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Overcome Your Entrepreneurial Fears: Stories from People Who’ve Done It
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Success leaves clues.You’ve done it. You’ve decided to start your own business and quit your job. Congratulations!

Even if you’re one of the lucky ones and have enough cash stockpiled for a decent “runway,” you probably still feel a twinge of fear and uncertainty around your decision despite your confidence in your obsessive work ethic and ability to focus.

You’re scared out of your mind. But it’s OK. You are not alone.

Remember you chose the path less traveled for a number of good reasons. You want more control over your schedule. You desire more autonomy. And you are sick of working yourself to the bone to make someone ELSE rich.

So then why are you waking up at 2 AM flooded with thoughts like…

Is my business idea sound? What if I run out of money? Is the niche I’ve chosen too crowded? Do my friends and family think I’ve lost my mind for giving up a steady paycheck and benefits? Will I have enough customers or clients to keep afloat and pay my bills?

What separates those that go on to become successful entrepreneurs vs. those we call “wantrapreneurs” are a few battle-tested beliefs, habits and systems.

While their resolve may be tested along the way, they now have their failsafe in place ensuring that they’ll never be down for long.

So, what do they do differently than the other 85% of businesses that fail in the first few years?

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CEI 119: The Gazelles of Scaling Up with Verne Harnish
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In terms of business growth, what do you consider yourself? A mouse, a gazelle, or an elephant? Today’s guest Verne Harnish, talks about  his passion – helping businesses scale up, and what it takes to become a ‘gazelle.’

So let’s get started! All you have to do is click the play button below.

Podcast runtime: 22 min 15 seconds | Transcript

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12 Simple Tactics To Writing Viral Articles That Spread Like Wildfire
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your website just went down. But you’re smiling.The server with your website just went down. But you’re smiling.

It’s that article that you published yesterday. It brought so much traffic to your site that your hosting company simply couldn’t handle it.

To be honest, I’ve never been in these shoes myself.

I wrote a few articles which were very successful, but I was never able to make my server go down (though I always wanted to).

So if you’re like me and you consider killing your website with traffic an accomplishment rather than trouble, you’re going to enjoy the tips I have for you below.

Most of them are based on my personal experience of writing viral articles and quite a few were stolen from other popular bloggers. Read More…

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Anxiety, Surrender, and the Magical Beauty of Things Happening at the Right Time
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the Magical Beauty of Things Happening at the Right TimeThe first weeks of life are truly magical.

My daughter was born just a few weeks ago, and it’s amazing how much personality is already evident in a baby that would seem to do little more than sleep, eat, and poop.

But no, the personality is definitely there, and every day I learn something new about her.

That, more than anything else, is why I’m so grateful to step back from my work for the next few months, to be completely present with my daughter, and my wife.

And thank goodness, because I see so vividly how quickly each moment is gone!

It feels idyllic, but I can’t help but reflect on how differently things could have gone – because on so many levels, this time has been years and years in the making.

Beginning with the pregnancy itself…

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Inside Firepole: More First Impressions from Even More New Team Members
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20150528Here we grow again!

It’s nonstop action here at Firepole. Launches launched, blog posts posted, babies being born… And we have even more new team member perspectives. Here’s another inside look at what it’s like to join Firepole Marketing from our newest team members.

Lizzie Merritt

When I first attended a Firepole marketing webinar, I got the feeling that this company was different. Danny and his team just gave off a vibe of integrity and authenticity. I liked them from the start.

That initial gut feeling has been validated many times over in my first few weeks at Firepole.

I had seen a few “We’re hiring” emails from Firepole before. But the one for Student Advisor caught my attention. I thought, “I have experience with students. Maybe I would be a good fit for this job.” The interview process was quite a ride, and I was thrilled when Danny asked me to join the team.

I heard someone say that starting at Firepole is a little bit like drinking from the fire hose. Yes, there is a lot to take on board, and I still have so much to learn. But at the same time, I have felt completely supported and welcome the whole way.

The feeling I get from the Student Support Team is: we all succeed together. I have gotten so much support from Megan and all of the other Student Advisors.

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