“Being an entrepreneur is a lot like being in love: you’re totally into your work and want to spend every waking second with it. However, as anyone who’s ever been in love knows, at some point the honeymoon is over. And as any marriage counselor will tell you, that’s when the hard work of a successful marriage begins.” ~ Arlene Dickinson
If you are an entrepreneur you know that it is an all-encompassing lifestyle. And no one understands this better than Arlene Dickinson, venture capitalist and host of the acclaimed award-winning CBC show Dragons’ Den. In her latest book, All In, she lays it all on the line for entrepreneurs, and helps them identify and confront their daily demons. Whether it’s facing fears of guilt, rejection or balancing personal and professional lives, Arlene shares firsthand experiences and stories from other entrepreneurs who have been there in the journey of trying to live up to their dreams.
There is a key takeaway from the book that is all the more relevant today than in generations past. In the globalized marketplace of 2014, the entrepreneurial ethos needs to be embraced more strongly than ever.
Competition is fierce from large corporations at home and abroad, yet those big companies are never the incubators of innovation; entrepreneurs are the life blood of an economy.
All In shows that entrepreneurship isn’t a cloak we can put on and take off when we desire. It’s woven into our creative thinking and daily being. Arlene Dickinson’s book is an accessible read, free of management consulting doublespeak. It is a book that helps you Think Blinkabout the challenges of the entrepreneurial life and as 2014 dawns, we are all in on that sentiment.