By Ernie Bray
In the 28 years since Stephen Covey published The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, his advice has helped millions of people improve their professional lives—from presidents and CEOs to the owners of “Mom & Pop” shops. [...]
We all hear stories of the “Lemonade Stand” as the rite of passage for the budding young entrepreneur. I’ve never mentioned this idea to my kids and the funny thing is they figured it out on their own and came to me with their idea. They are keenly [...]
When it comes to growing a successful enterprise, some magazines and bloggers are always bursting with good advice. Each day sees the publication of “new” tips and lists praising the power of hard work, perseverance, vision, etc.
It’s hard [...]
Fourteen years ago we started our firm based on a distributed workforce. At the time, there was a huge stigma around organizations that allowed employees to telecommute or work primarily from home with the implication being that the company was not a [...]
As a group, entrepreneurs tend to prefer the tangible to the intangible. To launch and grow successful businesses, they usually favor facts and statistics over “squishy” personal growth strategies and leadership development programs.
And why not? [...]
Among other responsibilities that come with being the boss is gracefully handling the inevitable pressure.
According to a Harris Interactive survey conducted for the American Psychological Association, 41 percent of employed adults feel stressed out [...]
1. Get Fired Up Every Day!
When you wake up each day, get excited about what you want to accomplish. Every day is a new start and a chance to make a difference. Don’t let the day control you. Get out and make something good happen. Don't focus on [...]
Most people don’t realize the difference between success and failure is very tiny. Simply by changing one’s attitude, working smart and giving a solid effort one can achieve amazing results that otherwise would seem impossible. Here’s seven key [...]
This quote from Steve Jobs in the book by Walter Isaacson really sums up how I feel as well when it comes to everyone calling themselves entrepreneurs.
"I hate it when people call themselves ‘entrepreneurs’ when what they’re really trying to do is [...]
In business you can't be afraid to cut a bad idea fast. You need to try new things and if it doesn't work, ditch it and move on.
If you think you are going to make money overnight. Think again. Building a business and being an entrepreneur is hard work. You have to put in the hard work and be patient.
People often think there is a magical formula that can guarantee success. Wrong. It's a combination of so many factors, some that are in your control and others that are not. Your goals is to set your self up for the best possible outcome.
I don’t blame business owners for dreaming of becoming unicorns. Who wouldn’t want to receive a massive cash infusion and become a respected “player” literally overnight? It’s a venerable American dream—the rags-to-riches story.
It should go [...]
You have to build momentum in business. The moment you get complacent is the moment you fall behind.
You should always be thinking in business and in life what you can do to 10x or 20x your success. What can you do to force multiply in multiple areas. Do more with less and but achieve exponentially higher results.
To succeed in business you need to network.
Sure it can awkward at first but if you learn to put your fears aside, you can really make some headway. Just be yourself, be genuine and don't try to be something you aren't.
Getting to know people and [...]
Here's the deal. If you are out partying every Friday or Saturday night and you wonder why you aren't successful...
Think about this. Going out from 8pm to 1am is 5 hours x 52 weeks a year = 260 hours!
What does that equal? about 1 1/2 months of [...]
People ask me what gave me my drive. Well, it's something I've always had, whether it was getting top grades in school, trying to be the best I could be in basketball or achieving some tough goals in other areas in life. We all have to find our own [...]
Okay, I want to give you some great advice that will ensure your new business fails. Listen up and be sure to apply these techniques because the last thing you'd want to do is build a thriving, rapidly growing business!
Too often, young would be entrepreneurs get stuck on the idea of a fast exit with riches waiting at the end. That is the exception not the rule. Focus on building a real company that is built to last. You have to do the hard work.
Too many people want the shortcut to success. In reality you have to put in the work.
As an Entrepreneur and CEO, work life balance often isn’t an option so you have to learn to embrace the chaos. Once you realize that there is no way to fully escape the pressure you begin to finds ways to decompress.
I find hobbies to add variety, [...]
If you want to be an entrepreneur, you have to create something people will value and pay for. You need to start boosting your creativity. Stop wasting time and focus on coming up with that winning business idea.
You know, I’m tired of reading these articles about startups and unicorns landing millions upon millions of dollars of venture capital and running their “companies” like a frat house.
I say “companies” in quotes because they aren’t real companies. [...]
Are leaders born or made? I’m not going to debate the topic, but one thing I have learned through my years is that true leaders never stop learning.
When it comes to leadership, everyone has his or her own notion of what leadership looks like. Is it [...]
As a former collegiate basketball player and amateur triathlete, much of what I learned in athletics has had a direct impact on how I conduct business. While you don’t have to compete in sports to attain the drive and energy to succeed in life, [...]
In reality, most businesses will have to work hard, bootstrap and play the long game. Don't get discouraged by the rare stories you see in the news.
Recently I was asked, "How do you maintain so much drive and energy in your business?” I thought about it for a moment and realized that for me, it is finding enthusiasm and excitement in the entire process which includes building relationships, [...]
Just because a company goes out and raises money doesn't mean it will succeed or become profitable. Remember, most businesses fail. Building a long lasting company is more important
1. You have a hard time accepting the status quo. The status quo may be just fine at times, but often progress is stalled as new ideas are quelled when people are not willing to push innovation. If you have the feeling inside or an idea that could [...]
The dream of building a business is not for everyone. Those who have been employed at a “big company” will have to hit the reset button in their thinking. Experience working in the corporate world does not necessarily translate into success as [...]
Click here to buy The Entrepreneur's Field Manual Want to find out some of the tips and tricks that I discovered in building a highly successful national company? This book is a quick overview of all the key things that were important to [...]
Nobody likes to talk about it but the reality of starting a business and building a company is that it’s simply not for everyone.
If you knew the truth of how hard it is, you’d probably run away fast as you can.
What?!! Why would a guy like me say [...]
In today's fast changing world you gotta think like an entrepreneur.
Time management is vital if you want to get more done daily.
2 key reasons entrepreneurs fail.
If you want to bring the personal touch to your business and really connect with potential customers, it's a great idea to shoot video. It doesn't have to be perfect, you just have to be authentic and try. If you want to find out how I [...]
Use the weekends to power your company forward.
I was asked this question recently.
Well, besides the obvious for most people which would mean giving up a paying job,forfeiting healthcare benefits, vacation time and potentially other perks to take a risky leap… Here’s some of the [...]
For those of you who are asking what Balls Out means? Here you go!
To exude tremendous effort, to try extremely hard
Boldly aggressive or competitive
To go all out
To make a supreme effort.
So if you wanted to know what it [...]
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