6 Degrees of Separation…Is it Real?

6 degrees
Recently I have been doing a lot of networking, following up and reaching out to people. The goal of doing so is to get connected to the right people, spread my vision and mission and in turn create new business relationships. The purpose of networking is to pursue opportunities which may exist for you that you have not realized at the moment. There is someone out there who can help elevate your business to the next level but that cannot be realized if you do not go out and seek these connections. Read the rest of this entry

Maximizing Your Meetings Infograph

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Busy, busy, busy! As entrepreneurs and professionals we love to be busy because we equate that to being productive and working towards success. And what better way to show you are busy then by being in back to back meetings. Multiple meetings every week or everyday means we are putting our face in front of potential buyers and decision makers. So we want to make sure we are involved in as many meetings as possible. Who wouldn’t want to be busy meeting new people? Is it a bad thing to be meeting people frequently and spreading the message about your business and the value you and your business bring? Read the rest of this entry

Everybody Doesn’t Want to be an Entrepreneur

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This post was written due to a Twitter debate I saw last week and participated within. The topic of the debate was why do people always talk about being an entrepreneur and promote entrepreneurship as if it’s the only means to success. The person who started the debate stated he would rather make his millions as an employee, and let those who choose entrepreneurship have that lifestyle. Is it plausible that he can really make millions as an employee? I doubt it but I can’t deny him his right to choose employee over entrepreneur. Read the rest of this entry

What is an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem?

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I previously wrote a blog pot entitled Local Entrepreneurial Development = Economic Productivity. If you haven’t read it I suggest you do. It gives a glimpse of how the entrepreneurial spirit develops in a community. In essence the beginning of an entrepreneurial ecosystem. The entrepreneurial ecosystem? What is that? Read the rest of this entry

Make a Power Play

power play
Are you an entrepreneur who plays it safe and who is willing to accept what little comes your way? You believe that entrepreneurship is built on the principles of continual sacrifice and that you are a small fish in a big pond which should have small expectations. This pessimistic mindset holds you back and keeps your business on a very small-scale, rather than growing and prospering. You ventured into entrepreneurship because you had the ambition to be a business owner and were willing to take the risk of becoming so. Now that you have achieved such desires, your ambition has stalled and you have low risk tolerance. Quite the oxymoron. Read the rest of this entry

Local Entrepreneurial Development = Economic Productivity

local entrepreneurship
When you look around your community, what do you see? A lot of corporate owned national chains, a few small businesses and a very few mom and pop stores. How do I differentiate between the 3? Corporations have deep pockets and have multiple locations on a national scale. Small businesses are fairly new within the marketplace, with owners who are fairly new to entrepreneurship. Or small businesses can be those businesses which are small in operation and serve a very small percentage of the marketplace they participate within. Mom and pops are usually generational owned local businesses and are a staple within their community. The problem with this picture though, is that the corporate chains have far more power and advantages in local communities. Read the rest of this entry

Red or Blue Pill: You Live and You Learn

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If you are familiar with the Matrix then you know about the red pill and the blue pill theory. If not let me give you a description of them both.

Red Pill = painful truth of reality

Blue Pill = bliss ignorance of illusion

So how does this relate to your own life? Read the rest of this entry

Jumping Hurdles

jumping hurdles
Entrepreneurship can be both satisfying and daunting. Continuously jumping hurdles, trying to meet deadlines, keeping clients happy, trying to bring in clients and trying to get an extension on your payment deadlines because you are in a slow period. Emotionally, mentally and physically draining but it is what we go through in order to call ourselves entrepreneurs. Read the rest of this entry

No is Just Motivation to Get a Yes

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As an entrepreneur expect to hear more no’s than yes’s. The reason you hear no varies but it can boil down to: lack of experience, no established trust and skepticism of the product and service you are offering. Whatever the reason, people will come up with any excuse to tell you no so they won’t have to risk their money and time with you. It’s nothing personal, it is just that people are naturally inclined to shy away from what they do not know. You on the other hand, as an entrepreneur, take this as an indication that you are not up to par in the entrepreneurship world. Read the rest of this entry

You Don’t Want it! You are Just Talking!

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One of the most common things people whine and complain about is how successful they want to be. They see well off or wealthy people’s lives and either envy or want (possibly both) what they have because they perceive their status as an image of being successful. But what usually is the case though is that they are blowing more smoke than producing actual fire. You know why? Read the rest of this entry

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