What they don’t tell you about entrepreneurship | Mark Leruste | TEDxCardiff

Starting your own business will solve everything that’s wrong about your job, your life and more importantly, about how you feel. Becoming an entrepreneur will give you more flexibility, more freedom, more joy, more recognition, more meaning and hopefully on the long run, more money. Right?

The reality of being an entrepreneur is much harder than most people are willing to open up about. In a culture where successful entrepreneurs are idealised like rock stars it’s easy to feel like we’re not good enough when comparing ourselves to the picture that’s painted by social media.

Mark Leruste exposes the truth behind the life of the every-day entrepreneur and why it’s important that we talk openly and truthfully about the pressures and struggles associated with starting a business and what it actually feels like.

Finding your path isn’t always a straight line. It usually takes hits and misses and trying many things out. This is how it was for Mark, whose journey towards his dream career started when his video CV, ‘A dream job would be nice’, went viral on YouTube and helped him land a position as Country Manager at the Movember Foundation. There, Mark raised €2.8 million for men’s health and inspired 110,000 fundraisers to sign up at Movember.com, winning multiple awards along the way.

Four years into the job, it became clear that Mark couldn’t ignore his entrepreneurial itch anymore, which had been around since he was 12 years old. So, against conventional wisdom, he decided to turn his passion into his full-time job and took the plunge to found The Unconventionalists, a weekly podcast, talk show and coaching & training business helping organisations and individuals find their voice.

From making Nelson Mandela’s right hand man cry to asking Tim Ferris about his fear of failure, Mark is an expert at using his warm manner to tease out the truth & create moments of honesty.

To date, Mark has worked with hundreds of unfulfilled professionals and frustrated small business owners and has interviewed more than 200 world-class leaders, entrepreneurs, athletes, politicians, CEOs, authors and adventurers from around the world, providing him a ring side seat in understanding how ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things.

Visit www.markleruste.com or connect on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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12 Comments on “What they don’t tell you about entrepreneurship | Mark Leruste | TEDxCardiff”

  1. Im a 25 years old entreprenuer…zero student loan and made $225K in the last 3 years working in average of 30hrs per week. I wouldnt work 40hours a week for someone else waiting for a pay increase all the time.

  2. In Ferdinand Lundberg's book in 1968 "The Rich and the Super-Rich" said that it was becoming so difficult to get jobs and nearly everybody was/is being forced to work for a corporation or not work at all, pg 371.

  3. Do you know that as a regular person or a tourist you should buy something from every person selling something, because then they'll get to buy food that day. If you don't buy anything the sellers won't be able to eat. All people should have a guaranteed income, so no one has to sell something every day just to be able to eat.

  4. This was the most enlightening thing ever and I am more than appreciative for this talk. Seriously wow, this was very very very helpful.

  5. Idn buddy when your worrying about money you need to change the vibration immediately but some head phones on lisan to some Napoleon hill or tony Robbins or Kevin Trudeau change that mind set I feel that tho but your only in this for 2 Years man that’s just a tast if u can’t take a life like this ether billed some stranth or hop out

  6. health insurance. retirement plan. regular paycheck. socializing with coworkers. all good reasons to have a good job.

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