Two Types Of Quirkipreneurs. Count Them, One, Two!
Quirkiprenuers are people who approach their businessy projects a little differently than the rest of the businessy world, and if you need more background, you might want to read this: Are you a Quirkipreneur?
The Quirky by Nature.
There’s something about the quirky by nature that forces us out of the ordinary mold, forces us to find our own shape.
Maybe it’s a rebellious streak that just won’t conform.
Maybe we’re forced off the usual path by limitations of illness (mental or physical), finances, or education.
Perhaps it’s that our personality or creative process just isn’t suited to the button-down, spread-sheeted world. Sales meetings, PowerPoint bullets and conforming navy blue suits don’t encourage the risks involved in creativity, and the tools of the business world? Well, our lives don’t fit into the 8am-9pm schedule of a Daytimer… not when our best work hours may fall in the wee hours of the morning.
Or maybe we’re just inherently a little bit different than the other business people we know.
Yes, everyone is “different”, but somehow? We seem to be more different. And no matter how hard we try to fit in, no matter how often we play dress up and try to belong? Our quirks are forced to the surface, again and again, and we either can’t seem to follow traditional paths of success, or we can’t stand ourselves when we try.
We’re The Quirky by Nature,
and we do things *differently* because we have to.
The Quirky by Choice
Some Quirkipreneurs know that we can take a more mainstream path to business success. In fact, it’s likely that we’ve seen big successes before, by being (or pretending to be) relatively normal.
Some of us have competantly run traditional businesses, either on our own, or for someone else. Some have been wildly successful in academics. Some have worked in the corporate world (where being business-y is the only option) and while the shoes may have pinched just a bit, we managed just fine, thank you.
But now? We’re ready for something else. Something different. Something unique, and challenging, and fun. Something
risky and uncertain and remarkable.
Maybe there’s a latent different-ness inside us that’s forcing itself to the surface, something that refuses to be silenced anymore.
Maybe our walk on the quirky side is a business and marketing decision – because we see this huge under-served market, creatives who want and need support in their business, but are finding only ill-fitting advice.
For us? Taking the path of a Quirkipreneur is a business move.
It’s smart and savvy marketing. It’s about being ahead of the curve and having vision – the same sort of vision that Steve Jobs had, the kind of vision Seth Godin writes about.
We’re The Quirky by Choice,
and we do things differently because we *want* to.
But Most of Us? We’re a Combination.
It’s a rare Quirkipreneur that doesn’t have a choice, or doesn’t feel that they are driven to express themselves as “different” or “weird”.
Becoming a Quirkipreneur may be in our nature, but it isn’t inevitable. Almost all of us have other choices we could make, ways we could express our oddities while staying on a more traditional path, ways we could adapt the standard rules of business to allow for our limitations and challenges.
So in that sense, becoming a Quirkipreneur is a choice, a conscious choice to embrace our quirks, a choice to exploit our differentness, to take the risk of being publically, defiantly different, and see what happens.
I have a few more thoughts on the two core types of Quirkipreneurs, how we interact, and how the two types can interact more productively, but those thoughts can wait. For now? Think on this a bit:
Which type are you? Why? Feel free to explore those thoughts in the comments, and take as much room as you like.
And yes, I mean that. Take as much room as you like. Write three pages if you want to.
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