Why Entrepreneurs Should Fire Their Boss NOW!

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Most entrepreneurs will tell you they love being their own boss. But if you worked for a boss who demanded a 50-80 hour week, asked you to postpone any time off indefinitely, forced you to pay for your own health insurance, micromanaged every detail, paid you well below market value, assigned you the work of

5 Simple Steps For Entrepreneurs To Get Unstuck

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Most entrepreneurs feel stuck in some area of their business. What’s worse, once we see we are stuck, we start repeating, “I am stuck,” (or some variation) over and over. We build an entire story around our being stuck. We talk about how it feels, how frustrating it is, how we cannot figure out why

5 Ideas That Kill the Entrepreneur

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An entrepreneur is a courageous individual. We are driven by passion to create, be of service to the world, and quite often by a deep need for recognition and approval. Passion, service and approval motivations are so strong that they override the basic need for safety and security that can keep others from taking the

Can Crowd Funding Save Brand Startups?

Brand startups are disappearing. It is no secret that crowd funding has reframed what it means to launch a brand startup. Is it enough to create the environment for a fledgling brand to flourish? Crowd funding does help brand founders skip the second mortgage and bypass angel investors for seed money. Considering that the number

Start Marketing Success from the Inside Out

You’ve heard the truism, “Happiness is an inside job.” Marketing success is an inside job as well.  90% of business start-ups fail while they are busy looking outside themselves for their win. We learn to look for increased funding, more visibility, less competition, improved market conditions, innovative technology and processes, and better workers – just as

Assumption Audits Get Better Results than Brand Audits

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Brand audits are a routine analysis of customer awareness and perception, brand messaging and competitors. This is done through research and surveys much like a regular “brand physical.” However, Assumption Audits are akin to a psychological brand exam. They start by looking inside the organization at its fundamental beliefs. The Similarities Between Brand Audits and

The Power of WHY

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Why is the sky blue? Why do people die? Why do you want me to stop asking why? From age two up to age five our learning is irrepressible. Our questions are endless, challenging and full of wonder. Then we stop our tireless asking, to the relief of most adults. Why? When was the last

The Fashion of (Professional) Passion

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Passion is undoubtedly important to a life that is rich, satisfying and meaningful, but what does it mean to “find your passion” – especially as it relates to work? Have we crossed some new evolutionary threshold of thinking about work, or are we suffering from one massive fashion of the moment that insists passion belongs

What Your Carelessness Communicates

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Everyone makes mistakes now and then. We get tired, distracted, nervous and overwhelmed, then, before you know it – we forget, assume, omit, drop, spill, fall, bump, bang, trip, and yes, make a typo. The trick is that in that moment, something else had our full attention. What this carelessness tells those around us, very subtly,

Our Habit of Dread

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The opposite of hope is dread. There's been a lot of talk about hope lately, but when I try the experiment Elizabeth Gilbert began, asking complete strangers, “What are you excited about right now?” the answers I tend to get initially (from people I know, so the answers are more relaxed) are often downright depressing, and nothing like