Category Archives: Entrepreneurial Mindset

Entrepreneurial Mindset

Are You a Workaholic?

Have you ever noticed how our culture celebrates the idea of being a workaholic? It's almost like a badge of honor to kill yourself for work. I think society romanticize workaholics and view them as team players who are always willing to go the extra mile. However, I think if you are a workaholic, you are missing the point. Workaholics try [...]

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Be Controversial to Spread Your Message

What bugs me most is that most first time entrepreneurs do not want to offend anyone with their viewpoint. They think that they are avoiding creating enemies by not having a polarizing opinion. In their mind, they think this somehow gives them a better chance at success. Furthermore, they consider people with strong opinions and who are forceful in sharing [...]

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Small Business Stories – Pick of the Week January 7 2017

40 Small Business Trends and Predictions for 2017

Business News Daily By: Adam C. Uzialko shutterstock_377448043What do business owners, professionals and experts expect 2017 to hold for small business? After a tumultous election season, entrepreneurs can finally expect a little bit of certainty and stability. Keeping an eye on key trends [...]

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A Lack of Time Is No Excuse for Not Starting a Business

The most common excuse I hear from people about not starting a business is that they just don't have the time. Everybody has time. Watching T.V. is not a productive use of your time. What if you used your T.V. watching time more productively to work on a business idea? When you want something bad enough, you'll make time regardless of [...]

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The Value of a Blog Even If No One Reads It

I agree with Seth Godin when he says that every business owner should write a regular blog even if no one reads it. The other day I was driving to Denver to attend a meeting with the SBA and the Minority Business Office. During the drive, I was listening to an audio-book about how to work smarter. While I didn't particularly [...]

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What Is the Value of Quiet Time?

One of the best things for me about hunting season is not the thrill of the hunt or even trying to outwit a wild and cunning animal. Nope, it's far less glamorous – It's the time I have alone with my thoughts. I recall a story that I read as a boy about Fred Bear,  the famous Archer. As he [...]

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Is Your Business Persona Aligned for Success

As we discussed in a previous post, most self-employed, micro, and lifestyle businesses are started by a person with a strong technical persona. Often, these entrepreneurs are suddenly seized with the desire to start their own businesses because of their strong technical skills. Michael Gerber, the author of “The E-Myth,” describes this sudden desire to start a business as [...]

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The Anatomy of a Business Owner

Inside every small business are 3 personas, each competing for time as the leader. The three personas are the technical (workers), president (inwardly focused), and chief executive officer (outwardly focused). To succeed, a business must possess all three personas. The technical persona is about the present and doing the work. The president persona uses the past to find trends and improve [...]

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Are You Focused on What Really Matters?

The other day I was talking to a client about patents and mentioned that Callaway developed the Big Bertha driver. In fact, it initially sold for nearly $1,000 when it came out. Within a week of it release, a Chinese company created an exact duplicate as a knockoff that it sold for half the price. As I was driving to my [...]

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How to Keep Motivated

Like every entrepreneur, I'm motivated by accomplishments. Therefore, it stands to reason that most entrepreneurs seek out small jobs, like catching up on email, that they can accomplish quickly to feel the rush and satisfaction they get when they accomplish a task. Sometimes, however, there are more important tasks that by their nature take a significantly longer time to accomplish. These [...]

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