Category: Perserverance

Days of Disruption (No. 10):America’s Retailer – Sears

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Sears has been struggling for many years but the speculation of the past few days that it may bypass Chapter 11 reorganization entirely and proceed to Chapter 7 Liquidation indicates just how hopeless many of its lenders believe the company’s situation has become.  This article from Business Insider tells in a

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The Passion Trap

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“Follow your passion”  may be in the top ten entries for career advice.  It may also be the most dangerous. This short article from Forbes, “Why Following Your Passion is Dead”, takes this advice to task as nearly certain to ruin or at least damage lives and careers. The author’s challenge

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Future Regrets

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Regrets about the past often paralyze us.  We often say, “If I had only known…”   Usually these regrets are about “significant events” and “big deals.”   Maybe a change in focus about what is truly significant will help you avoid the Ten Regrets Too Many People Will Have in Ten Years;” 

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The Passion Trap

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“Follow Your Passion”….. “Do What You Love”….. “Build It and They Will Come.”   These phrases have practically become big laws of career wisdom; but do they really lead to success?   Many would-be entrepreneurs have found that starting businesses by following their passion results in no one following them. Ultimately, passion

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How to Fail In Public

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Fear of failure can take a number of forms but the one that keeps many of us from taking a risk is the fear of failing where everyone can see.  A few words from Richard Branson may help.

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New Year’s Resolutions: What Does It Take to Keep Them Intact?

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We’re just over a week into the new year…how are your resolutions doing?  If you’re already in ‘resolution recovery’, here are two suggestions for you: First, check out a few tips from Dr. Robert Cialdini, who may be the world’s reigning expert on the art and science of influence.  When

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To Be a Good CEO, Be a Navy Seal

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The most important thing we ever manage is ourselves.    Serial Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler who founded Marquis Jet (and sold it to Warren Buffet) and  Zico Cocoanut  Water (which he sold to Coca-Cola) felt he was getting stale and needed a coach….so he invited a Navy Seal to move in with

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Mark Cuban: Moving from Bartender to Titan

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Mark Cuban is best known as the founder of Broadcast.Com, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and a regular on “Shark Tank.”   What you may not know is that after graduating from college he launched his tech career by becoming…. a bartender.   Check out this summary of the rest of

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Are You Committed for the Long Term?

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Here’s a quick summary of  interesting research done on children who were learning to play a musical instrument.  It turns out that practice and talent were not the final determinants of success in music, but something much more basic.   Find out why if you want to learn a new skill

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Eleven “Second Acts” – Getting Back Up After Failing

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Scott Fitzgerald (author of the “The Great Gatsby) once remarked that “there are no second acts in American lives.” History definitely seems to indicate otherwise.  A short article from Inc Magazine looks at eleven well known leaders who either had significant setbacks before becoming successful, or fell from the heights

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