What the Entrepreneurs Taught me this Week

This week, Austin Conservatory hosted many entrepreneurs for their free presentations with RISE Austin, a global conference for entrepreneurs. I personally gave four sessions, each an hour and a half, each on a different topic.

RISE Austin is a global conference for and by entrepreneurs.

There were several things I heard, which lead me to perceive a pattern.

It seemed, almost, that every speaker I listened to, was speaking about their heroic exploits, the adventures they had gone on through their pursuits, the terrible failures they faced and the obstacles they face at present. I heard great stories of victory too, many of them. These victorious ones were eager to tell everyone of their trials and tribulations and how they, they audience, could avoid the perils they themselves have faced.

To me, this is all classic hero journey stuff.

From my perspective, this further illustrates the connection between entrepreneurship and the Hero Adventure traditionally found in our storytelling and myths. The hero journey is found in every culture and country of the world and has existed since the dawn of humanity, we suppose.

Adventure is a process of going into the unknown.

Adventure is not predictable.

You are living your life’s story and are therefore, by default, the hero of your tale.

You are not alone on your adventure. Many before you have faced your obstacles.

“we have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god. And where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. Where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world”. Joseph Campbell

The Heroes of all time have gone before you.

The labyrinth is thoroughly known.

We have only to follow the thread of the hero path…

And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.

Just as in the hero’s adventure, life and entrepreneurship, there are no guaranteed outcomes. The future is unknown to us all. It is all adventure.

My Conclusion?

If you are going to commit to becoming an entrepreneur (or any other exploits), commit to your adventure. Accept all that comes with it and learn the necessary skills to understand, perceive, and adapt. Learn how to transform scenarios, circumstances, misfortunes, opportunities and threats. Doing so, will help you persevere and possibly even succeed.

Jim Hart is the founder and owner of The International Theatre Academy Norway. (TITAN). TITAN enters its 8th year of operation this autumn and is the largest conservatory for arts entrepreneurship for theatre in Europe. www.titanteaterskole.no


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