Last year, Stephen Thorpey was a successful ad salesman working at a large New York media company, itching to start his own business but feeling apprehensive about the economy. The tipping point to launch his own firm came from an unexpected place: Browsing the Web one day, Thorpey read an inspirational poster called the Holstee manifesto.
“I had been wanting to go off on my own for a while, but there was a risk associated with it,” Thorpey said. “Seeing that manifesto for the first time was almost a nail in the coffin for me…I decided to live by those words.”
The manifesto reads like something out of a self-help book: A 15-sentence message comprising brief commandments such as, “Do what you love and do it often,” “If you don’t like your job, quit,” and “Travel often; Getting lost will help you find yourself.”
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