Entrepreneur YOU!

Entrepreneur Material? My own quirky background is a strange alchemy.

Posted in Personal Journey by Robert Lindsay Thompson on January 11, 2011

Entrepreneurs are made of a strange brew most times

I distributed this list of questions to a class of 2 dozen students I was (guest) teaching at my daughters high school entrepreneur class. I hung $100 in twenties on the board and told them I would award it to anyone who could correctly guess the number of true answers.

I ended up keeping my $100, but did lead to an effervescent discussion on the nature of entrepreneurship.

Q: How many of these statements do you think are true?

1. I am currently 49 years old, married with 5 children
2. I’ve given away over $1,000,000 in cash
3. I’m a high school drop out
4. I’ve survived 2 major urban riots, 3 earthquakes, 2 tornados and 2 armed assaults.
5. I’ve been in and out of 12 maximum-security prisons, numerous treatment centers, rescue missions and a psyche hospital
6. I’ve been investigated by the FBI and held as the prime suspect in a murder case
7. I’ve gone Bankrupt twice
8. I was a homeless, a panhandler, a hobo riding the rails, ate food out of garbage cans and once slept in a cardboard box
9. I once carried around a briefcase stuffed with $200,000 in small bills for several weeks armed with a loaded 9mm.
10. Like Captain Cook, I’ve ventured to the actual “treasure island” in order to bury a $1/2 million treasure.
11. I founded a company that had clients in 95 countries and touched 1 million companies
12. I’ve studied seven forms of martial arts, my body is branded with a Samari symbol and I’ve studied Chinese for five years
13. I was in a drug rehab program for almost three years
14. I once tried to sell guns to the infamous Black Panthers in inner city Detroit, back in 1969.
15. I have been shot at twice, chased with a butcher knife and had my convertible fire bombed
16. I established the largest motion picture studio in Hollywood
17. I’ve produced three features films, written a novel and published a book.
18. I filmed a documentary in the worst death row in the U.S. featuring some of its most notorious inmates
19. I started and ran a kids toy store in Tennessee
20. I helped raise $100,000,000 for a right wing evangelical TV preacher who once ran for president
21. I sold hundreds of thousands of dollars of survivalist supplies to religious cult groups
22. I co-founded a committee promoting global peace within an organization that has been nominated for the Noble peace prize 8 times and won a prestigious international award.
23. I helped produce over 100 movies, TV shows and commercials including Terminator 2 and Star Trek 4
24. I have created websites that have generated over $1,000,000
25. I have been serenaded by a man who once ripped out the heart of a Christian “do-gooder” with his bare hands
26. I once swam with a school of hungry 8 to 12 foot sharks, coming within inches of being eaten
27. I’ve shot machine guns and automatic weapons with an FBI anti-terrorist strike team
28. I’ve been personally assailed by the LAPD and swat team
29. I was involved in a high-speed chase with an armed bank robber
30. I saved the life of a 12-year-old crack addict-prostitute with the help of his friend “Vampire”
31. I once sold myself for $500 to a politician in the mid-west
32. I have birthed over a dozen companies in many industries
33. I’ve created a $25,000,000 company in 5 years from only $22 in start-up capital
34. I inadvertently made a multi-million dollar deal with a guy with mob “connections” and thereafter had to go into hiding for years
35. I once ran an offshore investment firm that performed several million dollars worth of trades in China and Asia
36. I once possessed two numbered Swiss bank accounts in two different continents
37. I created a Y2K grain distribution business which generated almost $1 million dollars in only 8 months in 1999.
38. I once started a multi million-dollar business with just credit cards
39. I’ve have fed 50,000 homeless people in Los Angeles
40. I once stashed $400,000 in gold and platinum coins in my refrigerator
41. My personal friend was the man who actually built and ran the World Trade Center (Twin towers) in NY
42. Jack Nicholson once stayed with me for a couple months one summer
43. I’ve hosted Monkees, Zombies, spiders, cockroaches, blobs, aliens, and androids
44. I studied Kong fu in China town with the champion from Shanghai
45. I once held the actual starship Enterprise in my hands
46. I built a motion picture sound stage that was large enough to lay the entire empire state building down within – end-to-end.
47. I was a millionaire by the time I was 35.
48. I’ve hitchhiked across Canada twice and the U.S. several times
49. I’ve made over $30,000 from Web names I’ve thought up
50. I’ve lived in 3 foster homes, beginning at 14 years old
51. I’ve been knocked around by the guy who trained the real “Rocky”

A: Check in next week for the answer. Also, I’ll fill you in on what 1 thing I think ALL entrepreneurs have in common. I think it will surprise you. It surprised them.

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