Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

NYU Students Speak About Joshua Spodek’s Entrepreneurship and Leadership Courses

on July 15, 2017 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Leadership

I recently met with two groups of students who took my leadership and entrepreneurship courses at NYU, Charlie Rose-style. I believe the 9 students represent the experiences of the majority of students who took my courses and did the exercises conscientiously. They included undergraduates who took my courses as freshmen and adult professionals founding or running successful businesses they founded and ran for decades. These videos are the first of[…] Keep reading →

I’m not a total failure

on July 14, 2017 in Entrepreneurship, Leadership

My passion lately has been my talk and other work on leadership and the environment. I’ve progressed a lot by the measure of my talk going farther without triggering automatic responses to push back. But by the important measure of someone agreeing to change behavior to pollute less, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, consume less resources, or the like, as of this morning, I couldn’t think of anyone who took on[…] Keep reading →

Happy 200th Birthday to Henry David Thoreau

on July 12, 2017 in Entrepreneurship,, Leadership, Nature

My post on today, “Happy 200th Birthday to Henry David Thoreau,” (the editors changed the headline) began Happy Birthday to Henry David Thoreau, a True Family Businessman The entrepreneur and supporter of self-reliance, simplicity, and small government was born 200 years ago. 200 years ago today, Henry David Thoreau was born. July is a big Thoreau month. On July 4, 1845 he moved to live by Walden Pond, pictured[…] Keep reading →

Entrepreneur Magazine quoted me on Nelson Mandela

on July 11, 2017 in Entrepreneurship, Leadership

Joshua Steimle quoted me today in Entrepreneur’s “11 Modern Leadership Lessons from History’s Masters: Helen Keller. Theodore Roosevelt. Ann Bradstreet. Nelson Mandela: Who inspired you?” I’m honored to be a member of an ensemble cast of authors, gurus, and influencers including Simon Sinek, Robert Cialdini, Marshall Goldsmith, Geoff Smart, Gretchen Rubin, Ryan Holiday, Leonard Kim, and more. I had recently finished reading Nelson Mandela’s autobiography when Joshua interviewed me, so[…] Keep reading →

SIDCHAs, self awareness, and “Do-ing”, are the path to entrepreneurship: The Tribe of Entrepreneurs podcast

on July 7, 2017 in Audio, Entrepreneurship

Soren Skovdahl Hansen hosts the Tribe of Entrepreneurs podcast. Soren asked thoughtful questions and got me to share about things I don’t always. I enjoyed the interview a lot. Listen to the podcast! Listen to the podcast! He is also thorough about posting resources we talked about. The show notes: Joshua helps put an end to shiny object syndrome and becoming who you want to be, but it requires that[…] Keep reading →

Patagonia founder acting on his values, even at the company’s expense. Still works out.

on June 26, 2017 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Nature

I rarely simply post someone else just talking, but my focus lately on motivating people to act on their values against comfort and convenience has resulted in such a desert that the video below was too refreshing not to share. No one I talk to considers avoiding one flight. No one who visits can stop bringing garbage. Yet this man keeps choosing actions that would appear to hurt his company,[…] Keep reading →

A simple, brazen way to make money in America that works

on June 16, 2017 in Entrepreneurship

Here is a simple, brazen way to make money in America that works. Find something that makes people feel good but is unhealthy or makes their life worse and market it as healthy. It works: Candies marketed as health food Sugary things in general Restaurants in general Olive oil Things marked “recyclable” Self-indulgent things Shopping unnecessarily Supplements SUVs Things like that. It makes us complacent and entitled.