Michael Acton Smith: How to Turn Your Craziest Business Ideas Into Reality

As a young entrepreneur, Michael Acton Smith had big ideas for his business. 

Communicating that vision to investors was the challenge for Smith, the co-founder and co-CEO of mindfulness and meditation app Calm. The app launched in 2012, and finally found significant traction after being named Apple’s App of the Year in 2017. Now, it’s valued at more than $1 billion. Looking back, Smith says, being able to tell a great story about your brand’s future is a crucial part of selling your idea. It’s equally important, he adds, to constantly take small, actionable steps toward realizing that future.

“You do need that wild vision,” says Smith. “But you also need to get out of bed, roll your sleeves and do that critical execution work every single day to get to each step of many steps on the journey.”

Experimenting regularly and staying disciplined about your goals can

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5 Ways A Right ATS Can Help Increase Your Speed-To-Hire

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Right now is a critical time for many sectors in staffing, like healthcare and nurse recruiting, which are experiencing unprecedented demand. Some of the staffing firms are making the most of advanced technology and winning an extra edge in the market, whereas others are just watching the game unfold traditionally.

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Building a Long-Term Brand to Stand Out in a Short-Term World

We are living through a time where the way we work is changing to meet the needs of the moment. It’s hard to look beyond this instant because it often feels like there will be no business to tend to tomorrow if we can’t survive today. Yet, for many businesses, the surest way to a short brand life is to be nearsighted. In being so fixated on solving only for the latest crisis, we are ill-prepared for other changes around the corner. In contrast, companies that take the long view tend to be far more enduring. As leaders like Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, have demonstrated, when you have a clear sense of what you are trying to achieve over a lifetime, you can make faster, better decisions no matter what the current situation. The best short-term strategy is often a long-term one: to build in the present with respect

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Try a new idea, let your mind expand the possibilities; begin your improvement effort by asking the question What If?

The goal of all teams is to resolve a problem. That goal is achieved when we learn to think out of the box. When we think about the eulogy at Robert Kennedy’s funeral. He said, “some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.”

The successful cross-functional team needs to open itself to a diversity of ideas when searching for solutions. Thin out of the box and consider all the potential solutions not from the frame of mind what we have done in the past but what we could do in the future. Think about the first three questions from the Design Thinking model – what is, what if, what wors.

Begin by looking at the wider view of the existing problem. Consider all the aspects of how the problem is manifesting itself. Then consider all the potential alternatives.

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Bill Gates Thinks Entrepreneurs Must Develop These Skills

There are plenty of skills entrepreneurs need to be successful, but in an interview from more than a decade ago, Bill Gates suggested that sales skills may be the most important differentiator between success and failure.

Speaking at the 2007 Salon des Entrepreneurs conference in France, the Microsoft co-founder said that “every entrepreneur needs to be a mix of different skills.” But it was an entrepreneur’s ability to “be a salesperson” that might be most important.

“Not just convincing your customers to buy your product, but convincing people to extend credit to you and convincing people to come to work for your company.”

As Gates suggested, finding the right team to grow with you is critical.

“You want their skills to be such that, even as you get to 10 people or 50 people, that their ability can grow with that company,” Gates said. “So you want essentially overqualified people,

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