Some Days You’re The Potter, Some Days You’re The Clay

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Quotes, skmurphy

A poem by Ted Mielczarek entitled 11/27/2001 (he dates his instead of naming them).

A man controls his destiny
Shaping it as the potter molds clay
His desires made concrete

So why do I so often feel
That I’m not the potter
But in fact the clay?

Successful entrepreneurship is an ongoing self-improvement project. But entrepreneurs must marshal more than their own resources and abilities to succeed. They need to involve other people with the necessary talents, experience, and knowledge. A successful startup is co-created not just by the founders, but in collaboration with other partners, suppliers, and especially customers.

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  • SKMurphy » Unfamiliar Pain

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    […] I think with unfamiliar pain you are not sure what’s going to happen next, and it’s this anticipation that can weigh on you. I’ve written about startups requiring a parallel self-improvement project by the founders. It’s been my experience that most teams change, or actually follow through on significant changes, in response to pain and the clear prospect of more pain. […]

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  • SKMurphy » Successful Entrepreneurship Is Ongoing Self-Improvement

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    […] Project Successful entrepreneurship is an ongoing self-improvement project. But entrepreneurs must marshal more than their own resources and abilities to succeed. They need to involve other people with the necessary talents, experience, and knowledge. A successful startup is co-created not just by the founders, but in collaboration with other partners, suppliers, and especially customers. from “Some Days You’re The Potter, Some Days You’re The Clay” […]

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