entrepreneurial influencers
Dec 14

How to Choose Your Entrepreneurial Influencers and Harness the Impressionable Brain

By Jessie Gale | Articles , Entrepreneurship | Reading Time: 11 minutes

If you’re a human being (which, if you’re reading this, I assume you are), I’m sure you’re well aware that we as human beings are social and impressionable creatures. No matter who you are — introverted and extroverted alike — we all need human connection to learn, grow, and excel in life, as well as in our chosen fields.

Granted, there will always be lone wolves who prefer to opt for solitude, believing that people only distract them from achieving their goals and their other pursuits in life.

All the same, our ability to communicate through language, gestures, and facial expressions, our simple ability to navigate the world — going to the loo, doing push-ups, using money to buy things — is reliant on the impressionable nature of the human brain, and our social interactions to date. Even someone who is self-taught likely became so not only through tinkering on their lonesome, but perhaps also through observing someone else, reading books, watching instructional videos, or — my personal favorite — asking Google.

These are all learning platforms — resources for the inquiring mind to plumb — and they are all products of humankind. I want to talk about the often untapped resource of influencers or, more romantically, heroes, in the entrepreneurial realm.

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Dec 11

The Guilt-Free Guide to Vacationing for Entrepreneurs

By Melissa Lewis Grimm | Articles , Entrepreneurship | Reading Time: 11 minutes

It’s that time of year again. We’ve stuffed our bellies full of turkey with all the trimmings, and now the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us.

You might be thinking about how great it would be to take some well-deserved time off from the daily grind. But can you?

Does simply thinking about taking time off make you break out in a cold sweat, worrying about all the work that won’t get done while you’re offline? Do you feel guilty when you’re not working or at least thinking about your business?

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think outside the box
Dec 07

Why You Should Stop Trying to Think Outside the Box

By Giselle Sproule | Articles , Creativity | Reading Time: 6 minutes

“Think outside the box.” It’s basically the mantra of creativity, drilled into the minds of schoolchildren and executives alike.

As a writer under pressure to come up with creative, original content and ideas, I’ve even repeated it to myself — something I’m sure many writers and entrepreneurs can relate to. We’re always striving to stand out from the crowd, and we’ve been told that thinking outside the box is the way to do that.

“Think outside the box” has permeated our approach to creativity and defined the way that we evaluate ideas. But what does it actually mean — and does it really help us with creating original content?

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Dec 04

Writing Your Own Manifesto

By Sarah Ramsey | Articles , Writing | Reading Time: 9 minutes

I’m not into “woo” things. I don’t meditate, I don’t get mind mapping, and I’m not big on “lifestyle design” (although I find value in some of its components).

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, either. The task is arbitrary and pressure-filled, and resolutions are virtually impossible to stick to. If you want to set up yourself for disappointment, just make a list of “goals” that you’re probably not going to achieve/attain.

So, when I ended up somewhat randomly in a “Writing a Manifesto” workshop at a conference, I was skeptical. Like, full-on MythBusters skeptical.

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