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Does Hard Work Equal Success, Or Is There Another Way?

Does Hard Work Equal Success, Or Is There Another Way? | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
I used to think that hard work was the cornerstone to success. I believed that if you wanted to achieve anything in life, you simply had to work hard. Harder than anyone else.
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This is a thought provoking article because it is tempting to believe that some people are just more fortunate than others. Several things to note: this gal had mentors who recommend books, she started by working very hard, she took the initiative to change her oulook and experienced success as a result. 

I thoroughly believe that success in anything is mostly about your attitude and your mindset. It is difficult, but you can control both of these things. I think the right attitude will keep you motivated even when things are tough, so you can consistently work hard. Winning is a habit; unfortunately so is losing.

You can work as hard as you want, but if you don’t have the right attitude, you are unlikely to be successful. The same applies to a positive outlook. You can be as optimistic as you want, but if you aren’t willing to put the work in, you may have better luck playing the lottery. 

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4 Bulletproof Productivity Secrets Gleaned From the World's Great Achievers

4 Bulletproof Productivity Secrets Gleaned From the World's Great Achievers | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Work ceases being a hamster wheel when we start setting priorities strategically and focusing on the most important tasks.
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Optimize your day. 

This article looks like the cliff notes from The 4 Hour Workweek's Eliminate section - great reminder. 

 

1. 80/20 everything

2. Most things do not matter

3. Doing something unimportant well does not make it important

4. Utilize time limits

 

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What Google Isn't Telling You About Quality Score

What Google Isn't Telling You About Quality Score | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Google this week has published a new white paper on Quality Score and finally updated their 5-year-old video on how Quality Score works.I asked them “why now” and they said that it’s just time to
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Great article here from Larry Kim. While Hal Varian does do a great job of explaining what Google's Ad auction system looks like, he also uses data that is very hard to base conclusions on. Overall, Ad rank determines where your ad appears on the page. Ad rank is determined primarily by three factors: Quality Score (CTR+Keyword Relevance+Landing Page Experience), bid, and Format. Format refers to your ad's components. An ad with four site links, a call extension and a blurb about how many Google+ circles you are in will out rank other ads without these features. People do have more chances to click and click on the right info if you have several links to different place in your site. Obviously quality score is calculated primarily with CTR as a basis; Google gets paid and searchers (hopefully) get what they want when people click on ads. Finally, bid is considered; this is an auction after all.

 

While this video does a good job explaining core components of ad rank, Kim goes on to point out that the math seems intentionally vague and actual search results may vary online. 

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SpaceX Unveils Its New Dragon Spacecraft

SpaceX Unveils Its New Dragon Spacecraft | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
SpaceX has unveiled its new spacecraft, which is capable of flying seven passengers into orbit, autonomously docking with the space station, and landing with the precision of a helicopter.
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Hat's off to SpaceX. Commercialized space tourism, I'm all for it. 


"...and is likely to be the last time NASA buys trips to the [ISS] from the Russians."

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Why I Turned Down Apple For A Startup

Why I Turned Down Apple For A Startup | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it

"I’m always amazed at how many startup founders describe their company with: “We have this really cool product with features like…” and then mention foosball tables, yoga rooms, and Chief Fun Officers. But when they start with: “Millions of people have a problem that we solve by…” I know they’re starting at the right place. There’s nothing wrong with startup perks, but they’ll be gone when the “cool product” becomes a solution that could never find a problem."


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R Nagarajan's curator insight, February 3, 1:17 PM

its always a tough call when choosing a startup to work. Its tougher when we choose to startup...Finally it is always the primitive urge to explore and get fascinated by the unknown which draws ppl to startups.

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3 Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From The Weight Room

3 Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From The Weight Room | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Fitness and aesthetics have been around forever (You’ve seen the movie 300. Those dudes were ripped!). Tons of information, good and bad, gets passed around the gym that helps people achieve their fitness goals. But, what people might not realize is that there are also entrepreneurial lessons to be learned as well. #1: Perception is everything…
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Great analogy here and a pretty quick read. A good appearance (physical and business) is worth the work, you can always improve, and you always try for more. 

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The Part of Entrepreneurship No One Wants to Talk About — What I Learned Building… — Medium

The Part of Entrepreneurship No One Wants to Talk About — What I Learned Building… — Medium | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
People tend to glorify the glamor and fame of entrepreneurship.
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Somewhat of an open letter about being an entrepreneur. Great read on the internal struggle, the growth, and the reward. 

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Does Hard Work Equal Success, Or Is There Another Way?

Does Hard Work Equal Success, Or Is There Another Way? | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
I used to think that hard work was the cornerstone to success. I believed that if you wanted to achieve anything in life, you simply had to work hard. Harder than anyone else.
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This is a thought provoking article because it is tempting to believe that some people are just more fortunate than others. Several things to note: this gal had mentors who recommend books, she started by working very hard, she took the initiative to change her oulook and experienced success as a result. 

I thoroughly believe that success in anything is mostly about your attitude and your mindset. It is difficult, but you can control both of these things. I think the right attitude will keep you motivated even when things are tough, so you can consistently work hard. Winning is a habit; unfortunately so is losing.

You can work as hard as you want, but if you don’t have the right attitude, you are unlikely to be successful. The same applies to a positive outlook. You can be as optimistic as you want, but if you aren’t willing to put the work in, you may have better luck playing the lottery. 

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B.A.T.M.A.N. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Better Approach To Mobile Adhoc Networking (B.A.T.M.A.N.) is a routing protocol for multi-hop ad hoc mesh networks which is under development by the "Freifunk" community and intended to replace OLSR.

B.A.T.M.A.N.'s crucial point is the decentralization of the knowledge about the best route through the network — no single node has all the data. This technique eliminates the need to spread information concerning network changes to every node in the network. The individual node only saves information about the "direction" it received data from and sends its data accordingly. Hereby the data gets passed on from node to node and packets get individual, dynamically created routes. A network of collective intelligence is created.

In early 2007 the batman developers started experimenting with the idea of routing on layer 2 (Ethernet layer) instead of layer 3. To differentiate from the layer 3 routing daemon the suffix "adv" (spoken: advanced) was chosen. Instead of sending UDP packets and manipulating routing tables, it provides a virtual network interface and transparently transports packets on its own. The batman-adv kernel module is part of the official Linux kernel since 2.6.38. [1]

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Behold the future: Decentralized, low-cost, low infrastructure networking. 

 

I am very excited to see how the elimination of higher cost infrastructure paves the way for rapid technological, medical, and educational development in developing nations. 

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Steps On How to Acquire Customers For Your Startup [INFOGRAPHIC] |

Steps On How to Acquire Customers For Your Startup [INFOGRAPHIC] | | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it

Step by step guidelines for startups on how to acquire customers.

 

Full image at: http://ijustdid.org/2013/08/customer-acquisition-guide-for-startups/

 

Source: http://onboardly.com/customer-acquisition/the-step-by-step-guide-to-startup-customer-acquisition-infographic/#.UiIpSdJHKo0


Via Jonha Revesencio, Gerrit Bes, Martin (Marty) Smith
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Very well done infographic on the process of building relationships. 

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Jose Gonzalez's curator insight, September 2, 2013 8:21 PM

Amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks

Nadia Christian's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:21 AM

As a start-up if you aren't sure how to get started acquiring customers, here is a visual to get you going.

Sieg Holle's curator insight, September 7, 2013 5:38 AM

We are going to py this to the test using e-cigarrettes which solves the cancer or anti tpbaccp health agenda 

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Infographic: why everyone will become an entrepreneur

Infographic: why everyone will become an entrepreneur | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
It may not be through choice, but necessity...
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I love it!  Embrace change. 

 

I don't have tatoos, but if I did, it might say the following:

 

"Create Value. Take Risks. Make Life Better. Be Ambitious." 

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5 Ways to Spot a Potential Leader

5 Ways to Spot a Potential Leader | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Not everyone has what it takes. Next time you're sitting in a meeting, look for these five obvious signs of a great leader.
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This article has great granular criteria for evaluating yourself and others as potential leaders. I wouldn't limit the list to five, but every influential leader I've met has these five characteristics.

 

"True leaders are too intensely focused to get agitated, too engaged to be nervous, and too invested to be bored."

 

 

 

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101 Tasks You Can Outsource to Virtual Staff to Grow Your Business!

101 Tasks You Can Outsource to Virtual Staff to Grow Your Business! | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
One of the biggest misconceptions of working with virtual staff is that one employee can do everything for you. I call this the ‘Super VA [...]
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It is truly incredible what is possible today.

 

I remember reading The World is Flat and Hot, Flat, and Crowded several years ago and scratching my head. You would be amazed what I've done with twenty bucks on oDesk; because everyone with access to a computer now has a fair shot: a fair shot at education, literacy, sales, and networking. The problem is: if you don't learn to leverage this trend, you're about to get run over. Actually, if you are an entrepreneur who's not outsourcing things, I'd say you are behind the curve. 

This is a solid post with several great ideas to increase efficiency and free time.

Personally, I never liked the idea of outsourcing social media admin, because most of it can be automated and if you schedule time to manage your accounts (like when your followers online peaks) you are accessible. Social media is active, not passive. If someone cares enough to want to talk to me, then I want to talk to them. This is a stylistic preference. 

Loved the post and I may refer back to it as I continue trying to do more and more with less and less. 

 

 

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Great Customer Service For Ecommerce Infographic

Great Customer Service For Ecommerce Infographic | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Running a small business has never been easier with the influx of small business apps. Tried and true businesses to new startups are disrupting the where, when, and how small businesses run.

Via Martin (Marty) Smith
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90% of customers go to a company's website before calling or emailing that company. That's where we are. If you are under the impression that businesses operate between the hours of 9 and 5, you are finished.

On the other hand, out performing your competition or creating and dominating a niche with this many changes taking place is simpler than it has ever been. It takes a lot of work to not let things fall through the cracks, but the opportunities are overwhelming.

The challenge here as I see it is really the first point. Whether you love it, hate it, or are indifferent, you and everything you know about is now metaphysical. According to the above, your business should be using a website, an app, and social media; support should be available in real time and you should be accessible on every channel because you need to wow people.

There are more and more ways that people can experience you, your company, and your brand. The challenge then is creating a web presence, app, and support system that are SoLoMo, consistent, and “wow” inducing. 

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, July 31, 2013 7:42 AM

Excellent infographic showing a couple of trends:

* Ecom Customer Service Apps are breaking out all over.
* Possible to run an Ecom store from anywhere doing anything.
* Everyone should have an Ecommerce store.

Of course my favorite is the last bullet :). M 

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How to Eventually Become a Millionaire Using Your SEO Knowledge

How to Eventually Become a Millionaire Using Your SEO Knowledge | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
What are the most lucrative options for experts in SEO? Here are a few potential career choices to get you on the path to making millions.
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The title here might be a little lofty, but there are quite a few entrepreneurial applications for SEO. The ability to make a website interact well with search engines is the ability to provide people relevant information when making a purchase decision. When used well, this is a lynchpin for successful marketing. Here are five strategies to make it work for you.  

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Social Media and the Law: The Future of Online Defamation - Techvibes.com

Social Media and the Law: The Future of Online Defamation - Techvibes.com | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
As 1Ls (first-year law students), both Jason and I learned about defamation law. We might as well have learned nothing,
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Interesting read about Online Defamation and how the legal environment is changing. Individual people (who can basically be anonymous) now wield an incredible amount of power to reach the masses in a way that only powerful companies and public figures could in the past. Everyone should be very mindful when using this power. 

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Reputation Resolutions | topseos.com

Reputation Resolutions | topseos.com | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Reputation Resolutions's profile on topseos.com. topseos.com is the independent authority on search vendors, helping buyers find reputation management agencies like Reputation Resolutions
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It is with great pride that we announce one of our sites has been selected as a top five provider of online reputation management by topseos.com. It has been an incredible experience, and we are honored to receive the distinction. 

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Are You An Entrepreneur? Do You Have What It Takes?

Are You An Entrepreneur? Do You Have What It Takes? | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Over the past few years I have watched so many people in my entrepreneurial network walk away from their business and return to full time employment. Why? No doubt the economy is tough and in tough...

Via harish magan, Martin (Marty) Smith
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"The ultimate business philosophy is to build a business aligned to your passion." 


A mentor of mine once told me in reference to her business, "This is not for the faint of heart." She was briefly stating a fact, fear is an occupational hazard; entrepreneurship is not a job, it's a life. What makes all the difference is what takes place in your head and who you allow to influence it. A tenacious hold on a dream and an understanding of passion helps, and a well refined understand of your personal strengths allows you to build a team to handle the rest. This is a great motivational piece if you have a moment. 

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David Bembry's curator insight, February 26, 11:15 AM

I simply like to say that "I'm too stupid to quit!" I've operated with no cheering section or other support for over 15 years while I raise kids alone. I do what I do because I'm compelled to do it and don't see anything as a failure. Afterall, nothing is promised in life. Not even life itself. It's all about the adventure and just going for it. That alone keeps me content. Your best is all you've got in this life. Sometimes it'll be enough, other times it won't. It's just life. No worries!

Tagmotion's curator insight, February 26, 8:52 PM

Terrific article that mentions the importance of being 'in flow' with whatever you're doing in your entrepreneurial venture. And provides a link to a test you can do to find out what that is.

Ernest Collett's curator insight, February 28, 3:57 AM

You have to be very tough and resilient when there is no salary cheque at the end of the month!

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5 Famous Entrepreneurs Who Learned From Their First Spectacular Failures

5 Famous Entrepreneurs Who Learned From Their First Spectacular Failures | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Feeling like a failure? So did these entrepreneurs--before they went on to revolutionize their industries.
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I love the story of Colonel Sanders. Inspirational list of folks here who did not get it right on their first try. Don't ever settle. 

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Entrepreneurial DNA. Do You Have It?

Entrepreneurial DNA. Do You Have It? | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
I got into a conversation recently about whether entrepreneurship is a case of nature or nurture. I really look at it like a skill thing like singing or basketball.
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No nonsense two minute read to determine if you might in fact have the entrepreneurial gene. I love it, cut and dry. If X, then Y. 

 

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23 Things Every Entrepreneur Must Know

23 Things Every Entrepreneur Must Know | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Here are 23 proven ideas that will make you more successful.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Martin (Marty) Smith
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Great quick read on 23 things you need to know to create businesses. Concise and on point. Stay organized, seek good counsel, and always solve a customer's problem. 

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, September 22, 2013 11:24 AM

Great FORBES post every entrepreneur and business person should read carefully. My favorite tip is the first one. Best way to predict thefuture is create it. True.

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Why I Lose $1,671,120 A Year For My Brand

Why I Lose $1,671,120 A Year For My Brand | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered what your personal brand is worth? Or, more importantly, your reputation? I think it’s priceless because the moment your burn it is
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Interesting article here on personal branding and integrity. Becoming an authority in any particular topic is more democratized than ever before and there is certainly more than one way to monetize mass attention online. 

 

Personal branding is particularly interesting to me because I see so many people disregard their online presence. It’s not necessarily selling out like Neil talks about here that I see, but by displaying unfavorable posts and associations online. Now more than ever, it is important to be in charge of how you are perceived because very soon there will be information on everyone online. If you don't manage your brand, it is very likely that someone else will do it for you. 

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Seth's Blog: No decisions, no responsibility

Seth's Blog: No decisions, no responsibility | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
We presume. Human beings take shortcuts and believe in stereotypes. Sometimes we misjudge someone as dumb, who isn't, or unsuccessful, who is far from it.
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I follow Seth Godin because he can pack more useful advice and insight in to a sentence than most people can in a paragraph. With experience in both corporate and small business America, I have seen both sides of this dichotomy. 

Consider some insight from Bill Gates, "The vision is really about empowering workers, giving them all the information about what's going on so they can do a lot more than they've done in the past." 

Making decisions in a rigid corporate structure is stressful because there are often politics involved; if you make the wrong call when you weren’t supposed to be making decisions, consequences can be dire. Allowing employees to make decisions can be a stressful idea, but when employees are actively engaged in the decision making process, they take ownership of the outcome. 

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How Risk-Averse Entrepreneurs Succeed: Low-Cost Testing Using Reddit, PayPal, In-Person Pressure, and More

How Risk-Averse Entrepreneurs Succeed: Low-Cost Testing Using Reddit, PayPal, In-Person Pressure, and More | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs are risk-takers... or so the story goes. In my experience, nothing could be further from the truth. Over the last 13 years in Silicon Valley, I've found that the homerun hitters are p...
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Longer video, but some great ideas here for testing markets from two great entrepreneurs. 

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Half Of Us May Soon Be Freelancers: 6 Compelling Reasons Why

Half Of Us May Soon Be Freelancers: 6 Compelling Reasons Why | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
My cofounders and I started Contently in 2010 because we saw the world of journalism shifting. Where newspapers and magazines once provided stable, salaried jobs for reporters, writers and editors,
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I have been considering the best way to view this change for several weeks now. The game has changed irreparably and if you are playing by the old rules and ignoring what’s going on, you are in a very dangerous spot. 

 

To quote Tim Ferris, "I pity Americans about to graduate college. They're up against a hungry, polite, Excel-proficient Indian army." It's kinda true. It will be hard to fight this trend with traditional rules, but it is very easy to use it to your advantage. Outsource used to be a bad word, now I outsource things on a weekly basis. I'm not a fortune 500, I'm just a busy guy...

 

The point is you can now leverage this change. Very talented people are accessible and in demand, and it has never been easier to showcase your talents and abilities online. Remote work opens up a massive new world of exciting possibilities. Change is scary and there will be negative effects from this trend here in the US, but this is one of many large changes the millennial generation will need to work through. Shane Snow puts it best when he says, "Think and act like a startup." That is good advice. Develop a skillset that you can utilize if you are in a traditional job, an entrepreneur, or a freelancer.  

 

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Reality Check: 5 Entrepreneurial Myths Busted

Reality Check: 5 Entrepreneurial Myths Busted | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
In many ways, starting a business will be nothing like what you expect. One founder reflects on his top five reality checks.
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Starting a business is one of the coolest adventures you could hope to have in life. This article supports my theory that it's really a journey and a personal decision. It's about following your own DNA. If the reason for wanting to be entrepreneurial is external, than it's easy to lose motivation. Rather, if motivation comes from within, you can never lose it. 

The dream will change for sure, but it evolves into a better dream. You do have pride to lose, but to lose pride is to gain humility. No matter how much you love your business, you will have to know a little bit about something you are not interested in... Like accounting. Customers are definitely harder to please than bosses and money comes and goes in any career choice. 

Being an entrepreneur is not about what you want, it's about who you are at your core. Create value in your life that isn’t necessarily monetary; that is the real takeaway from this article. 

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