Enhancing Entrepreneurial Excellence
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Enhancing Entrepreneurial Excellence

Tools for Making the Possible Real

Robert A. Baron

The field of entrepreneurship has long pondered the following question: Why, despite their high levels of motivation, effort and commitment, do so many entrepreneurs fail? This innovative volume tackles the complex question of entrepreneurial success, identifying the essential tools necessary for converting ideas into reality and offering concrete means for acquiring and strengthening those tools.
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Chapter 9: Putting it all together: a model of the highly effective entrepreneur

Tools for Making the Possible Real

Robert A. Baron


Getting off to a very good start: from ideas to destinations Motivation and goals: knowing what you seek—and why Enhancing creativity—and avoiding “mental ruts” Identifying opportunities worth pursuing Tools for staying focused—and making progress Self-knowledge: knowing what you know and do not Working well with other people Building a strong founding team Developing effective social networks Social and political skills: beyond social capital Important steps along the way Savor—but also manage—your enthusiasm and passion Plan—but remain flexible Making good decisions—alone, and in groups Resilience in the face of the inevitable setbacks Learning from mistakes Personal happiness: the ultimate goal

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