February 25, 2013 - Monday
Employee to Entrepreneur :: Shifting Your Mindset to Control Your Own Destiny
In the past starting your own business was risky. Most often it involved coming up with lots of money, quitting your job, and putting both you, your family, and everything you own on the line.
However, a new breed of solo entrepreneurs have emerged who leverage the power of the Internet and control a vast empire from their home, office, or wherever they happen to be.
Today the risks have shifted, and your bigger risk is doing nothing - staying in your current job, living paycheck to paycheck, seeing no upside ahead. Consider the following:
- Is your current job a good fit for you? What is the risk of having your talents continually sidelined as you wait for a better opportunity?
- Are you being paid what you’re worth? What if you let the market decide what you’re worth instead of your boss?
- What is the risk of ending up 65 or 70 and having regretted your entire life?
- Who gets to define success or failure in your life? What would it be worth if every failure could be turned into a success, and you were in charge of your own destiny?
Starting on March 26th the DaVinci Institute will be launching the "Empire of One," a 10-week, full-immersion, course for people wanting to break free of their current job.
An Empire of One Business is a one-person (sometimes married couple) business with far reaching spheres of influence. Since you’re in charge, it can be as big or as small as you wish it to be.
The business you create can be formed around a product, a service, or a combination of both. It can be a for-profit, non-profit, domestic-only, international, have broad appeal, or only be for be for left-handed people in Armenia.
You can keep your current job, or tell your boss to take a flying leap.
An Empire of One business puts you squarely in the captain’s seat of your own starship. We will help you set the stage, chose a starting point, surround yourself with experts, and build your own communities. Most importantly, we plan to make it fun. But in the end, this is a journey that you’re in charge of.
Join us on Feb 25th and we'll fill you in on the bigger vision.
NOTE: Free beer, wine, and refreshments will be provided.
EVENT: Employee to Entrepreneur
DATE: February 25, 2013 - Monday
LOCATION: DaVinci Institute, 511 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, CO 80027
DIRECTIONS: Driving Directions
COST: $0, Members: Free, SuperMembers: Free
TOPIC: Employee to Entrepreneur :: Shifting Your Mindset to Control Your Own Destiny
SPEAKERS: Dave Taylor, Thomas Frey
SPEAKER: Dave Taylor
Senior Fellow at the DaVinci Institute; Blogger, Speaker, Workshop Facilitator and Radio Host
Dave Taylor is the consummate solo entrepreneur. As the author of 24 books including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Growing Your Business with Google(Penguin/Alpha) (widely hailed as a must-read by business experts), and editor/producer of the award-winning AskDaveTaylor.com tech Q&A site, he's also a columnist for various print publications, a widely read film critic and popular videographer with clients like Intel Corporation, Kingston Technology and TrackVia Corporation.
In addition to his entrepreneurial ventures, Dave is a Senior Fellow for the DaVinci Institute and a gifted professional speaker lending his thought leadership and expertise to dozens of tech conferences every year.
For the last fifteen years, Dave has run his own one-person business, Intuitive Systems, LLC, with no employees and no boss: he brings in contractors as needed without the complicated tax and management infrastructure of a funded startup.
SPEAKER: Thomas Frey
Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute
Thomas Frey is Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute as well as Google top rated futurist speaker.
As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Tom continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come. His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, First Data, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Qwest, Allied Signal, Hunter Douglas, Direct TV, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Times of India, Leaders in Dubai, and many more.
Because of his work inspiring inventors and other revolutionary thinkers, Tom has been referred to as the modern "Father of Invention" and the "Dean of Futurists." Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer.