An Invitation

March 4th, 2008 by cgergen

When we started down the path of writing Life Entrepreneurs, we knew we were headed into uncharted territory. While the notion of applying the power of the entrepreneurial mindset to one’s own life path was all around us, it hadn’t been articulated yet. In setting out to capture this spirit, we realized quickly this couldn’t be a closed process of lonely reflection. Rather, we needed to throw our minds wide open to learning from the experiences and perspectives of others.

In the end, we engaged 55 leaders around the world, all of whom embody the entrepreneurial life spirit. The lessons we gleaned from these conversations were inspiring and ultimately shaped the framework in our book. But these conversations are far from over; rather, they are just beginning.

As we continue to explore this nascent field, we aspire to enrich the conversation by opening it up to a much larger audience. Through this conversation, we hope to hear from emerging leaders, established entrepreneurs, and people from all circumstances and phases of life—from people who are excited about this new area of interest and from those who are skeptical.

As we open up this conversation and gather new perspectives and stories, we hope to achieve some of the benefits of the “open source” movement so compellingly laid out in books like Mavericks at Work and The Starfish and the Spider. Through this, our understanding of and appreciation for “life entrepreneurship” are certain to deepen. And we can all benefit as a result.

So even as Life Entrepreneurs rolls off the presses, let the next generation of thinking begin. We invite you to join in. In the coming months and years, we will be actively soliciting contributions by guest columnists and bloggers and will regularly share comments provided by our readers through this blog. So, please send along your own ideas, insights, and suggestions. We’re excited by what the future holds in store, and we welcome you to the conversation.

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