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Lessons From Superbowl 50 You Can Use In Your Business

The Superbowl is over, are you happy with the result?  More importantly did you learn anything from the Broncos’ victory that you can apply to your business? Here are five lessons I took away from watching the game.

Football

Be Ready to pivot ~ Two years ago the Denver Broncos entered Superbowl 48 with a high-octain offense lead by NFL MVP Peyton Manning and they lost to Seattle 43 – 8. The following season began with similar offensive results but the Broncos lost steam late in the season and were beat by the Colts in the divisional round of the playoffs. John Elway (NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback and current General Manager of the Broncos) knew that things needed to change. He let coach John Fox go, hired Gary Kubiak and shifted the personalty of the team to one dominated by defense.

Lesson Learned ~ Understand your business and be realistic in what it will take for you to accomplish your goals. There will come times when you will need to make changes. The worst thing you can do is think that you will get different results doing the same things. The second worst thing you can do is delay the inevitable and not make changes when they need to be made.

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Seeking Awesome Reading List February 5, 2016

I used to write a post every week where I would link to some content that I had sent out through twitter that I really liked and I thought would help people.  I called the “Weekend Long Run”. At the time I was training to run marathons and I equated the weekly long run where you slowdown and get yourself ready for a long race to having some content that would help improve your business performance. I thought is was cleaver but I was told it was also confusing. Was it a business blog or a running blog or what? So I stopped. Well it’s back and every week I will be sharing the best stuff I have found on the web along with some lessons learned from the week but without the running references.

Business 

Why Will They Say No? by Anthony Iannarino

The State of Venture Capital by Mark Suster

Building Your Unique Business Message by Me

Career

My Summer as an Outsider in Silicon Valley by Emily Reich

Career Advice I Would Give My Younger Self by Me

Eight Career Skills You Need To Be Competitive in 2016 by Stephanie Vozza

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Building Your Unique Business Message

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I am currently teaching classes for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) in my hometown of Marysville, OH. The process of discussing marketing with these entrepreneurs as they build and launch their start-ups really gets me into a “building a compelling message ” mode when writing blog posts. Having a good message is critical for success in business because it allows you to to clearly articulate your value proposition. Without this you will tend to ramble, often times missing the mark when it comes to sharing how your business can help solve your prospect’s problem.

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Career Advice I Would Give My Younger Self

do what you love

Part random, part purposeful my career progression is what it is. I had four or five majors before I graduated. I had plans to jump into a good job out of college but started at the bottom doing collections for a finance company. I worked in banking until my mid-30’s then decided to take control and shift careers into what would end up being my job working with entrepreneurs and small business owners. Am I where I envisioned I would be at 51 years old? Hell no, but I have learned a great deal and as soon as I finish my time machine I’ll be ready for a fresh re-start. Until then here are some tips that could maybe help people the right doors opened for their career success.

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Don’t Let Bozosity Grind You Down

Mountain

What do you do when you have one of those days where you just get tired of trying to push the bolder up the hill? You know that if you stop moving forward the bolder will start rolling back and crush you so you persevere regardless of how drained you feel. I recently felt like that. In my efforts to look for inspiration I pulled out Rules For Revolutionaries by Guy Kawasaki. It is an older book but the rules hold true. The one rule that I always remember is “Don’t Let The Bozosity Grind You Down”. There are so many bozos out there disguised as “experts” that are all willing to tell you how what you are doing won’t work. That is when you must have faith, believe in yourself and not give up.

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