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An entrepreneurial childhood

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Have you heard the phrase "children are born entrepreneurs". In my childhood I used to spend my summers earning money by collecting snails and herbs and selling them to the local co-op for export to faraway lands. Collecting snails was great fun: wandering ...

From "brownie points" to "short-selling"

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The first job in my career was a low-paid 6-month marketing internship at a white goods manufacturer. I got it through a personal connection - via the wife of the CEO. She had offered me a home-cooked brownie during the break at language class at university (she was taking c...

A birthday to remember

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The 2003 birthday of a good friend of mine was coming up soon and I wanted to give him a memorable present. I bought him Steven Hawking’s “Brief History of Time” but I wanted the present to be more than just a book. I came up with a plan: an office-wide quest in which he had to find his own present. I scattered 7-8 clues around the entire office floor, one leading to the other...

Talk the talk, yolk the yolk!

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I delivered my first public talk at age 23. I had prepared a 20-page paper on advertising in tourism and had a 30-min slot to present it at an international tourism conference. I had worked really hard on that paper and had come up with a lot of interesting discoveries and creative ideas. I wanted to say it all: 20 pages in 30 min. I practiced my talk several times before the event but couldn...