The very first time I left my job to start an entrepreneurial endeavor, I was all set. I had money and a business plan. What else did I need, I thought? I gave notification to my employer and to my surprise, fear set in instantly. I didn't leave my job ... that time. I recognized that while I prepared externally, I didn't prepare internally-- emotionally, psychologically, physically and spiritually-- for this life transition.
I quit school two times because of its bad system and promised myself I’ll never go back. I quit my (first) 4-months job because I didn’t fit in a place where people were lazy, mean, and kinda dumb and promised myself I’ll never be employed again.
Many entrepreneurs are experts in their craft. Whether it be mastering the perfect steak as a restaurant owner or opening the hottest wine bar in Chicago, all business owners are specialists in their designated areas. It takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill, but...
We check our smartphones frequently, we set it down, and then we check one more time just to make sure we have no new messages. We know that we do this, and most of us do it often. But this behavior is causing problems that trickle through our entire society and culture. Daniel Midson Shortreminds us to put our phones down and pay attention. His video explains why.
It’s actually no secret that authoring a book on your subject of expertise lends unmatched credibility. And self-publishing and digital publishing are making authorship increasingly common, which makes it harder to stand out from the crowd.
In the past, I railed about the horrific idea of attempting to automate thought leadership and PR. But for small businesses wanting to save time and money while increasing the positive results of public relations, I was heartened to discover a do-it-yourself PR idea that works.
In 2004, when I was in my early 30s, I was a successful executive at a massive global corporation and thought I had it all. But one night, during a business trip to Peru, I realized I had it all wrong.
My closest friends back in the US know I aspire only to be an “entrepreneur” or “entrepreneurial” in some capacity. Both of my parents started their own businesses in two separate countries after divorcing when I was young. I had the blessing of watching them grow into successful ventures that reflect my their individual passions and fund everything that makes them happy. All I’ve wanted since is the same self-made freedom and fulfillment.
Nowadays, being busy is fashionable, it’s cool. Being busy is something that many of us wear as a badge of honor. We wear this badge similar to the type of badge that we wear when we’ve just had to stay up all night to finish something that we’d been procrastinating on.
The following is a letter I recently wrote to a student who had experienced their first major failure in life and then almost let that failure snowball into a series of failures that would have concluded with their dropping out of college if they didn’t step up.
“All of us have too much complexity in our lives,” said Kathleen Eisenhardt, professor at Stanford University’s School of Engineering. In studying how product development teams with complex rules, no rules, and a few simple rules tackled projects, some simple truths emerged.
In my previous Fail Coach posts on rejection “Overcoming rejection with giving it a second chance?” and “How to overcome rejection” I mainly discussed how to stay motivated and how overcoming rejection actually looks in practice. In this post I will tell you more about feelings of inadequacy rejection brings.
We all have had that moment in our lives, or will at some point, where are presented with an opportunity that takes a lot of risk. Job offers, investment opportunities, moving to an unfamiliar location, etc. Whatever the opportunity may be, we need to make timely and informed decisions.
Everyone wants to be the next big thing… The next Facebook, Uber, Instagram, snapchat, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for shooting for the stars and chasing your dreams, but there is a lack of practicality and doing what it takes to get there!