Wednesday, May 19, 2010

You never know where life is gonna take you

That was certainly one lesson from Dean Pertl's class on Tuesday, at least for me. The importance of "saying yes," and, occasionally, "no." At the beginning of the course, we talked about what "entrepreneur" means. To me, Dean Pertl's stories as well as his own life experiences are perfect examples of what it means to be entrepreneurial. Many of those examples are, in my mind, paragons of entrepreneurship. The upstart record labels in France and the Netherlands? Garritan's  world-class digital music library, which he started with the proceeds of "selling out" at a tulip expo? And Brian Pertl becoming a leading employer of ethnomusicologists as an intrapreneur at Microsoft? I love these stories, and find them very inspiring.

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