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January 11, 2008

Laurels for Laurel

Not to limit the second half of Laurel's text to one section, but I think the most effective part came in the section called "...doing business..."

In this section, Laurel listed the numerous bits and snips of advice she has accumulated over the years working in the various industries she has. I made a point, I believe, in the J-web exercises to note that these statements and points she makes are not always specifically related to the gaming industry.

Laurel offers nuggets such as "trust yourself," "be a realist," "avoid adversarial relationship[s]," to "live healthy; work healthy," and that "this is not your last goo idea." Think about these simple phrases in the semi-abstract. It is possible, sometimes easy, to apply these ideas to daily life, academia, love and friendships. How often have we, as students, been working on a paper or project and suddenly we have that flash of brilliance and everything comes together? That was not our last good idea. Have you ever been taking an exam or reading a text and not really understanding what is happening? Be realistic in your approach - you don't know everything. If you knew it already, you would be teaching the class.

Laurel writes these as a means of directing those in the industry to better their company and ensure a better working environment. These are invaluable bits of advice that would make a tremendously more enjoyable working environment. Of course, there is a little of the whole Hippie-commune thing going on with some of her ideas, but isn't that ultimately the ideal of a "Utopian Entrepreneur" - to create a perfect environment for their respective businesses?

Posted by KevinMcGinnis at January 11, 2008 9:58 AM


Kevin, I also agree with you on how Laurel's points of advice can be compared to everyday life. What a great connection you made about "writing a paper and you have a great idea, but it is not the last." These ideas certainly apply to her title because a "Utopian Entrepreneur" wants a perfect environment. I liked how you connected everyday events with the text. Good observation!

Posted by: Derek Tickle at January 12, 2008 9:45 PM

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