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

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.


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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.

8 Ways Entrepreneurs Keep Ahead Of Business Change

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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.

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

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

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

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 Reasons To Ease Into The Entrepreneur Startup Dream

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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.

5 Rewards Of Independence That Excite Entrepreneurs

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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 Key Success Attributes For An Aspiring Entrepreneur

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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 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

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

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

How The Reality That Entrepreneurs Face Is Not Fair

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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.

5 Keys to Moving From Entrepreneur Thinking To Action

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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.

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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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

Why ADD Might Actually Benefit Startup Entrepreneurs

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” This sentiment is probably familiar to many entrepreneurs and it must certainly resonates with anybody who suspects he or she has ADD. It was called “ Delivered from Distraction ” and it outlines many successful executives with ADD and in particular some famous entrepreneurs. ” So as I realized that ADD is a trait found in many successful CEO and entrepreneurs and that it has this creative benefit I started to feel better and look at how to improve my life.

One Book Every Entrepreneur Should Own

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” I have long thought about and written about the personal toll that being an entrepreneur places on your life. These were amongst some of the most read blog posts I have written, which shows me that the stress, pressures and loneliness of being and entrepreneur resonates. They talk about the destructive nature that the all-consuming and at times narcissistic entrepreneur journey can place on your personal relationship. Entrepreneur Advice

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.

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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8 Indications Of A Real Entrepreneur Versus A Hacker

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I recognize that entrepreneurs tend to substitute vision and passion for formal processes, but using no discipline or process in building something new is a sure way to spend money, rather than see any return and build a self-sustaining business.

Understanding Your True Character as an Entrepreneur

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” The post Understanding Your True Character as an Entrepreneur appeared first on Bothsides of the Table. Why do we do all that we do? Is it for the money? The recognition? Is work a part of life and life a part of work? Is it just the next rung in the ladder after we finish college and join the next grouping of people we’re tied to for a brief period in time? These aren’t generally the thoughts of 20-year-olds. That is the age where you do more than think.

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

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10 Attributes That Make You An Entrepreneur To Follow

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Every new entrepreneur has to initiate the right actions to be perceived as a leader in their chosen business domain by their team and by their customers, or the road to success and satisfaction will be lost along the way. No entrepreneur can build a business alone.

7 Ways Investors Assess Your Focus As An Entrepreneur

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Most of you aspiring entrepreneurs have new ideas on a regular basis, and find it hard deciding which to pursue, or try to tackle several at the same time. entrepreneur focus investor learn from failure

8 Team Member Types Test Your Entrepreneur Leadership

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The most valuable assets of a new startup are the people on the team, and the most challenging task of the entrepreneur and team leaders is to spend their leadership time and energy productively. entrepreneur team leadership team members Victor Prince

5 Tips For New Entrepreneurs Needing Investor Funding

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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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5 Ways To Sample The Joy Of An Entrepreneur Lifestyle

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Even though I’m a big proponent of becoming an entrepreneur, it is definitely not for everyone. In my view, entrepreneur roles need to be planned carefully rather than made on the spur of the moment. Adopt the Silicon Valley entrepreneur family model.

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7 Questions To Test Your Potential As An Entrepreneur

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As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, the most common question I get is, “I want to be an entrepreneur -- how do I start?” Many people with great ideas never make it as entrepreneurs, and true entrepreneurs can make a business out of anything.

7 Personal Strategies That Define Great Entrepreneurs

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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.

5 Entrepreneur Lifestyle Drivers That Lead To Success

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As a startup advisor, I see many aspiring entrepreneurs whose primary motivation seems to be to work part time, or get rich quick, or avoid anyone else telling them what to do. Entrepreneurs at this level will seek the minimum cost and quality to be more competitive.

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 Steps To Get Ahead With The Entrepreneur Lifestyle

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One obvious alternative is to become an entrepreneur. As a mentor to many aspiring entrepreneurs, I’m often asked what it takes to switch and get real satisfaction from this lifestyle. In fact, Mehta focuses on a special class of entrepreneurs that he calls disruptors.

10 Ways For Entrepreneurs To Enhance Their Leadership

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Most new entrepreneurs don’t anticipate the learning burden of being the leader, including the sense of loneliness and isolation at the top. Even in a single entrepreneur startup, the leader carries a heavy weight.

Why Smart Entrepreneurs Build Plans For Their Startup

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Most technical entrepreneurs I know demand the discipline of a product specification or plan, and then assume that their great product will drive a great business. Is it any wonder why so few entrepreneurs ever find the professional investors they seek?

10 Manageable Risks That An Entrepreneur Should Take

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Entrepreneurs see “no risk” as meaning “no reward.” There are no guarantees in business, but it pays to learn from the experiences of entrepreneurs and business experts who have gone before you. business entrepreneur smart risks

8 People And Process Talents Every Entrepreneur Needs

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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

LAVA: First Time Entrepreneur Training Seminar

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Saturday, May 8, 2021 -- LAVA: First Time Entrepreneur Training Seminar. Speaker: Matthew Crowley, Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy. Matthew Crowley is a former president and board member of LAVA. He has written two books in the field and is also an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, teaching venture law. His practice revolves around startups, securities and mergers and acquisitions. See [link] (more

10 Ways For Entrepreneurs To Assure Happiness In 2020

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As a mentor to entrepreneurs and business owners, and seeing their workload and challenges, it would be easy for me to conclude that starting a business is a big hit to health and happiness. A great way is to become an entrepreneur and join the happiest work segment.

7 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Supercharge Team Engagement

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Every business wants and needs top performers, but most entrepreneurs and executives assume that if they hire and train the smartest and most experienced people, they will get exceptional performance.