Ah… memories!  I remember when Happy Days, followed by Laverne & Shirley were a much anticipated event at my house!  I also remember how the 3 kids (I’m the middle) had staggered bed times – my brother had to go to bed after Happy Days (8:30), my sister got to go to bed after Laverne & Shirley (9:00) and me?  I had to go to bed SMACK DAB in the middle of the show! (8:45)  (Yes Mom & Dad, I still harbor some resentment about that!)

Well I got to thinking about the show a few weeks ago and realized the theme song is the perfect example of an entrepreneurial attitude.  “Gonna Do it our way, yes our way, make all our dreams come true…”

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So are you a Laverne or Shirley?

Laverne is the entrepreneur who gets an idea and dives right in.  I imagine she’d be the person who takes risks, goes with her gut and is ok to learn from her mistakes.

Shirley on the other hand, would be the more cautious business person.  She might get inspired but then she’d get analytical.  Crunch numbers. Study the situation from every angle before proceeding.  (Shirley risks getting stuck in “analysis paralysis” – don’t be THAT Shirley!)

Whether you are a Laverne or Shirley artist – the key is to knowing which you are and embrace it.  When ever Shirley tried to act like Laverne, things did not go well!

The show “worked” because Laverne was the “yang” to Shirley’s “yin”.

It would be an equally good combination in business.  So if you are Shirley to the nth degree, be sure to have a Laverne in your life to keep you moving and if you are a Laverne, find a Shirley to make sure you don’t go off in so many directions that you get nothing done.

Here’s to your creative and entrepreneurial success!

– Tara Reed

P.S. Here are the lyrics:

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
Sclemeel, schlemazel, hasenfeffer incorporated.
We’re gonna do it!

Give us any chance, we’ll take it.
Give us any rule, we’ll break it.
We’re gonna make our dreams come true.
Doin’ it our way.

Nothin’s gonna turn us back now,
Straight ahead and on the track now.
We’re gonna make our dreams come true,
Doin’ it our way.

There is nothing we won’t try,
Never heard the word impossible.
This time there’s no stopping us.
We’re gonna do it.

On your mark, get set, and go now,
Got a dream and we just know now,
We’re gonna make our dream come true.
And we’ll do it our way, yes our way.
Make all our dreams come true,
And do it our way, yes our way,
Make all our dreams come true
For me and you.