Flow, the state where we feel in command of what we do, execute tasks effortlessly, and perform at our best, was discovered by researchers at the University of Chicago.
In the end, it comes down to what we teach -- how to become an entrepreneur or how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. I'll invest my intellectual capital in the latter.
Having spent six years in two different colleges (for both my Bachelor's as well as Master's), I have a clear idea of what business schools aim to do. However, I also found that there are several things that they don't teach even though they really should.
So, what does a family do when their lender denies a loan modification and instead insists on foreclosure? File bankruptcy. What happens a few months later when the lender has court permission to reschedule the foreclosure sale? The homeowner files bankruptcy again.
What's revealed in these arrangements is striking: a belief that, once you've hired someone, you have bought the power to control their future when they work for you -- even after they've quit. In other words, you own them.
As technology continues to evolve, so does the way users interact with it, making new and innovative user acquisition strategies necessary as well. Growth engineering requires equal parts marketing, technology and creativity, which is why the best toolboxes are as diverse as they are ever-changing.
You can throw large budgets at link building and content marketing but if the on-page optimization is not up to par then the website will never reach its full potential in the search engine results.
Most people know it's important to have good credit, but they don't want to spend too much time worrying about it. The good news is that you can be pretty lazy and still improve your credit.
For the WordPress-phobic and the do-it-yourself-inclined, plug and play options offer several distinct advantages. The better PNP options offer hundreds of customizable themes that can be tweaked easily with no coding ability whatsoever.
Having bought a number of small companies and frankly having sold my companies to bigger companies a number of times, I have found the following eight steps to be essential in this process.
Though these firms have been behind many major marketing successes, they still get a bad rap with big brands for being too small and inexperienced. But big is not always better when it comes to choosing a marketing firm for a business.
Your content marketing will attract customers seeking to solve the problems you are best at solving. When that happens, your sales efforts will be about determining if you can help, not convincing them of your talents.
With toddlers getting iPads as their first toys, the joy of improvising, making stuff up and imagining things that never were, might become a thing of the past. With too few truly imaginative leaps, much innovative energy gets dissipated in incremental ideas.
As a frequent traveler, I have spent countless hours in airports and hotels, living out of suitcases or trading one packed bag for another. In my experience, traveling becomes effortless when you're ready in advance.
Whether your mentor is a parent, grandparent, or a friend from college, each can help you achieve greatness and push beyond your limits.
Of course, you probably know a 12-year-old who can design your site. Don't hire him or her. There are places to save a dollar, and website design and implementation isn't it. Your reputation, as an author, depends on how good you look online.
Studies show locally owned businesses are a primary source of net new job creation. Yet independent businesses in many sectors are losing market share, while the number of new startups has steadily fallen over the last two decades. Insufficient capital is a key culprit driving these trends.
Startups are the juggernauts that discover new markets, which drive growth and wealth creation in our economy. It's in our interest to nurture the ecosystem that allows startups to thrive.