14 Ways To Be A Great Startup CEO

14 Ways To Be A Great Startup CEO.

As quoted on OnStartups …

Everyone thinks that being a start-up CEO is a glamorous job or one that has to be a ton of fun. That’s what I now refer to as the “glamor brain” speaking aka the start-up life you hear about from the press. You know the press articles I’m talking about… the ones that talk about how easy it is to raise money, how many users the company is getting, and how great it is to be CEO. Very rarely do you hear about what a responsibility it is to be CEO and how it’s not for every founder that wants to be an entrepreneur. I’ve spent a lot of time recently thinking about what it takes to be a great Start-up CEO that is also a founder. Here are some of the traits I’ve found.

Be A Keeper Of The Company Vision

The CEO is the keeper of the company’s overall vision. I’m not talking about the vision for the next few months, but the larger road ahead. The CEO needs to be able to keep things on course for the current quarter to make sure that the large overarching vision of the company can be achieved.

CONTINUE READING 14 Ways To Be A Great Startup CEO.

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…will sustain us all – whatever the future may bring.

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This is the up side of being a millionaire; wouldn’t it be nice to hear about others who know how to really spend their money!!! Thanks to Chuck Kobel for forwarding this WONDERFUL Christmas Event.

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Please read the following through its entirety.  May God Bless You… CSea

Here’s a ‘today’ Yule story that occurred 3 weeks ago ~ AND NOW, in time for the holidays, I bring you the best Christmas story you never heard.

It started last Christmas, when Bennett and Vivian Levin were overwhelmed by sadness while listening to radio reports of injured American troops. “We have to let them know we care,” Vivian told Bennett. So they organized a trip to bring soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital to the annual Army-Navy football game in Philly, on Dec. 3.

The cool part is, they created their own train line to do it. Yes, there are people in this country who actually own real trains. Bennett Levin – native Philly guy, self-made millionaire and irascible former L&I commish – is one of them.

He has three luxury rail cars. Think mahogany paneling, plush seating and white-linen dining areas. He also has two locomotives, which he stores at his Juniata Park train yard. One car, the elegant Pennsylvania , carried John F. Kennedy to the Army-Navy game in 1961 and ’62. Later, it carried his brother Bobby’s body to D. C. for burial. “That’s a lot of history for one car,” says Bennett.

He and Vivian wanted to revive a tradition that endured from 1936 to 1975, during which trains carried Army-Navy spectators from around the country directly to the stadium where the annual game is played. The Levins could think of no better passengers to reinstate the ceremonial ride than the wounded men and women recovering at Walter Reed in D. C. and Bethesda , in Maryland . “We wanted to give them a first-class experience,” says Bennett. “Gourmet meals on board, private transportation from the train to the stadium, perfect seats – real hero treatment.”

Through the Army War College Foundation, of which he is a trustee, Bennett met with Walter Reed’s commanding general, who loved the idea. But Bennett had some ground rules first, all designed to keep the focus on the troops alone:

No press on the trip, lest the soldiers’ day of pampering devolve into a media circus.

No politicians either, because, says Bennett, “I didn’t want some idiot making this trip into a campaign photo op”

And no Pentagon suits on board, otherwise the soldiers would be too busy saluting superiors to relax.

The general agreed to the conditions, and Bennett realized he had a problem on his hands. “I had to actually make this thing happen,” he laughs.

Over the next months, he recruited owners of 15 other sumptuous rail cars from around the country – these people tend to know each other – into lending their vehicles for the day. The name of their temporary train? The Liberty Limited.

Amtrak volunteered to transport the cars to D. C. – where they’d be coupled together for the round-trip ride to Philly – then back to their owners later.

Conrail offered to service the Liberty while it was in Philly. And SEPTA drivers would bus the disabled soldiers 200 yards from the train to Lincoln Financial Field, for the game.

A benefactor from the War College ponied up 100 seats to the game – on the 50-yard line – and lunch in a hospitality suite.

And corporate donors filled, for free and without asking for publicity, goodie bags for attendees:

From Woolrich, stadium blankets. From Wal-Mart, digital cameras. From Nikon, field glasses. From GEAR, down jackets.

There was booty not just for the soldiers, but for their guests, too, since each was allowed to bring a friend or family member.

The Marines, though, declined the offer. “They voted not to take guests with them, so they could take more Marines,” says Levin, choking up at the memory.

Bennett’s an emotional guy, so he was worried about how he’d react to meeting the 88 troops and guests at D. C.’s Union Station, where the trip originated. Some GIs were missing limbs. Others were wheelchair-bound or accompanied by medical personnel for the day. “They made it easy to be with them,” he says. “They were all smiles on the ride to Philly. Not an ounce of self-pity from any of them. They’re so full of life and determination.”

At the stadium, the troops reveled in the game, recalls Bennett. Not even Army’s lopsided loss to Navy could deflate the group’s rollicking mood.

Afterward, it was back to the train and yet another gourmet meal – heroes get hungry, says Levin – before returning to Walter Reed and Bethesda . “The day was spectacular,” says Levin. “It was all about these kids. It was awesome to be part of it.”

The most poignant moment for the Levins was when 11 Marines hugged them goodbye, then sang them the Marine Hymn on the platform at Union Station.

“One of the guys was blind, but he said, ‘I can’t see you, but man, you must be f—ing beautiful!’ ” says Bennett. “I got a lump so big in my throat, I couldn’t even answer him.”

It’s been three weeks, but the Levins and their guests are still feeling the day’s love. “My Christmas came early,” says Levin, who is Jewish and who loves the Christmas season. “I can’t describe the feeling in the air.” Maybe it was hope.

As one guest wrote in a thank-you note to Bennett and Vivian, “The fond memories generated last Saturday will sustain us all – whatever the future may bring.”

God bless the Levins.

And bless the troops, every one.

To believe…

It is easy to believe in what we see

It is far more rewarding to believe in what you cannot see

…reposted from Positive Thoughts

To believe is to know that every day is a new beginning.
It is to trust that miracles happen, and dreams really do come true.
To believe is to see angels dancing among the clouds,
To know the wonder of a stardust sky and the wisdom of the man in the moon.
To believe is to know the value of a nurturing heart,
The innocence of a child’s eyes and the beauty of an aging hand, for it is through their teachings we learn to love.
To believe is to find the strength and courage that lies within us.
When it is time to pick up the pieces and begin again.
To believe is to know we are not alone,
That life is a gift and this is our time to cherish it.
To believe is to know that wonderful surprises are just waiting to happen,
And all our hopes and dreams are within reach.
If only we believe

Author Unknown.

To believe…

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 01:55 PM PST

To belie

To believe…

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 01:55 PM PST

To believe is to know that every day is a new beginning.
It is to trust that miracles happen, and dreams really do come true.
To believe is to see angels dancing among the clouds,
To know the wonder of a stardust sky and the wisdom of the man in the moon.
To believe is to know the value of a nurturing heart,
The innocence of a child’s eyes and the beauty of an aging hand, for it is through their teachings we learn to love.
To believe is to find the strength and courage that lies within us.
When it is time to pick up the pieces and begin again.
To believe is to know we are not alone,
That life is a gift and this is our time to cherish it.
To believe is to know that wonderful surprises are just waiting to happen,
And all our hopes and dreams are within reach.
If only we believe

Author Unknown.

ve is to know that every day
is a new beginning.
It is to trust that miracles happen,
and dreams really do come true.
To believe is to see angels dancing among the clouds,
To know the wonder of a stardust sky
and the wisdom of the man in the moon.
To believe is to know the value of a nurturing heart,
The innocence of a child’s eyes
and the beauty of an aging hand,
for it is through their teachings we learn to love.
To believe is to find the strength
and courage that lies within us.
When it is time to pick up the pieces and begin again.
To believe is to know we are not alone,
That life is a gift and this is our time to cherish it.
To believe is to know that wonderful surprises
are just waiting to happen,
And all our hopes and dreams are within reach.
If only we believe

Author Unknown. Nature_photography_workshop


Entrepreneurship Quiz – SUCCESS magazine

Entrepreneurship Quiz – SUCCESS magazine.

Seeking Entrepreneurs to participate in the nations newest technologies related to sustainability and energy efficiency.

Take the quiz to determine if now is the right time to explore your Entrepreneurial skills and help others do the same.

How you view your world – know your WHY

Wright brothers 1900 glider flying as a kite.

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Big thanks to Vinnie Sanzone for suggesting the following video.  Vinnie gets it and wants to share with all.

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers — and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.

Use This Re-Phrase And Increase Your Enrolling Power

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This morning it was quite easy to determine the daily message.  I didn’t even have to write it as Michael Oliver beat me to the punch.  Very well stated message below.  There is no I in TEAM.  Hence, if you could… holds so much more weight than … if I could …

There is a standard “closing phrase” in conventional selling that goes like this;

  • If I could show you a way to… (you fill in the rest)?

If you’ve used this, you’ve probably discovered it causes most people to back away and shut down on you.

The reason is that you’ve got the word “I” in there. It sounds self-serving and people sense a possible trap, so they put up their defenses, especially if it’s used early in a conversation. (Why is it that so many sales techniques are geared toward closing so early? It mostly leads to tears!)

However, REPHRASED and used as a Qualifying Question (not a closing question – there is a big difference), and used with the correct INTENT, it will produce outstanding results.

You do this by removing the word “I” and using neutral words, such as,

  • If there was a way you could… (get the money you’re looking for so that you can feel good about spending more time with your community) …do you ever look for opportunities to do that?
  • If you were able to… (reduce or eliminate that back pain so that you didn’t have to be dependent on others anymore).. by taking something else, is that what you’re looking for?

Can you feel the difference in energy or vibration of the conventional phrase and the Natural Selling phrase. If the new phrase feels better, then the person you’re talking with will also feel the same way?

Using the above as guidelines, create some phrases of your own. Say them a few times until you get the tone and feeling you want.

Your Intent

The success of the rephrasing has a lot to do with your intent. If you use it to close someone to achieve an objective, they are still likely to back away.

However, if you use it as a way to qualify whether they are serious about wanting to make a change, coming from a place of what I call Concerned Detachment, people will feel curious, as though you know something that they would like to know. They’ll respond with answers like;

  • Yes I would… depending on what it is
  • Why? Do you know of something?

Use it if you’re not doing so already. Observe how comfortable you are and how many more positive responses you get.

If you would like more tips like this, check out my downloadable coaching program entitled “How To Have Fearless Conversations…

Billionaire to Bankrupt Every Day | SUCCESS Magazine | What Achievers Read

Billionaire to Bankrupt Every Day | SUCCESS Magazine | What Achievers Read.

Thank you Mel; such perfect timing to address HOW TO RECOVER FROM A SETBACK

How to Recover from a Setback

You can’t beat yourself up over this. There was no way to foresee it. Anyone could have made the same mistake. There are a dozen ways to say it, but no matter how you spin it, suffering a temporary setback is a momentum killer—if you let it. Here are three tips for getting back in the saddle after a deflating setback.

Step One: Pout or Punch. Do What You Have to Do to Feel Better.

Allow yourself to be an utter mess, SUCCESS columnist Mel Robbins says. “I gripe. I cry. I feel insecure. I punch the wall. I exercise. Then, it’s out of my system and it’s over,” she says.

Take the time you need to process what happened. Whether it’s life-altering like a layoff or an unforeseen obstacle in a big project, it’s okay. Really. Accepting the setback is an important step toward moving forward. It’s one more thing you can put in the “I know not to do that next time” column.

Step Two: You’ve Got to Move It (Move It)

Pardon the maddening tune, but the next step to recovery is taking action. Any action. Write down your proudest accomplishments and remember how you achieved them. Journaling your accomplishments will help you realize how powerful you really are. Recognizing your power, you can move forward confidently without second-guessing your every step.

Step Three: What’s the Takeaway?

From every misstep, there’s a lesson learned or a key takeaway that you can apply to your next project. So think on two levels—literally and figuratively. What’s the literal lesson from what happened and what larger, overarching principle can be taken from this experience? View your challenges positively. Easier said than done, but just thinking to yourself, “Okay, it can only get better now” is the kind of positive affirmation you need.

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The Seven Spiritual Laws by Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra in November 2006, speaking at Yahoo.

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Real spiritual growth changes a person in a paradoxical way, bringing both understanding and preserving innocence. Deeper than love, the one thing you can’t do without is innocence. Innocence is the source of love. It is openness.

The Seven Spiritual Laws :

1.       Everything is possible. We all have the gift of creating absolutely anything. There’s no limit to what we can do or be.

2.       If you want to get something, give it. Always give with a happy heart. The greatest gift is feeling good.

3.       When you make a choice, you change the future (karma). Your choices bring about changes. To make good choices, follow your heart. How do your choices make you feel?

4.       Don’t say no—go with the flow. Create peace within by learning acceptance of what is outside our control.

5.       Every time you wish or want, you plant a seed. Making your wish is like planting a seed and believing that it will grow. Let nature do the rest.

6.       Be open to life and enjoy the journey. New ways and new ideas can lead to more happiness.

7.       You are here for a reason. Your dharma is your purpose, path, or vision, the unique talent that you are here on Earth to share. Your dharma is your happiness.

A Thankful Thanksgiving

Although I crafted a personal Thanksgiving message to all, I choose to repost Jim Rohn‘s version.  Give thanks, he enjoyed 50% more thanksgivings than I.  However, in time …

You may be wondering why I would call this article “A Thankful Thanksgiving.” Aren’t all Thanksgivings thankful? Unfortunately, no. As a person who has experienced over 75 Thanksgivings, I recognize that being thankful is something that we have to work at, even on Thanksgiving.

If your home is like most, your Thanksgiving Day will be very busy, with either traveling to where you want to go or preparing your home to have others over for the day. Either way, that can be very hectic and emotionally trying, which doesn’t lend itself to preparing your heart to be reflective and thankful. In fact, Thanksgiving weekend is the most traveled weekend in America. Airports are full, and not always providing much room for contemplation of your good fortune.

This means all the more that if we want to be the kind of people who are characterized by thankfulness, then we must make sure that we focus on it, and not just on Thanksgiving Day, but at all times during the year.

Here are a few key words as well as some thoughts that are simple and practical to apply; something you can use right away in your quest for becoming more thankful:

Time. Set aside time regularly to be quiet, to reflect. We live in the fastest-paced time ever. From the moment we awake to the moment we collapse into bed, we have the opportunity to go at full speed and never slow down. If we schedule time every day in which we can be quiet and reflect, we will free our hearts and minds up from the tyranny of the urgent and rushed.

Thought. Give thought to the many blessings that you have. Living in a consumer culture, most of us are fully aware of what we do not have and how we absolutely must have “it.” But how often do we reflect upon that which we already have? Take some time each day and think of one or two things that you have that you may typically take for granted and then take a moment and give thanks for those. In fact, I make it a part of my reflection time to review a list of things that I’m thankful for.

Generosity. Be generous toward those with less and not envious of those with more. We tend to look at others who may be wealthier than ourselves and think, “I sure wish I had what he does.” That kind of thinking breeds envy and jealousy rather than contentment. What can we do to break that cycle? I would suggest being generous to those who are less fortunate than yourself. Go to work at a food bank. And not just during the holidays—everybody works there then—but on a regular basis during the year. That will remind you of how good you really have it.

Ask. Ask a friend what they are thankful for. The next time you are at lunch with a friend, ask him or her what they are most thankful for. You will be amazed at the answers you receive, and you will create a meaningful bond with your friends as you focus on this powerful question.

Acknowledge. Lastly, tell those you love how thankful you are for having them in your life. So many times we neglect to take the time to craft the words to express to those closest to us what their presence in our lives means to us. Take the opportunity of Thanksgiving Day to write them a note or sometime during the day put your hand on their shoulder, look them in the eyes and tell them. Let them know what they mean to you, and in return you’ll begin to create the possibility of deeper, richer, more fulfilling relationships with those you love.

Of course, we should do what we can to make the most of the day we call Thanksgiving, but wouldn’t it be a shame if the only time we reflected on our blessings was that one Thursday in November? And the answer is, of course! So let’s do our best to be aware of the many great gifts that we have each and every day of the year. As we do so we will feel our hearts soar and our minds will experience more and more peace as we regularly remember and remain aware of our good fortune.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Without Vision People Perish

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Without Vision People Perish
by Darren Hardy

That is a well-known quote from the Bible and one I am contemplating today.

By the time you are reading this with your eyes, I will have a knife in my eyes. Today I am having eye surgery. Ouch!

However, there is something even more important than eyesight and that is vision—the ability to see what is invisible to others and might not yet even exist.

“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.” —Helen Keller

There is a famous story about a block of marble back in the 1400s. This block of marble was deemed flawed, useless and was cast aside. Every sculptor who looked at it saw it too long and narrow to be valuable for sculpture. It lay there worthless for 40 years. In 1501 a 26-year-old young man happened by this block of marble. He saw something very different. He had a greater vision for this block of marble. Inside this formless mass of stone this young sculptor saw the heroic beauty, grace and wonder of a man who would become known as David. Young Michelangelo famously said…

CONTINUE HERE

Attitude of Gratitude

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Living Is Giving

  • Living is giving your best self away,
  • Living is helping someone every day;
  • Living is giving more than you get,
  • It’s treating an animal like a person, instead of a pet.
  • It’s helping the handicapped across the street,
  • It’s smiling at the new person at work that you meet;
  • It’s respect for all nations, colors and creeds,
  • It’s sharing and caring for your neighbor’s needs

One of God’s greatest laws you can live and believe,
Is the more that you give, the more you’ll receive!

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you celebrating here in the United States!

Denis Waitley

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind – Action Step

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“Action Step” Newsletter

From the desk of T. Harv Eker . . .

Money is a result. Wealth is a result. Health is a result. Illness is a result. They all come from your mental blueprint. It’s a blueprint that was created long ago in childhood and it’s embedded deep in our subconscious minds. We were programmed from an early age.

But we can re-program ourselves and change the results in our lives by following four key elements of change: awareness, understanding, disassociation and reconditioning.

So in the months ahead, we’ll use these four elements of change to transform your money blueprint.

Last month, I gave you Action Steps to change your Verbal Programming. This month, I’m giving you Action Steps to change the conditioning you received as a result of Modeling. And next month, I’ll give you Action Steps to change the conditioning you received as a result of Specific Incidents that happened in your life.

These Action Steps will help reprogram your mind to think the way rich people think. Instead of the way poor and middle class people think. You’re well on your way to having a millionaire’s mental blueprint!

Let’s start with Millionaire Mind Action Step #2:

Modeling
You’ve heard the expression “Monkey see, monkey do.” That’s an important way we learn – by watching our parents or guardians.

If they worked hard, but were always poor, in all likelihood we’ll wind up hard working and broke. If they kept going through financial upswings and downturns, we’ll keep experiencing
“feast or famine.”

The point is, we tend to be identical to one or a combination of our parents in the arena of money.

These four actions can break the hold your parents’ modeled behavior has on your financial life. Using them, you can liberate yourself from their influence and change your financial life forever.

Action #1Awareness:
Consider the ways of being and habits each of your parents had around money and wealth.
Write down how you may be identical or opposite to either of them.

Action #2 – Understanding:
Write down how you believe these statements have affected your financial life so far.

Action #3Disassociation:
Can you see this way of being is only what you learned and isn’t you? Can you see you have a choice in the present moment to be different?

Action #4 – Declaration:
Put your hand over your heart and say… “What I modeled around money was their way.
I choose my way.”

Touch your head and say… “I have a millionaire mind!”

Good job. Now practice this principle over the next 30 days and watch your mind, thoughts and financial life transform.

I’ll be sending you another Action Step reminder in 30 days.

For your freedom,

T. Harv Eker

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