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6 Things All Successful Entrepreneurs Believe

Originally posted on Inc. by PETER ECONOMY Some entrepreneurs look at the world in a way that breeds success. Here’s how they do it, and how you can, too. Entrepreneurs have a different way of doing things. It takes a special kind of person to be able to turn the spark of an idea in their minds into a full-fledged income-generating operation that’s built to last. It’s no wonder entrepreneurs seem just a little bit different from everyone else. They really are different. By understanding these 6 things that successful entrepreneurs believe, you can learn lessons that will help you succeed in your own business–and in your career and life. 1. Entrepreneurs believe that anything is possible. This is what drives them to create the impossible out...
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7 Tips for Surviving The Leap From Employee to Entrepreneur

Originally published on Mashable by NELLIE AKALP Becoming a successful entrepreneur takes more than a great idea and important connections (although both do help). Making the shift from the steady life of a full-time employee to the unpredictable world of entrepreneurship requires a shift in mindset that many overlook. In fact, some of the work habits you so carefully honed as a good employee don’t necessarily translate well into the world of an entrepreneur. According to the Small Business Administration, only half of new businesses will survive to see their fifth year. Making that mental switch from employee to entrepreneur can help you avoid being one of those businesses that doesn’t make it. Here are seven tips for thriving while...
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The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship

Originally published on Inc. by Jessica Bruder No one said building a company was easy. But it’s time to be honest about how brutal it really is–and the price so many founders secretly pay. Editor’s Note: This article won an award in the Magazine Personal Service category in the 2014 Annual Awards Contest of the Deadline Club, the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. By all counts and measures, Bradley Smith is an unequivocal business success. He’s CEO of Rescue One Financial, an Irvine, California-based financial services company that had sales of nearly $32 million last year. Smith’s company has grown some 1,400 percent in the last three years, landing it at No. 310 on this year’s Inc. 500....
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Taking a Shot: Lessons Learned in Entrepreneurship

Originally posted on LinkedIn by David Goldberg “If you had one shot, or one opportunity. To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment. Would you capture it or just let it slip?” Lose Yourself – Eminem Taking that shot at starting a business feels like jumping off a ski jump- you know should be able to land but it will require luck and skill. I started my first business with my friend Bob Roback twenty years ago with an idea. We fundamentally believed that the computer was going to be the way people consumed and discovered music. We created a prototype using the cutting edge technology available to us in 1994 to create a monthly CD-ROM that people...
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HOW RESILIENT PEOPLE STAND BACK UP WHEN LIFE KNOCKS THEM DOWN

Originally published on by Gwen Moran   DON’T BURY YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND WHEN CHALLENGED BY HARDSHIP. HERE’S HOW THE MOST RESILIENT FACE OFF AGAINST LIFE’S TOUGHEST TESTS AND WIN.   While we all expect setbacks and challenges in work and life, sometimes they’re beyond epic. Perhaps you lost your job a year ago or you’re about to run out of money. Maybe you flunked your certification exam for the third time and everyone knows about it. Or it could be that your angry rant went viral, and now all of your coworkers are either whispering about you or shunning you entirely. An occasional disaster does happen for most of us, either in our professional or personal...
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15 Colleges With Powerhouse Entrepreneurship Programs

By Eli Epstein originally released on The nation’s top entrepreneurs don’t come from one place — not one Ivy, one city or one incubator. Sure, schools like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University have a reputation for churning out revolutionary ideas and battle-tested founders, but top-flight companies sprout from universities and entrepreneurship programs all across the country. Case in point: Jan Koum, the co-founder of mobile messaging company WhatsApp, which recently sold to Facebook for $16 billion, isn’t an Ivy League MBA. Instead, he got his bachelor’s from San Jose State University. SEE ALSO: Starting Young: Can You Really Teach Entrepreneurship? To get a better feel for the college entrepreneurship landscape today, Mashable parsed through graduate and undergraduate rankings and syllabi to root out the...
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Business Leader Mickey Maurer offers 10 Tips for Entrepreneurs

Business leader Mickey Maurer offers his advice to a sea of students at Ivy Tech Community College’s second annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship. He starts by sharing advice for succeeding in business based on his own mistakes and triumphs. Maurer describes his decades of experience with entrepreneurial ventures, including those that did well, such as his bank, and at least one that didn’t: a chain of racquetball clubs that eventually closed because the market became saturated. While still involved in multiple businesses, Maurer has also become a major philanthropist in his native state of Indiana. “Entrepreneurship is a game, a great game, and they keep score with money,” Maurer said. “Now I give most of it away.” He donated $35 million...
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