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When You Are Ready to Become an Entrepreneur, Do These 5 Things

Is there really a perfect time to take the plunge and become an entrepreneur? Sure, there are ideal circumstances — like having endless amounts of startup capital and an all-star team already assembled, but those ideal conditions are few and far between. If you are waiting for the stars to align you are wasting valuable […]

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The 7 Must-Have Qualities Investors Look For in Entrepreneurs

Early stage venture is a lot about the entrepreneur–who that person is and what she or he is capable of. As an investor, my filter has become quite honed in terms of what to look for in the best entrepreneurs. On a recent trip to Ireland, I participated in a guided hike of the rugged […]

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Five Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Challenge Themselves

To be a successful entrepreneur in today’s world, you need to be current, mentally fit and actively involved in running your business. Even more important, you need to stay competitive. The best way to stay competitive is to actively attempt to challenge your preconceived notions. Easier said than done, right? When things are going well, […]

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7 Lessons We Can Learn From Westpac CEO Gail Kelly

Gail Kelly is a South African-born Australian businesswomen and CEO of Westpac Australia, until she announced her retirement on November 13, 2014. As of 2014, she is listed as the 56th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Last August, Kelly spoke at the St George Bank Foundation launch about the seven lessons she’s […]

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7 Reasons Why You’ll Regret Not Having A Personal Website

Whenever we consider the online revolution and the innovation of the Internet, we tend to focus on those that have impacted heavily on businesses. From development of accurate stock management tools to real-time communication applications such as Skype, we have marveled at the ideas that have driven commercial efficiency while also reducing costs. Just as […]

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Do You Have to be “Smart” to be an Entrepreneur?

Robert Kiyosaki shared a story about whether he thinks it’s important to be “smart” to be an entrepreneur. Diving directly into his own experience, he talks about what it really means to be an entrepreneur in the modern world. When I was a young boy, I didn’t like school, and I wasn’t very good at it. […]

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Top Sales Tips From Don Draper (Mad Men)

There is much more to learn from suave salesmen Don Draper than we think. Draper’s first delightful sales secret is being proactive rather than reactive. Eastman Kodak wants a campaign for their slide projector based on the wheel. From my many years as a sales executive, I’d say most sales reps would merely react: dutifully […]

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10 Signs That You Have the Potential to be an Entrepreneur

1. You Take The Initiative A lot of people will complain about a number of things and ask questions like, “When would someone deal with this problem?” You discover that you don’t fancy such questions but would rather ask questions like: “What can I do now to start changing things for the better? They create […]

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Weekend

Weekends always seem to go quickly, but they’re longer than we think. There are 60 hours between that 6 p.m. Friday beer and that 6 a.m. Monday alarm clock. Even if you sleep for 24 of those hours, that leaves 36 waking ones. That’s plenty of time for fun, relaxation and more importantly, recharging the […]

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