How important is diversity to an entrepreneur. Frederick Douglass, escaped slave and writer said that without struggle, there is no gain. What can this teach entrepreneurs?
Networking is one of the most important keys to success in a startup business. It will help you find jobs, recruit talent, win new customers and discover investors who’ll support your ideas.
Last week I was asked to join a group of coaches and investors to design and lead a program for Palestinian entrepreneurs from the West Bank. True entrepreneurship and true empowerment is believing that no matter what situation arises or whatever circumstances occur, that you will be able to find a way to turn it around, to create your own business, to survive and to thrive.
Making the most of any situation is what the Sicilians are all about.
We need more serial entrepreneurs. We need more people who have learned how to start and build small businesses.
Be yourself. Sometimes we are so intent on pleasing the people we meet that we forget to be who we are. Good networking skills involve being very specific, clear and intentional in how you present yourself or your business, but mostly it involves being yourself.
As an Entrepreneur you must make many tough decisions and assumptions about your future. The problem is that you can only connect the dots looking backward, not looking forward. Steve Jobs gives valuable advice.
Last week Google announced that their product called WAVE would be dropped, just 6 months after its birth. What was interesting about this announcement was that Google said “We celebrate our failures.” This is a smart core value for a business to have. Last I checked, Google was not only immensely profitable, but also one of the most popular workplaces in America. Perhaps this comes as no surprise. Lots of companies talk about innovation, yet how many of them allow a project group to fail without some form of punishment…
Have you seen the old movie called Marathon Man? Dustin Hoffmann plays the part of an amateur marathon runner who gets mixed up with a group of nasty ex-Nazis who torture him with a dental drill. His training as a marathon runner helps him to endure the pain until he is finally able to win in the end. It is a great movie and a good lesson for entrepreneurs. Sorry to write this, but you have to be able to endure a lot of discomfort and pain if you expect…
I woke up this morning and my first thought was that “I am crazy”! A crazy entrepreneur is one who holds onto the dream too long.