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My Five Commandments for Entrepreneurs

By | LinkedIn Influencer

There is no “right” path to success, especially when it comes to entrepreneurship. There’s no right age, time, circumstance, college degree, etc. – and that’s what I love about it. What you need is less about the “right stuff” and more about having the right attitude. Starting your own business is dictated entirely by your mentality: Are you hard working? Are you passionate? Can you make the necessary sacrifices? Can you face adversity head on? So while there is no right path, I do like to say that there are five commandments that all entrepreneurs should live by: 1. Identify your…

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Someday is Not a Real Day

By | LinkedIn Influencer

One thing I keep hearing over and over again from people who want to start a business is “I’ll do it someday…Someday.” Someday when I have more stability. Someday when my family is more secure.  Someday when I have the time I need to dedicate to it – SOMEDAY!! I don’t like the approach one bit and here’s why – someday is not a real day ! As I’ve said before, there’s no such thing as genius in the darkness of your own basement. You may have the best idea and the greatest of intentions, but if you’re not executing…

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Cybersecurity CEO: Ransomware Attacks On Hospitals Predicted To Increase 5X By 2021

By | Cybersecurity CEO, Herjavec Group (Cyber Security), LinkedIn Influencer

Healthcare CIOs face an increasingly hostile cyberscape. Los Angeles, Calif. – Nov. 21, 2018 In April’s Cybersecurity CEO column, I explained that manufacturing is the new healthcare. The industry has been under constant attack – from malware like Cryptolocker doing real damage, to insider threat on the rise, to the lack of security controls around interconnected IoT and OT environments – and unfortunately, we’re still seeing an under-investment in cyber defense in this space. But don’t misinterpret my statement to mean that Healthcare CIOs are off the hook. The (cyber) bullseye on the backs of healthcare providers is still prominent….

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Good Shouldn’t Be Good Enough

By | LinkedIn Influencer

I’ve never been okay with the saying, “That’s probably good enough.”   One of the best parts of running my business is the satisfaction I get by continuously setting the bar higher. Once I achieve a certain goal,  I set a higher standard for myself so others around me are motivated to do the same.   My fellow shark Mark Cuban said it best – “ Work knowing there is someone out there working 24 hours a day with the sole motivation of kicking your ass”. He’s right. You’ve got a target on your back and you can’t afford to…

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Grow or Die – Contributing to Constant Forward Momentum

By | LinkedIn Influencer

As a CEO I have my hands in a lot of different things. I’m a technical leader. I’m a sales person. I’m a marketer. I’m a founder.  Many would say I’m too hands on. That I need to sit back, trust more and let the chips fall. The thing is, I’m not that kind of CEO. I firmly believe in constant forward momentum. And if you’re not moving fast enough, get out of the way because I’m going to show you how to go quickly! I read a great article recently published on the Andreessen Horowitz site that reinforced my approach…

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Your Business’s Secret Sauce Isn’t the Product – It’s the People

By | LinkedIn Influencer

There are many factors that contribute to running a successful business like having a marketable product or service , and having a sound strategy. While these factors are important, they’re not the ones that determine your business’s success. For me, the most important aspect of a successful business is the people. Here’s why – you can have the best product in the world – the most marketable idea ! – but it’s up to the team to execute! When I’m hiring for Herjavec Group, I’m not looking for people who are just like me – I know for certain that…

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Busting 3 Myths About Mentorship

By | LinkedIn Influencer

Finding a mentor can be hard – many people don’t know how to approach someone, what to say, and frankly, many don’t even understand the value of a true mentor-mentee relationship. Whether in your professional life or your personal life, a mentor-mentee relationship is one of the most important relationships you will have. No matter how successful you become, you can always learn more. Mentorship is about a series of moments with key individuals you’re learning from. We try to encourage mentorship in a variety of ways here at Herjavec Group – from running formal programs to encouraging coffee chats…

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It’s Time to Get Over Your Fear of Public Speaking

By | LinkedIn Influencer

Whether you’re presenting in a team meeting or pitching your business to a room full of Sharks, it’s normal to be nervous when speaking in public. Jerry Seinfeld tells a hilarious joke that references how so many of us are terrified of public speaking that we would rather be in the casket at a funeral, versus delivering the eulogy. That may be taking it too far… and he tells it better than me, but you get the point. You can’t live in fear of public speaking forever – we are all going to have to speak in front of an…

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The Advice I Would Give to My Younger Self

By | LinkedIn Influencer

We’ve seen a lot of young entrepreneurs on Shark Tank — millennials, teenagers, even kids ! I love it. One of my passions is to encourage other young people to pursue entrepreneurship. It’s a long and difficult path, but can be so rewarding !  I’m often asked – if you could go back and do it all over again, what do you wish someone told you? I like to sit down and put my advice in writing – so for those who are just starting their career, or starting a new business, here is what I wish I knew back…

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A New Year, A New Start

By | LinkedIn Influencer

Welcome to the New Year ! There is something magical to me about this time of the year. A new year, a new start. A chance to reset and recalibrate goals for 2018. Some things may have gone well in 2017, others not so well. Some things may need complete fixing! There is no better time than the present to focus on continuous improvement. Success is fleeting, and so is failure. We have a chance to make 2018 anything we want. We really don’t know what the new year will bring, but we can guess and we can plan, and…

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