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3 Things to Consider when Deciding the First Step of the Rest of Your Life

by / ⠀Personal Branding / December 21, 2012

If you’re reading this, most likely, you’re under 30.  You might be close to graduating from college with your BA or BS.  Maybe you are graduating from grad school—either because you think an advanced degree will further your career, or your undergraduate degree wasn’t enough to land you a job in this tough economy.  Or maybe you are looking for a new career after a few years of…

Do You Choose Your Job or Does Your Job Choose You?

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / December 20, 2012

Consciously or unconsciously we make thousands of decisions every day. Every waking hour, we face innumerable situations where we have to make choices that impact our life. Given so many choices that confront us, there are only a few decisions we consciously put our time into. One of those decisions is when we enter the job market after completing our university education. While graduating from the Technical University…

How to Stop Being Nice and Get What You Really Want

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / December 11, 2012

Want the key to making more money? Stop being so damn nice. I’ve worked on saying “No” for way too long, and I’m still not good enough. For me, it’s nature and nurture. I’m pretty sure I was born nice… On top of that, I was nurtured by the nicest woman alive—my mother. Why isn’t my business more profitable and more streamlined? Because all too often I let…

Do You Have Entrepreneur ADHD?

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / December 3, 2012

With all of the new technology, niches, and internet for entrepreneurs to explore, it’s not too difficult to come down with a case of entrepreneur ADHD.  Much like small children in amusement parks, entrepreneurs are faced with the challenge of prioritizing where their focus should be. In my early days, I simply could not get enough of all of the opportunities out there.  In my experience consulting for…

Adventure: Why Every Entrepreneur Should Live For It

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / November 27, 2012

What did I want to be when I grew up? An explorer. Mercantilism, huge risk, huge reward, glory and fame, enormous leadership opportunities, the chance to make your mark on the world. It’s all a young entrepreneur’s dream. Sadly, uncharted waters, and the days of risking your crew’s life to discover new trade routes are gone… Enter Exploration 2.0: The Age of Information What really motivated the pre…

The ROI of Practicing Mindfulness at Work

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / November 25, 2012

Mindfulness meditation, at first glance, provokes a reasonable question: “why on earth would I, or anyone for that matter, sit still doing nothing for long periods of time?” And we can take two basic approaches to answering this question: we sit still for long periods of time in order to reap a lot of benefits — to get a return on our investment — an ROI. Or we sit still for…

The Age-Old Battle Facing the Young Entrepreneur

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / November 25, 2012

Fighting misconceptions about age is a challenge for all young entrepreneurs. It’s not easy to operate in a business world often populated by people much older than you, let alone to get them to take you seriously. A 60-year-old doesn’t speak the same language as a 20-year-old. They don’t share the same hobbies. They have different energy levels. I own and operate companies in two distinct industries: events…

The Startup Dilemma: How to Tell Your Brand Story When You’re Lacking History

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / November 19, 2012

Contrary to popular belief, a story doesn’t come with age. In fact, we create history every minute of every day. We actively shape it with what we say and with the connections we make with others. Once you realize that, you’ll start seeing your brand story a little differently. No longer will it seem like spin or grasping at straws. Once you embrace the fact that history is fluid, you’ll…

Startups: What’s Your Story?

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / November 17, 2012

Being an entrepreneur means living in a blender where facts, figures, optimism, realism, faith and self doubt all co-exist and blend together. As an entrepreneur you have a lot of competition, and sometimes it might feel like being in The Hunger Games. Google for Entrepreneurs notes that there are 400 million building some 69 million early stage startups across 54 countries. Billions are being injected into high-growth startups every quarter. Optional…

10 Ways to Influence & Create Success

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / November 16, 2012

Successful leadership is truly about being able to influence others. Investing, developing and equipping your team is a great place to start. You cannot focus on others, however, until you evaluate qualities in yourself first. You cannot develop in others what you do not have. These ten easy steps will help increase your leadership influence and increase your business productivity. It takes time, courage and honesty to get…

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