JUAN GREAT LEAP

Curiosity Skins The Cat

3 months ago I was talking to whole lot of doctors. I was talking to our pediatrician for the needs of my older kids, our gynecologist for my wife's pregnancy, my surgeon for my impending operation, more doctors to get the clearances needed for me to push through with the operation, and even visited a few confined…

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The Entrepreneurial Punch in the Mouth

Seasoned entrepreneurs know that they will eventually get punched in the mouth. A lot. This is the litmus test for new entrepreneurs, and remains one key reason why the majority of people don't take the plunge. When you are starting up, you have all sorts of enthusiasm. Everyone is excited. The energy is palpable. You think you've…

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Run Far, Far, Away From These Soul Suckers!
Don't let these guys subtly suck your dreams away

Run Far, Far, Away From These Soul Suckers!

Two quick stories. Last week, a friend of mine was about to take the leap. She had a consulting concept in mind and had a client ready. Being someone with integrity, she decided to ask her boss if there was anything at all that would be construed as unethical if she put up the practice she had…

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5 Things They Don’t Tell You When You Make THE LEAP

I thought it was over, but we managed to overcome so much adversity. In the end, it was soooo much worth it!" Of course, we keep on hearing this about those who've taken the great leap from corporate to entrepreneur, right? The insane difficulty and the inevitable phoenix-like rise to the top. But what exactly makes it…

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The Shy-Guy’s Guide to Awesome Networking, Part 2

(This post is the second part of a two-part series. Part one can be found here.) 5. Remember, there is no template Like in part one, I'm starting this segment with a psychological hurdle. We often have a perception of what a networker is - someone extraverted, someone who is oftentimes the life of the party, someone…

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The Shy-Guy’s Guide to Awesome Networking, Part 1

I have always found it easy to speak before a crowd, but I've always been a little bit on the shy side when it comes to one-on-one meetings with strangers. It's funny that I never really saw the value of effective networking when I was in Human Resources. As a startup owner though, I gradually found out…

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To ensure success, go DEEPER not wider

Okay, so you are a startup owner. Chances are great that you have limited resources. Understanding that you cannot be everything to everyone, you identify a niche and concentrate on that. I am now getting more and more convinced that the niches we think are specific enough are STILL oftentimes too broad. We have to go deeper.…

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