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What skills do you need as an entrepreneur?

The concept of entrepreneurship has been with us for hundreds of years. But the context in which the teaching and learning of entrepreneurship is applied is on the verge of radical change. John di Stefano explains how the Entrepreneurship Competence Framework and its partners across Europe are driving that change forward.

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The Entrepreneur and his fear

We all have our phobias. And whether it’s a fear of flying, public speaking, the dark, enclosed spaces or mice (to name a few), they’re often treated with mild derision or misunderstanding. But how do you deal with the fear of inadequacy or abject failure? It all starts with an action.

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How motivation really works and how to activate it

Getting motivated is one thing. Staying motivated is another. But where does that motivation come from that enables us to get things done? Breaking down the Motivation Triangle into its three component parts is the key to unlocking the energy you need to achieve your vision through the decisions and actions that only you can control.

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The real reasons why you struggle

Few of us can argue against the Olympic creed ‘The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle…’ attributed to Pierre Courbetin, one of the founding fathers of the modern Olympics. But as entrepreneurs do we really agree with that? Why do we struggle – to meet deadlines, sales targets and keep our work-life balance in tact? Why do challenges and obstacles turn into struggles? If you’re struggling, this blog could change your life!

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How your success depends on the right question

Whatever line of work you’re in, have you ever thought about why you’re doing the job that you do? Is it for the money, is it the career path or is it something else? Think a little deeper and you’ll find that what you’re actually doing is part of a chain in a problem-solving process. But have you ever thought about what problem you would like to solve? The world awaits you!

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The three core parts of being successful

The very word ‘success’ means different things to different people. How do you become ‘successful’? What level of success do you want to achieve? And when you reach that level will you be satisfied or crave for more? Success rarely happens by chance. But through the actions you take that drive your decisions, commitment and reflections – your success is there for the taking!

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How to achieve your goals the quickest way?

To achieve anything in life requires the right action to make it happen. But there is also the factor of you. The person you are and the things that come easy or difficult for you. This blog will point you the actions that could work for you to achieve your goals in no time.

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Are you ready for action?

Ideas are all part of the creative process. Where would we be without them? But to make ideas come to life, they need actions. Otherwise they’ll only become dust-ridden thoughts. Put your ideas to work with actions that help you meet your goals and achieve the life you want to lead.

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8 tips on how to become a great leader

Leadership is all part of the great learning curve of entrepreneurship. As your business starts to grow, so too does the need to recruit; not just an extra pair of hands but a team for you to lead that brings value to your enterprise. But were you born to be a leader – or is leadership a quality you can learn? Here’s how you could make the difference between being a leader – and being a great leader!

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What makes a great entrepreneur – and how to become one?

A creative streak, curiosity and a total belief in “there’s no such word as can’t” are just some of the many characteristics we associate with successful entrepreneurs. But success doesn’t come about by chance. If you’re ready to learn, practice and improve – I’ll take you through the most important steps and actions you need to know if you want to become a great entrepreneur!

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How a subscription model could work for you

If you’re still selling products and services as one-off buys, you might want to consider switching to a subscription model. In this blog I describe my ideas and experiences with the subscription model, the things to consider, how to implement it and how it could work for you.

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9 top tips to create a sustainable business

Building a sustainable business is a requirement to manage changes in your market. One thing is for sure; your market will change. Often it comes faster than you think. Being ready for change is a must. Here I will give you my nine most important tips on how to create a sustainable business whatever market you’re in.

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10 vital considerations when scaling your business

If you’re serious about scaling your own business, then this is a must-read blog that could help you scale successfully. How do you know if your business or the market is ready? What should be your priorities? Is it a make or break decision? John di Stefano – serial entrepreneur and founder of the Entrepreneur Academy – shares his top ten tips on how and how not to scale your business for growth.

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10 points you must consider when starting a business

If you’re serious about starting up your own business, then this is a must-read blog that could make all the difference between success and failure. How do you find and excel in your niche market? Why is being lean and mean good for you? Have you thought about an escape plan? John di Stefano – serial entrepreneur and founder of the Entrepreneur Academy – shares his top ten tips on how and how not to build your start-up.

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Why being an entrepreneur is the future

Sometimes, change is forced upon us. Other times, we make the decision ourselves that the time and place is right to make a change. Either way, we need to be prepared for new challenges. And it’s not just about our skill-set; it’s about our mindset too.

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Why other people matter most

It’s so easy to become immersed in new technologies as we search for new and better ways to achieve that competitive edge. And while our focus should be on collaboration and improving productivity, technology can steer us into a world of isolation. Never forget who your friends are – as business is all about people!

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Why being authentic is good for long-term success

None of us can predict the future. But as individuals – and entrepreneurs – we can make certain decisions, followed by the appropriate actions, that will help take us to where and who we want to be. Being authentic and knowing what works for you is a great place to begin.

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How to really learn new skills

Remember your first day at school? It was one of those first life experiences of coping outside of your comfort zone. A bit like being thrown in at the deep end, as later in life you learned how to swim, to play a musical instrument and drive a car. And yet every new skill you learned was actually teaching you about stepping out of your comfort zone…

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What makes a good idea?

All too often we disregard the small idea as not being worth it or as insignificant. But funnily enough, many people sit around waiting for their big idea to arrive and never act on anything. This way they never achieve anything. An idea is only a good idea when you bring it to life!

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How to get great ideas

There’s a school of thought that suggests ‘there’s no such thing as an original idea’. And if you wanted further proof, read up on Mark Twain – or have a word with Ed Sheeran! So how do you come up with not only a good and original idea but also one that will work in a business sense by solving a problem? Try reading this blog…it’s just an idea!

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Entrepreneurship – is it worth the battle?

Ah…the glamorous lifestyle of the successful entrepreneur: all the trappings of wealth and a small fortune tucked away. It’s not a fairy tale because it is achievable – but it’s easy to forget that each of them went through the pain of starting from scratch. So what were their reasons for doing this? More to the point, what are yours?

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An Entrepreneur’s Curiosity

As any parent of pre-school children will testify, curiosity begins at an early age. A constant barrage of questions from ‘Why is the sky blue?’ to ‘Where do babies come from?’ reflects a child’s growing awareness of the world around them. And it doesn’t stop there. As entrepreneurs, we should all be asking ‘What if…?’

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How to build a successful Team

To move successfully from a one-man-business to a team-driven business requires several steps.

The first step is to understand what you actually need to run your business. It’s also important to have structure and ‘space’. But how do you do it…and do it in the way that’s right for you and your business?

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Why you should watch your mouth

Don’t believe the hype. Mumbling, muttering and talking to yourself can have its benefits. But do we ever listen to ourselves? Do we actually take account of what we’re saying to others, how we say it and why we say it? Being aware of your thoughts, your actions and reactions can work wonders in your conversations…

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Why so many leaders fail

Being a good leader is not about manipulation. It is about people. It is about a common cause and a clearly defined goal every team member can be part of.

It is about committing to making it together and winning as a team. It is about understanding the role you play and knowing that when your team wins, you’ve won too! Are you ready to be a good leader?

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Coming out of a Crises – and succeeding

No matter how good you are at planning, you have to be mindful of ‘expect the unexpected’. Remember the financial ‘crash’ that kicked off in 2008? It’s a prime example of how external forces can hit you where it hurts most.

Situations like that also teach us lessons about ingenuity, agility and survival. And how helping others can actually be a lifeline.

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You’re worth it!

Why settle for second best, when you can be the best you can? That extra push. That extra belief. And that extra desire to take control of your life and everything around you can – and will – make all the difference. Why? Because you’re worth it!

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How to hold yourself accountable to others

Accountability isn’t just about being organized or in control. Get it right – and accountability brings a great sense of achievement and recognition in how your life is progressing. But when you’re running a business on your own, do you still need to be accountable to others?

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