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Beware of the Myth of Persistence

by Tim Berry

I worry a lot about the myth of persistence. Persistence won’t necessarily make your business successful unless a lot of other things are also right. And persistence alone can turn failure into disaster. But still, people who should know better—people who succeeded—still talk about it all the time. There’s a logical trick to it. Almost everybody... Read More »

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What Business to Start? Look in the Mirror. Depends on You.

by Tim Berry

I’ve always said that what business is right for you depends not on the market, or what’s hot, but on who you are. So look in the mirror. I get a steady flow of questions about what business to start, and I see them almost every day on Quora.com, my favorite question-answer platform. With this... Read More »

Myths of Entrepreneurship

Friday Video: Kauffman Center on Myths of Entrepreneurship

by Tim Berry

Several things that many people take for granted about entrepreneurship aren’t really true, according to this three-minute video offered by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurship. It starts with a reminder that it isn’t small business that drives the US economy’s growth of jobs, but rather new business. Startups. And my personal favorite, around 1:40, the... Read More »

Reality Check on Startup Dreams and Clichés

by Tim Berry

My Friday video for today is another TED talk, one of the best from 2015, targeting entrepreneurs, dreams, and getting things done. I call it a reality check on startup dreams, and she (Bel Pesce, from Brazil, successful entrepreneur) calls it 5 way to kill your dreams. How to kill dreams? Expect overnight success. Believe... Read More »

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Demystify Business Failure Statistics

by Tim Berry

My Friday video for this week is one I did a while back, the truth about all those well-publicized business failure statistics. Most of the clichés we read everywhere are just often-repeated guesses. Nobody really knows. Read More »

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A Good Idea is Like A Beautiful Day. Everybody Owns It.

by Tim Berry

My answer to this question on Quora about ideas vs. execution  “ideas don’t matter, only execution matters”? – has been getting a lot of views. So I decided to repost it here. The answer to this is that millions of people – and I mean that, literally, millions of people – right now, as I write... Read More »

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10 Tips for Finding a Startup Job

by Tim Berry

What? You actually want to find a startup job? What with the mythology of startup jobs having low pay, long hours, and high risk? If so, good for you, and good luck to you. I tend to lean towards starting your own, but startup experience first is also a good idea. And with a small... Read More »

Steps to Entrepreneurship

I Want to be An Entrepreneur. What Steps do I Take?

by Tim Berry

What Steps to be a Tech Entrepreneur? I’m 18 years old and want to be a successful tech entrepreneur. What steps should I take? That one, specifically, popped up in my email today from Quora, the excellent questions-and-answers site that I frequent often. But that’s just today. I saw a very similar question from a... Read More »

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Audio: Annoying Half Truths in Entrepreneurship

by Tim Berry

I had a good radio-talk-show visit this morning with Jim Blasingame, Small Business Advocate, of smallbusinessadvocate.com. Time flies; I can’t believe I’ve been joining Jim on his show off and on for 16 years now. I intend to ask him whether being a guest on his show causes gray hair. Here’s my favorite segment, on... Read More »

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3 Things Never to Tell an Entrepreneur About her/his Spouse

by Tim Berry

I just read 7 Things Never to Tell Your Spouse About Business Finances, posted by Barry Molz on Amex OPEN forum. I like Barry and I like his work.  I’ve been on his podcast before and it was great. But his tone of voice in this post makes me uncomfortable. If you’re curious, compare Barry’s tone... Read More »