When I first heard the phrase “entrepreneurial spirit,” I laughed. Scoffed, actually.
I pictured zen-like self-help gurus in yoga pants up on a mountain retreat à la Topher Grace’s Black Mirror tech genius encouraging his followers to embrace their culturally-appropriated spirit animals and open their chakras for more fulfilling hostile takeovers.
Or Jared Leto.
“Does anyone even say that?” I asked Adam, my editor, during our 1:1.
“It’s an interesting concept,” he said. “I think you should explore it.”
Dubiously, I set off to find out what this entrepreneurial spirit thing was all about.
Naturally, Adam was right.
Not only did I discover it’s definitely not as mystical as it sounds, but it draws heavily on some very ancient philosophy, and makes sense for both the personal and the professional.
I’ll walk you through what I learned and how you can use it, or you can skip ahead to the juicy bits:
- What is an entrepreneurial spirit?
- What does ancient philosophy have to do with modern entrepreneurs?
- Ryan Holiday: writing, entrepreneurship, and Stoic principles
- Arianna Huffington: Stoic inspiration for a better work/life balance
- Tim Ferriss: the philosophy of one of the most innovative entrepreneurs
- How to cultivate your own entrepreneurial spirit
Now, get comfortable and still your mind…