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.
You would not believe how many times I have met brilliant entrepreneurs with amazing, cutting-edge technologies who are clueless about their markets and about who will actually be willing to pay money for their inventions.
The problem with change is that changing just a little is often harder than changing a lot.
I was reviewing a marketing plan for a startup company yesterday when I suddenly got a flash of understanding. This company is struggling to succeed with their sales and marketing because they might be targeting the wrong group. The decision makers in their target market are Farmers, yet all their marketing content and campaigns seem to be aimed at Hunters.
I just read an article about a group in the Northeast that is encouraging people who are facing layoffs from their jobs to consider becoming entrepreneurs.
How dare they? Is becoming an entrepreneur really an option for someone facing redundancy and unemployment?
On July 28, 2010 the US House of Representatives passed a bill called the Educating Entrepreneurs Through Today’s Technology Act. Why is this so important for European Entrepreneurs?