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The Entrepreneur's­­ Toolbox Series: 1. Entrepreneurial Mindset for Success

'Entrepreneurial Mindset for Success' is the first in the Entrepreneur's Toolbox Series. Other topics in the series will include digital marketing, branding, business system modeling, social media marketing, leadership, financing, communication, innovation,  marketing systems, the art of the start and more. 

There's no more appropriate place to begin the Entrepreneur's Toolbox Series than starting with the subject of entrepreneurial mindset. 

According to the Financial Lexicon, individuals with entrepreneurial mindsets are often drawn to opportunities, innovation and new value creation. Characteristics include the ability to take calculated risks and accept the realities of change and uncertainty.

My story: Risk taking had never been a problem for me until a few years ago when I hit a rock and lost everything I built. After almost two decades of owning a chain of bookstores, a hair salon, an arts and craft market, an online grocery delivery business and then a company that produced conferences in 5 countries, I lost the edge, the entrepreneurial mindset that I once took for granted. I became afraid and negative. It took 2 years and many battles within myself to come back again. I understand more than ever, without the right mindset, it doesn’t matter how talented you are, how much resources you have, how highly trained you are and even how much support you get from your friends and family, it’s all for nothing. 

To succeed, we entrepreneurs have to cultivate a strong mind against what society feeds us: go with the flow, lay low and be safe. The first step to change the world or just to change your world is to train and shape your mind.

So how do you develop a strong entrepreneurial mindset that will pave the road to your success?

At this meeting, we will assemble a panel of 5 experienced business coaches and successful entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges and tribulations of the entrepreneurial journey and the ways to develop a strong entrepreneurial mindset for success.  

Bring your challenges and lots of questions for the panel. 

Join us at our first meeting!

Here are the Panelists so far: 

- SUE CLEMENT, Business Coach at Success Coaching
  No stranger to entrepreneurship, Sue has traveled the sometimes rocky terrain for over two decades.  She started an employment agency in 1990, grew it into a $5 million company, and successfully sold it after nine years. Since 2000, she has owned a profitable coaching practice guiding clients to nurture their business relationships and create dramatic sales growth.

- IMAN AGHAY, Founder of Success Road Academy and Vancouver Business Network
  Iman's first business he started when he was 18 was a 'a big failure' but then his second business grew to 15 employees by the time he was 20. In 2012 Iman was voted one of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants. His Vancouver Business Network is now the biggest business meetup in Canada. 

- JASON FRANCIS, CEO at CoLabs Communities; Co-organizer of VEBB
  Jason's intro - coming soon...

- JONATHAN CHOW, Executive Director at Spark Metric Lab
  See above. 

- More panelist to come ..

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  • Sue C.

    Jonathan, Thanks for coordinating such a fun and inspiring Meetup. It was great to connect with so many entrepreneurs and I loved hearing all the stories and insights from my fellow panelists - I'd say a very positive and inspiring evening!

    January 10, 2014

  • Dianne S.

    This was a fabulous first meeting, all the presenters were well presented, well spoken and highly engaging.

    1 · January 10, 2014

    • Jonathan C.

      Thanks for the encouraging words and being a part of our inaugural meeting! See you next time!

      January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent speakers, I really enjoyed myself and it was nice meeting the people afterwards. Inspirational, motivational and everything I hoped it would be. Looking forward to future meetings with this group.

    2 · January 10, 2014

    • Jonathan C.

      Glad you enjoyed it. I look forward to see you again at the upcoming meetings too! Thank you.

      January 10, 2014

  • Cheryl

    I'm sorry unfortunately I'm not able to make it. While I was on the waiting list, I accepted another committment. I look forward to future meetings.

    January 7, 2014

  • Maggie M.

    I totally agree with your belief that success is an 'inside job', Jonathan. I have another commitment on the 9th; however, I am looking forward to joining your MeetUp at a future time. Happy and Prosperous New Year to all.

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Who will be on the panel?

    December 10, 2013

    • Jonathan C.

      Myself, Jason Francis, co-organizer of this network and the CEO of CoLabs and 3 other successful business professionals/entreprene­urs who we can learn from. We will announce them as soon as we have confirmation. It will be a good way to start the new year by setting the right mindset.

      December 10, 2013

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