The work of an entrepreneur is to make something from nothing. And that’s pretty hard which is why so many start ups fail and fail really early on.
I was thinking of this today as I followed the hilarious story of Peter Dutton. Last week Australia endured yet another political coup. A small group of right wingers in the Liberal party (basically the Republicans) self-immolated by axing their Liberal leader and current Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull in favour of what everyone thought would be Peter Dutton, a not-very-popular Immigration Minister with no real personal appeal. In the end Dutton failed in his bid and we now have Scott Morrison who likes to be called #ScoMo and believes that if all his Ministers wear Australian flags on their lapels they will actually be reminded to work for us, the people who elected them.
Twitter of course lit up over this farce and there was collateral damage. Twitterers nailed Peter Dutton over his coup attempt and backroom dealings. The only thing was many attackers were targeting the wrong Peter Dutton. @PeterDutton5 responded: “I wish the people of Australia would look at my profile and realize I’m a 30 yr old black man before sending me tweets and DMs”
The Australian public then embraced this young man from Texas. Even The New York Times ran a story. We got to learn that he has a wife and they are expecting their first child in January. People urged him to run for the leadership. He dubbed himself the “People’s Prime Minister” and thanks to a GoFundMe campaign, he and the First Lady are coming to Australia next month!
He runs a popcorn empire “SoulFood Popcorn” and I think he’s after distribution down here!
So what’s this got to do with creating something from nothing? Peter has done this in spades. This morning on Twitter he mentioned his wife and given him new golf kit as an early birthday present. The Aussie Twitterverse replied immediately wishing him a happy birthday and letting him know that today is in fact Father’s Day down here. As the People’s PM he will now be celebrating two Father’s Days once his little one is born!
As a lover of golf, I invited him to play golf with Peter during his trip and he agreed! We are also workshopping his business and my sons have agreed to be popcorn taste testers! Twitter can be a hate- filled mess or a place where anything is possible. A place where a random stranger on one side of the planet ends up as the People’s PM on the other side of the planet.