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I am constantly learning. As an entrepreneur, do you consciously choose to experience new things? By doing this, you are actively trying to grow your business.

This topic is on my mind this week as I leave for the Insane Productivity Conference in San Diego. Hosted by Darren Hardy, one of the leading speakers and advisors to entrepreneurs, he is the author of “The Compound Effect” and “The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster.”

I always look forward to events and conferences like this Insane Productivity Conference. It gets my mind racing in the best way.

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Of all the ways I have worked over the years, bootstrapping is my favorite. Partners and investors can complicate the process, and there is no substitute for the team work and creativity that comes from having to find a way to make your business work.

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As an entrepreneur you should feed your brain every day. Just like you need good nutrition, your brain craves guidance and daily information to help you grow as a business leader. Here is one of my favorite people to follow for brilliant ideas and inspiration: Darren Hardy.

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Are you creating the content your customers, clients and community want? As a leader in your industry, are you putting yourself out there with articles, events, or online opportunities to help solidify you as an expert in your field?

Creating a platform for your message just may be the most important thing you do for your business.

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No entrepreneur is an island. You don't try to run the day-to-day of your business alone, why would you settle for having to make big decisions or work through issues without a support system? 

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Many (bad) leaders strive to look really smart all the time. They feel compelled to appear intelligent to their team in fear of being looked down upon as not a “fearless leader.”

Guess what?  Most successful leaders aim to be the dumbest person in the room. While this sounds silly, it’s actually an insightful and mature goal.
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For those of you who saw the movie City Slickers you may remember the scene when Jack Palance gives Billy Crystal the secret to the meaning of life. 

This is arguably one of the best movie scenes. Cowboy Curly (played by Palance) nails the definition of the meaning of life by holding up one finger.

Crystal looks confused and asks “Your finger?”

“One thing” answers Palance, “Just one thing. You stick to that and everything else don’t mean shit.”  

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When I was in college, I thought about being a restaurant owner. It looked so glamorous… going from table to table, greeting guests and friends. Being surrounded all day and night with good food and wine…. It seemed like every night would be a party and I would get to be the host! 

 

I told my friend’s father about my dream, who happened to own a restaurant. He took by the shoulders and asked me to sit down. He gave me a serious look and sternly asked me to forget this dream, because it actually was a nightmare.


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