As a startup advisor and investor, I’ve met many aspiring entrepreneurs, and I often get asked the question, “I have a great idea for a startup – do you agree that it real potential?” They don’t know that most experts agree the person is more important than the idea, yet I’ve never been asked, “I […]
Startups feel like sprints in the beginning, but for any of us who have done this before, we’ve learned that it’s a marathon. We’re judged by our speed when we start — and our endurance when, and if, we finish. When Does “Pacing” Ourselves Start to Matter? Not in the beginning. In the beginning, it’s […]
An honest and candid look at startup challenges to save entrepreneurs some grief and money.
I’m neck-deep in startup issues ranging from raising capital to dealing with frustrating employees to trying to chase down customers for payment. Is there some point where this all just sorta goes away and the business starts to run more comfortably?
With 62% of workers reporting that work is their main source of stress, it is necessary for both employers and employees to be mindful of their mental wellbeing. There are several ‘easy to do’ solutions to the growing issue of stress, and the most efficacious of these is mindfulness. When mindfulness is practiced within the […]
1. There’s No Perfect Decision. There’s Just Life. It’s just the truth – you don’t know the alternative and you never will. There’s no time machine, there’s no future machine, there’s just no way to really know whether you made the right move or not. Whichever decision you make, you won’t know how the other […]
We don’t do a great job of talking about the most important cost of starting a company – our mental and emotional well-being. Every bit of startup life chips away at our lives as a constant grind. It’s a journey few of us truly appreciate until we are too far into it. It’s time to start having a more open conversation about what it really costs to be a startup Founder.
Put aside your fantasies, and take a hard look at who you really are, before you commit to the entrepreneurial lifestyle
To office romance, or not to…
In my years of mentoring entrepreneurs, a problem I have seen too often is low self-esteem, and over-compensating through arrogance and ego. These entrepreneurs find it hard to respect customers or team members, and their ventures usually fail. As a team member, low self-esteem leads to low confidence, poor productivity, and no job satisfaction. Fortunately, […]