TEAMING UP WITH A PARTNER? 8 THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

Early on in my entrepreneurial career I wanted nothing to do with partners. I think it was the negative connotation around the idea of having a partner that caused me to think this way. I remember hearing all the horror stories of people being in business with someone and the thing blew up in their face.  Not wanting things to blow up in my face, I would try to go about these ventures or opportunities on my own.

I soon learned how difficult it was to go about something alone and gave up on this whole idea. Today, I will not even get involved in a project or opportunity without having a partner or a team around me. There is just so much value in brining together a team of people who can pool their talents, resources, and share the responsibility.

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Q&A WITH RYAN PAVLOVICH

This is a Q&A session with Ryan Pavlovich a photographer who loves loud music, neat whiskey, and images that tell stories. You can follow him on Twitter, friend request him on Facebook, or drop him a line at his website. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest blogging page.

I recently had the privilege to catch up and spend some time with Ryan Pavlovich or aka Ryan P Photo. This is what I like to call him – I think it flows nice! We had a great time doing a shoot, talking life, future, visions, and what’s next.

PHOTO BY: RYAN PAVLOVICH

Ryan is a photographer and an entrepreneur out of Grand Rapids, MI doing some pretty amazing things. I urge you to check out his work and give him a call.

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3 MOTIVATIONS TO TAKE RISKS WHILE YOU’RE YOUNG

Are you one of those people who enjoy taking risks, living on the edge, and exposing yourself to danger? If this is you, I just want to say that I love you and appreciate you very much.

It is because of you that innovation and amazement occur and happen each day. It is because of you that great things are created and bred daily. It is because of you that people have jobs. And it is because of you that we can do almost anything from our white iPhones!

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10 QUESTIONS FOR WANNABE ENTREPRENEURS

Entrepreneurship kicks ass! Am I right? You know what I personally love about it? Lots of things really, but here are a few: the risk, the reward, the adventure, the potential, the crashes, the bruises, and the fact that you have to be pretty much insane to be one.

I’ve had my fair share of entrepreneurial ventures over the years and some went great, while others left me in the dust picking crap out of my teeth. You know what though, now looking back, some of the best ones were the ones that left me in the dust picking crap out of my teeth.

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CURIOUS WHO’S TWEETING THESE DAYS?

Curious who’s tweeting these days and how you might be able to reach them? Or maybe why you’re not reaching them? Take a look at this well done infographic by Column Five Media and see what you can find.

Just this past month Pew Research took a survey of 2,277 twitter profiles and found that twitter adoption among U.S. Internet users has increased by leaps and bounds. I wasn’t all that amazed by this, but what I was amazed by was who’s really using twitter.

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YOUR INNER JACKASS

This is a guest post by Sean Heyboer. He is the marketing coordinator at Score Big, a good friend, and one hell of an idea generator. You can follow him on Twitter or friend request him on Facebook. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my contact page.

He came after me again the other day. That little creep. I was on the last half of my two mile run having already biked 5 miles as a part of my triathlon training, when he showed up. It was hot, I was sweating bullets, my legs were sore, and I felt like giving up.

Just as I began to slow down he started in on his rant. His inflection is so annoying and distinct I knew right away who it was.

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6 TIPS FOR PLAYING IN THIS CLAY ECONOMY

Have you ever played with clay before? I am sure you have, we all have. What was it like for you?

For most people, playing with clay is at first a disaster. Clay is flying all over the place, nothing is taking shape, and your patience’s are running out. Suddenly, as your hands are engulfed in clay madness, something amazing starts to take shape. What is it? No one knows, but it is awesome looking and you created it.

Photo Courtesy of: orpheus01 on Deviant Art

What started out as a disaster is now turning into something pretty awesome! How did you do it?

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THE WAY TO OVERCOME FEAR IS TO DO IT ANYWAYS

How many of us need to be more like Mother Teresa? Talk about a woman on a mission! She was a Catholic nun of Albanian who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India in 1950. Ministering to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, she guided the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, all throughout India and into other countries.

Photo Courtesy of: Creative Commons

She was as tough as nails and never turned away from doing things anyways. She said, “Feel the fear and do it anyways”.

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IT’S NOT ABOUT WHAT IS REAL. IT’S ABOUT WHAT IS REALITY.

It’s not about what is real.

It’s about what is reality.

Tonight, I had a speaking engagement at Cornerstone University. They asked me to speak to their entrepreneurship class about my personal journey, what I learned, and some practical advice for people looking to become an entrepreneur. I was excited and blessed to have the opportunity, especially after the ride I have been on the last 7 or so years. You can see the full presentation here.

I decided that I would talk about the difference between real and reality. I think to often we focus our time and energy on what is real, but we forget to add in the most important part, what is reality. Do you think people are to scared of reality?

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