business success

Passion Wave: Interview with VoyVoy’s Nat Disston

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / August 20, 2014

Nat Disston found his passion for surfing at an early age. At the age of 4, Nat and his cousin made pretend surfboards out of cardboard. Although he unsuccessfully rode carpet waves in his living room, creating cardboard surfboards was an early sign that his passion would soon come out through his work. Years later, Nat took a backpacking trip in Costa Rica. He met a surfboard designer…

8 Questions to Prevent Failure in Business, Investing, & Life

by / ⠀Career Advice Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / September 27, 2013

After reading hundreds or perhaps thousands of articles, speeches and books on business, investing, psychology, and people, I’ve come to believe that much of the advice on business and investing available to young people is painfully vague, unhelpful and/or generic. Self-improvement and general business advice seems to be ubiquitous these days, and it does hold value, but at the end of the day success in business and investing…

5 Business Rules Worth Breaking — and 1 You Absolutely Must Follow

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / August 14, 2013

You can’t get through a semester of business school or a meeting with a loan counselor without learning the so-called unbreakable rules of business.  And, yet, some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs ignored accepted business conventions. Bill Gates, for example, attributes some of his success to reading, thinking, researching and being quick to call a dumb idea dumb.  But he’s never written a playbook for business success. …

5 Traits That Differentiate Iowa Entrepreneurs

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / August 5, 2013

  I’ve traveled around the country, and regardless of your definition of success, or the level of success you’ve achieved there are 5 distinct characteristics that differentiate Iowa’s people from the rest of the globe.  Now this article might be a bit biased, so I want to challenge you to create your own list of characteristics that set your states or countries entrepreneurs apart.  I’m writing this though…

6 Best Marketing Tips for StartUps

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / August 3, 2013

When you seek to carve out a niche for your business, you’re going to have a wide range of successes and failures. However, there are some very important marketing lessons you can learn the easy way. The following are just a few of those lessons. 1. Don’t be a Buzzkill Far too many businesses start out with the best of intentions. They get a great logo design, build…

School of Hard Knocks: Getting a Real-World Business Degree

by / ⠀Career Advice Entrepreneurship / July 17, 2013

A forewarning: I’m an entrepreneur running a successful business without any sort of business schooling. I majored in Industrial Design and Italian so you won’t find any fnacy MBA lingo here, just a straightforward real-world perspective. Hold Your Horses I was fortunate to have the time to let my business idea mature and evolve while I was still a student in college. I was able to explore various…

The Two-Step System to Manifesting Your Success

by / ⠀Startup Advice / December 19, 2012

As a professional coach, I throw around the term “manifesting”  with my clients rather loosely. It’s a concept that’s become very mainstream in recent years thanks to the success of books like The Secret and the emergence of life coaching into mass societal awareness. Basically, manifesting is the theory of energy attracting like energy. It’s the notion that if you envision and truly believe that something will happen, it…

Learning From the Young and Rich – Part 2

by / ⠀Startup Advice / June 30, 2010

Recently on Under30CEO Jack Delosa examined the members of the Australian BRW Young Rich List to gain insight into the strategies they use to build their wealth. Here he continues dissecting the lessons that can be learned from Australia’s wealthiest entrepreneurs under 40. The average wealth of the people on this list is $65.5 million. Every year BRW magazine publish “The Young Rich List”. The list includes the…

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