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Are you from the Island of Misfit Toys?

Published on 7/15/2017
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I was listening to Entrepreneur on Fire - (great podcast by the way that I listen to nearly every day.) The host, John Lee Dumas, was interviewing Christopher Locchead


One of the big “takeaways” from the podcasts was this statement from the author and business thought leader Locchead …


Entrepreneurs pull two big levers: product/service and company, but the legends pull a third lever where they create a category and position themselves as distinct


Both Dumas and Locchead are Entrepreneurs of the highest order. Very successful and yet different in some of their approaches and methods.


Another  “aha” moment for me was when Locchead briefly triggered an old memory from my childhood when he likened Entrepreneurs to the residents of the Island of Misfit Toys.


In the Christmas TV holiday classic “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, our Red Nosed hero made a visit to The Island of Misfit Toys . The refugee camp included lots of notable outcasts.


Nobody, for example, wanted to play with a “Charley in the Box”, they wanted a “Jack in the Box”. Similarly, a “Choo Choo with Square Wheels and a Cowboy who rode an Ostrich (instead of a horse) were part of this tribe.


I think at some level all Entrepreneurs are part of “the island”. We tend to be misfits in the world of “regular” employment. I figured that out when I left my last job 37 years ago and skipped out on college early.


My guess, if you have read this far, is that we are probably similar. Different in many ways but analogous in our desire (or need) to make our own way in business.


If you get a chance, listen to that podcast and see if it doesn’t resonate with you like it did with me. In the meantime, I’ll “see you on the island”.


Bill Bateman - like “Batman” with an “E” in the middle


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