Startup Lesson No.1: Make Your Own Path

Last evening I had the absolute privilege of being a judge in the Creative Sydney Back My Project initiative. Chosen from a deep pool of applicants eight finalists duked it out on stage in front of a packed room at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. In the background the Opera House flickered through a panoply of colours, exuding the freshness and vibrancy of Sydney and the mood of the crowd. On stage the pressure was on.

With just four minutes to present, the teams acquitted themselves extremely well and after taking questions from us judges the audience got to applaud for their favorite while we adjourned to deliberate. It didn’t take us long to realise a clear favorite had emerged from the crowd as the applause was deafening for one of the finalists.

Us judges didn’t know who this was, and independently we concurred with them – there was a clear winner. The team, Soapbox Project, had both wowed the room and for us judges we felt they would be able to achieve the most impact from the prize we could award them.

It was a great evening and especially gratifying for me to see the raw entrepreneurial and creative energy unleashing itself in this most wonderful of cities.

Now on to the topic of my heading. Every one of those finalists had one thing in common. A strong desire to carve their own way, a desire to be different, a desire not to follow the herd. This is the key trait required to be a true entrepreneur – and it is demonstrated most beautifully in the following video.

Keep watching. Keep doing:

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