The following is the full transcript of Stop Making Excuses. Create Your Own Reality by Gary Whitehill at TEDxBayArea.
Listen to the MP3 Audio here: Stop making excuses. Create your own reality by Gary Whitehill at TEDxBayArea
Thank you. Well, it’s interesting being one of three males in a room full of women, and the first speaker you have in a woman entrepreneurship summit is a young white male. That normally doesn’t make a lot of sense but I hope over the course of the next 12 minutes, you’ll give me an opportunity to prove to all of you why I am here up on stage.
So what I am obsessed by is the fact that this top-down monopolistic beat on your chest, efficiency-driven economy is the way in which the future is. But it’s really not. That’s what corporations want you to think; that’s what venture capitalists want you to think.
I’m obsessed with the fact that everything that is mostly promoted here in Silicon Valley is actually the complete opposite. Because I’ve been all over the world. My last company called Entrepreneur Week, I scaled to four continents within two years from scratch, having never built an event company.
I met women just like all of you in this room, who came from every continent. We scaled to Chile, Brazil, Greece, all over the world and I never ever forgot when I got to a bunch — to every single emerging economy, the women that were there and the stories they would tell me of how they couldn’t manifest their dream, how they could see an opportunity and they couldn’t do it, how they wanted to even be in a mid-level job in a corporation but they weren’t allowed to do it.