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How Waiting Tables Prepared Me to Be a CEO

Whether you're serving lunch or pivoting your business, you're paid to deliver results in a chaotic environment where you really don't control much.

Embrace Risk, If Only Because We Can't Avoid It

We exalt risk-takers as special but taking action without assurance of the outcome is part of life for everyone.

Strategy Is Not a To-Do List

Don't simply go through the motions of customer development. You should have a deep understanding of the purpose behind it.

How to Stop Sabotaging Success

Three experienced entrepreneurs provide advice on what they did to ensure they wouldn't fail at their endeavor.

3 Lessons for Every Business From an Olympian

The drive to do something worthwhile is the most important motive an entrepreneur can have.

The Answers to These 3 Questions Will Get You Through the Low Points

Entrepreneurship is an uncertain path to success but you are guaranteed to learn about yourself.

4 Everyday Entrepreneurial Lessons From My Daughter

Big lessons come in small packages, especially if that package is disguised as a 3-year-old girl in a purple dress.

Avoid These 8 Mistakes as a New Leader

It’s not uncommon for new leaders to make mistakes but most can be avoided.

Why Startups Fail, According to Their Founders

The top reason might surprise you. Or perhaps it won't.

The Mindy Kaling Guide to Entrepreneurial Domination

Five lessons on success founders can learn from this unlikely leader.

4 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Take From the Kids Going Back to School

Recreate the rhythms of your long years of schooling to succeed in the marathon of building your business.

Fight Early and Fail Fast: 15 Business Lessons in 15 Years

There’s a lot to learn from so many years in business. Here are a few of the most important things I've picked up along the way.

6 Suggestions for an Aspiring Entrepreneur

Based on what I've learned, here's some insight if you happen to be getting started along this road to starting a company of your own.

5 Business Lessons I Learned in a Foxhole

Powerful lessons from the military that continue to serve me as an entrepreneur all these years later.

7 Things the Army Taught Me About Running a Company

The norm for military officers is to take blame. share credit and put the team first. That's as inspiring in civilian life as it is in uniform.

The Steps Businesses Can Take to Avoid a Serious Social-Media Blunder (Infographic)

Here's what companies can learn from DiGiorno Pizza's Twitter mistake and misappropriation of #WhyIStayed.

8 Things My Dad Taught Me About Entrepreneurship and Life

As a semi-retired business owner, my father is full of resourceful advice. Here are a few of his lessons.

10 Lessons Every Entrepreneur Must Learn

Building a long-term, healthy and sustainable business isn't the result of magic, but understanding the importance of adapting and growing.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly on Partnering With Your Partner

Starting a business with your significant other can make a lot of sense, until it doesn't. Consider these pros and cons before jumping in.

What I Learned in My First 365 Days as an Entrepreneur

The first year of a startup can be a brutal time for an entrepreneur. Here are a few lessons on how to survive the first 12 months.

How to Build Skills That Are Valuable: Lessons Learned From Selling Matches

Our society values skills, but everyone is obsessed with results. The problem with this is that it can become easy to get trapped focusing on results when you should really be building your skills.

10 Startup Tips Learned the Hard Way

Be up front with customers about what you do and how much it will cost, and consider romantic relationships with co-workers very carefully.

Letter to a Young Entrepreneur: 3 Things to Remember

Important life and business lessons gleaned from an early 20th century poet.

What I Learned About Business After Getting Married

Your business can improve if you focus on your important relationships -- most important of them being the one with yourself.

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