Wednesday, January 13, 2010

You Have To Be A Little Bit Mad

"What is the difference between a good idea and a bad one?" That was the question asked of Canadian entrepreneur Andy Nulman in the video I came across the other day. His response, "success!" Although the answer seems fairly anticlimactic, it proves to be very insightful and powerful as Nulman goes on to describe what he has learned about the life of an entrepreneur. Nulman talks about how entrepreneur's have to be a little bit mad to do what they do because they are always going against the grain and challenging the status quo. He even goes as far as to say that if your idea is well received it is likely a bad one. There must be a chorus of people telling you that you cannot do it for it to have the potential to be a good idea.

Nulman is best known for his creation of Just for Laughs, a comedy festival in Canada, and more recently for his creation of Airborne Mobile the self described "everything else you can do with a mobile phone" company. I must admit I didn't know anything about Nulman prior to seeing this video, but his demeanor in the video and a brief scan of his blog will surely have me following the words and advice of this serial he's a hockey player.

You can find the full video here.

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