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By Kosta Stavreas | Articles touching the Art and Science of Entrepreneurial Decision Making

The Leadership Model Used By Steve Jobs, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison

If you’re an individual contributor who also manages the work of other employees, you’re what is called a Player-Coach. It’s a very different kind of leadership model than what usually gets talked about, although ironically, Player-Coach is one of the most commonly employed leadership …

Success

The Role of the Founder/CEO: You Have One Job

Most people have a certain image in their minds when they think of a founder/CEO.<p>They picture the boss in the corner office, standing behind her …

Startups

Holly Holm's UFC 219 walkout should be a reminder to us all of how terrifying it is to step into the Octagon

On December 30th, as I watched Holly Holm skip to the Octagon, a ball of nervous energy, the words of CT Fletcher, the ‘strongest man that (up until …

UFC

Tim Ferriss Says You Need This Superpower to Achieve Mental Toughness (In Fact, It Saved His Life)

Tim Ferriss developed this exercise in fear-setting to help him make the hardest decisions of his life.<p>We know that Tim Ferriss is a New York Times best-selling author. We know that he's an extraordinarily successful entrepreneur, and an investor. What many don't know about Tim Ferriss is that he …

Tim Ferriss

Why Most People Will Remain in Mediocrity

Most people will never become truly successful.<p>“It’s lonely at the top. 99% of people are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so …

Want to Get Funding for Your Startup? Make Sure You Answer These 5 Questions

Investors care about your idea and your vision, but they need to know more in order to invest.<p>I've said it before, and I will say it again: an investor presentation is not a presentation about your product, its features and how amazing it is. Yes, investors care about what you do, your big idea, …

Why Our Idea of Work Is Completely Wrong

Few people have communicated difficult ideas with as much clarity as Alan Watts.<p>He is known today for the work he did to popularize Zen concepts in …

Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow

Inside the inventor's world-changing plans to inhabit outer space, revolutionize high-speed transportation, reinvent cars – and hopefully find love …

Elon Musk gave a brutal response when asked for advice for young entrepreneurs: 'If you need inspiring words, don't do it!'

• <b>A Draper University student asked Elon Musk for his number one piece of advice for young entrepreneurs.</b>• <b><br>Musk replied, "If you need inspiring words, don't do it."</b>• <b><br>His response demonstrates a key part of becoming a successful entrepreneur: If these words discourage you, you weren't meant to do it.</b><p>Elon …

Entrepreneurship

This One Exercise Has Helped Me Build 2 Multimillion-Dollar Companies in Less Than 24 months

What got you to where you are today will not get you where you want to be.<p>A few years ago, I found myself nearly $1 million in debt. Today, I have two multimillion-dollar companies to my name. I've come a long way, but as I look back I realize I didn't do anything special.<p>What I did, you can …

Entrepreneurship

After the end of the startup era

There’s a weird feeling afoot these days, in the Valley, and in San Francisco. Across the rest of the world — Denver, Santiago, Toronto, Berlin, “Silicon Glen,” “Silicon Alley,” “Silicon Roundabout“, Station F — it seems every city still wants to be a startup hub, dreaming of becoming “the new …

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Leadership

A Stoic’s Key to Peace of Mind: Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety

“There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”<p><i>“The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is,”</i> Kurt Vonnegut observed in discussing Hamlet during his …

Kurt Vonnegut

Science Has Discovered a Dead Simple Formula for Producing Interesting Content

What makes something interesting is simpler (and more timeless) than you imagine.<p>What made everyone go wild for 'the dress' that looked two different colors last year? Why do so many people love Carpool Karaoke? And why do some stories like this crazy popular gem about those annoying drivers who …

Carpool Karaoke

The stoic knows: 4 rituals that will make you well-liked

Do you want to have better relationships? Well, you should definitely take some advice from… the Stoics.<p>I know, it sounds weird. Most people think of …

Self-help

List of cognitive biases

Cognitive biases are tendencies to think in certain ways that can lead to systematic deviations from a standard of rationality or good judgment, and …

Ears. Use them.

<b>Killer-Sales’ real secret is Extreme listening.</b><p>In my experience bad sales people talk too much and LISTEN too little. If you’re closing deals, and …

Why Product Market Fit Isn't Enough

Product Management

Brad Feld’s Top 5 Books for Entrepreneurs

Learn from other entrepreneurs’ mistakes, triumphs, and mental battles in preparation for your own.<p><i>At</i> <i>Hardbound</i><i>, we make five-minute illustrated</i> …

Ben Horowitz

A guy who runs an 8-figure business explains how to tell if you should be an employee or an entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur sounds great — except when it isn’t. I speak from experience.<p>While sharing top marketing tips on OkDork, I founded AppSumo and Sumo, which is now an 8-figure business. (Before that, I saw what it’s like to build a business as employee #30 at Facebook and employee #4 at …

Entrepreneurship

What to Do About Mediocrity on Your Team

The toughest test of a manager is not how they deal with poor performance — it’s how they address mediocrity.<p>I’ve been struck over the years watching executives opine in public about the need for “accountability” and “high performance,” then complain helplessly in private about one or two middling …

Management

You Don’t Need to Choose a Methodology to Innovate

Which method do you choose? Design Thinking? Agile? Lean Startup? Answer: All? None? Who cares?!<p>I am a big believer in process and method. Without a …

Design Thinking

'Collaboration' Creates Mediocrity, Not Excellence, According to Science

Far from being a productivity panacea, a collaborative culture will drive your top performers away.<p>If you listen to management pundits, "collaboration" is all the rage. While the term is a bit fuzzy, what's usually meant by "collaboration" is 1) plenty of ad-hoc meetings and 2) open-plan offices …

The Workplace

The Only Thing You Need to Get Good At

A tiny article about Stoicism has had a significant influence on my life since I read it. Maybe for the first time in my adult life, I don’t feel …

Mind

4 basic problems cause all the cognitive biases that screw up our judgment

<i>Four months ago I attempted to synthesize Wikipedia's crazy list of cognitive biases, and after banging my head against the wall for weeks, came up with this</i> <i>Cognitive Bias Cheat Sheet</i> <i>which</i> <i>John Manoogian III,</i> <i>beautifully organized into the above poster. Since then, I've started working on a book</i> …

Behavior

Elon Musk Proves AQ Is The Key To Success

Many people think that intelligence is the most important factor for success. Yet, in real life, intelligence counts for so little. It is not rare to …

Elon Musk

The Three Machines

Lately, I’ve been stewing over increased complexity being generated by companies around their organization approaches. While this activity varies by …

Product Management

Zebras Fix What Unicorns Break

Magical thinking drives the startup economy — but we need a strong dose of reality.<p>July 13, 2017 update: For the latest, please read “Zebras: Let’s …

Startups

Emotional Intelligence Has 12 Elements. Which Do You Need to Work On?

Esther is a well-liked manager of a small team. Kind and respectful, she is sensitive to the needs of others. She is a problem solver; she tends to see setbacks as opportunities. She’s always engaged and is a source of calm to her colleagues. Her manager feels lucky to have such an easy direct …

Emotional Intelligence