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Mentor’s Thoughts Week 44: Nature or Nurture

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Many people wonder if entrepreneurs are born with the enterprising spirit or can this spirit be cultivated. While this ongoing debate may divide people into opposing camps, I feel that it is important to recognize that the enterprising spirit is imperative and we should seek ways to cultivate this spirit regardless of whether it is nature or nurture. As such, ...

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Mentor’s Thoughts Week Week 43: Wisdom From A Billionaire

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Here is a recent post from our Mentor – Mr Patrick Liew. He shares his experience of learning the ‘secret’ of success from a billionaire friend. It is one of the best reads we have had the pleasure of reading so far. Take this advice, write it down and follow it daily. Enjoy Recently, I invited a billionaire to my ...

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Mentor’s thoughts- Commitment is key

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Being committed is the secret to success for any entrepreneurial venture. It takes both hard work and passion to make a venture work. One cannot be half-hearted about it. So before embarking on your entrepreneurial journey, ask yourself: Am I prepared to give it my all? Treading on the entrepreneurial path may seem like a daunting task. After all, entrepreneurship ...

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Mentor’s Thoughts Week 42: Social Entrepreneurship: Fashion or Passion?

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Last Friday, I was at NUS attending the annual global iConnect 2013 event, organized by the NUS Entrepreneurship Society. The event was meant for young and budding entrepreneurs from around the world. The programme Friday evening was a discussion on Social Entrepreneurship, titled ” Social Entrepreneurship: Fashion or Passion?”  Last week we also had one of our discussion participants ask ...

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Mentors Thoughts Week 41: Getting an “F” is not the end of the world

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Now that you have opened yourself to a myriad of possibilities, you must also prepare yourself for the possibility of facing rejection or experiencing setbacks. Winston Churchill once said “success is not final, failure is not fatal but it is the courage to continue that counts the most.” I feel that this advice is apt for individuals embarking on the ...

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Mentors Thoughts Week 40: Being Open to the Universe and Not Saying No

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It always seems that successful people are just plain lucky. Everything they touch seems to turn into gold. On the surface that may seem to be the case, but in reality they would have had to work very hard before they saw success and may have even failed many times before they succeeded. The path to success is never easy ...

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Mentor’s Thoughts Week 39: Branding Yourself

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Today I would like to share a post from our Mentor, Patrick Liew. The main subject today is about Personal Branding. Just as branding a product or a company is important to gain recognition and hence market share, as an entrepreneur, the people you work with will also size you up based on how you personally brand yourself. This is ...

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Mentor’s Thoughts Week 38: Leaping into the New Year

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A new year is upon us, and it is time to reflect on the year passed, to look at all our accomplishments and to learn from our failures. These reflections serve to help us improve ourselves, by helping us to understand what our strengths and weaknesses are. Once we can grasp these, we can take the next steps to further ...

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Mentor’s Thoughts Week 37 – Valuing Partnerships: The Other Stake Holders

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You cannot possibly do everything by yourself and not everything can be done in house. In the course of running a company, there will be many key tasks that would need be outsourced to others. You may outsource your manufacturing, logistics, financial services to other companies; using their services to enhance your business. As such these companies/individuals become your Key ...

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Mentor’s Thoughts Week 36: Human Capital

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Companies are not run by machines, they are run by people. As employers we need to provide the best environment for our employees to grow and to be able to create. This is a crucial element in growing a successful business. From Mr Patrick Liew’s Blog: It is not enough to pursue the best talents. Companies need to build on ...

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