Matt Mullenweg – Young Start-up Entrepreneurs Listen Up!
WordPress Developer has an Important Message for Young Start-up Entrepreneurs
My father, Barry Dunlop recently got to spend 6 days on Necker Island with a small group of amazing entrepreneurs and Sir Richard Branson the Billionaire Founder of the Virgin Group.
One of the entrepreneurs that Barry got to hang out with was Matt Mullenweg the founding developer of WordPress and below is a short video and transcription from one of their discussions.
We have done an Interview With Matthew Mullenweg in the past. As previously what impresses me most about Matt is his ability to convey a message clearly, quickly and concisely.
In this video Matt makes several very important points — so Listen Up!
Enjoy and please comment.
Barry Dunlop: I’m here today with Matt Mullenweg from “WordPress” and numerous other organizations as you might well find out. Matt has agreed just to answer some questions especially for people who are young on the entrepreneurial trail.
I wanted to ask Matt what would be the single top tip if you like he would give to young people who are getting into business for themselves or going on their entrepreneurial path themselves in 2009?
So over to you Matt.
Matt Mullenweg: That’s a good question. I think one of the hardest things about being an entrepreneur is just keeping going, because it’s actually really, really hard and there’s lots of times when you want to stop or you just feel like nothings going right, or you can’t get funding.
And certainly with myself there’s just been honestly some days where you just want to quit. But when you work through those things; it’s not necessarily that the idea you started with is going to work, but that if you just keep working on it new doors open up and you are able to find whatever it is that ultimately is sort of the big idea that drives you, that’s successful, that allows you to do more things.
But just keeping going is actually really hard… sometimes.
Barry: OK, that’s really good actually. So, effectively what you’re saying is that your idea will evolve?
Matt: Oh definitely, its relativity rare to end up doing what you started out with.
Barry: Right, I think actually that’s an awesome tip for people because sometime people feel they’re a failure if their idea didn’t work out quite as they expected it to.
Matt: And people’s biggest mistake I’ve seen in young entrepreneurs is getting really attached to that idea.
Matt: Not wanting to tell people about it, feeling like it’s proprietary, and honestly the idea is probably the least valuable thing you’ll have. It’s really all about your work ethic, how you’re able to inspire people and bring people around you. Not only bring good people around you but empower them, delegate, things like that. That’s what’s going to make you succeed or not in almost any space.