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Nobody Knows What The Hell They Are Doing

Originally posted on 99u by Behance There’s an old puzzle that philosophers like to ponder: how could you ever be certain that anyone else has a mind at all? The truth is that you can’t. Ultimately, even our closest relatives—people we’ve known for decades, or who gave birth to us, or vice versa—are closed books: you’ll never get direct access to their thoughts or emotions. It’s the sort of terrifying realization that might trigger an existential meltdown in the sanest of us. Yet when it comes to creativity, it’s actually enormously liberating. By nature, human beings are comparers: our happiness depends, at least partly, on feeling better off than others. Studies have shown that many of us would rather...
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Here’s The Future Of Podcasting

Originally posted on Forbes By Dorie Clark Jordan Harbinger launched his popular show The Art of Charm in 2007, making him an elder in the rapidly-expanding podcast community. Podcasting has enjoyed a media blitz of late, with New York magazine declaring a “great podcast renaissance.” But few have thought as deeply about the future of the platform as Harbinger. Here are his thoughts about the state of podcasting, and where it’s going in the next five years. The ‘resurgence of podcasting’ is media hype. The headlines notwithstanding, podcasting hasn’t suddenly emerged from a slumber, Harbinger points out. In fact, it’s been steadily growing year-over-year. He believes it’s the adoption of the channel by traditional radio celebrities like Alex Blumberg...
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When More Intelligence Means Less (and Slower) Innovation

Originally posted on 99u Smart leaders don’t necessarily create smart organizations. In a Stanford ECorner talk, leadership educator Liz Wiseman questions how what we know gets in the way of what we don’t know. Rather, a rookie mindset can actually be an advantage in thinking and creating imaginatively: Experience creates blind spots. When we’re aware of patterns, we stop seeing new possibilities; we’re not as open to contrary points of view. Instead, we fill things in. We heed the status quo. The most powerful learning comes when we’re desperate. When we’re forced to scramble up a steep learning curve, we take much more away than we would if we were operating in our comfort zone. Desperation, as opposed to comfort, can...
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10 STARTUP FOUNDER BLOGS THAT EVERY ENTREPRENEUR SHOULD READ

Originally posted on General Assembly by Emily Pope Starting a company is hard, and finding reliable advice along the way can be even harder. There are thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, and bloggers who claim to be experts, churning out new business advice every day, but how can you trust that it’s advice worth taking? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite business blogs written by startup founders for aspiring entrepreneurs. These resources offer practical advice that is bound to keep you well-informed and inspired as you follow your business dreams. Related Story: 11 Success Entrepreneurs That You Should Be Following on Twitter 1.  Kate Kendall is the co-founder and CEO of CloudPeeps – a newly-launched marketplace that connects businesses with...
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5 Psychology Studies That Will Help Growth Hackers Achieve Real Results

Originally posted on Clarity by Ross Simonds Growth hacking is widely misunderstood and commonly referred to as simply glorified marketing. Some professionals have gone as far to suggest that growth hacking is BS while others have proclaimed that growth hacking is one of the most important shifts in thinking for marketers since the rise of social media. After spending time studying the habits of some of the best, I’m not as quick to draw the line in the sand and state that growth hacking is a load of crock. In fact, I’m a believer that the idea of growth hacking and a marketer’s ability to leverage the growth skillset is a differentiator for marketers looking to have a sustainable...
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Wearing Your Failures on Your Sleeve

Originally posted on New York Times By CLAIRE MARTIN Five years ago, Cassandra Phillipps founded FailCon, a one-day conference in San Francisco celebrating failure. Discouraged by a growing chorus of start-up founders promoting their triumphs throughout Silicon Valley, and nervous about her own prospects as an entrepreneur, she craved the stories of people who had flopped. The conference was a success. And every October for the next four years, up to 500 tech start-up newbies have gathered with industry veterans who dish on their “biggest fail” and lead round-table discussions with titles like “How to Conduct Yourself When It All Goes Off the Rails.” But this year, the FailCon event in San Francisco was canceled, and Ms. Phillipps says part...
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5 Things Every Great Entrepreneur Needs To Know

Originally posted on Business Insider by Lucas Carlson There’s less personal risk to starting a company than you might think. The other day, a friend of mine asked me whether CEOs were born or made. I said, “That’s kind of like asking if Jolly Ranchers are grown or made. CEO is a very unnatural job.” — Ben Horowitz What do great entrepreneurs know that we don’t? It is a common myth that business geniuses like Walt Disney, Richard Branson and Steve Jobs had it all figured out from the start. Although they appeared to have a natural built-in sense for how to build businesses that changed the world, they all learned hard lessons along the way. So what are...
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4 Lessons from My Failed Attempt at Owning a Baseball Team

Originally posted on Linked in by Dustin McKissen   I have figured out several ways to waste money in my life. I once fulfilled a dream of owning a Jeep Wrangler when I purchased one for $5,000—using a performance bonus—only to sell it a few weeks later for $2,000. I started and dropped out of a PhD program after one semester when I realized that having my brother call me “Doctor” was not motivation enough to slog through advanced research classes. But the craziest way I ever wasted money was when I made a small investment in the Yuma (Arizona) Scorpions and spent a week learning the life of an independent minor league baseball General Manager. My plan was...
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