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February 21, 2018

Which Type of Entrepreneur Are You: Bedrock or High-Risk?

Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes, from all kinds of backgrounds, and with many different types of personalities. But there are two, and only two, entrepreneurial mindsets that lead to successful business creation: what I call bedrock and high-risk entrepreneurship. Each is internally consistent, springing from a distinctive set of tightly intertwined motivations. And they are mutually exclusive, calling for dramatically different approaches to key business decisions.

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February 9, 2018

99 Thought Leaders Share the 5 Most Important Things Needed to Become a Thought Leader

Bestselling author Derek Lidow has long demonstrated the rare ability to operate successfully in corporate, entrepreneurial, and academic environments. He is an experienced and successful global CEO, a researcher, an innovator, and a startup coach. Today, teaching at Princeton University, he has inaugurated a campus-wide “design thinking” curriculum and works with Princeton’s aspiring entrepreneurs and their young companies.

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January 23, 2018

Startups as a CEO Second Act

Long-time CEOs looking for a second act in their business lives often tell me that they are toying with the idea of entrepreneurship but hesitate to make the leap. They worry that they’re too much the organization man or woman, not the rugged individualist of startup lore. They fear failure, which they have rarely experienced in their careers. Or they doubt their ability to keep up with the twenty-somethings they read about in breathless accounts of startup success.

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January 23, 2018

Getting at the Real Why

A strong core motivation, is always present with great entrepreneurs, but rarely with entrepreneurs who muddle through. Uncovering and understanding those deeper motives is the first step toward succeeding as an entrepreneur or discovering that you are not cut out for its punishing demands—the personal sacrifices, inevitable setbacks, relentless work, crushing time pressure, financial uncertainty, and sleepless nights faced by 99 percent of entrepreneurs. You need to know whether your motivations are strong enough to carry you through an experience that can certainly be exhilarating, but also exhausting, calling on your deepest reserves of personal strength.

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