The best ideas often happen in the most unexpected places and inopportune times when your mind is aimlessly engaged in a nonspecific activity. The best thing you can do under such circumstances is capture those fleeting ideas, thoughts, and feelings before they vanish forever. Some do it on the back of the napkin. The more organized ones do it with a notebook at hand.
Business success has a lot to do with recognizing opportunities and maximizing opportunities. Yet, what many fail to realize – or forget – is that it’s possible (and wise!) to make opportunities as well.
The idea that luck happens when preparation meets opportunity is as old as the Roman philosopher Seneca. And if being lucky simply means just that, then maybe we can game the system by being prepared for when that opportune time comes knocking at our door.
Leadership and leadership development is a hot topic these days. Specifically, what does it mean to be a good leader and how do you become a good leader? One could argue everyone has a certain degree of leadership responsibility within an organization. Therefore, learning how to be a good leader is vital.
Networking has earned a careerist reputation because it’s often associated with meeting a roomful of people for the purpose of generating leads and getting new business. Your network is your net worth, so building your net worth starts with creating a network.
Entrepreneurs must practice positive disruption, continually exploring and considering ways to improve their processes, as well as examine what customers want and need. Successful entrepreneurs – and students of entrepreneurship – realize customer experiences don’t just happen spontaneously.
Whether you write, code, sell, or present for a living, try devoting at least fifteen minutes a week to exploring failure. (Although you probably shouldn’t experiment with this in a high-stakes environment.)
Everybody likes to win – in life and business. After all, to the victors go the spoils (and history). So it feels like wearing a big, bold, scarlet letter if one fails – especially in a culture where winners are not just handed golden trophies but deified.