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By nature I’m entrepreneurial. I’m always looking for the opportunity in any given situation. Unfortunately, I also had a large hangup over failure. My issue with failure probably started with my very first business venture.

When I was in 5th grade the cool recess sport was kickball. For the uninitiated, kickball is similar to baseball. It is generally played on a softball or baseball diamond, but instead of a baseball, you play with a 10 – 16 inch inflated rubber ball. And instead of swinging a bat, you kick the ball after the pitcher rolls it to you. I never played little league baseball, but several of my friends did and I always found myself being vaguely jealous of their personal baseball cards. Then one day it hit me. I should make and sell personal kickball cards. Baseball cards go hand in hand with baseball. Obviously, the popularity of kickball demonstrated a market for kickball cards. Immediately after I came up with the idea, I had visions of being a celebrated kickball card tycoon running my empire behind a large executive desk.

I didn’t have any equipment or capital resources so I needed partners. One of my friends had a camera and agreed to do portraits. Another friend had a miniature safe that could fit in his school desk. This meant we could start taking orders and our customers knew their money was secure until they received their product. The idea was a hit. Everyone in my class filled out an order form and gave my partners and me their money. I should have handled the success better.

I suspect the long line of students that had formed in front of my order processing station piqued the interest of the school’s faculty. My nosy teacher interviewed some of my peers and I was caught. Apparently, I wasn’t allowed to sell anything on school property. Not only was this a lesson in having a business fail, it was also I lesson in hypocrisy because companies came in and sold stuff to students all the time. Seriously, Scholastic hawked their wares on a bi-monthly basis. Anyway, I got in trouble and I had to endure the embarrassment of giving all the money back. I was devastated. Well, until I started selling my Western Civ homework in high school. This time I kept the operation on the DL.

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March 18th, 2009 at 8:37 am

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