Entrepreneurs feel a calling to improve the world by creating an exchange of value. They are motivated by a dissatisfaction with the status quo and blessed with the energy and gumption to change it. People who are content or phlegmatic rarely try to change things. […]
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Mark Zimmerman's Zhurnaly ("Russian for Journal") ) is food for the soul. The wiki format allows him to blend a journal, a runner's diary, a commonplace book, and short essays. I enjoy his insights and his exploration Zen and ongoing self-improvement. It's worth reading whenever you want to renew your gumption. [...]
Here are four movies that I watch when I need to refill my gumption or recover my sisu: The Verdict, Apollo 13, The Dish, and The World’s Fastest Indian. […]
Gumption is the ability to continue to try new things with confidence, in spite of past failures. Entrepreneurs need this to debug problems and build things that don't exist--yet. Entrepreneurs Have Confidence, Inspire Teamwork, Plan for Iteration, and Focus on Impact We've recently gone through a mid-year re-planning exercise and [...]
In “Thinkertoys,” Michael Michalko describes “The Phoenix Checklist” as a rich set of questions developed by the CIA designed to help agents look at a challenge from many different angles. […]
I collect these quotes for entrepreneurs from a variety of sources and tweet them on @skmurphy about once a day where you can get them hot off the mojo wire. At the end of each month I curate them in a blog post that adds commentary and may contain a [...]
Howard Marks wrote “Dare to be Great” in 2006 as a summary of challenges for successful investment: you have to be unconventional but correct. This advice applies to startups as well. […]
Our July 2017 Newsletter focused on key insights for entrepreneurs offered by Robert Pirsig in “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. If you have not had a chance to read it I would encourage you to put it on your summer reading list. […]
I collect quotes for entrepreneurs from a variety of sources and tweet them on @skmurphy about once a day where you can get them hot off the mojo wire. At the end of each month I curate them in a blog post that adds commentary and may contain a longer passage from [...]
Subscribe to the SKMurphy Newsletter We publish an E-Mail newsletter several times a year. Each issue contains four informative articles around a common theme. You can subscribe using the form to the right to have it delivered fresh to your mailbox. SKMurphy Newsletter Archive 2018 October Lessons Learned from 12 [...]