Entrepreneur Tales: Of Breakdowns & Breakthroughs.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”  ~ Peter Drucker

To imagine, to design and to build a world. And then to live in it.

The most difficult yet most rewarding activity in the wide(er) world of worlds. Another way of dreaming. Eyes wide open.

Who said that having a business is like having a child? Because it’s not just true, it is life-threatening.

Whatever life you thought you knew before the leap, is no longer an island. No longer yours, it’s now a continental ecosystem. Extended, awkward family. A free-fall, beating, edible utopia. You’ve got to be at least crazy.

The pregnancy of your idea is a dream. The birth, nothing short of exciting.

Then, enters shy and terrifying Life, that timeless blood that runs through hundreds of unpaid yet hopeful hours; the “failure after failure without lack of enthusiasm” kind of life — that’s the hard part. The mighty sweat. Hard, harder, hardest.

But, you know, maybe it’s not meant to be any other way. Edgar Morin said that pure thought can only survive at the temperature of its own destruction.

In the same way, the round peg in a square hole in the triangular heart in your chest, can only revolutionize the life in and around it, precisely because and not in spite of constantly tripping and falling over your lowercase self.

The Plan? To open doors without a key. And unapologetically but kindly let yourself in.


Video produced & directed by Debbie Landa, with the speakers from the Grow ConferenceFind @deblanda & @GrowConf on Twitter. 


{Illustration by Hugh MacLeod via GapingVoid.com}


And blood is made from and for dreaming.

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon seem inevitable.” ~ Christopher Reeve



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{“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”}



 (Uncredited quotes in the text: 1 – Winston Churchill / 2 – Steve Jobs)



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Andrea Balt
Co-Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Rebelle Society, Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness & Professional Dream Chaser at Creative Rehab. Unfinished book with a love for greens, bikes and poetry; raised by wolves & adopted by people; not trying to make art but to Be Art. Holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. In her work she tries to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Mind & Body + Darkness & Brilliance into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of ourselves. She is also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as one of our essential Human Rights to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration. Connect with her in the Social Media Jungle via Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and sign up for her FREE MuseLetter.


  • Aparna Khanolkar
    Aparna commented on October 23, 2012 Reply
    Love this piece. I spent 2 days at a conference for entrepreneurs. To say the least, it was enlightening. What a birth-re-birth-death process. I am humbled.
    • Andrea Balt
      Andrea Balt commented on December 6, 2012 Reply
      Inspiration is contagious. And this is terminal. Once you get the bug, you’re never cured.

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