Startups Dare to Be Different

There is no pretending

dare to be different


Faking it until you make it has been exposed.

Daring to be different requires courage. The type of courage that recognizes the value from investing in what makes you unique and is backed with consistent action.

Or course that is the hurdle. Mentally we shake our heads in agreement with the last statement, but how many of us actually live it? Startup entrepreneurs are not a special breed that is immune to failure. Our thinking, our mindset, that inner game of business is where most startup entrepreneurs veer off the path of mediocrity. We do not think like other people in business.

A great example of courage, uniqueness and consistent action is Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore. Lee Kuan Yew took a very unpopular stance and yet succeed in ways many could not have even conceived, much less brought to fruition. Yew took an underdeveloped colonial outpost and in one generation lead it into a free nation that serves as an economic powerhouse.

Being willing to stand by your convictions is a lonely role. But this role is what elicits major transformations. Those who dare to be different are alone.

Why would anyone want to dare to be different if they are alone? Motivation comes in many forms. What if we focused on ways to reward instead of punish those who dare to be different?


Do You Reward Those Daring to be Different

Daring to be different needs to be nurtured. Startup cultures have the opportunity to lead better, smarter and reward those daring to be different.

3 Simple Daily Ways to Live a Dare to be Different Life

1. Invest in Knowledge

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” Ben Franklin

2. Know Thyself - Identify & Nurture

"The people who need to make time personal development are the ones who say they don't have time for it" Jay Steinfeld

3. Reward Daring Actions

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Helen Keller


Each second Wednesday in Houston, Michele brings together those who dare to be different in the Houston Startup world. Here is their April event.

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance. Bruce Barton