OK, so we’ve beat this Big Moo thing to death, but with 33 insightful authors, it’s worth savoring. Here’s yet another smart snippet to whet your entrepreneurial appetite:

“Are you ready to do an original, life-affirming, remarkable thing? The German philosopher-poet Goethe gave us the only bit of wisdom you need: ‘Whatever you can do, or dream, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.’


1. You Don’t Need…

  • A life of quiet desperation. Not now, not ever.
  • Permission—it’s highly overrated. Imagine Steve Jobs seeking permission.
  • A lot of fancy moves—Duke Ellington only had four.
  • More experience. Beginning it is the experience.
  • To forgive yourself for the things you’ve screwed up. It’s history.
  • To be computer literate. The best decisions and the best ideas come from people, not machines.
  • A degree. M.B.A.s and other three-letter words are also overrated. Ask Tom Peters, who has three, and still got fired by McKinsey only to go on to become the big “!”
  • Praise for your idea. Constructive criticism is a much more helpful filter.
  • An invitation. Waiting to be asked to the table, the dance, the game, the party, the big meeting is a waste of important energy that keeps you from beginning.
  • A baseline or benchmark. By the time you’ve baselined and benchmarked, it’s already too late.
  • Consensus—even if you buy the notion that consensus means 50 percent approval.
  • Money. Bootstrapping is simply a design constraint.
  • Gratitude. As I learned from both my father (who said this often when people whined in his business), and from my dear dog Topper, “If you want gratitude, get a dog.”

Whatever you can do, or dream, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now
2. You Do Need…

  • Passion, to get you over the hurdles.
  • Trust. Tiny threads of passion always lead to bigger threads.
  • Attention. Watch out for the threads and they become tapestries.
  • Guts to ask the question, “What’s missing?”
  • An attitude that suggests, “I’m prototyping, playing, and palling around.”
  • To arm yourself against perfectionists when you choose to use this attitude. They don’t like it.
  • The realization that learning is a paradox. It is life affirming and often painful, because you care, and without it you’re literally dead.”

The Big Moo: Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable is a book by Seth Godin and The Group of 33. It’s seriously right on. Check it out.

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