10 Ways Entrepreneurs Limit Their Creative Potential

Marty Zwilling

Every entrepreneur believes in their heart that their startup is more innovative and creative than their competitors. Yet none knows exactly

8 Unpublicized Strategies From Serious Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

The message I hear publicly from most entrepreneurs is that you have to think outside the box and take big risks to ever beat the odds and be among the less than ten percent that experience real success. Serious entrepreneurs will privately admit the business is first, and the family second.


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10 Self-Assessment Checks For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Therefore, the least you can do is take advantage of some of the self-assessment tools and guides around, like the classic book “ The Entrepreneur Equation ,” by Carol Roth, which highlights personal characteristics and skills required. carol roth entrepreneurs self-assessment startup

Entrepreneurs do not easily retire.


Most successful sales of businesses, again especially in the technology arena, enrich younger entrepreneurs and stock-option holders who are under fifty years of age. I followed many of these stated retirees, and very few if any retiring entrepreneurs stay that way for long.

8 Entrepreneur Attributes Proven To Attract Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

As an angel investor in early-stage startups, I’ve long noticed my peers apparent bias toward the strength and character of the founding entrepreneurs, often overriding a strong solution to a painful problem with a big opportunity.

7 Tips To Raise Your Entrepreneur Instincts In School

Startup Professionals Musings

Some people even believe that entrepreneurs must be born with the right genes, and no element of education is relevant. A more important question, then, for an aspiring entrepreneur, should be what to study in college for maximum value, rather than whether to drop out or stay.

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5 Entrepreneur Exasperations To Moderate Your Passion

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The best part of being an entrepreneur is having the independence to make your own decisions, the flexibility for a better work/life balance, and personal satisfaction from driving change. Traction – Entrepreneurs gain traction by executing well, with focus, accountability, and discipline.

8 Ways To Minimize Entrepreneur Burnout In A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

New entrepreneurs routinely jump into a startup with a full charge of passion and energy, but often find themselves drained of both after a few months by the workload and challenges. Of course, this same challenge extends well beyond the entrepreneur, into all walks of life and work.

Entrepreneurism is all about personal risk.


Here’s the ultimate thing about entrepreneurism. The post Entrepreneurism is all about personal risk. Well, of course it is. So, let’s dig a bit deeper.

5 Principles Define You As A Multi-Table Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

Knowing all too well how hard it is to start a single new business, I’ve always wondered how several well-known entrepreneurs, including Richard Branson and Elon Musk , have managed to successfully lead dozens of startups to success, and thrive on the process.

9 Mindset Indicators of a High Potential Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role as mentor to business professionals, I often get the question about your potential of going out on your own as an entrepreneur, versus your current role of working for a boss at an established company. Entrepreneurs must react and recover quickly.

7 Ways For Do-It-Yourself Entrepreneurs To Get Ahead

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Dal LaMagna, in his humorous classic “ Raising Eyebrows: A Failed Entrepreneur Finally Gets It Right ,” leads with the foundational principle of micro-businesses, which is to start small. entrepreneur micro-business micro-enterprise reduce risk

8 Ways Entrepreneurs Keep Ahead Of Business Change

Startup Professionals Musings

Sometimes entrepreneurs are so focused on making change happen for customers that they forget that continually changing themselves and their company is equally important. Negative advice on an unknown is easy and safe to give, so every entrepreneur hears it over and over.

Local tech entrepreneurs, investors share what it takes to make it during San Diego Startup Month

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The post Local tech entrepreneurs, investors share what it takes to make it during San Diego Startup Month appeared first on Startup San Diego. Startup News

10 Traits Demonstrate Entrepreneur Character Strength

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As I was watching the investor show, Shark Tank , on TV the other night, I was struck by how quickly and how extensively the sharks focused on the background and character of the entrepreneurs, compared to time spent evaluating their products. entrepreneur investors stregth of character

5 Early Entrepreneur Strengths That Can Limit Growth

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Many years ago, John Hamm published some definitive work on this subject in " Why Entrepreneurs Don't Scale " in the Harvard Business Review. This is generally a required quality for a successful entrepreneur, but it can turn into an unhealthy stubbornness during the scaling stage.

7 Essential Steps From A Lone Entrepreneur To Success

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You can’t win as an entrepreneur working alone. See my article from way back “ Entrepreneurs Learn Best From Business Networking ” on how and where to get started. Most entrepreneurs love to help others, and will be honored to help you. business success entrepreneur Lone Ranger

Entrepreneurs Are Needed To Make Web Searches Smarter

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business opportunity entrepreneurs personal assistant semantic web web 3.0Soon you should be able to ask your browser or smart phone context-specific questions like "Where should I take my wife for a good movie and dinner?"

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How The Reality That Entrepreneurs Face Is Not Fair

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of the time, I’m all about providing encouragement and inspiration to entrepreneurs. They need it and they deserve it, because entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of our economy. The question of defensibility is one of the toughest for an entrepreneur to answer.

6 Motivations Shared By Most Satisfied Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Out of curiosity, I often ask aspiring entrepreneurs like you, who come to me for help, what drives them to take on the workload and risk of a new startup. The result is a higher probability of success, and the true entrepreneur lifestyle. best entrepreneurs motivations satisfaction

6 Lessons Most Entrepreneurs Only Learn On The Street

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In my role as a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I find that most have the technical challenges well understood, but many are a bit short on some basic street smarts , or basic business realities. business lessons business realities entrepreneur street smarts

5 Keys To The Survival And Success Of An Entrepreneur

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You can’t survive as an entrepreneur without resilience, because you are going to fail at least once, maybe multiple times. They all experienced multiple setbacks along the way, but they persevered to become some of the most well known and respected entrepreneurs of our time.

6 Cost-Cutting Recommendations For New Entrepreneurs

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With the appearance of do-it-yourself services on the Internet, entrepreneur curriculums at every university, and a wealth of new books on the subject, the need for expensive consultants and business advisors has also been mitigated.

10 Entrepreneur Actions To Grow Beyond A One-Man Show

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An entrepreneur has to engage with team members, partners, investors, vendors, and customers. Entrepreneurs need to ask team members what they think, and then act on the feedback. leadership growth solo entrepreneur team engagement tips for success

5 Tips For New Entrepreneurs Needing Investor Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to startups and new entrepreneurs, I continue to hear the refrain that business plans are no longer required for a new startup, since investors never read them anyway. There is no crowd of successful entrepreneurs.

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How Bill Gates Was A Role Model For New Entrepreneurs

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In retrospect, however, Bill Gates did a lot of things right as a startup that I still look for today in aspiring entrepreneurs and their companies: Build a strong team. Bill Gates entrepreneur attributes role model

5 Key Success Attributes For An Aspiring Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur mentor, my mission is to foster the attributes in you as a startup founder that I believe will lead to success. For example, I worked with an entrepreneur a while back who was clearly intelligent, had a great idea, and communicated well.

5 Rewards Of Independence That Excite Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

For all entrepreneurs, starting a business is the route to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” no matter how risky. According to a classic article and poll by Startups.co.uk , having the independence to make your own decisions is considered the key benefit of being an entrepreneur.

5 Startup Challenges That Derail Many Entrepreneurs

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As a mentor to entrepreneurs, I tend to see many of the same obstacles appearing in every new startup, and since I don’t want to appear to be a downer , I’m not sure how to properly warn people ahead of time to be on the alert for these challenges. business challenges entrepreneur startup

10 Strategies That Work Best For Serial Entrepreneurs

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Entrepreneurs who experience success with their first startup are often amazed to realize that the risks and fears of doing it right the second time go up, rather than down. I have pulled together here a few of our joint recommendations to every entrepreneur and startup that I advise.

5 Crowdfunding Approaches To Tempt Every Entrepreneur

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Even if you ignore all the hype around crowdfunding, there can be no doubt that it is a real alternative for entrepreneurs to achieve visibility and funding today. crowdfunding entrepreneur model startup

6 Drivers For Aspiring Entrepreneurs To Finish School

Startup Professionals Musings

A continuing question I hear from young entrepreneurs is whether a university degree is important to startup success, or just a distraction in achieving their purpose in the world. college degree dropout entrepreneur

7 Winning Business Writing Pointers For Entrepreneurs

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Since we all lose when an entrepreneur with a great idea is held back by a failure to communicate, I would like to offer a quick summary of business writing basic strategies. business writing entrepreneurs tips for success

6 Reasons To Ease Into The Entrepreneur Startup Dream

Startup Professionals Musings

Billionaire entrepreneur and "Shark Tank" co-host Mark Cuban is an outspoken proponent of the all-in early approach in a video interview, and made it clear that he gives no credibility and low odds to founders seeking funding who have not fully committed their time and efforts to their cause.

7 Entrepreneur Stages Help You Assess Your Progress

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The road to becoming an entrepreneur is a journey , and it’s not a short trip. Many well-known entrepreneurs, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos , worked for years in bigger businesses and Wall Street before they had their awakening to untapped opportunities.

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The Ten Commandments for Entrepreneurs

Eric Greenspan

Years ago I began doing a presentation called Think Big for area high schools and colleges which included The Ten Commandments for Entrepreneurs. Part of my Think Big presentation is the 10 Commandments for Entrepreneurs. The post The Ten Commandments for Entrepreneurs appeared first on Eric Greenspan. Entrepreneuring Ignite Motivational Think Big

Should An Entrepreneur Seek Out An Investment Bank?

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entrepreneur investment bank startup fundingThe name “investment bank” somehow always sounded like a place where I could deposit my investments, and maybe even earn a little interest.

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5 Keys to Moving From Entrepreneur Thinking To Action

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I’m always surprised by the fact that some never seem to be able to that first startup going, while many others never seem to stop, starting their second or third initiative before the first one is fully hatched. Real entrepreneurs start experiments.

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Microbiome

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Thursday, September 12, 2019 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Microbiome. This event will explore many fascinating and potentially life-saving developments in the Microbiome field. Keynoting will be Professor Sarkis Mazmanian of Caltech's Division of Biology and Biological Engineering. See [link] (more

Can a “good-hearted” entrepreneur succeed in business?


People argue over whether an entrepreneur with a sense of fairness, a desire for collegiality, a want to share the profits can succeed in the long run within a business world full of lions and tigers that eat timid entrepreneurs for lunch. First, let’s separate the “good heart” from the issue of whether an entrepreneur is driven to succeed. A sense of values that allows for sharing and fairness is not at odds with a ‘type A’ entrepreneur driven for success.

8 People And Process Talents Every Entrepreneur Needs

Startup Professionals Musings

His focus is on sales, but I see the same skills needed for entrepreneurs. This means all business people, especially entrepreneurs, need to get beyond the presentations and the experts, to actively listen to real customers. Anthony Iannarino entrepreneur skill set talent

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Entrepreneur Lessons Learned

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Saturday, January 25, 2020 --.

7 Personal Strategies That Define Great Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

As an angel investor in startups, I’m a believer that smart investors invest more in you as the entrepreneur than the next billion dollar solution you are pitching. Great entrepreneurs know how to listen and learn effectively, as well as talk.