the ceo magazine, entrepreneurship
Chip R. Bell

In the past thirty plus years I have been an entrepreneur and managing partner of a firm.  I have been asked hundreds of times by new entrepreneurs and wannabes how to thrive, not just survive, in a “be your own boss” enterprise.  I have also studied those who win and fail with an eye toward learning the secrets of sustainable success.  One observation is that organizations with long-term success are lead by true entrepreneurs or people in charge who think enough like entrepreneurs.

the ceo magazine, entrepreneurship
Armando Montelongo, Founder and CEO, Armando Montelongo, Inc.

“It takes years to become an overnight success.”

This is a statement I offer with unabashed pleasure when people assume my ascendance is manufactured from a reality TV show. Malcolm Gladwell’s assessment of requirement for success being 5,000 hours of practice is spot on. I would add that an unwavering amount of intestinal fortitude is essential in parallel.

the ceo magazine, entrepreneurship
Lida Citroën, Author, Your Next Mission

Many veterans leaving military service go straight into government jobs, professional careers on Wall Street or Main Street, or work in trade jobs such as construction or manufacturing; however, many former military personnel are drawn to more risky and exciting options such as entrepreneurship.

To many veterans, self-employment represents being in charge of your future, having control over your livelihood, and “eating what you hunt,” so to speak. For other veterans, entrepreneurship represents an opportunity to take an idea, vision, or product and bring it to life. These former service men and women see entrepreneurship as a path to making something real that they may have only dreamed about.



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