Two Entrepreneur Resources

I live in North Carolina and we have early voting. Yesterday, for the sake of democracy, I waited in line for two hours and cast my ballet. During my wait I accessed my blackberry internet and read some good posts from the NY Times in the Small Business section. Two articles I really liked were How to Avoid Becoming a Failure Statistic by Paul Brown and Inspiration Can Be Found in Many Places, but You Need to Be Looking by Mickey Meece. Here is what I liked about each:

How to Avoid Becoming a Failure Statistic
This is a no nonsense quick read that cuts through the BS of oversimplified cliches like “Just think success and you’ll be successful.” This read should be a wake up call for anyone who thinks they have everything figured out, because there is a good chance you don’t. And finally, the best thing about it is the very first segment – sometimes your business fails not because of luck or timing, but because of you, the owner. It is hard to look in the mirror sometimes.

Inspiration Can Be Found in Many Places, but You Need to Be Looking
Kris Kimel created something called the Idea Festival. It is an event specifically for inventors and entrepreneurs.

Carving out time to find inspiration may seem unrealistic to a
small-business owner working 90 hours a week. But Mr. Kimel said it
must be done to find and keep a competitive edge.

“You cannot
afford to say, ‘I don’t have the time to get out of my little circle
here to understand what’s going on,’ ” Mr. Kimel said. “You can’t make
the mistake of thinking the only place you’ll learn is from colleagues
who are doing exactly what you’re doing.”

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