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5 Brutal Lessons About Entrepreneurship I Learned My First Year As A Startup Founder

A little over one year ago, I convinced one of my closest friends, Drew Reggie, to quit his job and join me on my entrepreneurship crusade. I had left my job in advertising just a few months prior and was making a comfortable living as a freelance writer. He was

The 20 Life Skills You Need To Be A Successful Entrepreneur

Let me be blunt: The skills you think are important in order to become an entrepreneur, aren’t. And the skills you don’t consider to be important to be an entrepreneur, are. Here are 20 of them, if you want to be successful: 1. Patience. If you don’t have it, good

5 Unspoken Truths About Entrepreneurship In Silicon Valley

The week before I moved to Los Angeles, I had a memorable conversation with a friend of mine in Chicago. We were both new entrepreneurs. He was 9 months into his new agency and had started to employ a few people. I had very recently taken the leap, fell into

How To Become An Entrepreneur (Especially If You’re New To Business)

I accidentally built the greatest “first business” an entrepreneur could ever have. When my co-founder and I first decided we were going to build a content writing and thought leadership agency, we had no idea what we were doing. But, just like every single first-time entrepreneur in history, we made

The Hardest Step of Becoming an Entrepreneur is This

It was almost one in the morning, and we were standing on the balcony of his apartment. “What do you have to lose?” I said, and the moon overhead agreed with me. I was talking to Drew, one of my closest friends and soon-to-be co-founder. Over the course of our

The Art of Managing People: The Real Reason Startups Are So Hard

I’m a 28-year-old founder, and I spend more time talking to founders of successful companies than I am, peers my own age. The reason is because my first (and current) company is a Thought Leadership agency for founders, executives, investors, and industry experts called Digital Press. Not a single day goes

Content Marketing 101: Have Something Meaningful to Say

This is the kind of marketing that pays you back for years I’d like to explain to you why I believe content marketing is the most effective form of marketing on the planet. But first, I’d like you to know where my perspective comes from: Content marketing is how I

8 Soft Skills You Need To Work At A High-Growth Startup

It takes a certain type of personality to want to work at a startup — and the crucial qualities of startup employees you decide to hire. When I was 26 years old, one of my closest friends and I decided we were going to start a company. He was still in the

5 Serious Things You Should Know About Money Before You Turn 30

Money, and “financial freedom,” is a skill. No one ever tells you what you should know about money when you’re young. There isn’t a class in high school, or even college, where a professor sits you down and says, “Now listen up: mastering money is no different than learning how to shoot

How Do Some People Succeed So Quickly? They Approach Life Like This

Life is all about perspective. The exact same situation can be perceived in very different ways by two different people. One might see loss — the other, opportunity. One might feel like a victim — the other, a change-maker. Which means, as far as “absolute” truths are concerned, the first

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