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Endeavor Hosts Retail, Food & Beverage Tour for Endeavor Entrepreneurs, Features Presentations from Top Industry Brands

Endeavor hosted a Retail, Food & Beverage Industry Tour for select entrepreneurs in its network, providing them with a rare look into the operations of  some top global brands in each industry. The two-day tour included a mix […]

November 19th, 2014 — by admin

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Baydöner Honored with EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Turkey

Fast-food kebab chain Baydöner, founded by Endeavor Entrepreneurs Levent Yılmaz and Feridun Tunçer, was recently named EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year (EoY) in Turkey, recognizing the company’s innovative business model and impact on the region’s economy. EY, an Endeavor global partner, […]

February 21st, 2014 — by admin

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Strategy+Business: “Linda Rottenberg’s High-Impact Endeavor”

Reprinted from strategy-business.com. See the original article here

By Paula Margulies

This social entrepreneur pioneered a new model for mentoring startups in emerging markets. Now she’s replicating it around the world.

Growing up in one of Rio de Janeiro’s impoverished favelas, Heloísa Helena Assis realized that there was enormous demand for an affordable product that would tame Brazilian women’s unruly curls. In 1993, Assis and her partners — a former nanny, a cabdriver, and a McDonald’s employee — started a business called Beleza Natural (“Natural Beauty”) in the basement of a modest house in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. The company was an immediate success. Beleza Natural was soon scrambling to keep up with demand, unsure of how to pursue strategic growth with limited funding.

In 2005, Assis turned to Endeavor Global Inc., a nonprofit organization headquartered in New York that promotes “high-impact entrepreneurship” in emerging markets. Endeavor accepted Assis into its entrepreneurs program, providing her with what Endeavor founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg describes as “venture capital without the capital” — training, mentoring, and support from a network of business leaders, finance and organizational experts, and successful entrepreneurs.

With Endeavor’s help, Beleza Natural’s revenues have grown by 914 percent and its employment has increased by 214 percent since it joined the entrepreneur program in 2005. (Today, the company boasts 26 salons across Brazil, a full line of hair-care products, and a cosmetics research lab.) With US$30 million in yearly revenue and 1,300 employees, the company is a rags-to-riches Brazilian success story.

And it is the sort of story that Endeavor has been helping to replicate in emerging markets across the globe over the past 15 years. In 2009 alone, the organization’s entrepreneurs — who have created 130,000 jobs in 11 countries — generated $3.5 billion in revenue and $92 million in equity capital. And whereas less than half of new firms in the U.S. survive their first four years of operations, 95 percent of Endeavor’s emerging-market companies still operate after eight years. Indeed, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Thomas Friedman has called Endeavor “the best antipoverty program of all.” (more…)

20 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from Egypt, Turkey, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico join the Endeavor network

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Endeavor selected 20 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from Egypt, Turkey, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico at its 42nd International Selection Panel. Endeavor now supports 676 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from 422 companies in 12 emerging market countries. The entrepreneurs were chosen at a Panel held from March 27 – 29 in Dubai.

“This panel was one of the most international events we have ever held, both from the point of view of entrepreneurs represented and panelists,” said Endeavor co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg, who noted the attraction of Dubai’s strategic location. “Our panelists came from as close as Saudi Arabia and as far as Silicon Valley and were incredibly impressed by the global spirit of entrepreneurship represented by the candidates, including the first nominated company from our newest affiliate in Indonesia.”

Endeavor Entrepreneurs have had a significant track record of creating thousands of jobs and building sustainable growth models in their home countries. The International Selection Panel is the culmination of a rigorous multi-step Search & Selection process where top local and international business leaders interview and then offer guidance to entrepreneur candidates. Post-selection, Endeavor provides entrepreneurs with customized services provided by local business mentors and volunteers from Fortune 500 companies, consulting firms and top U.S. business schools. Additionally, Endeavor’s Catalyst program co-invests in Endeavor Entrepreneurs’ professional funding rounds.

The Dubai International Selection Panel was also an excellent opportunity to showcase Endeavor’s close ties with Abraaj Capital, which Rottenberg noted has been an indispensable partner for Endeavor in the region. Abraaj has supported Endeavor’s expansion to new countries in MENASA and senior Abraaj managers have served as professional mentors for Endeavor Entrepreneur companies. Arif Naqvi, Founder and Group Chief Executive of Abraaj Capital and a member of Endeavor’s Global’s Board of Directors, served as one of the 18 judges on the Panel and personally hosted the delegates at the opening night reception. “I can’t thank Arif and his team enough for the warm welcome they provided our global organization in Dubai,” said Rottenberg.

Endeavor will host four more International Selection Panels this year in Cartagena, Colombia (May); London (June); Istanbul (October) and Miami (December).

Entrepreneur(s)/Companies selected:



Entrepreneurs: Dr. Amina Hassab and Mohamed Azab
Company: Hassab Labs
Description: Hassab Labs provides accredited, fast and accurate medical test results to individuals, health professionals and medical institutes in Egypt.

Entrepreneur: Dr. Ahmed Farouk
Company: Imtenan Health Shop
Description: Founded in 2005, Imtenan Health Shop imports, manufactures and sells more than 200 natural health products. With 13 retail locations in Cairo, Alexandria, and Assiut looks to become Egypt’s leading provider of health food and all-natural supplements.


Entrepreneur: Levent Yılmaz and Feridun Tuncer
Company: Baydöner
Description: Founded in 2006, Baydöner is a fast-food chain serving traditional Turkish “doner” at 48 locations throughout the Middle East, employing 749 people. Former veterinarians and pharmacists, Levent and his partner Feridun are bringing new standards for quality and efficiency to the industry.



Entrepreneurs: Marcelo Castanha, Guilherme Kümmel, Edson Bastos, Helcio Maciel and Frederico Rocha de Araujo
Company: Novaprolink
Description: Founded in 1993, Novaprolink is the leading ERP provider to the Brazilian legal industry, helping law firms access millions of legal documents, streamline internal operations, and manage client relationships.

Entrepreneurs: Marcelo Amado and Marcelo Di Giorgio
Company: Touch Watches
Description: Founded in 2009, Touch Watches is a watch and accessories retailer based in Rio de Janeiro. Rolling out more than 700 new designs every year to its 88 franchises, Marcelo Amado and Marcelo Di Giorgio are bringing the fast-fashion concept to Brazil.


Entrepreneurs: Tomas Pollak and Carlos Yaconi
Company: Prey Project
Description: Prey Project is a Santiago, Chile-based anti-theft software company that helps individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations find and recover stolen computers and mobile phones.


Entrepreneurs: Rene Freudenberg & Roberto Iberri
Company: Interlub
Description: Founded in 1983 by Rene’s father, Interlub provides specialized lubricants to large manufacturing companies in the glass, steel, and automotive sectors in 20 countries.

Entrepreneurs: Jorge & Juan Carlos González Olvera
Company: 4e
Description: Founded in 2006, 4e is a Mexican manufacturer of liquid soaps and gels. The third company founded by the Olvera brothers, 4e has won 57% share (by volume) of a market historically dominated by multinationals.

Entrepreneurs: Andrés Rodriguez and Juan Carlos Vera
Company: BlueMessaging
Description: Founded in 2007, BlueMessaging allows businesses to improve the quality, efficiency, and scalability of their interaction with customers by providing user-friendly mobile and web communication platforms.

About Endeavor

Hailed by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman as “the best anti-poverty program of all,” Endeavor is leading the global movement to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. To date, Endeavor has screened more than 30,000 entrepreneurs and selected 672 individuals leading 422 high-impact companies.

With support from Endeavor’s worldwide mentor network, these high-impact entrepreneurs:

-Have created over 156,000 jobs
-Generated over $4.5 billion in revenues in 2010
-Inspire future generations to innovate and take risks

Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently operates in 15 countries throughout Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. As the high-impact movement expands globally, Endeavor will continue to prove that anyone with a big idea can succeed, from Silicon Valley to Latin America, the Middle East, and beyond.

Endeavor attends Global Entrepreneurship Congress

Last week, Endeavor representatives from 10 offices worldwide attended Kauffman’s Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in Liverpool, England, a conference “where people, passion and potential are celebrated, inspired and accelerated.” As an important part of this 4th annual Global Entrepreneurship Congress, the 16 Endeavor representatives in attendance mingled with iconic business innovators such as Sir Richard Branson, founder and CEO of Virgin, and Stephen Felice, SME and Consumer President of Dell, while spreading their message on the positive effects of entrepreneurship, particularly in the emerging markets in which they focus their activities.

Endeavor Global’s Director of Marketing & Development, Rebecca Plofker addressed the Congress about how Endeavor uses the powerful stories of High-Impact Entrepreneurs to inspire future generations in developing economies as well as going into detail on what Endeavor affiliates do as country hosts during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). Citing the growing number of Endeavor Entrepreneurs participating in GEW activities, she also elaborated on how sharing these stories of success can inspire others to start their own enterprises, creating entrepreneurial ecosystems which act as a catalyst for economic growth and important job creation. This was followed up with a breakout session led by Rebecca, Mark Nager of Startup Weekend, and Nick Seguin of the Kauffman Foundation on how to foster and sustainably grow these entrepreneurial ecosystems.

It’s unsurprising that Endeavor had such an esteemed presence at the GEC, as last year ten Endeavor affiliates acted as host for Global Entrepreneurship Week in their countries. This event has become a cornerstone for Entrepreneurial creation worldwide, and is the globes’ largest celebration of innovators and job creators. Started in 2008, Global Entrepreneurship Week was celebrated last year in nearly 120 countries and directly impacted more than 6 million people worldwide, of more than 1 million of which came from Endeavor affiliate countries. Additionally, Endeavor country Turkey was recognized at the Congress for their GEW campaign, and won “Country of the Year” at the annual Gala. This week-long event has become an important tool for encouraging and inspiring entrepreneurs.

Additionally, it was announced during the Congress that Endeavor Brazil would host next years’ GEC in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil was one of the first Endeavor locations, and the country is often cited as an important example of how entrepreneurship can thrive in emerging markets to positively affect economic growth and create high-skilled jobs. This news marks another important step for Endeavor in becoming a recognized leader in the High-Impact Entrepreneurship movement.

PedidosYa launches in Colombia

PedidosYa.com, the Uruguay-based online food ordering leader in Latin America that allows users to quickly find restaurants and order food from its website, iPhone and Android apps, has launched in Colombia.

PedidosYa.com arrived in Colombia this month, starting in Bogotá with more than 40 restaurants and 290 branches. Included among them are a number of important restaurant chains, such as Presto, PPC, Fruterias Patty y Don Jediondo, and also well-known restaurants such as Casavieja, Palos de Moguer, Tahi Sushi and Arepas DC.

The company was founded in Uruguay by Endeavor Entrepreneurs Ariel Burschtin, Ruben Sosenke and Alvaro Garcia in October of 2009. Currently, it operates in six countries in Latin America: Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Puerto Rico and recently Colombia. PedidosYa already works with more than 2,500 restaurants including brands like Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Denny’s, Presto, PPC, California Burritos, Benihana, Romario and Itamae Sushi.

The opening in Colombia is complemented by the launch of the Android app, which adds to the one already launched in December of 2011 for the iPhone. These apps detect the users’ location through GPS and list a number of restaurants that deliver to the specified location.

Alvaro Garcia, co-CEO at PedidosYa.com, says, “We are really excited with the goals we have been achieving and we are optimistic about our future plans. More and more new customers and restaurants choose our service and enjoy its benefits. Launching in Colombia is another important milestone in our international expansion strategy, helping us remain leaders in the Latin American market.”

PedidosYa.com is supported financially and strategically by Kaszek Ventures, the venture capital firm led by Hernan Kazah (co-founder of MercadoLibre) and Nicolás Szekasy (former CFO of MercadoLibre), and Atomico Ventures, the technology venture capital firm founded by Niklas Zennström (co-founder of Skype).

Endeavor global network member Juan Pablo Cappello named a Top 50 Entrepreneur by Business Leader magazine

The press release below can also be viewed here.

MIAMI — Juan Pablo Cappello, a Corporate & Securities shareholder in the Miami office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig has been named a “Top 50 Entrepreneur” by Business Leader magazine. An awards reception was held for honorees on Monday, February 20, 2012. The Top 50 Entrepreneurs issue is scheduled to be published in April 2012.

Started in 1989, Business Leader magazine provides local business intelligence to readers in several Southeast markets, including: Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro and Charlotte in North Carolina; Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville in Florida; Nashville and Memphis in Tennessee; and Atlanta, Georgia.

“It is an honor to be selected for this prestigious award and listed among such a well-accomplished list of professionals,” said Cappello. “Working at a law firm with a history rooted in the entrepreneurial efforts of its founding partners, it is a fantastic feeling knowing that through this accomplishment I am not only paying tribute to this tradition of entrepreneurship, but am also contributing to keeping the spirit of innovation alive.”

Cappello has wide-ranging capital markets experience in cross-border corporate finance, private equity and venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. He was previously the general counsel and a director of [Endeavor Entrepreneur Wences Casares’ company] Patagon.com, which was sold to Banco Santander for a transaction value of over US$750 million. Cappello also co-founded [along with Endeavor Entrepreneurs] www.idea.me, the first Latin America crowd funding site and Sauber Energy, a green energy company in Chile that resolves the problem of “harmonics” in the electrical grid.

Cappello is highly involved in the business community where he is a Global Advisory Board Member of Endeavor Global, a leading NGO promoting entrepreneurship. He is also on the Legal Advisory Board of the Latin American Venture Capital Association, the Advisory Board of the Pino Entrepreneurship Center at Florida International University and of the Institute of Global International Effectiveness at the Kelly School of Management at Indiana University.

Lumni: “Growing rapidly while doing good”

Co. Exist profiled “6 Companies That Are Growing Rapidly While Doing Good”, including Lumni, a social investment company founded by Endeavor Entrepreneur Felipe Vergara.

Writes Ariel Schwartz,

Sometimes, social responsibility is sacrificed in the name of keeping companies afloat. But these six companies, dubbed Rockstars of the New Economy by B Lab, have achieved three to 100 times revenue or job growth while maintaining a high environmental and social impact.

On Lumni:

Lumni, a company operating in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and the U.S., “creates funds that invest in the human capital of low-income students,” according to founder and CEO Felipe Vergara. The company’s social investment funds invest in college students, and in return, the students commit to paying back a fixed portion of their income for six months after they graduate (they don’t have to pay if they’re unemployed). Over the last five years, Lumni grew from $1.5 million in assets under management to $25 million. In 2011, it reached 2,500 students. Lumni USA recently financed its first class of American students.

Lumni founder Felipe Vergara is a former professor and serial entrepreneur, highly dedicated to education. In 2010 Lumni pledged, as part of a Clinton Global Initiative commitment, to provide 10,000 students in Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and the U.S. with access to financing for higher education over the next five years. His company has been featured in The Economist as an innovator in education financing. He has also co-founded Primera Languages for Business, a top provider of language and cultural education in a business context. Felipe has received support from Endeavor staff, mentors, and board members in every country where Lumni does business.

8 ways Jordan created an enabling environment for tech entrepreneurs

By Fadi Ghandour

This post is reprinted from Wamda. You can find the original post here.

So Arabnet is here. If you are a regular visitor to the Beirut conference you are going to see a very strong Jordanian presence. For a country with less than 6 million people, few god-given natural resources, in a mostly desert kingdom, with very little water, Jordan is a superstar of entrepreneurship in the Arab world. So how did this happen? What is the story of Jordan and tech entrepreneurs? How can other countries learn from Jordan’s approach?

Here is my take as a Jordanian, an Arab that roams the world, and an angel investor that has been doing business in every single Arab country for the past three decades:

1. There is no safety net. When you know someone is going to pick catch you (hint: government) you have no incentive to jump. Strange, no? Well, entrepreneurs are risk takers. When risk is minimized and we are dependent on the generosity and grants of others, then we have no incentive to make it happen. “Father knows best” does not work here.

2. The private sector leads, thinks and drives the story. The public sector plays only as an enabler… this formula works and works very well!

3. Political will and policy are driven by clear vision. Back in 1999, a group from the private sector presented HM King Abdullah with a blueprint for launching the IT industry in the country, called the “REACH Initiative.” He adopted it and pushed his government to facilitate the plan, and the rest is history. When there is a will there is a way. Yes, the private sector can work with the public sector, and yes, good things can come of it.

4. It has open systems and no web censorship. Believe me, if you sensor heavily, you drive people away. Don’t even think about it. Innovative eco-systems require open systems. And Jordan does not censor!

5. Competition exists in the telecom sector. Jordan has a totally open and deregulated sector with an independent regulator. This drives prices down and brings service levels up, and thus broadband is available at reasonable cost. This is an essential element for driving the IT industry; without it you cannot compete nor start a business.

6. There are no foreign ownership restrictions, and Jordan boasts a free trade agreement. Being a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is important for any country with few resources, and in Jordan, it enables Jordanian companies to start in Jordan, learn, and make mistakes, then go global.

7. There is a substantial support community. Angel investors, mentors, incubators, venture capital, and Y-combinators like Oasis500, Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship, Endeavor, IV Holdings, I-Park, and Meydan among several others work to support entrepreneurs.

8. Last but not least, there is Maktoob, where it all started. A company launched out of Amman became the largest Arab internet company later to be sold to Yahoo, making it the largest deal of its kind in the region. This exit allowed many Maktoob employees to start companies afterwards, and the success story made other entrepreneurs feel that this industry is moving forward, so they could take the plunge and start a company.

The result is that now, in the spring of the Arabs and awakening of regional empowerment, Jordanians are busy building companies and finding markets, building and nurturing talent, and exploring the world.

These are my reasons. Please add yours, and feel free to disagree.

Endeavor South Africa releases new whitepaper on state of entrepreneurship

Hot off the press: Endeavor South Africa, in partnership with FNB and SAP, releases the third edition of the “Entrepreneurial Dialogues: The State of Entrepreneurship in South Africa [PDF]

The multi-authored white paper was the result of an Endeavor South Africa summit which touched on the ideal ecosystems for entrepreneurs based on four key archetypes as identified by research conducted by the Monitor Group in 26 countries. The summit was attended by some of the best and brightest minds in business, academia and government. The white paper incorporates key topics and proposes insights and recommendations for the creation of dynamic entrepreneurial environments in the country.

Malik Fal, outgoing Managing Director of Endeavor South Africa, says, “A deliberate effort must be made to foster a culture of entrepreneurship in South Africa. Local entrepreneurial heroes need to be sought out and celebrated.”

Sanjeev Orie, Head of Acquisitions for Business Banking at FNB adds, “As a company with entrepreneurial spirit at its heart, FNB is committed to supporting South African entrepreneurs to take advantage of the business opportunities present in our country by offering sound financial and innovative banking solutions. By partnering with such initiatives, we hope to initiate ongoing interventions and lead the debate on issues pertaining to entrepreneurship in South Africa, as well as to develop a greater understanding of our local entrepreneurial landscape.”

Endeavor and Abraaj work together to foster High-Impact Entrepreneurship

Headquartered in Dubai, Abraaj Capital is a leading private equity manager investing in high growth markets. Since November 2010, when Endeavor announced a strategic partnership with Abraaj during the landmark Celebration of Entrepreneurship event, the firm has been one of Endeavor’s primary partners.

Largely as a result of Abraaj’s active support and involvement, Endeavor continues to expand operations throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In 2011, Endeavor launched in Lebanon and Indonesia. In coming months, Endeavor is set to launch in Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, Endeavor expansion teams are actively scoping prospects in additional countries in MENA (e.g., Morocco, United Arab Emirates) and South East Asia (e.g., Malaysia, Singapore). To facilitate this expansion, Endeavor Global also maintains local support offices in these regions, working out of Abraaj facilities in Dubai and Singapore.

In addition to facilitating expansion efforts, Abraaj support has enabled Endeavor Global to scale its core operations of selecting and supporting High-Impact Entrepreneurs. Abraaj’s involvement is particularly on display this week at Endeavor’s International Selection Panel in Dubai (March 27-29). Abraaj Founder and Group CEO Arif Naqvi is serving as one of the judges on the Panel and will personally host the delegates at an opening night reception. “I can’t thank Arif and his team enough for the warm welcome they are providing our global organization in Dubai,” says Endeavor co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg. “Abraaj continues to be an indispensable partner for Endeavor in the MENASA region.”

The International Selection Panel is the culmination of a rigorous multi-step Search & Selection process where top local and international business leaders interview and offer guidance to entrepreneur candidates. Post-selection, Endeavor provides entrepreneurs with customized services provided by local and international business leaders who volunteer as mentors.

In addition to providing support for these operations, Abraaj has helped strengthen Endeavor’s network of mentors in the region. Since the second half of 2011, various Endeavor Entrepreneurs from Turkey, Egypt, and Lebanon have also been directly mentored by Senior Partners and Principals at Abraaj, receiving guidance in areas ranging from fundraising to regional growth strategies. “Abraaj mentors have been particularly valuable to our business,” says Endeavor Entrepreneur Marc Dfouni from Eastline Marketing, a Lebanon-based digital marketing agency. “For instance, they have helped us strategize when and how to seek outside investment, and even how to structure our fundraising pitch.”

Plans are underway to expand the program, connecting even more Abraaj mentors with Endeavor Entrepreneurs. As a result of Abraaj’s recent acquisition of Aureos Capital, which operates in Asia, Africa and Latin America, Abraaj executives plan to provide mentorship and support to Endeavor Entrepreneurs in those markets.

Among other programs, Abraaj has also been a leading sponsor of events such as the June 2011 Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit, where 450 people (including 170 Endeavor Entrepreneurs) gathered in San Francisco to network and learn from 90 expert speakers, and the 2011 Endeavor Gala in New York City, where Mr. Naqvi spoke about the entrepreneurial landscape of the Middle East and introduced Gala honoree and Abraaj board member Fadi Ghandour. A board member of Endeavor Global, Mr. Naqvi is a founding supporter of Endeavor Catalyst, a program that co-invests in Endeavor Entrepreneurs’ professional fundraising rounds.

The time is now for High-Impact Entrepreneurship in the region. Endeavor and Abraaj are proud to be working together to make it happen.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull: entrepreneurial handbook?

Reprinted from feld.com. See original post here.

By Brad Feld

I read Jonathan Livingston Seagull for the first time in 1975 when I was about 10 years old. I’ve read it several times over the last 35 years, but probably hadn’t read it in over a decade. My first business partner, Dave Jilk (now the Standing Cloud founder / CEO), gave it to me as a birthday gift last week.

I just read it again and it was as powerful, inspiring, and enlightening as I remembered it. I’m often asked what books I’d recommend to an entrepreneur (especially an aspiring entrepreneur). There are two: Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Whenever we are in the upswing of an entrepreneurial cycle, like we are right now, I start seeing all kinds of weird stuff appear. Random people, who get notoriety for themselves, blow up. The media is aggressively negative presumably in the quest for getting readership. Entitlement behavior runs rampant. The quick buck artists appear. Money becomes a central topic of many conversations. Established companies and government suddenly wake up to the power of innovation and try to co-opt the energy. The word bubble becomes so popular that a bubble builds around using the word bubble.

The great entrepreneurs just keep building their companies. They focus relentlessly on their products, their customers, and their people. They create things that delight, take chances, make mistakes, and iterate as they, and their organizations, get better. They just keep at it and the very best ones shut out and ignore all the noise. And they learn, and learn, and learn.

Just like Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Young Jonathan realizes he is different and then outcast, but he discovers himself. He then discovers others like him, including his great mentors. He learns, experiments, tries new things, makes mistakes, and learns. And learns. And then he becomes the mentor and teaches other young seagulls to discover themselves. Throughout, he does what he loves the most – he flies, and practices, and learns.

If you are an entrepreneur, take one hour out of your day this week and read Jonathan Livingston Seagull. And then spend another hour, alone, thinking about it. I assure you that it’ll be worth the time.

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