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Hard Work Won't Make You Successful -- But Doing This Will

I don’t blame anyone who has become frustrated and disillusioned with the working world. It is a huge disappointment to grow up and realize that most of what we’ve been taught about how to be successful is bad advice. We were taught “Just work hard at whatever job you get, and things will work out.” That’s false. Working hard at your job does not get you much. When you work hard at a job where the boss doesn’t value your efforts, all your hard work gets you is taken for granted. Just working hard by itself will exhaust you and shorten your lifespan without any benefits to you. There has to be more to success than merely working hard, or millions of people around the world would be a lot more successful than they are! If you are at work right now, think about the investment of time and energy you are making. Imagine that you only went home to sleep for four hours a night, and gave up all the rest of your personal time to get more work done. Imagine that you practically lived at your de…

The 4 Personality Types of Successful Entrepreneurs

Princeton University lecturers John Danner and Chris Kuenne explain what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
Every wonder if there was one type of entrepreneur who is the most successful? I have.
So when two Princeton University lecturers came to the Greatness Studio to talk about their new book (about personality types of entrepreneurs), I had to ask.
And they told me no, there’s not one. In fact, they’ve identified four successful entrepreneur types, and according to their research, each is equally effective -- but for different reasons.
Of course I had to know more, and both John Danner and Chris Kuenne fascinated me with their explanations of these personality types.
They identified which one I am right away and gave me great coaching on how I can improve my business strategy.
They pointed out that it’s not enough to know your strengths in business -- you need to act on that knowledge, hire people who compliment you in those areas and build your team wisely.
We talked about how to find the right co-founder (based on your personality and theirs), how and when to bring in investors to your business and of course, the things to look for in new hires.
I loved this conversation so much I wanted to bring them back on to discuss more.
This is the first of two episodes this week with top business professors coming on the School of Greatness.
Class is in session in Episode 517.

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