an entrepreneur’s two sided coin

November 29 2012

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…

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9 reasons to network (the practice of meeting people)

November 27 2012

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…

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Gratitude

November 22 2012

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…

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Celebrate Tuesday

November 20 2012

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…

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It’s a set up.

November 15 2012

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…

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“So…what do you do?” or 20 things you can talk about when meeting someone new

November 13 2012

A challenge:

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…

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It doesn’t have to be pretty

November 08 2012

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….

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Yes, you can choose

November 06 2012

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.

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What is your special?

November 01 2012

You have something to offer no one else has.

Your choice is whether or not to share it with others.

You have a unique twist, a special tint coloring your work and the way you see the world.

Find people and environments that encourage this.

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