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8 Simple Tips From A $50M Female Entrepreneur

kelsey-ramsdenWhat move can you make right now to advance your career as an entrepreneur?

Modeling.

But it’s not the kind of modeling you think. To borrow (model) best practices and advice of wildly successful entrepreneurs is wise.

Rubbing shoulders at Ernst & Young’s Strategic Growth Forum with a plethora of business leaders at this level, Kelsey Ramsden stood above the crowd.

Founder of four companies, she is Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneur, a select member of Ernst & Young’s Winning Women Entrepreneurs for 2013 and on the Richard Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship as a mentor.

I like her already.

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Starting A Business? This One Question Could Save You Years Of Misery

You must know your type.

Matters not whether you’re new and aspire to play the game of ‘entrepreneurship’ — or are already playing it.

Smart entrepreneurs know the game they play, and most important their role in it.

Coming back from Eric Ries’ Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco, I was intrigued by something Steve Blank said.

“It’s important for entrepreneurs to ask themselves; ‘Who am I and who do I want to be?”

Now if you don’t know Blank, he’s an author (‘The Startup Owner’s Manual’), founder and investor of multiple companies and an expert on entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. (You can also find him here on Forbes.)

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10 Rules To Build A Wildly Successful Business

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Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff built Honest Tea from scratch into a $100 million enterprise.

In my recent article on Forbes, you get a few lessons and a compelling story of their journey.

But wait, because there’s one more thing. In fact, 10 more.

Goldman and Nalebuff share 10 must-follow rules on how to start and build an equally impressive empire (you can find these rules in the back of their book; Mission In A Bottle):

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Honest Tea: A $100 Million Brand 15 Years In The Making

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Seth Goldman was born to do this

As Co-Founder and CEO of Honest Tea, his picture is in the dictionary next to the word tenacity. With Co-Founder Barry Nalebuff, their brainchild just finished the year with $110 million in revenue as a wholly owned enterprise of the Coca-Cola Company.

Overnight success? Hardly.

Founded in 1999, Honest Tea has been over 15 years in the making. In fact, based on both my recent conversation with Goldman and reading their just released book Mission In A Bottle: The Honest Guide To Doing Business Differently – And Succeeding, I can barely fathom how they’re still around.

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Smart Entrepreneurs Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions — They Do This Instead

Apply the Pareto Principle to New Year’s resolutions and it’s not a pretty sight.

Yes — I am willing to bet at least 80% of resolutions made as part of our yearly ritual do not come to fruition. Could be more like 90%.

And I am a perfect example of this. Last year at this exact moment I wrote down one of my ‘resolutions’ (call it what you want; your goal; your ‘to-do’ for the year, whatever).

It was simply ‘write a book’. Guess what? Here I sit 365 days later with zero book written. And yes — like so many other well-meaning entrepreneurs, I got off to a great start. Wrote 25% of it by March. But somehow, time got away from me and here I sit staring at my Google calendar flipped to a new year wondering what happened.

So what can we do?

Look — if our mission is to create wildly successful businesses which are both sustainable and fulfill our desire for significance, I say we set our goals differently this year.

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From Bikini To Boardroom: 4 Secrets From Kathy Ireland

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Don’t mess with Ireland.

Seriously. Behind that pretty face is a woman with strength, tenacity and gritty determination. As Founder and CEO of kathy ireland worldwide, she has risen from the pages of Sports Illustrated where she was an iconic swimsuit model to the visionary behind a $2 billion enterprise. Yes — you read correctly. Swimsuit model to $2 billion.

Given the privilege to listen and watch Ireland answering questions asked by our very own Moira Forbes on stage at EY’s Strategic Growth Forum in Palm Springs, I came away with four secrets to her success. And yes — you might want to take notes:

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Top 40 Tips From Award Winning Entrepreneurs

Surrounded.

Millionaires. Centimillionaires. Billionaires.

Every one of them gathered together in the desert at the ‘Entrepreneur Of The Year gala hosted by Ernst & Young and sponsored by The Kauffman Foundation For Entrepreneurship.

Yes — I’m in heaven. Thirty years of entrepreneurship under my own belt, but always seeking guidance from the best.

So with my pad and pen, I set out on a mission to get the top tips and insight from America’s best entrepreneurs. Ears perched, I wrote it all down so I could share it with you.

Without further delay, I hand you the top 40 tips by award winning entrepreneurs:

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5 Steps To Scale Your Business (You Won’t Make It Otherwise)

Ready to scale?

Fresh back from Ernst & Young’s Strategic Growth Forum in Palm Springs. And yes — ready to hand deliver key wisdom to empower your entrepreneurial growth.

After rubbing elbows with the likes of Justin Gold, Founder of Justin’s; Seth Goldman, Co-Founder of Honest Tea; Ali Brown, Founder of Elevate and Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder of $1 Billion in revenue Chobani, I have secrets to share with you.

Let’s start right now with these 5 crucial leaps to scale up your business.

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Top Entrepreneurs In America Reveal Their 5 Biggest Strengths

Jumping on a plane.

Headed to Palm Springs for the Annual Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards hosted by Ernst & Young, LLP.

Yes — the top high-impact entrepreneurs in America all gathered in one spot and I’m in the middle of it. Ready to brush aside bodyguards and bouncers to bring you the best advice and wisdom on how to crush it as an entrepreneur.

But guess what? You don’t have to wait. I just snagged a newly released report entitled The Vital Entrepreneur: High Impact At It’s Best put out in a combined effort by both Ernst & Young and The Kauffman Foundation For Entrepreneurship.

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9 Lessons From A 10-Time Startup Failure

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“Nine out of ten businesses fail; so I came up with a foolproof plan — create ten businesses.”— Robert Kiyosaki

Well spoken by Kiyosaki.

But what’s it like to live through 10 failed startups and still come out with a 3 million dollar company?

Meet Kurt Theobald, Co-Founder and CEO of Classy Llama.

Yes — Theobald started 10 businesses over the span of 5 years. Each one a failed mess. But herein lies the beauty from ashes — he nailed it on his 11th try.

Now ranked at #454 on Inc’s Top 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S. for 2013, Theobald’s latest creation (with the help of co-founder Erik Hansen and a team of 23) is on target to reach $3 million in revenue this year.

As luck would have it, Theobald and I were able to sit down for a 60 minute rapid-fire chat where I did everything I could to extract the secrets of his success.

Pull up a chair and take notes, because Theobald reveals 9 valuable lessons you can take to the bank today, which I now gift to you:

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