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Why Grit is Essential to Your Success as an Entrepreneur

For entrepreneurs building a business, the initial startup stage is an exhilarating time: you’re energized by your idea and engrossed in building the business. It feels like it’ll always be fun. The hard truth is that in building any business, there are peaks and valleys. When you hit a valley, it can be difficult to...
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12 Midwest Startups Offering Mental Health Benefits

Are you looking for a healthy work environment with a job that offers mental health benefits? As the mental health crisis continues to worsen and companies continue to work remotely, startups are rethinking their benefits. Free snacks and Ping Pong just aren’t cutting it in a remote world. Startups are offering better benefits than ever when...
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What is Social Audio and How Can it Boost Your Business?

We’re entering a new golden age — one of social audio. Talking and tuning into discussions on social audio has become the equivalent of posting on your Instagram and LinkedIn feeds. Clubhouse couldn’t have come at a better time. The platform launched in April 2020 with the air of invite-only exclusivity as the world went...
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From Our Founder: Creating Opportunity During Times of Crisis

As entrepreneurs and business owners, we do our best to plan for the future. But no matter how much we try to prepare ourselves for the unexpected, none of us could have predicted, nor prepared for, the COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding economic crisis it has created. Roughly eight months into the pandemic, our plans—both...
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7 Business Influencers to Follow on Social Media in 2020

Launching a successful startup takes a lot of work, and learning how to navigate the waters of entrepreneurship can be difficult — especially if it's your first business. As such, it can be wise for aspiring entrepreneurs to seek help and mentorship from others who have already built successful businesses. While it's not always possible to...
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Hustle Overdrive: Start Sustaining Your Business Instead

In today’s entrepreneurial culture, hustling is a source of pride for many. But the question must be asked: Should we be proud of hustle? Is there any other way to maintain success? And if hustle is a good thing, at what point does it go overboard and become workaholism? It’s not that we haven’t yet...
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Detroit Startup Week feat. John Henry and Chris Lambert

This episode of StartupNation Radio is sponsored by DBusiness, Siren PR and Dell Small Business This week, we took StartupNation Radio on the road! In honor of Detroit Startup Week, we livestreamed 16 interviews within two days from the Lear Innovation Center, sitting down with renowned entrepreneurs, passionate thought leaders and innovators, all of whom have...
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Using ADHD Productivity Hacks to Work Faster Than Normal [Book Excerpt]

The following excerpt is adapted from "Faster Than Normal: Turbocharge Your Focus, Productivity, and Success with the Secrets of the ADHD Brain" by Peter Shankman, published by TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright © 2017 by Peter Shankman. While I advocate using some kind of assistant, I also know that I...
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The Leadership Gap: The Simplest Way for to Gain Loyalty That Lasts [Book Excerpt]

The following contains an excerpt from “The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness" by Lolly Daskal with the permission of Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group. Copyright © 2017 by Lolly Daskal. After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying...
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4 Traps To Avoid When Selling Your Company

Business owners have been known to refer to due diligence as "the entrepreneur's proctology exam." It's a crude analogy, but a good representation of what it feels like when a stranger pokes, prods and looks inside every inch of your business. Most professional acquirers will have a checklist of questions they need answered if they’re considering...
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6 Ways Stoicism Can Help Business Entrepreneurs

By Petrina Coventry, University of Adelaide With the increasing swirl of interest around mindfulness, resilience and innovation, we can’t forget that there are many who have trodden this path before us with important lessons we can borrow. Stoicism is the branch of ancient western philosophy that focuses on mindfulness, resilience, creativity and more, all of which...
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Rethinking Engagement in a Digital World

I was recently interviewed by Joel Pilger of RevThink on what I would tell agencies looking to get into TV. In listening back, I might sound overly pessimistic about traditional linear media. Let me be clear, I am a TV guy. I have spent almost two decades developing, selling and producing television. So no, I do not think that TV...
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How to Live a Life of Purpose

The purpose of life is living a life of purpose. The power of this particular mantra came to me last week on a call. I was talking to a potential client about their brand and their goals. I asked, "What's your purpose?" They laughed and said, "To make money!" Then they turned serious, saying, "Actually, I've...
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How to Avoid the “Shiny Penny” Marketing Mentality

One of the benefits of having a child is getting to go to animated movies without any guilt or questioning from contemporaries. “Oh … I would have much rather gone to that new (insert former SNL cast member here) movie, but my kid wanted to go to see that new animated film.” True, these films really are...