“Entrepreneurship is about turning what excites you in life into capital so that you can do more of it and move forward with it.” – Richard Branson.
We hear the “E-word” tossed around quite a bit these days, and for good reason. Entrepreneurs are the key to the future, particularly on Long Island, because to embrace what Long Island has to offer you need to make a tremendous living, north of $150,000, especially if you’re young and dealing with student loans and starter houses listed at $350,000.
While that may sound intimidating, the fact is entrepreneurship is in Long Island’s DNA. At one point Long Island was mostly farmland, and it doesn’t get more entrepreneurial than farming. Or whaling. Or blacksmithing. You get the idea. Then Leroy Grumman convinced four co-workers to create a company that at one point employed 30,000+ Long Islanders directly! You either worked for Grumman or worked for somebody who supplied Grumman and the other larger-than-life defense manufacturers in the region.
It takes a special person to be a CEO, just like it takes a special person to be a rock star. Talent is only part of the equation: Visit any bar on a Saturday night or a church on a Sunday morning and you’ll find great guitar players, singers and keyboard players. The Rock Star, however, takes what talent he or she was blessed with to a rarified level. A successful CEO has to be a visionary, charismatic and – in many cases – have paternal / maternal instincts.
It’s in Long Island’s own best interest to create a nurturing Entrepreneurial Support Network. That’s why AskMrLongIsland.com is committed to doing all it can to enable and empower Long Island’s budding Entrepreneurials to realize their full potential. Stay tuned to this space for ongoing updates and helpful information regarding what it takes to not only run a business, but to do it in a way that turns on the rest of the world.