Reflections on the Entrepreneurial Journey

Michael Bloomberg, New York mayor
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Michael Bloomberg: Go Out on Top

Since his early days starting out, Michael Bloomberg has approached his career as an entrepreneur from a unique perspective. Never quite content with the status quo, he left Bloomberg LP, the financial media empire he started in 1983, to run for mayor of New York City in 2001. Clearly a skilled businessman, he maintained that progress only happens when organizations are purposely thrown off course. In discussing his decision to walk away from his company, that same year he told Inc., "Things are going great now, and that's the time to leave. If you want to walk out rather than being carried out, you have to go when everybody says, 'How could you possibly leave? Things are so good.' Every time I hear that, I think, Damn it, I have to go. I don't have any choice."