After a nudge from a friend, Jonathan took Business Fundamentals & Tactics in New York City. During the course, he came up with an idea for Lost and Found, a missedconnections app, which became the focus of his final project. Since, he’s kicked his idea into hyperdrive and is committed to building his app full-time.
If there was a way to learn valuable lessons about business innovation and techniques while watching skate videos, you would do it, right? I know I would, because I have spent the past few days watching videos of the great Rodney Mullen, pulling off skateboard tricks while giving talks at business conferences.
My discovery of Mullen’s inspiring speeches happened recently, when my husband fell into a YouTube hole watching old Mullen skateboarding videos. We are both huge fans of the famously innovative freestyle member of the Powell-Peralta Bones Brigade skateboarding team (which also included a young Tony Hawk and was managed by legendary skater Stacey Peralta). Mullen went on to turn street skating into an art, and, like Hawk, has had one of the longer and more successful careers in the sport.
Whether you’re thinking about starting your own business or already running one, you’ve probably looked at entrepreneurs who have found success and wondered, “How did they do it?” Of course, there’s no simple answer to that question; every path to success is different. But despite those different paths, it is possible to identify some common habits shared by successful founders.
From rap moguls to titans of agriculture—see how many of the below habits you share, and how many you need to embrace in order to reach your goals. Continue reading