Yes, you’ll fail. This is how you’ll actually learn from it

  Failure is an inevitable part of the entrepreneurial journey and even the most successful entrepreneurs experience failure at some point. While having a positive attitude towards failure is a good indicator of future success, the advice we often hear about embracing failure can be counterproductive as it conflicts with our natural, emotional response. Here, Gwen Moran shares some top tips from executive coaches and leadership experts on the steps you can take to manage your emot...
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Why learning more isn’t always better

Entrepreneurs often spend much of their time consuming information when it might be better spent putting their ideas into action. With 24/7 access to free online courses, blogs and podcasts making it easier than ever to further our education, "constant reading, researching, and learning can give aspiring entrepreneurs a false sense of accomplishment," says Aytekin Tank. Here, he explores the importance of stimulating your creativity by approaching each new venture with a fresh curiosity, re...
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The top business books of 2018 that all entrepreneurs should read

Some of the world's most successful and influential business leaders credit their prolific reading habit as a key factor in their success. That doesn't mean you have to read countless "how to" books specific to your corporate role or industry however. Reading allows you to acquire knowledge, learn more about the world we live in, and keep up with the latest trends. With that in mind, Geoffrey James shares here a list of "books that everyone in business should read, because it will give them...
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5 go-to podcasts when you need a pick-me-up in business and life

  Although podcasts have been around for more than a decade, they're continuing to grow in popularity. When a busy schedule leaves you with little time for reading, podcasts can keep you informed—or help you learn something new—while you're doing something else such as driving, walking, sitting on a train or doing routine tasks that don't require much attention. There are so many podcasts to choose from nowadays it can be difficult knowing where to st...
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5 misconceptions about networking

The biggest obstacle to building and using networks more effectively isn't lack of skill, says organisational behaviour professor Herminia Ibarra, it's your mindset. Networking provides valuable opportunities for connecting with a wide range of people to exchange information, ideas and support, making it one of the most important resources for business, career, professional and personal growth. And it's your attitude towards—and beliefs about—networking that determine how muc...
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GhanaThink presents free networking event—Barcamp Koforidua—on 26th May

Barcamp Koforidua is bringing together "changemakers, doers, and entrepreneurs" in a user-generated conference "for a day of learning, sharing, networking and mentoring" to help start new ventures and support ongoing enterprises. The event is part of the GhanaThink Foundation's Barcamp Ghana program, which is helping to build "a network of young, positive-minded, innovative and entrepreneurial Ghanaians." The theme for Barcamp Koforidua is Building Successful, Responsible Brands that Create Impa...
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The best advice for entrepreneurs, from 16 real people who started their own companies

As an entrepreneur you need to embrace failure. You need to accept that you don't know everything when you're starting out—and that making mistakes is part of the learning process. Just because mistakes are inevitable, it doesn't mean you have to make the same mistakes everyone else makes however. And while it's said that experience is the best teacher it doesn't necessarily have to be your personal experience, you can also learn from other people's experience. With that in mind, Shana Lebowitz ...
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Why you can’t succeed with a “poor me” attitude

While being an entrepreneur has its ups and downs, there's no room for excuses or self-pity whenever things don't go to plan or you think the odds are against you. There's a wealth of resources, information and advice available to guide and support you—and to help you shape the odds in your favor. To succeed you need to implement the advice, make an effort to learn from your mistakes, and whenever you get knocked back you need to pick yourself up and keep moving forwards. Blaming other people or...
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How to fail when you’re used to winning

In entrepreneurial circles you'll often hear that the best way to succeed is to "fail fast and fail often" yet during our years of formal education most of us have been trained to fear failure. Innovation requires enormous amounts of failure and whenever a team equates failure with defeat they're more likely to narrow the scope of new projects—effectively stifling innovation—to improve their chances of success, writes Sarah Milstein. To help you tackle the leadership challenges this presents, Mi...
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Wharton's Adam Grant: How to receive criticism without being left crushed and unmotivated

While positive feedback feels good, it's constructive criticism that's vital for our personal and professional growth. Learning relies in large part on recognizing, analyzing, and fixing our mistakes, which may have to be pointed out to us. And yet because of our brain's negativity bias, we may feel offended by criticism and react defensively. "If you never get criticized, then you never really get challenged to improve," says organizational psychologist, author and top-rated Wharton professor A...
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