Forbes Top 10 Entrepreneurial Conference Announces Debut in Chicago AND I CAN’T WAIT!

This April, one of Forbes top 10 entrepreneurial conferences of the year, the North American Professionals & Entrepreneurs Council (NAPEC) Globalization & Innovation Conference, is coming to my birth city and where I currently live, CHICAGO! And I’m so excited to attend and be surrounded by some of the biggest names in innovation! The conference brings together +500 innovation experts and pioneers in business and finance from AROUND THE GLOBE – CEOs, angel investors, entrepreneurs, business experts, student entrepreneurs, and more – to inspire one another, collaborative, and mastermind. Can you imagine how many ideas and opportunities can be catalyzed by just showing up?! I’m personally excited because this is a chance for me to really embrace what Chi-town has to offer, do some networking, and meet some of the coolest people on the planet. So, here are the deets: 1-day event debuts at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Illinois on April 18th, 2014. And there is a bit of a discount available for anyone who registers by March 18, 2014. You can check out more of the info over here: http://www.napecchicago.com. BTW, they’re giving away $10K! The conference is also going to be running a business plan competition where student entrepreneurs compete for a total of $10,000 in cash and prizes. Plus, winners get a personal mentor in their field for an ENTIRE YEAR! Last year, the top 6 business plans all received investors through attending our conference, topping out at $500,000. Yup, crazy stuff happens when you put it all on the table! So, if you’re interested in registering, the deadline for the Business Plan competition is...

What you need to accept for writing to come easier to you…

We all want to be loved, yeah. But it’s a pretty useful thing to be hated. So, if you’re worried about being hated, prop your boots on the table and cock your hands behind your head because haters can rock your world too. Here’s the thing: Haters show you’ve taken a stand for something, instead of just being vanilla. When you have haters, you have lovers (unless you’re a complete jerkface, well then I can’t really help you. This message isn’t for a selfish ego boast). But yes, if you have haters, it means you’ve taken a stand and that other people can also take a stand for (or against) you. Think about some of the most well-known people ever: Alexander the Great, Michael Jackson, Plato, Beyonce, Edward Cullen. They all stood for something. Some of ‘em died for it, some of ‘em thrived with it, and one of them doesn’t actually exist, but that’s beside the point. The point is that they all had lovers and haters. And both of those types are very adamant about their feelings. Ever heard the phrase: still a better love story than Twilight. That just clicked for you, didn’t it? Awesome. The best part of being hated (and loved) is having people passionately say stuff about you. It gets people talking about you, it gets the word out. The more haters you attract, the fiercer lovers you’ll have. And yes, that is an exact science. To drive this point through your heart, let’s imagine the opposite: No one loves or hates you. When you only have people who are “in the middle”...

Let the Little Girl Reign

  The picture was old with a 7-member smiling family looking back. On the left, in a jean miniskirt and red tights, was a little girl. I knew that little girl well. I looked her in the eyes and realized how much I had betrayed her. I felt the tears fess up and fall.   That little girl, she was brave and bold and lived on the stories of heroes. And that’s all she wanted to be, a hero. She heard story after story of these them saving the world. She wanted to be a part of those stories.   She used to carry around a yellow memo pad and write stories of ancient times with her own heroes. She thought she could change the world with those words, just like how other stories had changed her heart and strengthened her resilience. But that yellow brick road turned dim. The brave little girl grew up and those dreams were tucked away into the back pocket of her mind.   Now, here she was, looking herself in the eye. Tears streaming down her face. So, she curled in bed and tried to reason with that little girl in the picture on why she had failed her, why she had betrayed her.   The little girl who wanted to write was instead taking a more realistic path. She’s not sure how that happened, but the words never left her. They’re something that can’t leave the body. They danced inside her and she couldn’t help but be flickered by their light. They tried calling her back, but she was too scared.  ...