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Anthony Tjan on what it takes to be an entrepreneur and build a great business

Tony Tjan - LeWeb Paris 2013

Anthony Tjan, CEO and Managing Partner at Cueball, is a serial entrepreneur turned VC and New York Times best-selling author.

At LeWeb Paris 2013, Anthony delivered an excellent presentation in which he shared the latest findings from his on-going research based on 25,000 plus business-builders from around the globe and help explain why it is self-awareness and a handful of traits that can help explain what drives entrepreneurial success.

According to Anthony, the four defining traits of great entrepreneurs and business-builders are:

  • Heart
  • Smarts
  • Guts
  • Luck

Every entrepreneur and business-builder posses every one of these four traits, thought the mix varies from person to person. Watch his presentation to better understand the impact of this traits for your career.

Anthony Tjan – Wayfinding for the Entrepreneur. What is the “DNA” that drives entrepreneurship?


After you enjoy this presentation I strongly recommend you to do two things:

1. Take the Entrepreneurial Aptitude Test (E.A.T.) Survey and discover what dominant traits drive you. (It will take you no more than 10 minutes, I promise.)
2. Get his excellent book Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck: What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur and Build a Great Business (Amazon affiliate link).

Photo credit: Ivan Hernandez

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Time to Press CTRL ALT Delete and Reboot Your Life

Not long ago Mitch Joel, President of Twist Image, published his new book Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on It. (Amazon Affiliate Link).

To celebrate the lunch of the book, instead of having the standard book launch party, Mitch invited Seth Godin to join him on stage to have a remarkable conversation about how much business has changed, and what this means for all of us going forward.

This is a fascinating conversation between two amazing thought-leaders. I strongly recommend you to watch the video on its entirety and then go … no … run to buy Mitch’s books.


Mitch Joel and Seth Godin, “CTRL ALT DELETE”


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Personal Branding in a Digital World

Episode #12 of The Digital Loop

In this episode, Paul and I focus on Personal Branding.


The Digital Loop: Personal Branding


The Digital Loop: Personal Branding (Audio Only)


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Quote of the week

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
Warren Buffett

Quote of the week

One option is to struggle to be heard whenever you’re in the room… Another is to be the sort of person who is missed when you’re not. The first involves making noise. The second involves making a difference.
Seth Godin

Quote of the week

For many people, twenty years of experience is really one year of experience repeated twenty times
Andy Hargadon

Quote of the week

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Alan Weiss on becoming a succesful consultant

Alan WeissAlan Weiss is one of the most successful Management Consultants in the world, and by far, one of my biggest source of guidance and inspiration. He is the best-selling author of more than 40 books, including the remarkable Million Dollar Consulting (Amazon affiliate link) (Note: if you want to watch my review of this outstanding book click here)

Recently Alan was invited to lecture at Harvard University, where he shared tons of extremely valuable advice.

In this presentation he talks about:

- Setting your own path
- The real definition of Consulting
- Why you need to reinvent yourself constantly
- What is the most important skill you need to be a consultant
- The Value-Distance concept
- What is the biggest reason why Consultants fail
- Value-Based Fees
- How to develop your position in the market
- Why you do not need a business plan
- What is innovation
- How to implement and monetize any opportunity
- The 1% solution
- and much more.

The presentation’s duration is around 80 minutes. Trust me, I know how valuable your time is, and I can tell you that watching this 80 minutes video is most definitely worth it.



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Malcom Gladwell on Meaningful Work

Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of outstanding books such as Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference and Outliers: The Story of Success (Amazon affiliate links), gives in this video two great examples of hard work that later looked like genius.

Bill Gates got up at 02:00 am to program as a teenager, while The Beatles played together 1200 times, far more than most bands, before they ever got famous.

The point is: Success is the result of putting your heart and mind into something to create successful, meaningful work.



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Do not follow your passion

Follow your passion” has been for a long time a sort of “gospel” when most people talk about accomplishing success. Thousands of career advisors, coaches, “experts” and self-help books spread the gospel every year on how, in order to be succesful, you must “follow your passion“.

Well … Cal Newport, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University and author of the new book: So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love (Amazon affiliate link), recently spoke at Google where he shared his views on why “follow your passion” is actually a terrible advice and on what it takes to build skills that matter and, as a result, develop a remarkable career by creating work you love.

The presentation’s duration is around 40 minutes. Trust me, I know how valuable your time is, and I can tell you that watching these 40 minutes is most definitely worth it.



By the way, I have not yet have the opportunity to read the book (is not yet available on Kindle (Amazon affiliate link) [why Amazon?]), but based on this video and on the book’s summary, it looks like this is an important book that you should definitely check out, regardless of where you are in your career.

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