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Winning Ugly is Still Winning!

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As we get closer to the end of this year, it's a good time to reflect on what this year was and what it could have been. You might be lamenting that it could have been better. On the flip side, you should be thankful that it could have been worse, but it wasn't.

The longer you're an entrepreneur the more you realize that entrepreneurship is a marathon. You have to be prepared to engage in opportunities that aren't guaranteed to succeed, endure challenges with confident perseverance, and excel beyond your competitors in the face of adversity. Although some people make it look easy, this race isn't easy and everyone isn't cut out for it.

In sports you sometimes hear that a team had an "ugly win". That basically means they played terribly, made a bunch of mistakes, and should have lost, but somehow were able to score more points than the other team to win the game. While they may not have liked how they played, they are still happy to get a win.

Business is a lot like that some years. Yeah, I know you might have made some mistakes this year, blown some opportunities, and even fallen flat on your face. It doesn't matter. If you made it to this point, you had an "ugly win". Hooray! Celebrate! Rejoice! Many people and businesses didn't make it this far. If you're still in business - or even if you're still alive - you have an opportunity to gain from your mistakes and mishaps, and grow personally and professionally to be better next year.

Remember, the race isn't won by the swift, sleek, or sexy. It's won by those who engage, endure, and excel.

If 2009 wasn't great for you, it doesn't matter. Make 2010 a year to remember!

Dream B.I.G.,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Entrepreneurship Needs to be 'Plan A' for More People

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In my last post, I wrote about the U.S. moving closer to an "entrepreneurial economy" as we go through this economic recovery. Interestingly, I read another interesting article today on USAToday.com that predicted 25% of the workforce could become temps as contract work grows (click here for article). Temp workers cost employers less, because they don't have to pay for benefits, such as health insurance.

That tells me more people need to be thinking proactively about entrepreneurial work options. No matter what you call them, temp workers, contractors, or free lancers, they are entrepreneurial by nature. Some people take on these roles by choice. However, there are many who reluctantly find themselves in these positions through unwilling or unexpected circumstances. And often they are unprepared for this reality.

Just because the economy recovers doesn't mean it will function the same as it did before. I'm a firm believer that now and in the future entrepreneurship needs to be considered as Plan A - not just Plan B - for those who want to control their professional destiny.

What do you think? Do you believe that as the economy recovers more people will have to settle for contract work versus full-time employment? Let me hear your thoughts...

Dream B.I.G.,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Entrepreneurial Pockets of Inspiration in Economic Uncertainty

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As we have just come up for air from the super-sales-driven Thanksgiving weekend, it's very easy to see the desperate wishes of companies that this holiday season will help to turn around their financial trajectory. They cling to the hope that although companies keep shedding jobs, people will ignore that and keep plunking down cash and credit, which will keep the big behemoths afloat.

This current period of economic uncertainty underlies the fact that "necessity is the mother of invention." In recent history, there has been no other time - or opportunity - that has presented a greater necessity for innovation and inspiration than right now. That's why it's great to see entrepreneurs who take this to heart and are able to thrive while others are just struggling to survive.

Entrepreneur.com has an article, "The Entrepreneur Economy", which highlights how smaller entrepreneurial companies have been able to successfully respond to the morphing economy with new ideas and innovation, while their much larger counterparts are struggling. Here's an excerpt:
"We don't have to do things the same way. We can take the economy in hand and drive our own destinies. And a movement that has been slowly building in the business world is finally taking hold: We're seeing the beginnings of the entrepreneurial economy, a system built on nimble, low-overhead, oftentimes small companies with fluid workforces, rather than the massive conglomerates that have upheld the economy for decades."
As our economy tugs and pulls to get back on solid footing, it will cause significant changes in what we call the "workforce". Whether by choice or circumstance, people will have to become more entrepreneurial. You don't have to become a victim of change. You can lead change - entrepreneurially.

Dream B.I.G.,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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