The Dual Mindset of an Entrepreneur

At the weekend I came across this gem of a video posted over six years ago. Marten Mikos, the then-CEO of MySQL who sold the company to SUN Microsystems for $1 billion, gives a candid short interview during the Innovate! conference in Zaragoza, Spain, about his key learnings as an entrepreneur. It’s a nine-minute masterclass:

It caught my attention because I was recently writing about the Stockdale Paradox and its relevance to Resilient Hope. If you want to read it, sign up here.

Marten Mikos covers a number of subjects dear to my heart in this short video:

  • how entrepreneurs have to have unwavering faith as well as to face the brutal reality day-to-day
  • the tricky art of knowing when to stop something and when to keep going
  • the biggest challenge in growing an organisation is people, particularly oneself
  • the importance of being open to learning new things as well as to abandoning old ways
  • making tough decisions, and
  • distributed operations.
[shareable cite=”Marten Mikos”]I think offices are so last century.[/shareable]

I’ve written recently about visual thinking, in particular referring to the work of Mike Rohde and sketchnotes. Here’s my own sketchnote from this video. It’s not perfect nor terribly arty, so I hope it’s an encouragement to you if you think you can’t draw.

Sketchnote of Marten Mika video

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