Whether you're a seasoned small-business owner or aspiring entrepreneur, the end of the year is always a powerful time for self-reflection. What did you accomplish this year? What did you learn about your strengths and weaknesses? Where are you hoping to land in 2014? It's enough to make your head spin.
It's okay if you don't have the answers. We rounded up videos from great entrepreneurs like yourself to help with the inspiration, introspective and more.
Elon Musk is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX as well as the CEO and Chief Product Architect of Tesla Motors. It's an understatement to say that he's busy, splitting his time between two demanding (and successful) companies on opposite sites of California.
He's probably one of the busiest leaders in the world, and yet—in this interview—he is calm, collected and entirely at ease.
In his line of work, there's always something wrong. It's usually something small. At any moment, the probability of failure is high. Ultimately, you can't let the small details derail your big vision. Keep your heart, and head, on track, and your potential will be limitless.
Entrepreneur Dan Martell has been building companies for the last decade. He has launched five. After the first two failed, he kept going and eventually led his last two companies through multimillion-dollar exits. Today, he's building Clarity, a marketplace that connects entrepreneurs with experienced experts.
His lesson? As an entrepreneur, people are going to think you're crazy. After all, why would you sacrifice the stability of a steady paycheck to pursue a distant, intangible dream? Ultimately, you need to believe in yourself and ignore the noise. If you don't take that first step, success may never happen.
Prerna Gupta knew from a very young age that entrepreneurship was her destiny. After leaving corporate life in her early 20s, she, along with her then boyfriend and now husband, built a company called Yaari, a social networking website for Indians. The company grew to several million users and received an offer for an acquisition.
Then the economy tanked, and the acquirer backed out. Whereas many would have given up, Gupta kept going. She and her husband founded, grew and eventually sold Khush, a company that developed intelligent music apps.
Her advice? Embrace failure. It will teach you resilience, confidence and perseverance.
As an entrepreneur, Michael Lazerow has led more than $2 billion in successful exits, the most recent being the sale of Buddy Media to Salesforce for $800 million.
In this video, he shares his story—how he escaped death at a young age, how he followed his heart, and how lucky he is to be surrounded by love. The most powerful part of this video?
He doesn't say a word.
Entrepreneurship is a journey, and the best way to learn is through experience. This panel illuminates the power of lessons learned from the trenches. No classroom, textbook or instructional guide can ever teach these fundamental concepts.
This panel can be summed up into one powerful takeaway: "People come in all packages. Don't let the world tell you anything different."
Ritika specializes in business, marketing, entrepreneurship and tech. She writes for Forbes, Investopedia, Business Insider, CMO, the SAP Innovation Blog and others.
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