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Where you come from doesn’t determine where you go

Like everybody knows by now, persistence is the foundation of the entrepreneurial mindset. You need to give all your blood, sweat and tears to bring your idea to life and make it profitable enough to get by. Like other infamous entrepreneurs before him, Josiah Cantrall used all his courage and willpower to shape the odds in his favor despite having a modest background. The second oldest of 14 children, he grew up milking cows and shoveling manure in Farmington, Wisconsin, a place he describes as...
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3 life lessons that will make you a better leader

It is important see the events in your life as lessons, says entrepreneur, author and speaker Rhett Power. Every success and every failure has its purpose, whether you can see it immediately or not, and the key is being willing and able to recognize the lessons even if you only learn them long after the event itself. In this article he shares three of the most valuable lessons he has learned. [Read the full article on cnbc.com]
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To succeed under pressure, focus on the experience

Legendary American College basketball coach John Wooden not only led UCLA to record wins on the court, he also shared his values and life lessons to inspire players to achieve greatness off the court. His philosophies are as relevant to business and personal growth as they are to sport, and they continue to inspire people to achieve their full potential. This article shares some of Coach Wooden’s teachings about achieving success. [Read the full article on success.com]
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Turning a failed VC pitch into a new connection and future business

Raising venture capital for your startup can be a grueling process that tests the patience and perseverance of even the most determined entrepreneur. VCs are inundated with thousands of pitches every year and entrepreneurs desperate for funding will sometimes go to great lengths to secure a deal. This is where critical mistakes can be made, as M. Rafiq discovered. He shares here the lessons learned from his own “brutal experience” and how he overcame a serious ethical breach to become the succes...
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To get what you want, be happy first

“Achieving goals only makes up about one percent of our total waking hours. If we get our happiness from achieving goals, then we’re only going to be happy about one percent of the time,” writes endurance athlete Joe De Sena, the founder and CEO of Spartan Race. In this article he shares the valuable lessons he learned from Jay Jackson, the assistant principal at a Palo Alto high school, about the secret to happiness and learning to love the process itself, rather than the achievement of your go...
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Read this before it’s too late…

​"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become." – Steve Jobs. Back in the summer of 2014, I had the pleasure of meeting Arianna Huffington in London as she spoke about the launch of her book Thrive. During this time, she stated something powerful that resonated with me, which was: "There may be no single thing that can teach us more about life than death." This is ...
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What will your life be a collection of?

One of the best things I love about meeting people are the stories they have to tell and the fact that there is always a lesson to learn from their experiences. Whether that’s getting an insider tip from the taxi driver picking me up from a foreign airport on the best place to experience some local cuisine or hearing the inspiring journey of how someone built a small side project into a money-making passive income stream! The content of what many people tend to share with others however, often r...
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How doing this regularly can save you from the mundane

We all have our own specific routines for work and other habits that we do without having to think too much about them. What you do when you first wake up in the morning. How you commute to work.  What you cook for dinner most days.  What you do before going to bed.  How you spend your Friday/Saturday evenings. While routine helps to bring structure to your day, you can inevitably get too comfortable with this way of living. You begin to feel secure with what you know and go ...
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7 crucial lessons people learn too late in life

While the adage ‘better late than never’ applies in many cases, when it comes to getting the most out of life some things are better learnt sooner rather than later. Life lessons are often learnt the hard way, and too late for us to take full advantage of opportunities that arise in the meantime. Here are 7 important life lessons we can start learning from right now. [Read the full article on inc.com]
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