Entrepreneurs Anonymous


Alcoholics Anonymous, or “AA” for short, has been around for almost 100 years now, and has helped millions of people across the globe become sober, its sheer longevity attesting to its effectiveness.

Of course, as we’ve seen in countless movies, they are famous for their meetings.

We can all easily picture that group in that circle.

Hi I’m ________, and I’m an alcoholic.

AA has since inspired hundreds of other similar organizations, with each organization addressing other chronic problems, sufferers, and addictions – from anger management, cancer patients, gambling, and so on.

It’s simple, really. I won’t belabor the point – the support group works. 

So why not a support group for people for would-be leapers?

You know, I know quite a number of people already who are always “almost there,” but can’t get over the hump for one reason or another. I know there are a lot of you – a lot of you – out there.


It would be a HUGE benefit if you guys get together!

In a recent interview with startup legend Brad Feld, he mentions how it was so critical for him, career-wise, to “finally get to meet his peers,” when he first started.

So ask yourself, who do you surround yourself with? Do they share your passion? Do they support you? Are there people you can share your desire with, your struggles?

A wise person once told me, the reason why a zillion detox visits don’t work for people like Lyndsay Lohan is that after treatment, they choose to surround themselves again by the same people.

I never ever thought I'd put THIS picture anywhere in this blog
I never ever thought I’d put THIS picture anywhere in this blog

If you are always surrounded by the same people – people who choose to fly low, negative people, uber “realists” who tell you it can’t be done, those who are happy just trudging along until each Friday – then a change of scenery can do you wonders. 

You know what could happen if you just surround yourselves with like-minded people?


For example, in our JGL community a couple of months ago, a few like-minded people found themselves talking about a similar passion – sports. Soon, they began meeting in coffee shops. (of course) The question was, why not a sports-startup?

A few months after? This. 

There are a number of startup groups and events already forming in the country.

Don’t be shy. Tempt serendipity. Join one.

If you’re interested in what we’re doing here in JGL, then there are two ways you can participate:

a) JGL OPEN COFFEE: we have meetup of leapers and would be leapers which occurs every month. We called it Juan Great Meet before, but I think in line of our coffee theme, a rebranding would be perfect. We’re having the next one on the morning of February 9. No frills, no powerpoint, no agenda. Just entreps and would-be entreps (about 50-50) talking over coffee about startup topics of choice. (last time delved heavily on finding founders and funding)

b) JGL STARTUP SATURDAYS: I meet with 1-2 entrepreneurs/would-be entrepreneurs on the Saturdays we don’t have another event. This is a chance for you to tell me about your story and your idea in detail. (I love these talks)

Of course, both events are free of charge. And no, there’s nothing being sold but the idea of pursuing your own dream.

Don’t think. Just go. It just might be what you need.

Know anyone who would want or need to go to any of the events above? Who would resonate with this post? Be a blessing and share! 

Peter Cauton

Entrepreneur, writer, speaker, startup advocate, HR guy. Husband, father of 6, teacher, unabashed follower of Christ.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Wow! Love the sports startup story! I want the same thing! I want to be hooked up to people who think the same and have the same passions? Is there anyone out there who is passionate about cars and technology and of course, startups? Let’s do something together please!

    Peter, I’ll try to make the next open coffee. Where are the details posted? Also I want to join one of the startup saturdays if that’s ok too. When’s the next one?


    1. Hey Artie! I’ll do a post in the JGL FB group – maybe we can get that thread started. With geo-mobile capability, there could be a healthy discussion.

      Open Coffee FOR SURE will be on Feb 9 – we’re just trying to get a place.

      Next free startup Sat would be Feb 23. Game?

  2. Why not host a gathering of would-be leapers once a month at co.lab!

  3. I’m good for Feb 23 startup Sat!

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