“Know your strengths and weaknesses. Creativity is my biggest strength. (It’s a weakness too.) But that doesn’t mean all entrepreneurs need to be creative to be successful.
“You can buy creativity, you can hire creative people, you can steal creative ideas, and you can even learn to be more creative… It’s not important to be creative, but it is important to know if you are creative so you can compensate if you need to. …
“Being a successful entrepreneur means embracing contradiction. You must be simultaneously desperate and confident, scared and excited, a risk taker and not a gambler.
“Ultimately you need to be a clear thinker who is also a little bit crazy.”
From book: Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur: Why I Can’t Stop Starting Over, by Stuart Skorman, with Catherine Guthrie.
Entrepreneur Stuart Skorman — “the founder of Elephant Pharmacy, Hungryminds.com, Reel.com, and Empire Video — grew up in a retailing family in Ohio. He worked every kind of job, from cab driver to professional poker player to CEO. In this entertaining, personal account of his coming-of- age in the business world, Skorman gives an insider’s view of what it takes to start a business from the ground up.” [amazon.com profile]