Nothing — criminals, graduate school, Social Media Week, Seth Godin — prepared me for what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
There are many warm, idealistic perceptions of the life of an entrepreneur. Being your own boss, running your own show, creating things that matter, following your bliss. Anyone who has groveled at a desk job is lying if they say they haven’t dreamed of what it would be like…More...
The term networking sends shivers up my spine. I cringe when I think of networking events where people pass out business cards like Halloween candy and anxiously look around the room to see who’s there. Conversations seem forced, and I end up answering the same routine questions throughout the evening. Network sounds anything but personal, human, warm, or meaningful to me.
So let’s call a spade a spade. Networking is…More...
Very few people are exactly where they want to be. Everyone’s searching, striving for something.
More money, a better job, important responsibilities, a patient spouse, a new car, meaning, freedom, flexibility. Reasons differ, but the drive is the same. The quest for movement, for change, for different.
Knowing this, allow yourself one day to be grateful for exactly where you are. In this very moment, you are right where you need…More...
Many folks believe they need a special occasion in order to organize a gathering. A birthday, a wedding, a holiday, a housewarming. What if you didn’t wait for a reason to bring people together? Tonight sounds like a perfectly great night to introduce some friends in your circle who may not know each other.
Sound stressful? Focus on creating meaning with the people in your life and let the rest work itself…More...
I say this phrase often, and most of the time people don’t know what I’m talking about.
I think of life as a set up.
Why? You can either set yourself up for success or failure.
Think about it: from the people you’re with to the clothes you wear to the books you read to the ways you spend your after hours, you are making choices. I’ll say it again.
You are making choices… More...
The next time you’re at a party or social gathering, abolish “What do you do?” from your vernacular.
You will most likely find out sooner or later what someone does. There are a gazillion things you can talk about without having to ask how an individual pays bills, and the probability that the “9-5″ isn’t really what gets that person going is high. Isn’t it more interesting to talk about…More...
Too often, we get caught up in the finished product before we even begin. We think about what it is going to look like, how it will be received, what people will say. We create an idea of “perfect” and scare ourselves away from starting.
Along the way, we were taught to color inside of the lines and cut straight across the dotted pattern. Imperfections and mistakes don’t add value….More...
The people around you have a direct impact on your vision, your drive, your goals, your performance, and the way you dream. Their passion can inspire you to reach for more, or their apathy can dissuade you from continuing progress.
If you recognize the importance of carefully choosing friends, consider the responsibility when identifying leaders, company mastheads, presidents.More...
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