The John Hughes School of Technology Startups

Thirty years after The Breakfast Club debuted on movie screens, I'm still learning from the late John Hughes -- the director who taught us all that "screws fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect place."

You know dozens of lines from Hughes' movie catalog. But the quote that really sticks with me comes directly from Hughes himself, who once said: "My heroes were Dylan, John Lennon and Picasso, because they each moved their particular medium forward, and when they got to the point where they were comfortable, they always moved on."

Sure, that line describes artists. But it also describes serial entrepreneurs -- the people who build something, stick around just long enough to see it thrive, then get the itch to move on and do something completely new.

Do you have the courage to move on from:

  • The job you no longer love?
  • A relationship that's no longer healthy?
  • The daily "routine" that you maintain?
  • The job you DO love... because you have a bucket list of additional avenues to pursue?

It Doesn't Take a Genius

Most of use will never approach the creative genius of Dylan, Lennon, or Picasso -- or John Hughes. But you don't need to be a genius to pursue change. Instead, it takes equal parts courage and planning.

The media (myself included) sometimes glamorizes the entrepreneur's journey. But that can be reckless. Too often, we fail to mention that an entrepreneur quit her job to start a business or pursue a dream AFTER some careful planning -- around family priorities, finances, long-term goals and plenty more.

I think the best entrepreneurs are very good at slowing down specific moments in time -- spotting trends that most folks are "too busy" to truly see or study.

Whether you want to start a business or potentially change careers, find the courage to slow down, study the landscape, then move on to the right opportunity. It could be within your current company. It could be in a completely different market. Either way, push yourself -- and the industry around you -- forward.

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." 

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