Becoming an inspirational and impactful entrepreneur does not happen simply by launching a successful product or service. Truly resonating with individuals who wish to become entrepreneurs themselves requires a desire to set your own path while also understanding the importance of discipline, commitment, and remaining self-motivated at all times.
Sticking to a Set Schedule
Having a set schedule in place each day is a necessity when you want to maximize your productivity and efficiency as an e...
I’m sure you’ve read hundreds of blogs that discuss typical investment strategies. These articles outline the traditional approach to investing that most are familiar with. However, there is a growing trend towards out of the box strategies and creative investing. This type of investing can lead to huge payoffs, require skilled investors to manage, and the ability to go deep into diligence and innovative structuring. Creative investing allows an investor the freedom to explore new markets and...
And my reflections based on my experience building Magna.
As you might know, I’ve made it an annual tradition to blog about an inspiring book I read and how it relates to my journey at Magna. Traditionally, I’ve written shortly after the New Year as the quiet time during the holidays is a perfect time to read a good book, get inspired and reflect.
This year, however, I didn’t have that same time as we were swamped in the midst of a pressing transaction in late December so I worked right throu...
You’ve heard of serial entrepreneurship—when an individual builds a slew of businesses throughout their lifetime, or heads multiple businesses at the same time. You’ve also heard of solo entrepreneurship—when an individual starts a business without the objective of adding additional staff. The lesser-known face of entrepreneurship, however, is the bootstrapped entrepreneur.
The familiar expression “pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps” was originally intended to inspire someone to proactive...
While many college music majors start out pursuing their on-stage dreams, they often end up finding success in other industries. They branch out and become entrepreneurs, but not because they failed at becoming a successful musician. They succeed in business, because learning about music taught them skills that can be applied to business in any sector.
Developing Listening Skills
In the strictest sense, a musician’s ability to listen applies only to how he interprets changes in the sounds aro...
Music and the arts have been credited with impacting kids in their formative years for a long time. However, they have not directly been correlated to entrepreneurship and overall success. The skills students acquire through exposure and mastery of an art form have lasting impacts on the soft skills that make up successful entrepreneurs. When you distill it, there are quite a few similarities between success in the arts and bringing business ideas to life. The skills required for both show a ...
I’ve always considered myself pretty ambitious, so when some friends and I put a band together back in middle school I took it very seriously, eventually culminating in a record deal at the age of 15. I ended up finding lasting success elsewhere, but it was an incredible experience that taught me a lot at a very young age. Looking back, I can see that I picked up a few great lessons that helped me as I built my own business later on in life. Here are the four biggest insights about entreprene...
In my view, there are two distinct ways one might go about running and growing a business, or on a personal level, a career. One of those ways is relatively shortsighted, driven solely by profit and financial success with very little focus on the external effects of that success.
Vinny settles into his seat as he considers the question.
It’s not that simple.
That’s the biggest lie I was told.
- Bleed For This, 2016
People routinely ask me for tips on entrepreneurship and running a growing business. And like most things, when you’re in it -- when you’re knee deep in the day to day grind trying to get shit done and take things to the next level, it’s hard to access smart sounding answers.
In keeping with my highly valued tradition developed over the past few years, I spent the quiet week before the first of the year with a business-oriented book in hand (well, on the screen of my iPhone in iBooks, but who’s checking?...) refueling, recharging and seeking inspiration for the year ahead.
This year, though, rather than opting for a more generic leadership or strategy related book, I chose to read King of Capital by David Carey and John E. Morris.