INSTANT MBA: Stay Optimistic And Confident, Even When Everyone Else Is Freaking Out

mike richardson

Photo: John Holderried

War Room’s Tip Of The Day has been rebranded. All Tip of The Day newsletters and articles can now be found under the name, Instant MBA. Instant MBAs are daily insights and inspiring lessons from business leaders.


Today’s tip comes from Mark Richardson, founder and president of Dark Horse Comics, the third largest comics publisher in the US.

You need a great deal of optimism, almost to the point of blindness to the facts of reality. And you need confidence to get around whatever it is that’s blocking you.

When I opened the first store, everybody freaked out except my wife. The first day, the store did $8.37. But every day was better than the last. Once the store started doing well, I said I wanted to start a publishing company, and everybody freaked out again. When I said I’d make movies, they freaked out again. Now, they don’t say much.

I was told growing up I could do anything I wanted. I worry sometimes that that message isn’t out there anymore, because it really is true.”

– Mike Richardson, president of Dark Horse Comics


Want your business advice featured in Instant MBA? Submit your tips to [email protected]. Be sure to include your name, your job title, and a photo of yourself in your email.

NOW WATCH: Ideas videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.