QUIT MAKING LAME EXCUSES

Are you an innovator or just a lame excuse maker? Earlier this week, Mitch Ditoff posted an awesome blog titled ” The 100 Lame Excuses for Not Innovating”. After reading through the ENTIRE list, it made me realize how often I hear these excuses from friends, family, companies, and everyone in between.

How about this? I challenge you to take a look at the list (All the way through) and see what excuses are currently holding you back from innovating and ultimately making something happen.

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GIVE THEM THE MEAT: 13 SOCIAL MEDIA STATS

Sometimes people just want the meat! Cut to the chase and give them what they want – the stats and numbers. And not just any stats and numbers, ones that matter and make people want to listen more. Think of it this way, it’s very similar to pitching a new venture to investors – they could care less about all your mighty charts, intelligent words, and blah blah blah, they want the meat.

If this is you and you just want the meat, check this out by Kipp Bodnar. He shares with you 13 mind bending social media marketing statistics.

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POSITIVE RESULTS OF FAILURE

Have you ever failed? And after the failure, were you able to look beyond the failure and see all the positive results of those failures?

For me, I’ve always been very good at this, being that I was an athlete and I always had to look at failure as a way of winning. And If I looked at it any other way I would continue losing. It’s when you look at failure as a way to win, that you actually start failing to win – and this is what you want!

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PREMATURE SCALING: LEADING CAUSE OF STARTUP FAILURE

I’ve failed at a lot of things in my life including start-ups, and you know what, I’m pretty excited about it. You would think that I would be sitting here crying a river like most people, but I’m not. Instead I’m reading, learning, studying, asking tough questions, reflecting on my screw ups, and working on a bunch of new start-ups with amazing and brilliant people.

Realizing that it is a combination of things that cause a start-up to fail, one question that I’ve asked myself over and over after having a start-up fail pretty bad is, “What makes start-ups succeed or fail?”

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SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO EVERYDAY WHEN JUST STARTING OUT

This is a guest post by Tamaryn Tobian, founder of Spectacle Creative Media in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can follow her tweets on Twitter. If you want to guest post on my blog, please, check out the guidelines here.

 In the last nine months or so, I’ve learned more things and experienced more life changes than I had pimples during puberty.  That’s what following your gut and jumping into risk with both feet does. Why so many life changes?  I started my own business – a creative communications company.

In truth, it seemed like a crazy idea. In this economy? Especially when I started to count how many other little creative agencies and studios there are in my city. There’s a lot of them. But, I did it anyway.

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PROGRESS WINS EVERY TIME

Don’t wait until tomorrow. Things are never going to be just right. If you are waiting for that perfect moment, you will be forever waiting. Stop waiting and get started now. Drop everything and get going. It will be a journey, but with each step and each day you will be making progress towards your goal. And if you keep at it, you will grow stronger and stronger until that day when you wake up and you’ve made it.

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23 COMMON ATTRIBUTES THAT ALL SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS SHARE

Whatever your beliefs, after years of being a business man and surrounding myself with other successful business men and women, I’ve found there to be a number of common attributes that we share. Please take a few minutes to read through and see if you agree.

If you don’t have the skills, don’t worry about it either. Most of the skills, I’ve gotten by screwing up. Yup, screwing up. We all do it and it’s just the way it is. If you think you are any different you are wrong. Sorry.

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WHAT IT’S LIKE BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR

Are you an entrepreneur or do you aspire to be an entrepreneur? Do you have that raging itch that keeps you up all night to quit your job and go out on your own? If this is you, I say make the leap and quit that boring job – I bet it is holding you back anyways.

I have no idea where you’re at or what is going on in your head now, but just maybe you are wondering what entrepreneurship is like and what you’re going to need to be able to do to succeed.

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WHO EVER SAID THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH?

No more stupid, old, traditional networking where a bunch of lame and boring people stand around with suits and ties trying to push their 401 (k) plans, insurance, and uninteresting business on you? This is no more. That might have been normal and original at one time or another, but not anymore.

This is the new normal. This is FREE LUNCH FRIDAY and we are all about connections, conversation, and community. We believe in empowering people, companies, and communities to eat, share, collaborate, and make things happen that can change the world.

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