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Espressopreneur: The Late Bird Gets the Worm

Early Bird Gets Worm Entrepreneur dexI met with a friend of mine, Urvi Bhandari, early one morning. “How are you doing?” she asked. I realized I looked tired from working late the previous night.

“I’m tired. I am a night person so I work late at night. But I’ve also learned over the years to be a morning person too."

“You know the saying, ‘The early bird gets the worm’ and it is so true,” she replied. “I am a morning person.” 

“That’s why I learned to burn the candle at both ends,” I explained, "I used to hate getting up early.”

"It’s not being an early bird to me as much,” she said. “To me, it's about finding the time to work when others are not working. If you work late until four in the morning, you could say you’re an early bird because it’s morning … very early morning,” she said. 

“Hmm … I never thought about it that way. I think I’ll write an article about it,” I smiled.

“Oh, no … no, you're not. I'll write an article about it."

“Okay,” I answered.

So I waited to see if she was going to write about the early bird getting the worm. Days passed, and I saw no article. Then as a joke, I decided to write this article late one night/early morning in order to beat her to it to confirm the fact that her entrepreneur thinking about the late bird is so true. 

A late bird can beat an early bird to the worm because there is a fine line between twilight and dawn. I like working late at night/early morning simply because of the lack of interruptions. Interruptions of any kind can stifle the creativity of the innovative mind. There is great mental power when you can concentrate when everyone else is sleeping—whether it is late at night or dawn is irrelevant.

The creative entrepreneur mind loves to hear nothing while it is revolutionizing an industry.

Now back to finishing my cup of Starbucks espresso. Tell me your thoughts by commenting below.

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Damir Perge, author of Entrepreneur Myths: The Startup Reality, is the founder of entrepreneurdex, a venturcelerator using complexity science to fund and launch startups.

An entrepreneur and investor, with more than 25 years experience, he's worked with ventures in the technology, internet, media and publishing, entertainment, energy, and manufacturing sectors raising more than $300 million in capital for various companies and investing more than $50 million into startup and emerging ventures. He's sat on the boards of 11 companies, served as editor-in-chief of Futuredex, a private equity magazine. Follow 

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Comment by Damir Perge on May 3, 2013 at 11:43am

Hi Marshall. I like the zone word too.

We used that word when I played soccer. It is so cool to be in the zone (in whatever task) because your mind feels invincible. When you're in the zone, nothing seems impossible and everything seems effortless.

Comment by Marshall Makombe on April 23, 2013 at 10:53am

I totally agree with you on this one Damir. I call it the "zone"

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