[dictation taken from special k as he eats the last of my Danish pastry]
There are two types of people in this world: [as an aside] terrible opener, sounds prejudiced – there’s me, and there’s everybody else!
People who’ve run a business and people who haven’t.
Living in modern society, pretty much anything – any career, anything that people do – is part of a business. And running a business, or starting a business, or running your own business, is risking your belief in what you choose to do.
Saying “This is what I want to do, and this is how I want to live” and being prepared to fail.
Even if you’re not prepared to fail and you do, coming out the other side is some of the best education you could ever get.
me – “is that it?”
special k – “Well I’m kinda trying to say this to writers, to your demographic…to you.
“It’s easy to look at somebody else’s business and say “I like how they’ve done that” or “I wouldn’t have done that” or “why on earth did they do that, that’s so dumb”. But when you have to make decisions in real time and reactively to other people and businesses around you, you don’t always make the right decision. And even when you do, it may not be one that you would choose in an ideal world.
“But running a successful business is being able to make these decisions and live with them and work with them every day. Which is not writing.”