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Advice -  Successful entrepreneurs often start with a “random” idea, but they quickly focus their efforts and follow a “system” to organize their startup and maximize the clout of their activities. Too many entrepreneur wannabes never...
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Advice -  I don’t think Uber, Airbnb, and Instacart are anomalies in the way a lot of people tend to view them. I think they’re just a preview of what’s to come.The biggest reason I got excited about Uber years ago, was because I...
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Lifestyle -  It’s about religion, not tactics. In June of last year, I wasn’t paying any attention to my health. At all.I was working eighteen hour days, taking every meeting I could, running an agency, investing, and spending time with my...
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Advice - I need to write a business plan before I start.No, you don’t. Start-ups are so unpredictable that writing a business plan is a pointless exercise.  You don’t exactly know who your customers are or what benefit/value they...
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Advice -  Aspiring entrepreneurs who rely only on traditional learning vehicles (teachers, classrooms, and risk-free practice) are doomed to failure in anticipating change today. Either they are never really ready to commit, study an...
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Advice -  The ultimate goal for any successful professional is to become an influencer in their respective field. Influencers are individuals with followings and a voice in the industry — they lead and set direction for others. Establishing...
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Advice -  I always thought that elite performers in the top 1 percent of their fields were able to accomplish so much more than the rest of us because they had some sort of X-factor that allowed them to work harder, longer and better than the...
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Advice -  Many entrepreneurs forget that their success is more about helping other people than about personally becoming famous, or overcoming the odds and getting rich. A successful business has to satisfy customers with a strong team, by...
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Advice -  By now, most of you know both my business and content strategy from Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. I like to give as much as I can upfront before I muster up the audacity to go in for the “ask.” Although this is my go-to philosophy,...
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Advice -  You can’t win as an entrepreneur if you work alone. You need to have business relationships with team members, investors, customers and a myriad of other support people. That doesn’t mean you have to be a social butterfly to...
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Advice -  Successful entrepreneurs understand the difference between a good business relationship with more people and having more friends. In fact, the focus on social-networking platforms, starting with Facebook, has destroyed the meaning of...
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Advice -  Having been to SXSW numerous times before, I was delighted to have had the opportunity to attend again last year — this time, with a company of my own. Having my own venture to promote made me feel excited yet strangely...
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Lifestyle -  When I think about strategies for better living, I consider the rule of E: efficiency, effectiveness and essentialism. Recently, I have been on a kick about cultivating deep focus. In the age of social media and modern technology, we...
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Advice -  Too many entrepreneurs I know still believe that that their great idea will carry the startup, and they may even minimize their own value, especially if they have introversive tendencies. Yet most investors agree that the “idea”...
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Advice -  Dreams alone never took anyone anywhere. Dreams require massive action in order to become success stories. I am counting down to my third Ironman Triathlon. With just a few hours left before the race, what matters most now is the...
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Lifestyle -  When life hands you lemons, be a lemonade maker. People who get stuck are the ones waiting for the perfect situation. The most effective people in the world are those who make the best of every situation. If you feel inside that you...