What If Everything Is Possible?

When you understand what is holding you back, you’ll realize that everything is possible.   In college, everything seemed possible with a straight-A average. So after long, lecture-filled days I would come back to my dorm-room exhausted, and think about all of the ways to whittle down which job I would take to revolutionize finance for the better. First, I would immediately say “nope” to any place that didn’t follow my mission to a T. Then, I needed to have a huge impact at the company, and would make sure the firm was filled with empowered women — a place that wasn’t an “old boys’ club”. Another must-have — they wanted to make sure everyone could get the best financial advice possible. About a year later, my job qualifications had whittled down to “they pay me money”, “they treat women slightly like people”, “they’re making some effort to be honest”, and “I’m doing slightly more than fetching coffee”. Ever since my mother’s struggle to get honest financial advice, I wanted to make a positive difference in the field. But with a degree in chemistry and English and no connections in finance, it seemed almost impossible to even get my foot in the door. About a decade later, well five minutes ago to be exact, I had stepped out of a marketing meeting. I’d been discussing with my team how LexION Capital can make our top-tier, transparent financial advice even more accessible.   Looking backward The quotes in my introduction seem pretty humorous at this point — but when J.K. Rowling was scribbling Harry Potter on a napkin while hoping her welfare checks would cover that month’s electric bill, it probably seemed an impossibility that she would...

Rethink Everything: How a New Perspective Is Key to Your Success

How a new perspective on an old idea is the key to your success. Certain people — especially people under the age of 18 — dread the beginning of fall. It signals the start of school, endlessly raking leaves, the end of warm weather… the list goes on and on. I’m a successful entrepreneur and I always look forward to the new season. You should, too, because whatever your age or your level of education, you can always benefit from a “back-to-school” mindset. A child’s curiosity and thirst for new knowledge often gets lost in the transition to adulthood. This is especially true of adults who have been in the same career for a long time. Stability can turn into sameness, and the reliable can become the predictable. You may get the occasional curveball thrown your way, like some new calendar application or accounting software, but that’s about it. My wealth management firm, LexION Capital, keeps me on my toes, but I don’t wait for the challenges to come and find me. I take concrete steps to learn more, and you should too – this is the key to your success. Here are a couple of ways to do that. Pretend it’s your first day on the job When I worked on Wall Street, I saw the following scenario, over and over again. Hungry young grads, wide-eyed with enthusiasm, would step onto the trade floor. Their minds overflowed with revolutionary new ideas, and their determination to get in there and make a difference was palpable. Then, a month would pass, and these same hungry young go-getters could be overheard saying, “Well… that’s how...

Who Inspires You to Take Your Business One Step Further?

YEC entrepreneurs weigh in on the people who inspire them. Inspiration can come from anywhere, but it often comes from other people. Several YEC entrepreneurs weigh in on the people who have inspired them the most. Who inspires you? MAX COURSEY Tiger Prop My Stepfather “He was an eccentric genius who had some peculiar habits, including getting the morning paper naked on a busy street. Not many Oncologists chain smoked while driving a Ford Focus or attended Harvard University and Johns Hopkins. Beyond the eccentricities was the most giving man I have ever met. He was truly happy as he helped others. He always told me to die broke and have as much fun as humanly possible.”[email protected] ZAC JOHNSON Start a Blog My Wife and Family “While I’m the only entrepreneur in my family, it’s still very exciting for me to always keep my wife and family in the loop on whatever I’m currently working on. It’s also great to have a solid family presence built around me to not only bounce new ideas off of (from a non-business perspective), but also for support when things aren’t going as great as planned.”[email protected] KAREN HARTLINE Reinventing Events Walt Disney “I’m a big Disney fan so I have to say Walt Disney. He was a man with a huge imagination and recognized the need to be carefree, have fun and embrace our inner-child. As an event producer, I am responsible for creating unforgettable experiences for attendees. Walt did this with theme parks. Everything has intention and purpose, creating a magical experience.”[email protected] KATE WOSKA Atikus Investments Incorporated Strangers “My work takes me all...

How to Increase Your Productivity and Get More Done

  When we get overwhelmed, it’s easy to feel stuck. So how do you increase your productivity so you can actually get more done?   Do you ever look at your to-do-list and think Mount Everest would be a walk in the park? Well, f you’ve ever wanted to increase your productivity, you’re in luck. Although we want to take on absolutely everything and anything (and we will eventually), sometimes stuff can get a little overwhelming. But there is a solution – and though we won’t do the work for you, we’ve gathered some tips to take on anything and help you to increase your productivity and get more done, right now: Start with something simple Tina Fey once said “you can’t be the kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You just have to go down the chute.” Part of the problem with taking on the world is not knowing where to start. The backpedaling and indecision is real when you have 10,000,000 + things to do. So just start with something simple. Lick a stamp, type the date onto the top of your report, whatever… even if a two-year old can do it, just get up and get started if it’s forward progress. And once you’ve dove in, you’ll be in the zone and find that it’s easier to just keep going than to stop. Give me a break Our beloved TED talks average out at 25 minutes. That’s not done for commercial breaks – like everything else on the talks, it’s a really clever approach to a problem we all face. In this instance, it’s...