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Welcome to The Heretic — Daily Therapeutics for Entrepreneurs.

The Heretic is a daily dispatch about entrepreneurship, the art of the start and doing the work by Pascal Finette. It’s raw, unfiltered and opinionated. It’s coming from someone who has walked in your shoes — and continues to do so. It’s therapeutic. All straight to your inbox. You will like it. As do these fine folks!

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The Heretic’s Latest Dispatches

Passion vs. Purpose

Sun, Sep 25, 2016

There is a lot of talk these days about “finding your passion”. Common lore holds that when you are following your passion, blissful happiness ensues.

Funny thing is—following your passion might just be terrible advice. Scott Adams, creator of the uber-successful Dilbert comics wrote about this; looking at passion (and goals) and compare them with systems. I tend to agree.

But here’s the rub: Where passion falls short, purpose kicks in.

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To Be Or To Do

Fri, Sep 23, 2016

Yesterday I had a conversation with one of the truly outstanding entrepreneurs in Singularity University’s Startup Network. What makes him such an amazing (and successful) founder is his ability to shut down the noise, hunker down and get stuff done.

I see a lot of entrepreneurs end up engaging in busy work instead of focussing on the stuff which really moves the needle. And worse—a lot of that busy work’s primary focus is to feed the ego of the founder.

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Most of us like to make well-meant fun of large cooperations on their seemingly inability to innovate, be nimble and quick. Tomes have been written about the subject — and even here at The Heretic we have talked about the advantage you have as an entrepreneur at least twice (“Speed. It's all you have.” and “Speed is your Superpower and Kryptonite”).

Once a company finds product/market fit, it typically moves from innovating to defending the status quo. Arguably every large corporation is set up so, that it defends the status quo with tooth and nail.

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Unsung Heroes

Mon, Sep 19, 2016

While being away (and completely offline) I finally found the time and space to read a couple of books which have been on my list for a while. Having plowed through a few books on leadership made me realize how much we overemphasize the role of the founder/leader in comparison to the team. Specifically the early members of a venture.

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Last Friday we closed out Singularity University’s annual Global Solutions Program (GSP) – the batshit crazy ten week summer program bringing together 80 amazing individuals from all around the world to educate them in exponential and abundance thinking and challenge the participants to create solutions which positively impact humanity.

This is my third GSP at SingularityU – and it’s always been bittersweet when such an intense program (and experience) comes to an end…

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