The Illusion of Busyness

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Americans are busy.

Or at least they like to say that they are.

As an entrepreneur and college ministry director, I’m around a lot of “busy” people. While some people are legitimately busy, many people are operating under an illusion of busyness. We think we are a lot busier than we really are. Rather than focus on one assignment at a time in order to systematically knock them out, we try to multitask instead which often obliterates our productivity. Due to poor time management skills (and the constant temptation offered by email, social media, and cell phones), tasks that should take one hour to complete consume two, three, even four hours instead. Add to this the way our culture subconsciously equates a person’s “busyness level” with his/her value and success, and it’s no wonder people talk/brag/complain about how busy they are all the time

How can we shatter this illusion of busyness? Here are three pointers:  Read more of this post

Entrepreneurship Isn’t Sexy

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What comes to mind when you think of entrepreneurship?

The image that many have of the startup world is a bunch of 20-somethings pitching their businesses in hoodies and jeans, playing ping-pong, working flexible hours, drinking lots of beer and Red Bull, and closing million or billion dollar acquisition deals. Entrepreneurship is seen as trendy, sexy, and a fun and easy way to make a lot of money, especially among my Millennial counterparts (60% of whom consider themselves entrepreneurs). People currently employed at other companies view entrepreneurship as the gateway to freedom and prosperity. Universities, cities, and entire states view startups as their economic saviors and as a result bend over backwards to cater to and attract them. This is the picture that has been painted of entrepreneurship.  Read more of this post

3 Keys to Entrepreneurial Success

Success in sight....

I am now a small business owner. That is a weird, but exciting, sentence to type. If you would have asked me my freshman year what I would be doing when I graduated, “small business owner” is probably not something you would have heard me say. However, what began as a business plan project for Strategic Management (the senior capstone class for business students at JBU) has developed into a real-life company called Agricultural Food Systems (AFS).

At the end of the school year, another one of the other seniors who was on one of the very successful JBU teams that got 2nd place at the 2011 Donald W. Reynolds Arkansas Governor’s Cup and I were asked to share some advice with the JBU students who will be taking the Strategic Management class next year. As I was thinking about what to share, I came up with “Three P’s” that are essential to the success of any entrepreneur: Product, People, and Passion.

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