In today's Jam Session, Pam and I jammed on directing your career path versus having the path defined for you, building your body of work within a framework of a life, work/life balance, and the concept of having it all.
It doesn't matter if you work in finance, technology, design or any other industry, we can all learn something from how these luminaries approach professional obstacles, and the skills they hone to reach the top of their respective fields.
If you want to get that much-needed funding for your product, crowdfunding is a great option. But to guarantee success, you have to launch a top-notch campaign. Beyond reading the creator requirements for Kickstarter, these eight steps can help ensure your campaign gets shared -- and funded.
Those who have challenged this in the past instigated social progress, political recourse and cultural revolutions -- all phenomenons rooted in change, outlined to disrupt the norm and drenched in risk -- risk we can't afford to take.
What you need to remember most is that business travel is generally chaotic. Even the most seasoned entrepreneurs and CEOs have trouble keeping up while attending conferences and hopping from city to city.
So you want to start a company? Leave behind that mundane, repetitive desk job, along with your crazy, cranky boss? Mark Zuckerburg, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and even Kim Kardashian did it, and so can you.
As I think about where future unicorns are likely to be, what trends present the characteristics of opportunities that can scale to that extent, I have a few observations. I have had the opportunity to discuss these observations with a number of thoughtful industry leaders.
Choose creation and let go of the attachment to how it might hypothetically unfold; just let it unfold. When we are immersed in the moments of creating, and not concerned with the outcome, that is mindfulness.
As entrepreneurs, we may not technically be actors. But we are always on stage -- communicating, presenting ourselves and our ideas, and trying to connect with our customers, partners and teams.
There are times when I envy the life of a six year old. Who wouldn't want to have their only responsibility be to aim when they pee? That's the life if you ask me.
We can -- and must 0- give future entrepreneurs and business leaders the skills and knowledge necessary to grow our economy by teaching them from a young age.
I see failure as the absence of any option to move forward. Failure is not the moment of initial disappointment, the first sign of rejection or the first time something doesn't work out.
"Murder." "Rape." "Corruption." "Dying from poverty and hunger." Open an Indian newspaper these days, and these are the stories you are likely to find. Out of these stories, our collective consciousness is built, which affects what we believe and how and why we choose to act.
Professional networking, both online and in person, is a necessary ongoing strategy for startup entrepreneurs. While every business is unique and has different needs, building the business through networking is always a beneficial plan.
The big news were, of course, LinkedIn Pulse going public, allowing the millions of networks users to express their voices freely, connect with each other, and learn from each other.
Writing has allowed me to find myself when I found myself looking for answers. But most importantly, like Anne Frank, it allows me to build courage consistently to pursue my dream. I hope you will take the time to find your voice using your writing as your guide post.