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Changing Perceptions

You could be kind to everyone you meet. If you stop reading now, just do this. Alas, we are selfish. We spend most of our lives thinking about survival — pleasure seeking, pain reducing, fear defining — for ourselves, or people like us. It's difficult to reconcile our compassion for certain types of people and not for others. Most people recognise that compassion and empathy demands that we don't discriminate who it is for. Being kind to everyone…

Three Fatal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Scratching Their Own Itch

When was the last time you heard an admirable entrepreneur giving the advice of ‘Scratch your own itch’? At your first glimpse, with the anecdotal help of successful product entrepreneurs who made it big by simply looking for ‘a better way’, the advice sounds like a great idea. Right? Perhaps if this advice was directed towards dreamy-eyed wantrepreneurs who have an idea for the next app, a new blog, a better restaurant model and a seminar…

The story you tell yourself about entrepreneurship

Humans are funny creatures. Admittedly, I love monkeys, however I'm sure they observe how we interact with our environment and think (with their little monkey brains) that we are weird and irrational. Although we proclaim that we are independent free-thinking beings, the reality is that mostly look for someone else to take the lead and everyone else just follows along. I've always questioned whether entrepreneurs are more, or less rational than everyone else. In many cases…

Product Entrepreneurship

As seen on medium. What type of entrepreneur are you? Perhaps this question raises more questions that it ever will answer. If you're just a little like me, when you read this question there is a cloud of insecurity that hovers over your head waiting to point out that 'you're not a real entrepreneur'. Contrarily to the story we tell ourselves, this doubt of worthiness doesn't go away with success. The lingering insecurity after you climbed…

Freelancer or Entrepreneur? Seth Godin cares and so should you

In my recent post 25 insights from Seth Godin’s Startup School, my first insight was deciding whether you are a freelancer or entrepreneur. Although the difference is subtle, the impact of thinking you’re one type and acting like the other guarantees almost certain failure. Are you a freelancer? Who hires you? If sending your protégé would result in your client being unhappy, you’re a freelancer. People hire you because you’re amazing at…