As a current entrepreneur faced with the challenges of building a sustainable business, I found myself reflecting on what we had (accidentally) done right all those years ago that allowed the group to survive and thrive after only two years of founder participation.
After a lot of thought on the 12-hour ride back to Michigan, I realized that our approach to starting and running the group was similar to the approach we took to the music itself, and the same themes could be applied to entrepreneurship:
- Perform with people you love
- Don’t forget to breathe
- Listen to each other and focus on the blend
- Get over your stage fright
- Don’t make the arrangement so complex that you can’t hear the melody
- If the arrangement doesn’t work, change it
In both a cappella and entrepreneurship, I’ve realized that you have to practice Planned Spontaneity. With a solid plan and a little bit of creativity, you can build a lasting organization and make beautiful music together.