What We Can Learn From Prince, The Consummate Entrepreneur



By Michelle Chaffee, Entrepreneur

“The news hit especially hard here in Minnesota yesterday.  I doubt there’s a Minnesotan who hasn’t at one time or another driven past the Paisley Park Studio as it isn’t hidden behind walls or trees but sits right next to a busy highway.  A familiar edifice seen by scores of commuters daily.

Most of us know someone who has been graced by an impromptu performance by his purple highness, and wished that just once, it would be us.  I know I did, and how many wished they could be “Purified in the waters of Lake Minnetonka” after watching Purple Rain.  He put Minneapolis on the map in a big way and he is very special to those of us who also call this place home.”

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  • http://tech.mn Jeff Pesek

    Really like this piece by Michelle, props for putting it out there!

    Entrepreneurs, like musicians, are artists, and their canvas is capatalism.

    There’s a lot to be learned on a number of levels…she’s right about how empowering it is to connect your inner passion and purpose with pursuit. Prince exemplified that and we can see the unique difference it made over the decades with his creative energy and staying power.

    If I were to add something, especially true to Minnesota, it would be the value of accepting oneself as different and embracing that without resistance. Prince almost seemed out of place in here. Yet the fact that he was born, stayed, and died in Minnesota is such an interesting aspect of his life.

    This can be a challenging environment for entrepreneurs at times – although it only gets easier, funner, and more profitable with self acceptance and release of the entrepreneurial freak inside.

    “And if the elevator tries to bring you down – go crazy, punch a higher floor…”