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Great ideas aren't enough to succeed as an entrepreneur. Our panel talks about grit and resilience.

Innovation Rising
Rittenhouse Square
April 2, 2015
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Produced by Joe Taylor Jr.

2820 Press production for Benjamin’s Desk


Hadley Yates:            I think that it would be a very rare individual that hasn’t faced challenges, and if they haven’t faced challenges, then, what they’re doing isn’t innovative enough.

Some of the best CEOs are those that have had failure in the past, because they don’t let small things get in the way of their vision, so, that testifies to that, their vision was strong enough and worthwhile enough.

Shelton Mercer:            If you’re going to be an entrepreneur you’re going to have a lot of those. You’re probably going to have more- Most would say that you’re going to have more of those than you have the home runs.

Michael K:            Jon Stewart’s my favorite example. How many terrible movies was he in and how many awful TV shows did he have cancelled, before the Daily Show took off, and now it’s one of the most popular news programs in the country.

Dennis Egen:            My old mentor and partner at my previous agency always said, it’s definitely how you recover. And I know it sounds a little bit cliché, but I say that to developers all the time. I say, Look, we messed up, it’s how we recover. You screwed up some code and it went live or something. Let’s call the client, let’s find out what the impact is, and let’s sit here at these desks until we fix it.

Mike Maher:            At an early age I was diagnosed osteochondritis dissecans, a different type of OCD. It was a bone disorder, and it was going to require me that I miss my entire sophomore year of science, as well as a little bit of my junior year. I had to come back, and I was told I was never going to play soccer again. I’ve always looked back at that as something that was a defining moment of my life, something that was real definable and tangible, a lifelong goal of being a college athlete, and maybe even further, and to see something that can get in your way and take you out, but being able to still come back from that and achieve those goals.

Shelton Mercer:            I use a standard life tagline. It’s Live On Purpose. And that On is capitalized, because it’s more than just do stuff on purpose. Purpose for me is a necessity for living.

Mike Maher:            Have a plan, but don’t fall in love with your plan, because you’re going to have to adapt and overcome, and that’s what resilience means to me.

Hadley Yates:            Something that’s really going to take the Internet or the design world, what have you, by storm, is going to not be graced with rose petals on a walkway all the way through. It’s going to definitely get you adversity, and the best companies reform themselves to meet and overcome those.

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