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How Mark Cuban, Colonel Sanders, and Other Famous Entrepreneurs Got Their Start–After Getting Fired


Set aside, for the moment, why someone might suddenly be fired–could be a disagreement over strategy, could be letting a chicken loose in the cubicles. The real question is what happens next. For some, getting drop-kicked to the curb brings on a crisis of conscience (“What did I do wrong?”); for others, it ignites an “I’ll show the bastards!” fuse of fiery determination. Here, four cases of entrepreneurs who ultimately went from fired to fired up.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What is entrepreneurship?
  2. What are some characteristics do you think most successful entrepreneurs have in common?
  3. What do you think might be the most important characteristic shared by successful entrepreneurs?
  4. What message could an aspiring entrepreneur take away from this news story?
  5. What are sales?
  6. Why are sales important to a startup business?
  7. What do you think Mark Cuban’s message is regarding sales based on information from this news story?
Chris Lindauer
After working for nearly a decade in professional sports, Chris Lindauer, formed Sports Career Consulting to provide unique sports business education opportunities in and out of the classroom. In the eighteen years (and counting) that followed, Chris has inspired thousands of students to pursue their passions and explore the career of their dreams. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog.