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10 Valuable Lessons Every Entrepreneur Must Learn

When it comes to starting a business, there is no way to be completely prepared as you embark on your journey. Several of the most important lessons you learn will come through experience, trial and error. Many sources say that as many as 90 percent of startups fail within the first five years; but it...
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The Most Valuable Lessons These 6 Top Entrepreneurs Have Learned

The entrepreneur’s journey is full of challenging and enlightening lessons. If paid attention to, these lessons can take your business to the next level. These top entrepreneurs and members of The Oracles reflect on some of their most valuable business lessons and how they used them to find ultimate success. Value your time by putting a price...
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Former Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation President and CEO on 5 Things Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Should Know

The following is excerpted from "Burn the Business Plan: What Great Entrepreneurs Really Do" by Carl Schramm. Copyright © 2018 by Carl Schramm. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Good companies don’t happen overnight Of course, because of the media-driven narrative of entrepreneurial success, many entrepreneurs dream of starting an...
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Zero to Half a Million: Year One Lessons in Entrepreneurship

In 2017, I shared a lot of thoughts, ideas and tactics for successful content marketing. But, that entire time, I was also experiencing my first year of entrepreneurship. In December of 2016, I launched my content marketing agency, Optimist. We set out to help startups, agencies and nonprofits use content to drive traffic and grow their...