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7 Mindsets for Overcoming Business Heartbreak

curated from entrepreneur

If used correctly, heartbreak and failure become the springboards to a better life with increased success. Heartbreak has the power to make you stronger, more powerful and more resilient. It essentially raises your basic level of training. Heartbreak feels debilitating, and for a time it often is, but it is not the end of you.

1. Make peace with hardship.

You will never be more fully introduced to yourself and the places within you which are in need of attention, reinvention and repair then when you are in the eye of the storm. It is normal to feel a temporary, but deep loss of your sense-of-Self in reaction to failure. Hold the mindset that you are designed to be resilient. It is when you are in your deepest suffering that you develop the capacity to hold onto yourself through challenge without acting out in negative, impulsive or destructive ways.

2. Let go of self-recrimination.

In truth, when you reflect back on failure you will see the aspects of yourself which contributed to the problem, and you will also see there were elements which had nothing to do with you or your flaws. When you stop self-abusing you become more able to differentiate between what was you, and what elements of your situation you had no control over. When you see the elements you had no control over your feelings of heartbreak will decrease, allowing you to move forward.

3. Take charge of your life.

You are the only person responsible for yourself, therefore, hold the mindset that you are the one person who can get you back on your feet after failure. When you’re hurting make decisions which serve to get you through the hurt. You cannot remain stagnant and grow. Take time to process and digest, write your feelings out, talk it out with friends, colleagues, coaches or therapists.

4. Focus solely on you.

The failure and heartbreak you are experiencing is yours alone. Adjust your mindset to focus on you, what your path has been, what you can do now, and forecast what you want your future success to look like. Silence all mental chatter based in comparison. Trust that when you focus on yourself you will find the power and resources necessary to fundamentally change your vibe, your trajectory and your overall state of mind. In your failure you learn exactly what you need to do. You discover who and how you need to be to proactively move forward.

5. Time heals.

Whenever you are in heartbreak give yourself space and time. Time is the element of healing we dislike the most because we want heartbreak to move quicker than it does and want it to hurt less than it does.

6. Avoid over analyzing.

If you over analyze your situation it creates deeper feelings of loss which doesn’t allow you to move beyond the pain. Hold the mindset that every heartbreak is a new beginning. Work to let go of recycling the old story or the triggering event. Get to the facts of the failure and use these facts for your benefit. Allow the facts to reset your trajectory.

7. Be flexible.

The lesson in any failure is to let go and remain flexible to the ever changing flow of life. The bigger your ego, the more of a desire you have for control, the more painful and enduring your heartbreak will be. To thrive through hardship choose to adopt a growth mindset. Believe this failure is only one moment in the grand scope of your life; it is not your life’s defining moment unless you allow it to be.

 

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When Dreams Of Growth Require A Business Shift

curated from Forbes

 

In 2006, she transformed her husband’s lifeguarding business into a company that builds and maintains swimming pools. Today, Bratton Pools brings in $2 million in annual revenue mainly by building custom aqua playlands for Houston homeowners, often now also ringed by lovely patios and outdoor kitchens and accessed via driveways the company builds.

A Bigger and Less Competitive Market

The business potential is different for pool building, which is a well-established and saturated industry in Houston. There are no less than six pool builders in walking distance from Bratton’s Houston offices, she says.

Easier, Steadier Money

The work appears to be less susceptible to economic troubles as well. During the current period of low oil prices and resulting economic pressure in Houston, Bratton Pools has lost some projects, while Piper Whitney has mostly just seen delays, she says.

A New Need for Capital

“I have to manage that to make sure we’re on a steady path, not just for my family but for my employees who I’m responsible for,” Bratton adds. “When a small business goes out of business, it’s devastating — not just with the owner and the employees, it has a community impact. I didn’t dream this, I didn’t realize this just so it could sustain me and further me along and have it not further along other dreams.”

 

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How To Avoid Being A ‘One Hit Wonder’ – Forbes

curated from Forbes

30 million media impressions.

$100,000 in sponsorships. $20,000 for charity. The most fantastic wedding ever, with the most satisfied sponsors ever.

There are a few things that you can do to avoid being stuck in a space of feeling like a “one hit wonder”.

  1. Accept That You Don’t Decide What Goes Viral

The truth of the matter is, the internet, and the press, and people in general actually, are fickle and weird. I’m currently reading about the controversy around a post from GMA where they called a meme of Kermit the Frog “tea lizard“.

2. Trust Your Gut

You need to pay attention to the ideas that are put out there…and let your gut guide you. Your gut may occasionally fail you, but more often than not, it is usually right. I remember for me, when my agency had stalled in growth, I made a call entirely on gut to pivot towards an intensely focused approach to content marketing.

3. Keep It Relevant

The chances of a branded idea going viral to the masses is minimal, but the chances of it hitting the right target with the right message is far stronger if you can determine what’s relevant. One example of an incredibly relevant video is the #BeProud campaign from Youtube, which examines Gender Identity, which is about to top 10 million views.  If this were released even two years ago, it might have gone viral– but for an entirely different reason.

 

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A Site Whose Mission Is To Help Women Return To Work And Help Companies Find Them

curated from Forbes

Après lists full and part-time jobs, as well as consulting and contract gigs. About 15,000 women have joined so far, and Gefsky says monthly growth has been steady. It’s a highly qualified membership. All are college graduates, 55% have graduate degrees, and members have an average of seven years of work experience. Basic memberships are free, allowing women to search listings and access the site’s blog. For $25 a month, profiles will be added to those searched by companies.

Of course, a career site needs companies listing jobs as well as folks searching for them. Gefsky and her team are working to make companies more aware of the benefits of having experienced women on their teams.

“I want younger women not to fear that they will have to leave the workforce if they have children some day or care for a parent,” says Gefsky.

“Everyone knows someone right away who has been trying to go back to work and finding it isn’t easy, so it really resonates,” she says.

“The older I’ve gotten I more I’ve realized how women need to help each other,”

“The best advice I got when we were starting was that it was essential to persevere,” she says. “It is the one thing you have to have to if you want to start a company. Every day there is an excuse to quit, but you just keep going.”

 

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Women May Make Better Entrepreneurs And Here’s Why

curated from Forbes

Research confirms women make better entrepreneurs

Women are proving themselves to be more than capable. They are confident, believe in themselves and have drive and urgency to take on the best in the business.

According to 2016 BNP ParibasGlobal Entrepreneur Report, women are found to be slightly more successful than their male counterparts, and have high expectations in general.

Entrepreneurship supports economic growth

Undeniably, there is the general challenge for women in trying to find a balance between work and family and in the end, sustainability of businesses can be compromised. However, in some parts of the world like Singapore and Hong Kong, there is an equal ratio of women and men starting new businesses. Women entrepreneurs have made a significant mark this decade and are now fully recognized as crucial to achieving sustainable development. Opportunities for women are imperative because it makes economic sense. The gender gap that once defined the workforce is narrowing and a new history begins to unfold as empowered women begin to take part in leading the business world.

 

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How Having Big Dreams Can Help You As An Entrepreneur

curated from Forbes

Dreaming is oftentimes given a bad rep — it’s an act that either takes up too much time or invokes too little action. Part of the bad reputation comes from the notion that dreams never lead to action, as an entrepreneur, I can say with confidence that I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for the moments I claimed as my time to dream.

The time I gave myself to dream was synonymous with the time that I didn’t judge my ideas and just let the creativity happen.

Be intentional about dreaming. 

“As long as you are meeting your personal goals, don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. It’s not a race, and no one else’s career path or goals should determine the timeline of yours,” says Vazquez.

Don’t limit your dreams.

“I’m currently trying to figure this out myself, but so far, I think it’s a good thing in general to surround yourself with people who inspire you. It doesn’t have to be in person, either,” advises Vazquez.

Seek out a mentor or role model. 

“There are many people I have learned valuable lessons from over many years. If a relationship with a mentor should organically form, I think it’s a great thing to have.”

Don’t let it stop you if your dream role isn’t filled by someone who looks like you.

“For so long I didn’t think I could ever do a certain type of job because no one looked like me in that job and that’s such a shame. It’s logical because a lot of [people of color] think, ‘Why would I ever make it if someone who looks like me or comes from where I come from is not already doing it.’ But that’s because it has to be you,” said Vazquez. 

 

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Are You Addicted To Work?

curated from Forbes

A set of researchers from the University of Bergin in Norway recently set out to determine how many people are genuinely and perhaps even dangerously addicted to work. They developed a Bergen Work Addiction Scale and tested 12,135 Norwegian employees from 25 different industries. The scale reflects the seven core elements of addiction: Salience, mood modification, tolerance, withdrawal, conflict, relapse and problems.

The Bergen Scale uses seven basic criteria to identify work addiction by scoring responses to the statements on the scale of (1) Never, (2) Rarely, (3) Sometimes, (4) Often, and (5) Always, as follows:

  • You think of how you can free up more time to work.
  • You spend much more time working than initially intended.
  • You work in order to reduce feelings of guilt, anxiety, helplessness and depression.
  • You have been told by others to cut down on work without listening to them.
  • You become stressed if you are prohibited from working.
  • You de-prioritize hobbies, leisure activities, and exercise because of your work.
  • You work so much that it has negatively influenced your health.

researchers found a strong correlation between workaholism and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).Some entrepreneurs with ADHD tendencies may use work as a positive and constructive way to focus their excess energy.

In my own opinion, the study is an interesting exercise for entrepreneurs. However it is important to recognize that not every tendency is a negative thing. Appropriate focus on family, exercise, and even recreational activities is paramount to long-term success, and we should strive to strike the right balance between work, family, health, spirituality, service and play.

Use the test and others like it as a tool, but not as a do-or-die measuring rod. Do not allow a wrongly-applied or negative label to negate your best entrepreneurial traits.

 

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Success Feels Magical But How Entrepreneurs Achieve Their Dreams Is All Common Sense

curated from entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur means having a dream, a grand vision about what must be changed in the world to make it better. When those dreams and goals are huge, the entrepreneur can be called ambitious (in the best sense of the word).

But the difference between a dreamer and a successful ambitious entrepreneur is that they work hard to achieve those goals

How to find the strength to actually do all of this, when the euphoria has gone and work in the office turns into a cold routine?

Write it down.

The first thing you need to do is make a written contract with yourself. It doesn’t have to be a public blog post telling everyone what you plan to do. It can be a simple piece of paper that states your resolution and why you’re committed to it.

Set measurable goals.

One of the main reasons people fail their long-term objectives is not adding measurable short-term goals.The usual dream has two things in common: it’s hard to do and the deadline is far away.

A good example here is Mark Zuckerberg’s challenge to run 365 miles in 2016.

Instead of saying: “I’ll run 365 miles sometimes in 2016” he said “I’ll run one mile a day.” This resolution doesn’t allow you to think “I’ll start next week.”

Monitor your progress.

There are a lot of good apps for to-do lists or personal time management. Use some of them.

Apps that track time (like Toggl) make sure you spend your time productively and keep the focus on fulfilling your resolutions.

Don’t be afraid to fail.

A recent study showed that people who previously took part in a “dry January” challenge generally decreased their overall use of alcohol even if they didn’t manage to last the month.

So even if the goals set seem to high to achieve, you shouldn’t just give up.

Trust yourself.

From friends who jokingly say “you’ll never manage to eat healthier” and “come on, you don’t have to quit drinking entirely” to co-workers and bosses who think you shouldn’t start your own start up.

If that happens you need to look back at the paper you wrote your plans on. Let it remind you why you’re doing what you’re doing and believe in yourself.

No one but you.

In the end, the only way to achieve great big dreams is to focus on it each day.

The best thing to do is to use every technique possible to hold your focus and keep your eyes on the prize.

 

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6 Ways to Stay Healthy When Running a Startup

curated from projecteve

Here are 6 tips to stay on track when you are the CEO of your own startup:

1. Create a Balance:

It’s important to remember that unless you take care of yourself first, you are not going to be able to do anything for your business. If you find yourself working a ridiculous number of hours every day, you will eventually suffer from burnout which will only affect your productivity in the long term.

2. Wake Up Early:

In fact, waking up early will give you time to meditate, something you may not get time to do at any other point in your busy day. Meditation is also a great way to deal with stress and helps you feel centered and calm.

3. Exercise:

Exercise helps you feel positive as it helps release endorphins which are feel good hormones in themselves and also help battle depression and lethargy. The more active you are, the more capable your body becomes at handling stressful situations.

4. Do a mini workout:

If you find yourself with absolutely no time to exercise at the gym or to go for a run, try a mini workout. This means keeping a set of dumbells near your desk and taking a five minute break to do some arm exercises, or keeping a yoga mat in your office for a quick set of abs crunches. Try taking any work calls while standing and if you have a team meeting, why not go for a walk for a healthy alternative.

5. Make Health a priority:

It’s also important to cut out junk food which is so tempting to snack on and instead eat plenty of green vegetables as they help with productivity and lead to increased energy levels. Don’t ignore any of your regular doctors’ appointments and keep track of any problems which may be a cause for concern. For example, feeling stressed is only natural but a week-long migraine might indicate something more serious and you should see a professional immediately.

6. Organization is key:

Tools such as your internal company calendar to schedule meetings, skype to stay in touch with employees or clients and it’s important to have a method of tracking what needs to be done and by when. For example, if your startup has a blog on the company website, you need to create a blogging schedule in advance to know when to post or you may just forget after a hectic day of meetings and client presentations. Being organized helps reduce the stress of not know what is due and on what day, and helps you prepare for your day, week and month.

 

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