Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

Hear me with Dr. Diane Hamilton on Take the Lead Radio

on May 17, 2019 in Audio, Entrepreneurship

Dr. Hamilton interviewed me on her radio show, “Enabling People To Take Initiative with Joshua Spodek.” Here are her episode notes: As much as curiosity breeds creativity, many still struggle in taking the initiative and ownership of their ideas. In the entrepreneurial world, an idea-generating culture is what most aim for. Joshua Spodek, the bestselling author of Leadership Step by Step, helps people to spark ideas that may bring down[…] Keep reading →

Can you learn to take initiative?

on May 13, 2019 in Education, Entrepreneurship

Chatting about my upcoming book, Initiative, a friend and fellow blogger, Joe Byerly of From The Green Notebook, asked if people could learn to take initiative. I saw his question as rhetorical, since he’d read an advance copy, so he knew I’d taught just that, but he wanted to see how I’d answer. A lot of people believe you can’t. First, there’s a big reason why, independent of the answer,[…] Keep reading →

Initiative: online for pre-order

on May 11, 2019 in Creativity, Education, Entrepreneurship, Exercises

Various stages of satisfaction come with finishing a book — signing with a publisher, finishing a first draft, reaching copy editing (meaning no more substantive edits), seeing it type set, getting your first reviews from prominent writers, seeing the cover, and so on. Seeing it for sale at a retailer is one of the biggest. Since my last blog post, Initiative has appeared on Barnes and Noble and Amazon for[…] Keep reading →

The cover for my new book, Initiative: A Proven Method to Bring Your Passions to Life (and Work)

on May 9, 2019 in Creativity, Education, Entrepreneurship, Exercises

Yesterday I shared the blurbs from early reviewers of my book, Initiative, set to launch May 21. Today, I’m sharing the front and back covers. I’d love your thoughts. Naturally, I want them to intrigue and attract non-readers. The front cover’s image refers to the book’s content but, I believe, stands on its own nonetheless. Reading the book will imbue the cover image with newfound meaning. Here’s the front. Initiative‘s[…] Keep reading →

The blurbs for Initiative, my new book

on May 8, 2019 in Creativity, Education, Entrepreneurship

My new book, Initiative: A Proven Method to Bring Your Passions to Life (and Work), is going to press, on time for a May 21 release. In the meantime, I’ll share excerpts and inside views. Today I bring you the blurbs. I don’t know about you, but they make me want to read it. Email me if interested in reviewing it before its release to post reviews so others know[…] Keep reading →

Lifesaving ideas: firescooters, firebikes, and firedrones

on April 13, 2019 in Entrepreneurship

It’s been a while since I wrote about an idea I think would improve the world or make someone money. Ideas are cheap. We have them all the time. I’m focused on environmental leaders so would rather someone run with these ideas than let them wither. I live across the street from a firehouse. When they go out on call, the firetruck has to exit the building, then the firefighters[…] Keep reading →

Treat Failure With Respect

on March 14, 2019 in Entrepreneurship, Stories

“Fail early and often” “Fail forward” “Fail, fail, fail” The business world, especially around entrepreneurship, promotes failing as a way to learn. I recognize its inevitability and necessity for learning, but I suspect many people who promote it have never experienced devastating failure. I’ve failed huge in life and I wouldn’t speak about it as cavalierly as many do. I consider physical injury inevitable in fitness and learning and I[…] Keep reading →

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