In building successful businesses, I find that creating a new and innovative product or service is usually the easy part. The hard part is providing the leadership required to align and motivate all the constituents and players – from engineers to investors, vendors, and ultimately customers. Great entrepreneurs are not just idea people and then […]
One thing we all have to learn in business is how to work with and lead people that are not like you, and don’t think like you. In my experience as a business advisor, that’s probably the biggest hurdle to success encountered by every new business owner. Your biggest challenge may be members of your own […]
There is no question that there are people that are naturally born with ambition and hustle. But the incredibly talented @KingBach posed a question for me the other day and asked if ambition can be a taught behavior: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gary Vay-Ner-Chuk (@garyvee) on Jul 23, 2019 at […]
I’ve always wondered why an inordinate number of successful businesses today were started by people born outside the U.S., including Sergey Brin (Russia) at Google, Elon Musk (South Africa) at Tesla, John W. Nordstrom (Sweden), and Pierre Omidyar (France) at Ebay. It seems like these emigrants would be least likely to succeed, with all their extra challenges.
Most people agree that entrepreneurs have to think differently and take risks to have much chance of building a successful business. Yet I have found that serious entrepreneurs usually go way beyond these platitudes in their actions and thinking, and often won’t volunteer their real views, for fear of alienating “regular” people and being branded […]
Some things to think about as we head into the Fourth of July.
At our core, startup Founders are all frauds. We’re forged from the fiery embers of uncertainty, guesswork and crippling self doubt. And the only way to beat the imposter syndrome that is being a “Founder Fraud” is to embrace the fraud.
Before I get into this article, I want to make sure I create clarity and context so no tone is lost on my POVs about hard work and success. Please watch this short video first: Ultimately, how much you should work is a conversation of “one.” It’s a conversation you need to have with yourself. […]
What makes some people more successful than others? Is it their intelligence? Their work ethic? Or, did they just run into a lucky streak? Of course, you’ll want to put your great work ethic forward. However, the truth is that if you want to succeed then you’ll need to have emotional intelligence. You’ll want to work to […]
It’s time for more entrepreneurs to reset their focus, and shift their thinking to completely different ways of doing things. Everyone talks about innovation, but the majority of business plans I see still reflect linear thinking.
By definition, a startup is a torrent of anxiety. We’re swan diving headlong into the abyss. We’re likely doing things we’ve never done before with products that have never existed before. So let’s just start off by admitting we’re all freaked out and it’s a big problem and we all need to figure this shit out.