't germinate. Plant it in the wrong place, and you just create Carnegie-Mellon.

Ow. So harsh. So true.

Good essay. Very good essay.