Thursday, November 14, 2013
What Writers Can Teach Entrepreneurs by Jill Crossland
Jill Crossland: So good to be back with you, I see some familiar faces and some new ones. This is my third time on Jungle Red Writers. An emailed invitation from Roberta always gives me a Sally Field “They like me, they really like me.” moment followed by ‘everyone else was probably too busy’.
And Roberta I know I am supposed to call you Lucy (Burdette) but to me you are Roberta and mother of Australian Shepherd, Tonka. And you know I have a red Aussie named Mia and an SPCA three-legged mix breed but I am not here to discuss my favorite subjects, dogs, wine and food.
One suggested topic for my post was ‘What writers can learn from entrepreneurs?’ and I’m thinking is Roberta kidding? I look at all of the Jungle Reds: Most of you have others jobs, do philanthropic work, or share your craft through workshops, as well as being authors. You all do book promotions, interviews, maintain your social media, raise families and the list goes go. There is not much of my expertise that I can add to that.
Allow me instead to back track a few years when I announced “I am going to write a business book”. That was all it was supposed to take; put my intention out there and everything would manifest to produce the next great business book. It never happened. Lots of other things happened, but no book. When I visualize the jigsaw puzzle of my professional life the writing piece is always the one left on the coffee table.
If you Google ‘What is an entrepreneur?’ the Merriam-Webster definition is ‘a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money.’ The word origin is Enterprise - the ability or desire to do dangerous or difficult things or to solve problems in new ways.
Famous entrepreneurs have included the Body Shop’s Anita Roddick, Richard Branson, Bill Gates and even Coco Chanel. Over the years many have written books; some have chosen to share their personal story, while others turned their business highs and lows into some timeless business publications.
My unwritten book bothers me so I reversed this posts title to ask ‘What can entrepreneurs learn from writers?’ Taking the risk of writing doesn't look like a big leap and yet it stumps me.
You have all had your share of fears, time issues and life/work imbalances; what advice and thoughts do you have for the next Seth Godin or Michael E Gerber?
And if anyone has questions about business, I would be happy to answer them. Thank you to Lucy Burdette and all the Jungle Red writers for having me here today.
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Lucy: Jill would love to hear your suggestions about writing and is happy to take questions about business, entrepreneurs, wine, and Australian shepherds!