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A recipe for personal success... 20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don't Get by Jason Nazar 1. Time is Not a Limitless Commodity 2. You’re Talented, But Talent is Overrated 3. We’re More Productive in the Morning 4. Social Media is Not a Career 5. Pick Up the Phone 6. Be the First In & Last to Leave 7.Don’t Wait to Be Told What to Do 8. Take Responsibility for Your Mistakes 9. You Should Be Getting Your Butt Kicked 10. A New Job a Year Isn’t a Good Thing 11. People Matter More Than Perks 12. Map Effort to Your Professional Gain 13. Speak Up, Not Out 14. You HAVE to Build Your Technical Chops 15. Both the Size and Quality of Your Network Matter 16. You Need At Least 3 Professional Mentors 17. Pick an Idol & Act “As If” 18. Read More Books, Fewer Tweets/Texts 19. Spend 25% Less Than You Make 20. Your Reputation is Priceless, Don’t Damage It

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Countless institutions, organizations, business pundits and media have posed the following questions: What makes an entrepreneur an entrepreneur? What traits and characteristics best describe that unique person who successfully starts and grows a business enterprise?

It's my position that all successful entrepreneurs possess one fundamental ability, one fundamental quality, one fundamental skill, one fundamental interest, without which they would never be successful: Entrepreneurs possess the ability to perceive the world as a system. Without a doubt, every entrepreneur worth his or her salt is a "systems thinker." They could not do what they do without it.

What is a systems thinker? A systems thinker is one who intuits and sees the whole of a thing, the entirety of it, the one-ness of it, the integrated unity of it, as opposed to merely the sum of its parts.

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Is an entrepreneur made...or born? Successful young business owners share how their start-up abilities showed up early in their lives.

The Young Entrepreneur Council asked 14 successful young entrepreneurs about being bitten by the start-up bug early in life. Here are their best answers.

The Young Entrepreneur Council is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC published #FixYoungAmerica, a book of proven solutions to youth unemployment. @TheYEC

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Neil Patel is the co-founder of 2 Internet companies: Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics. Through his entrepreneurial career he has helped large corporations such as Amazon, AOL, GM, HP and Viacom make more money from the web. By the age of 21 not only was he named one of the top influencers on the web according to the Wall Street Journal, but he was also named one of the top entrepreneurs in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine. Neil has also received for his work in the nonprofit sector.

#1 – Swing for the fence
#2 – Create a simple product
#3 – Solve a problem
#4 – Know your market’s price tolerance
#5 – Advertising is a must
#6 – Payments should be easy
#7 – Be patient
#8 – Premium prices have advantages
#9 – Free work can lead to lucrative work
#10 – Never Stop Closing
#11 – Eliminate everything else but the essentials
#12 – Always lock into your passion
#13 – Hire carefully
#14 – Smart people learn from other people’s mistakes
#15 – Cash is king

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“Those that can, do; those that can’t, teach” is relevant here: Entrepreneurs are doers too busy doing to care about the criteria used to define them.

I love (and admire) true entrepreneurs, so this one’s for them: 7 psychological insights that may help entrepreneurs understand how they put points on the board, or how they can do what they do a bit better:

What’s Better Than A Better Idea? Laser Focused Market Research.

If You Want To Be A Successful Entrepreneur, Fire Your Shrink.

It’s Okay To Hate Your Parents, But You Must Love Others.

On The Other Hand, I’d Rather Fight A Mixed Martial Arts Expert Than An Entrepreneur.

You Can Even Take A Page From Donald Trump’s Book To Be A Better Entrepreneur.

Although They May Appear To Be Profit-driven True Entrepreneurs Push For Principles

Speaking Of Social Change, All Successful EntrepreneursComplain, Kvetch, and Ask For “More and Better,” 24/7

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Forget the tests that ask if you want to make a lot of money and be your own boss.

Take Aileron's entrepreneurship test to see if you are prepared to venture out on your own.

Q1. Are you resilient?
Q2. Can you ask for help?
Q3. Can you get people to follow you?
Q4. Do you like to network and meet people?
Q5. Do you like to sell?
Q6. Do you do well in ever-changing chaos?
Q7. Can you live on a variable monthly compensation?
Q8. Do you have a good personal support structure?
Q9. Are you action oriented?
Q10. Can you hold a real job and work for someone else?

Entrepreneurship is a tough test. If you answered yes to 8 of 10, then you are ready. There is no bigger reward in business then being an entrepreneur.

If you scored below that, you are not quite ready to quit your day job. If you no longer have a day job, consider joining a small business to get the experience you will need to venture out on your own.

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This is an age old debate. I realize a lot of people much smarter than I have waxed poetic about it already. In fact, some really great studies by legitimate organizations have been conducted using millions of dollars in research. I’m here to offer my observation in a very non-scientific manner, simply basing it off of what I’ve done and what I’ve seen. So, with that, can entrepreneurship be learned?

Yes and no.

Allow me to explain. One of the great mistakes that most of us make is using a broad definition of the word ‘entrepreneur’. There really are a lot of different shapes and flavors of this seemingly all encompassing word. When I think of entrepreneurs, I think of four distinctly different types; small business, mainstream, growth and global. Let me break down each one and with that I’ll be able to answer the “can it be learned” question.

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Many people who start businesses, including me, have little or no experience and just jump in. Over the years, I have compared notes with many fellow entrepreneurs, and I have seen them make the same mistakes over and over again — I recognize them because I have made them all, too. Here is my list of the biggest rookie mistakes:

1. Keeping your rent as low as possible.
2. Hiring someone you know and trust.
3. Buying used equipment to keep expenses down.
4. Keeping your prices “reasonable.”
5. Saving money on professional advice.
6. Considering borrowed money a last resort.
7. Picking a bank that knows you and that you have a relationship with.
8. Thinking you have your advertising figured out.
9. Treating your employees fairly.
10. Falling blindly in love with your product or service.

One more. In sports, you are a rookie for one year. In entrepreneurship, it can last many years. When you learn from your mistakes, you are no longer a rookie. Better yet, learn from someone else’s.

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Over a year ago, I began my quest to find answers to my two most pressing entrepreneurial questions: What does it really take for an entrepreneur to be successful? And what does it take for a business owner to be the best of the best?

My conversations have taken me across the country. I've spoken with business owners from different industries in all stages of business growth. And, I've spoken with a number of Women & Co. readers.

To commemorate the end of my "virtual listening tour," I have distilled my insights, wit, and wisdom into the following 8 cardinal rules for enterprising entrepreneurs:

1. Work on your business, not just in your business.
2. Keep your personal and business wallets separate.
3. Form an advisory board.
4. Network with intent.
5. Find your business Iowa.
6. Remember that not all money is created equal.
7. Plan, plan, and then plan some more.
8. Evolve and adapt to thrive!

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If you want to be a better entrepreneur, don’t miss these important tips. We’ve collected from far and wide on the Web to help you make your business better today.

Success Metrics
Ensuring your business success. Entrepreneur
Want to succeed as a government contractor? Small Business Trends

Social Media Tips
What social media content works best? The Washington Post
Making mistakes on Twitter. Birdie’s Typing Services

Management Basics
Doing what you love. You’re the Boss
A family affair? USA Today

Learning Curve
Entrepreneurship starts even before graduation.
Speak in a way customers understand. B2B Marketing Smarts

Leadership Guide
Unusual ways to inspire creativity. Open Forum
Are you stuck in the wrong decade? MarketingHQ

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