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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…

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…

25 insights from Seth Godin's Startup School

If it hasn't been obvious in my previous posts, Seth Godin is one of my absolute mentors. Although we have never met, his books, audiobooks and blog have been a compass for me over many years. This podcast, although unedited and unpolished, is an extraordinary insight into Seth's thoughts about startups. Seth's welcome message sums up the purpose of the three-day workshop, with featured content within the five-hour podcast. Seth's welcome message: In the summer of…

Start something. Now.

Starting something new is hard. A new exercise program, a startup, artwork, blog, song, app; it is always hard to start. When I talk about starting, I'm talking about more than thinking up concepts, designing logos or having meetings. I'm talking about jumping right into the hardest questions that scare you. Seth Godin describes this in The Dip and Poke the Box (Disclosure: both are affiliate links). Seth Godin would have to be my favorite author…