The “Young” Entrepreneur

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I was first described as a “young entrepreneur” by the music-industry bible Billboard Magazine in 1973. I asked someone to pronounce it for me. I went to the dictionary to find out what it meant. I thought the second definition fit me perfectly.

“One who undertakes to carry out any enterprise.”

For the past forty plus years, I have been an Entrepreneur. I admit it. I’m not ashamed of it. But I have to warn you that my journey brought me to a different interpretation, viewpoint, than most people have of being an entrepreneur.
In fact, while I started many businesses, I discovered what I was really doing was learning about myself. How I operated. What I was willing to do—and more importantly, what I was not willing to do. I became aware that my state of being was significant to my success. I found that while I could materialize businesses, it was not satisfying the yearning deep down inside of me.
What I learned was that anyone can focus their attention and will to the point of manifesting their vision and dream. Every self-help guru will tell you that. We are truly capable of doing that—performing that, if you will. I did that several times in my short lifetime.
Yes, I could be a research scientist at a major university. Yes, I could start a music talent agency and become a club owner, rock concert promoter. Yes, I could be a manufacturer of tote bags and an import/exporter. Yes, I could have sales offices across the country in major cities such as New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles. Yes, I could do all those things—and did.
While some of my creations brought money, power, and prestige, that was not satisfying enough for me. There was a missing element in the equation.
I remember looking out the window of my penthouse on the fifty-second floor in the Gold Coast of Chicago. It was June 21, 1974. After promoting and hosting a very successful, sold-out rock concert, I was at the top of my music career—and then it hit me.
It was not a voice per se but rather a knowing. A nudge.
The Message:
“We won’t be doing any more concerts.”
“Excuse me. Look at all I have. Didn’t you see how people loved the music?”
“There is something waiting for you.”
“Really? What? I’ve made it!”
“You will see.”
The Message was I was done—or so I thought. And the first step of my new journey had been taken.
Four months later, I was driving west to California on a journey that would change my life forever . . . just as it had when I had made that trip seven years earlier.

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John Paul Owles has been an Entrepreneur for over 40 years. His first venture was in the music business in Chicago where he was described by Billboard Magazine in 1973 as a young entrepreneur. His companies, Joshua Tree Global and The Owl Network, are involved in publishing, digital multimedia, technology, website development and hosting, consulting, public relations, and seminars.

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