“Always be yourself, unless you can be a pirate. Then always be a pirate.” – Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice

This comes from a FB post of very good friend and it’s a nod to our common alma mater, East Carolina University. Our football team is very good and somehow manages to maintain an underdog sensibility despite winning most of their games.  And swagger?  Forget about it!

The quote also winks at a quote from Steve Jobs.

It speaks to a personality trait many entrepreneurs have that caused them to shun the safety and boundaries of a conventional corporate career and strike out on their own to achieve something they just have to do.  It’s not so much about being anti-social as it is having the freedom to pursue a course of your choosing without the artificial roadblocks that are endemic of bureaucracies and institutions.

But there’s a dark side.  Having success means you have stolen marketshare from someone else.  They won’t like it.  They will fight back to protect what they have.  It could get dirty but it’s better any day than driving a cubicle toward retirement.

Don’t join the Navy. Be a pirate!  Always!

Thanks for the quote Choo.  Keep buckling those swashes.


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