Gabi likes to say how art therapy is as important as a gym membership, and I'd like to agree. Art therapy exercised my mind in a creative way, and I left the meeting with a canvas that acts as a map for my future decisions.
Entrepreneurship or owning your own business is NOT for the faint hearted. I've done more inner work, faced more fears, and stretched myself WAY more in building up my business to success than I have doing any other SINGLE thing- EVER.
Starting a new business, be it big or small, is far from easy. In the early stages you will inevitably drift between periods of certainty and uncertainty about your decision. You will feel like you are constantly swaying with the wind of opinions from your peers.
The single biggest challenge for an artist regarding the music business is the eye-opening truth they discover as they pursue their dream. The business side of music always reveals gut-wrenching realities.
The internationalization is not a simple step, since it requires time for planning, evaluation and implementation. Before taking the leap into foreign markets, we must take into account the following factors.
I'll begin where the majority of successful entrepreneurs begin--"follow your passion." It may be a shopworn phrase, but this advice is as valid today for how to succeed in business as it was a hundred years ago, and it has certainly proven true for me.
Business plans can attract new investors to your idea, or they can serve as an excellent platform if you're seeking grants. No matter what your eventual goals are, having a solid business plan is absolutely essential.
It used to be that when we heard the word social, it brought to mind etiquette. Table manners and related stuff our grandparents tried to instill in us. Ways of doing things for, and interacting with, other people, which Anne Landers wrote about.
We're almost there -- October 3rd, when 39 students representing 35 businesses from around the country will contend for top honors and for the chance to win over $25,000 in cash and prizes from Mastercard to help bring their business ideas to life or advance their education.
Students will gather from all corners of the country for the competition and the southeastern region will be represented by student entrepreneurs dealing in everything from web design to fashion to software.
From fighting bullying, to baking fortune cookies, to the world of fashion, these students from the Nation's Capital, Baltimore and Philadelphia are inspiring and I know they will stand out with their innovative business ideas.
Now I know what you are thinking. You are thinking that you and other entrepreneurs you know have never developed a business plan and you are doing "ok" -- right? Well, here is the big secret -- you can always do better. I know for me -- "ok" simply is not good enough.
Over a year ago, I began my quest to find answers to my two most pressing entrepreneurial questions: What does it really take for an entrepreneur to be successful? And what does it take for a business owner to be the best of the best?
Entrepreneur's aren't born but made through their experiences. Those experiences often serve as the foundation and catalyst for success. Struggle, for example, can be an ingredient for entrepreneurial greatness.
Having the end in mind at the beginning seems counter-intuitive to most. There is no certainty that your position or the organization you create or are a part of will exit one, five or ten years from now. Things change -- needs evolve -- life happens.