My Self-Selection: Writer, Editor and Entrepreneur

Melissa Sconyers wrote a meditation on what it means to be an entrepreneur. Here are some highlights:

What makes an entrepreneur different is that he assumes risk. He puts his money, his time, his success, and himself on the line for what he’s doing.
I was an entrepreneur in the past. Being a young entrepreneur didn’t just change my life; it literally paved my way.
I believe that entrepreneurs, and even entrepreneurial people, are an extraordinarily self-selected group. I believe that the people who want to do it will do it no matter what. They are the people who refuse to accept the The Way Things Are.

In my last job I was lucky enough to play the role of intrapreneur, which is especially nice because you get to pursue your passion while your company or your client gladly funds it (because it’s good for them, as well). Of course, it’s not your wagon, you’re just steering it through an important passage. As an entrepreneur, it is your wagon and like the pioneers who made their way West, it’s totally make or break.
So here I am, refusing to accept the way things are (which has always been my natural condition). I’m waving my banner, pointing to my shingle: David Burn–Writer, Editor and Entrepreneur. I’ve also condensed that to “David Burn–Content Machine,” but I see how it could be beneficial to accent the elemental.
I’m not a social media strategist. Or a brand strategist. Or a creative director. Even though I am. At my core I’m a writer. I tell stories in any and every medium, for fun and for profit. I can tell yours too. Let me know…



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.