3 Ways Full House Was Actually Ahead Of It’s Time

When Full House hit Netflix in April of this year, social media networks went aflutter with reminiscence and nostalgia. The feel good show that brought you cool Uncle Jesse, dorky Danny Tanner and the 3 little ladies was back in a big way. As per typical Netflix fashion, what started out as casually watching one episode for purely nostalgic purposes, turned into binge watching an entire season in a weekend, for me at least. I’ve made my way to season 5 and you can cue all the feels. Somewhere between the feels, I couldn’t help but note some parallels with today’s millennial world:

  1. Jesse & Joey did the working from home thing before it was cool

After being offered full time jobs with an ad agency, Jesse and Joey convinced their boss to let them work from home and later created JJ Creative Services as a solution for work life balance (or perhaps lack there of) so that they could be home to help raise the kids. Although this is becoming more and more the norm in 2015, in 1989 it sure wasn’t. They identified, and provided a solution to, a major issue for working parents who wanted to stay home to raise their children but still had to bring home the bacon long before society even acknowledged it, and the internet facilitated it.

  1. Sharing Economy Redefined

The Tanners as trendsetters? You might say no way José, but they were endorsing the recently coined “sharing economy” concept long before the days of Uber and AirBnb. At one point, the entire cast was living under one roof (with regular visits from Kimmy Gibler of course), which probably is a more accurate depiction of the residential market in San Fran circa 2015, not 1989. Doing so allowed and encouraged them all to follow their dreams and pursue their respective talents (comedy, music etc.). They had the financial freedom to continue to pursue their passions and still have someone around to play Mr. Mom. Can you say the new American dream?

  1. Mary Kate & Ashley

Enough said. Regardless of your opinion on their fashion choices, it’s impossible to ignore these two mini moguls and the empire they have built. Every 80s girl loved them, every 90s girl wanted to be best friends with them, and now every millennial girl wants to dress like them. Today these gals are worth approximately $300 million and have multiple fashion lines that appease to any budget. Any show that recognized their talent so early on and gave them their start can be considered a success in and of itself.

With John Stamos confirming that a spin off show entitled “Fuller House” will be airing in 2016, a whole new generation will get to live the Tanner experience, and who knows, maybe they’ll find the next Mary-Kate and Ashley? Or better yet, the next Uncle Jesse. Will I be watching? You got it, dude!

Have you binge watched Full House on Netflix yet? Will you be tuning in to Fuller House?

 

3 Things No One Ever Told Me About Being an Entrepreneur

To be perfectly honest and transparent, the list is probably actually a heck of a lot longer than 3, but for the sake of this blog post not turning into a book, let’s keep it to the main 3 that have been on my mind as of late. I like to think I’ve learned a lot on this roller coaster ride called entrepreneurship thus far, and I’ve read a lot on the subject as well. There are many common struggles that we all seem to face, but here are my current 3 that no one seems to be talking about:

  • You’re going to feel like crap

Calling all you 9-5ers. Please take a moment to think about your current position. Are you qualified for that position or it’s in your field of study/expertise? Probably. When I first began my entrepreneurial endeavor, I was aware that having your own business meant dealing with all aspects of the brand. What I wasn’t prepared for though, was to feel like crap. Unless you have a degree in marketing, business, accounting, communications, law, software engineering AND management, you aren’t qualified to be an entrepreneur. (If you do have all of those degrees I would REALLY love to meet you, and you better be some kind of superstar start up mastermind.) There is a lot of stepping out of your comfort zone (and areas of expertise) in entrepreneurship, and when you do this repeatedly what does it result in? Ideally, it’ll eventually lead to a) improving and broadening your skill set, but most likely immediately in b) you feeling like crap. Again, I’d like to reference all you 9-5ers. Would your boss ever walk in to your office and be like “I know you’re in marketing, but right now the business really needs to focus on web development, sooo…we’re going to need you to go ahead and do that.” You’d probably pick up your severance package faster than he could get the words out of his mouth. In entrepreneurship, this is a daily struggle, and it’s not easy. You are constantly responsible for doing something you don’t like and are probably not very good at, and that takes it’s toll on the ego.

  • You don’t have to be working 24/7

But you do have to be thinking about it 24/7. What do I mean by this? Well, in order to be a successful entrepreneur, I think you have to be at least mildly obsessive. You have to be somewhat compulsive in constantly thinking about how to build something, make something better, improve an industry etc. Usually, the typical characteristic of an entrepreneur is someone who just can’t get the wheels to stop running in their brain, they can’t turn it off, maybe even have trouble winding down and falling asleep. I know that all the above applies to me. What happens when you are thinking about something 24/7 and you’re an entrepreneur? Well, you feel the need and responsibility to be working on it 24/7. I mean, if it’s on your mind all the time you should be constantly working on it as well, right? Wrong. Ever heard of “working smarter, not harder”? This really does ring true, and it’s taken me a few years to realize this. In fact, I found that once I took the pressure off to be working all day, every day simply because my mind was running all day, everyday, I became more efficient and produced better work. Would you look at that? I love this whole “Thrive” movement that Arianna Huffington created because I really do believe the best thing you can do for your business is to take care of yourself. I’ve started doing yoga regularly and carving out time to simply think, and the effects have been nothing short of successful. If you are the type to constantly be thinking up new ideas, that’s great, keep doing that. I advise you to keep your mind creative, but what I don’t advise is to allot all that time to working time. It is crucial to take time to simply think and reflect. Personally, my best ideas come when I’m in yoga, taking a shower, walking the dog (a.k.a doing something completely unrelated to work).

  • One is the loneliest number

One of the reasons I chose entrepreneurship is because I loved the concept of creating something out of nothing. I’m completely infatuated with the idea of being able to create something in your mind and follow it through to tangible conception. I created Bowda alone, basically because I had the idea by myself and just ran with it. I went out on a limb, and in the beginning I had chosen sole proprietorship by choice (or lack there of), but when I started thinking about the direction I wanted to take Bowda in, I soon realized two heads are much, much better than one. I work best when I have someone else to bounce ideas off of, inspire and motivate me. I’ve been open, even eager, to partner since the get go. And what has happened? I daresay it’s harder to find a partner than finding “the one”, because at least you can be blinded by love in your search for your soul mate. In business, you never, ever settle for less. I’ve had one close call, where I’ve been burned, but otherwise I haven’t found anyone else even close to having the drive and level of commitment I do. At this point I think I’m more likely to land a unicorn. I constantly attend start up and entrepreneurship events, surround myself with passionate people, yet this seems to be a reoccurring issue for me, and I doubt I’m the only one. When I first started entertaining the idea of entrepreneurship, I did my research like a good girl, yet I never, ever imagined that my single largest obstacle would be to find a partner. There are a lot of articles out there telling you what to look for in a potential partner, but none outline how difficult it is to actually encounter one.

So, to sum up, we’ve got 1) failure, 2) running yourself ragged, and 3) the importance of a team. Maybe this really is just like every single other entrepreneurial article out there.

In all seriousness, these are 3 things I’ve really been struggling with lately, both professionally and personally. If you’ve encountered any of these as well, I’d love to hear from you! And if you haven’t, I’ll gladly listen to your entrepreneurial issues. Hey, that’s what the start up circle is for!

I open the floor to you, my fellow founders: what have been your recent struggles with entrepreneurship?