http://StevenCox.com – Being an entrepreneur has incredible highs, but it also has low points. In this video, I talk about how to use fear and pain as a motivator.
I had a great time being interviewed by John Lee Dumas of Entrpreneur on Fire. Listen in and hear about my worst entrepreneurial moment, my big ah-ha, and a few awesome resources for entrepreneurs. To subscribe to Entrepreneur on Fire through iTunes, go here.
I was chatting with a young employee over a beer the other day and we started talking about confidence and its importance. Here is a summary of the conversation along with a diagram on the cyclical pattern of confidence. What is confidence? Confidence is a state of mind. It is a lens that we choose […]
I’d love to say that my best ideas were formed inside of my head, but truthfully, the biggest breakthrough’s I’ve had are because I was able to take the raw thought material in my head and receive insights from other smart people. If you’re smart, that’s a good start. But someone not as bright can […]
My buddy, Nadav Wilf, just got back from an incredible trip to Neckar Island with Richard Branson. I was offered to go, but there wasn't a guarantee that Mr. B was going to be there, so I took a pass. (I have another blog post brewing about my own issue of saying 'no' to too […]
If a person is given a title in the company, it means they hold a certain rank. VP's, C-level means they have a high rank. But the title doesn't make someone a leader. Leading, however, means that others willingly follow you – not because they have to, not because they are paid to, but because […]
I'm convinced that attitude is one of the biggest factors on our level of success and happiness. The same event could happen to two people, yet they would 'see' it differently based on their lens, which is made up on their view of the world. Negative. Positive. Victim. Victor. Strength. Weakness. Love. Indifference. All depends […]
I met Michael back in the late 90's when he was working on UWire and I was working for an early social network called CollegeClub.com. He's done great work with his company, Buddy Media. Here's a recent video of him speaking on how he was able to use the realization of his own mortality to […]
Start. Stop. Turn. Stop. Go fast. Run. Jump. Backpedal. Think. Twist. Get depressed. Pull yourself up. Build a team. Fall down. Get up. Take another step. Get you footing. Build something real. And never ever doubt that you will make it. (Image borrowed from rockstar Megan O'Brien)
Today, I woke up to the death of Steve Jobs. At the age of 56, he did what most entrepreneurs dream of doing – changing the world for the better. Even though I didn't know him, I could help but feel saddened and tearful. Part out of respect – and part out of feeling that […]
I was checking my email this morning and a new start-up founder asked me the following: "P.s. how did you stay focused and motivated with so many obstacles and uncertainties when you were first starting takelessons?" Great question and something all entrepreneurs will face. Here's my answer: Peter, Thanks for the note. The obstacles are […]
I'm fortunate enough to have smart advisors for TakeLessons. They've been motivational and have kicked my ass to think at a higher level and become a smarter business person. In addition to all the business advice I get, sometimes a life lesson will shine through. These life lessons tend to be just as valuable as […]
Here's a good article from Neil Patel (co-founder of KISSMetrics). He interviewed a few successful entrepreneurs that had built businesses worth at least $50 million to learn what some of their biggest mistakes were. By far, the reply that kept coming up is hiring the wrong people. It seems that just about everything else falls […]
…As we continue to expand, I encourage you to master your current position and begin to prepare yourself – at work and on your own watch – for the position you want to grow into. It will be those who continue to require more of themselves who will be the ones that naturally rise up. Will it be you?