Entrepreneurship

169 – What It’s Like Being Young and Black in America

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | | More Today, we have a very special episode of Early to Rise Radio. We sit down with Early to Rise team member Caleb Banks, a young black American entrepreneur to discuss his experiences and role models. A lot of people have asked me for my voice in this and instead, I give you my ears while Caleb gives us his voice. You will learn a lot about…

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3 Communication Fails You Need to Avoid – Personal Development Article

Actually, it doesn’t. Nearly every communication breakdown can be traced back to one of three problems.  Avoid them, and your team will get the message the first time, every time. And you’ll gain even greater clarity about what you want for your business. In this episode, you’ll discover— The Clarity Grid—and how you can use it to assess and revive your communication. Some of the most frequent meeting mishaps and their implications on team morale. A clear path to the…

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How to Communicate Sensitive Information – Personal Development Article

No worries. We’ve spent the last 40 years perfecting the art of communicating important information. In this episode, we’ll give you four steps that will take all the stress out of making major announcements within your company.   With this simple process, you can communicate the most sensitive or impactful information with perfect confidence that you’re communicating the right information to the right people at the right time. In this episode, you’ll discover— How to avoid negative surprises that damage trust…

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How to Choose a Business Coach – Personal Development Article

I recently had lunch with a young entrepreneur. His business had grown quickly, and, as a result, he was facing challenges he’d never encountered before. He said, “I think I need a business coach—someone who can help me navigate the road ahead. Can you recommend someone?” I get asked this question a lot. Running a business has never been more challenging, and coaching has never been more popular. As a result, business owners have a variety of coaching options. I…

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4 Essential Documents for Leading Your Business – Personal Development Article

We’ve been refining these concepts for decades. And we’ve distilled them into four distinct documents that form the foundation for any successful business.  Forget what you’ve heard before. Adopt this simple system, and you’ll escape the fog of vague ideas and definitions. You’ll gain instant clarity on the kind of company you want to be, and how to make it happen. In this episode, you’ll discover— Strategies for translating your directional ideas into clear documentation. The differences between vision scripts,…

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Jen Gotch: “I Think the Connection of Success to Busyness Is Dangerous.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: Jen Gotch. I couldn’t wait to talk to Jen about happiness, habits, and creativity. Gretchen: What’s a simple activity or habit that consistently makes you happier, healthier, more productive, or more creative? Jen: Dancing—usually by myself. I’m not incredibly good at it, but when I’m dancing, it sure feels like I am and that’s enough to make me happy. I dance when I am feeling bad, I dance when I am feeling good. Even if only for a minute.…

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How to Make Your Vision a Reality – Personal Development Article

Here’s what we’ve learned after more than 40 years in leadership: Vision doesn’t force its way into your business. You have to make room for it. And you can do that by linking your vision to daily actions through strategy.  We’ll show you a chain of execution that will anchor everything you do each day to your greater vision. Try this, and you’ll finally get past that stuck feeling and watch your vision take shape before your eyes. In this…

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How to Be Resilient in Tough Times – Personal Development Article

It is, and we’ve got expert advice to help you do just that. In this episode, we’re joined by Amy Alexander, LMFT, executive director of The Refuge Center for Counseling. She shares five self-care tips to help you and your team cope with the stress and emotion of this crisis. In this episode, you’ll discover— The variables that can affect how you respond to the current crisis—and what to do about it. What happens when you slip outside of your…

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Why You Should Still Be Charging for Your Products – Personal Development Article

Now is the time to pivot, innovate, and leverage every ounce of your creativity to survive and thrive as a company. That’s good for your business, your customers, your employees, your community, and the economy at large. Today, we’re going to give you three solid reasons why you need to be charging for your products and services, especially now. In this episode, you’ll discover— The positives and negatives of giving away your products for free during times of crisis How…

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Are You Ready to Chase Your Entrepreneurial Dream? 5 Questions to Help You Decide – Self Improvement Article

As a techie in your 30s, you may feel you’re past the age for your entrepreneurial adventure. Perhaps sometimes you debate if  you should give it a shot after all – for if not now, then when? But are you ready to give up the stability offered by your high-paying tech job? How do you know if the time is right? Here are 5 questions which will help you answer if you are truly ready to be an entrepreneur?1. Every Thanksgiving,…

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5 Highly Effective Strategies to Staying Motivated as a Business Owner – Self Improvement Article

Every business has its high and low periods. We all wish for our businesses to make a lot of money and succeed. Unfortunately, it can take new businesses a number of years before they finally see any major profits. As a business owner, you may feel discouraged at waiting for your business to take off because you’re working 12+ hours per day and seeing no results. This may make you want to give up and throw in the towel, right?Do…

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Bob Iger — CEO and Chairman of Disney (#406) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, Robert A. Iger (@RobertIger) is the steward of one of the world’s largest media companies and some of the most respected and beloved brands around the globe. Since becoming CEO in 2005, Iger has built on Disney’s rich history of storytelling and innovation with the acquisitions of Pixar (2006), Marvel (2009), Lucasfilm (2012) and 21st Century Fox (2019), and the landmark opening of Disney’s first theme park and resort…

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3 Key Strategic Moments for Entrepreneurs – – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Entrepreneurship can be simultaneously satisfying and terrifying. While you’re making an effort to reach out and achieve the classic American Dream, in doing so, you often put yourself at a great deal of risk. Luckily, if you go into the entrepreneurial world prepared with the proper knowledge, there are some hugely important moments that you can use strategically to help yourself succeed. Getting Started Starting up your own business can be one of the most exciting things you can do…

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Episode 74 – Finding the Courage to Change Career Direction – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

In this episode, I discuss the fears people have about changing careers and three tips to make a successful career transition. I share with you what I have been busy on behind the scenes My excitement to be participating in a TEDx Talk. What holds many people back from starting a new career? Know what it is that you don’t want to do in your work life. Think about what steps will it take to achieve your goal? Consider what…

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What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Martial Arts – Self Improvement Article

We’ve all seen the videos…a person wearing a white uniform and a black belt stares down their opponent; a stack of boards six inches high. They take a breath in, and — wham! — their bare hand whips down and breaks the stack cleanly in half. The broken boards tumble to the ground, and the breaker walks away triumphant.I know what you’re thinking. “I’m not powerful enough to do that, forget it! I’ll just watch. Why would I need to…

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Why is an Entrepreneurial Mindset a Hot Quality in Talent Today? – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

When I tell people that the career management course I teach at Cabrini University incorporates lessons on emotional intelligence and entrepreneurialism, people ask me what that means, though most of them recognize the problems when entrepreneurial mindsets are lacking among their teams. In my experience, advanced learning institutions want to promote entrepreneurial mindsets, but may think that promoting actual entrepreneurship is at odds with a liberal studies education. Back in 2005, I made plans to earn an MBA in Entrepreneurship.…

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Episode 72 – How Writing a Book Can Build Your Personal Brand with Deborah Ager – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

  In this episode I interview Deborah Ager, Book Mentor and Founder of Radiant Media Labs, who helps clients write books that build their businesses and their personal brands. She also shares how she balances her career with being a mum. If you are anything like me, writing a book has been on your bucket list for some time, but it has always seemed like such a huge task. Well, I am so grateful that Deborah breaks things down today…

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“Sitting Under a Tree in a Pine Forest Is Happy Medicine.” – Self Improvement Article

Interview: John Jantsch. John Jantsch is from Kansas City (just like me!—I used to see his office sign on my drive home from the airport) and is a marketing consultant, speaker, and author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine, SEO for Growth, and The Referral Engine. His latest book, The Self-Reliant Entrepreneur: 366 Daily Meditations to Feed Your Soul and Grow Your Business, is a collection of daily meditations for entrepreneurs; by making ourselves better people,…

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“When We Fail in Some Way or Another, We Can Simply Begin Again.” – Personal Development Article

Interview: Jerry Colonna Jerry Colonna has had a very interesting career. He is a well-regarded venture capitalist, and as an executive coach, he’s helped many people do their best work. He’s the cofounder and CEO of Reboot.io, an executive coaching and leadership development firm. If you listen to the terrific podcast Start Up, in Season 4, Episode 3, you may remember hearing from Jerry Colonna. Gimlet co-founders Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber talked to him to help them work through…

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Chip Conley — Building Empires, Tackling Cancer, and Surfing the Liminal (#374) – Personal Development Article

“The question would be: ‘What mastery can you offer?’ So have a friend of yours ask that question of you five times, and you’ll be sort of surprised at, by the fifth time you get asked that question, and you’ve had to come up with four other answers before that, what kind of revelation you may have in this archaeological dig.”— Chip Conley At age 52, after selling the company he founded and ran as CEO for 24 years, rebel…

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3 Scientifically Proven Things Entrepreneurs Should Be Doing to Increase Overall Performance – Self Improvement Article

There are lots of unwritten rules about the right set of skills needed to succeed as an entrepreneur. No doubt, entrepreneurs are filled with a sense of uncertainty on the right set of skills they need to acquire. So, how do successful entrepreneurs know the right skills to integrate into their operations? This is the million dollar question, and it’s time to answer it! As an aspiring or veteran entrepreneur, here are some of the essential skills you need to…

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110 – 5 Secrets of Time Ownership

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | | More “How do you get so much done?” This is the questions I get most in regards to me, my clients, and the wildly successful people I surround myself with on a daily basis. The truth is, you don’t need to work all hours of the day, every day to move the needle. You just need some key techniques to make you a time master. 5…

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Julie Rice — Co-Founding SoulCycle, Taming Anxiety, and Mastering Difficult Conversations (#372) – Personal Development Article

“There is no elevator to success; you have to take the stairs.”— Julie Rice Julie Rice (@julierice_) is an entrepreneur best known for co-founding the fitness phenomenon SoulCycle. Julie served as Co-CEO at SoulCycle from 2006 to 2015 before joining WeWork in November 2017. Julie’s life’s work has been about building community, and these days she brings that focus to her new role at WeWork. At WeWork, Julie is approaching everything through the lens of community—she is focusing on WeWork’s…

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Safi Bahcall — On Thinking Big, Curing Cancer, and Transforming Industries (#364) – Self Improvement Article

“All these things you’re sure are true — what if they weren’t?”— Safi Bahcall Safi Bahcall (@SafiBahcall) is the author of Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries. Loonshots describes what an idea from physics tells us about the behavior of groups and how teams, companies, and nations can use that to innovate faster and better. It has been selected for The Washington Post‘s 10 Leadership Books to Watch for in 2019,…

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Eric Schmidt — Lessons from a Trillion-Dollar Coach (#367) – Personal Development Article

“You can systematize innovation even if you can’t completely predict it.” — Eric Schmidt Eric Schmidt (@ericschmidt) is Technical Advisor and Board Member to Alphabet Inc., where he advises its leaders on technology, business and policy issues. Eric joined Google in 2001 and helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. He served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer from 2001-2011, and Executive Chairman 2011-2018, alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Eric serves…

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Kevin Systrom — Tactics, Books, and the Path to a Billion Users (#369) – Self Improvement Article

“I think a big part of knowing that you’re right is working as hard as you can to prove that you’re wrong. And if you can’t, well, there’s only one option left, which is: you’re probably right.” — Kevin Systrom Kevin Systrom (@kevin) is an entrepreneur and the co-founder (with Mike Krieger) of Instagram. While at Instagram, Kevin served as the CEO, where he oversaw the company’s vision and strategy and daily operations. Under his leadership, Instagram grew to over…

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Caterina Fake — Lessons from Flickr, Kickstarter, Etsy, and Much More (#360) – Self Improvement Article

Credit: Richard Morgenstein “I really am a big believer in people’s creativity flourishing when they come at things from a different direction and see things in a different way.” — Caterina Fake Caterina Fake (@caterina) is a long-time Silicon Valley pioneer. She is the Cofounder of Yes VC, a pre-seed and seed stage fund investing in ideas that elevate our collective humanity. Previously, she worked at Founder Collective as a Founder Partner, served as Chair of Etsy, and was the co-founder of Flickr. At Flickr, Caterina and…

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Tobi Lütke — The Oracle of Ottawa (#359) – Self Improvement Article

“Feedback is a gift.” — Tobi Lütke Tobi Lütke (@tobi) is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shopify. In 2004, Tobi began building software to launch an online snowboard store called Snowdevil. It quickly became obvious that the software was more valuable than the snowboards, so Tobi and his founding team launched the Shopify platform in 2006. He has served as CEO since 2008 at the company’s headquarters in Ottawa, Canada. Tobi is an active advocate for computer literacy…

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What Entrepreneurs Need to Learn From the Fyre Festival Disaster – Self Improvement Article

Image Credit: Fyre Festival By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the infamous Fyre Festival. This 2017 music festival turned disaster/international laughing stock has re-entered the public eye due to documentaries released by both Netflix and Hulu that detailed precisely what went down. If you haven’t watched either doc, let’s just say it’s somehow much worse than we all initially thought. The good news is that entrepreneurs can learn some extremely valuable lessons from Billy McFarland, the leading man behind Fyre,…

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How to learn the business skills you need

The Self Improvement Blog | Self Esteem | Self Confidence For many people, setting up a business of their own is a long-cherished dream. However, turning that dream into reality can seem like a daunting task. We’ve all heard the statistics about how the vast majority of new businesses fail in their first year, and the prospect of leaving a stable job for a life of uncertainty can be too frightening to seriously consider, especially if you’ve got a family…

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