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A great workplace appreciation idea anyone can copy- Workplace culture

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Seer Interactive has a display of thank you cards in their lobby. Any employee or visitor can take a card and a postage stamp. As founder Wil Reynolds said when he was giving my class a tour of his office, “We want everyone to be able to send a thank you note anytime. If your grandma did something for you, your parent or a client or co-worker – pick up a note and send that card.”

Putting up a rack of cards, doesn’t create a workplace culture of kindness on its own, `but it’s a ...

Retirees Help Thousands of Veterans – Offers Easy Way for Us to Help Too

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In 2004, Mark and Tori Baird got a knock on their door from a Marine who’d just returned from Iraq. As in, that day.

While the Marine was serving, his wife had been laid off, and upon returning home, he discovered his wife and small children were living without electricity. Hoping to make the $100 to get their electricity turned back on, the soldier was wondering if the Bairds had any jobs around the house he could do to earn the cash.

Mark and Tori offered the Marine $100. He refused to ...

Famous Failures: 23 Famous Failures to Inspire You

Written by Brad Aronson 2,165 Shares

Don’t be afraid to fail. In fact, failures often lead to success. Take inspiration from both the famous failures and the lesser known failures below. All of these failures were followed by perseverance and enormous successes.

I originally compiled this list of famous failures for my entrepreneurship class. The class curriculum consists of each student starting a businesses. These famous failures were meant to give the class some comfort about failures related to their businesses and the challenges they faced as teenagers.

I hope you also find these famous failures helpful.

Jack Andraka

When he ...

Teen Entrepreneurs: 10 Awesome Teen Entrepreneurs

Written by Brad Aronson 661 Shares

I met some inspiring teens at the Schoolyard Ventures expo for teen entrepreneurs.

These teen entrepreneurs have lessons for all of us:

If you see a problem fix it:

Teen Entrepreneurs Cody Wax and Dawson McCartney, WTGF! What the Gluten-Free!

Cody Wax and Dawson McCartney, WTGF! What the Gluten-Free!

Cody Wax suffered from stomach problems for years until doctors figured out that he had gluten intolerance.

Although Cody was ecstatic that changing his diet eliminated his stomach problems, he was a little disappointed in the lack of tasty gluten free desserts. Instead of simply complaining, Cody decided to make his own desserts.

Cody and his classmate ...

Teenage entrepreneurs develop life-changing device for wheelchair users

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Stephen Campbell’s grandmother was a wheelchair user. Stephen noticed that people in wheelchairs often back their wheelchairs into things causing embarrassment and damage. Plus, if you have a back injury, backing into something can be excruciating.

Stephen asked, “If cars can have backup notification systems, why can’t wheelchairs?”

Stephen and his business partners (Miranda Keeler, Aaron Seidman, Deepak Iyer and Kate Evanko) decided to do more than just ask the question.

Teenage Entrepreneurs
The Sensei’s team — Kate Evanko, Aaron Seidman, Stephen Campbell, Deepak Iyer and Miranda Keeler.

The high school entrepreneurs studied the problem by conducing ...

10 Incredible entrepreneurs serving veterans, how they got started & how you can help

Written by Brad Aronson 819 Shares

“Serving those who serve us is both an expression of thanks from a grateful nation and a fitting tribute to our military heroes who inspire us to a cause greater than ourselves,” said Carolyn Blashek.

I think Blashek, the founder of Operation Gratitude, accurately summed up the feeling of the founders and volunteers with each of the amazing nonprofits below.


K9s for Warriors

After 68-year old Shari Duval’s son returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Shari noticed that despite the trauma, he could


Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

Written by Brad Aronson 443 Shares
You’ve failed many times, although you may not remember.You fell down the first time you tried to walk.You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim, didn’t you?Did you hit the ball the first time you swung the bat?Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot.R. H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on.English Novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he published 564 books.Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he also hit 714 home runs.Don’t worry about failure.Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.

Life Advice–6 Great Ways to do Better in Business and in Life

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Here is some great business and life advice from around the Web.

1) Go for it. “Today, my father told me, ‘Just go for it and give it a try! You don’t have to be a professional to build a successful product. Amateurs started Google and Apple. Professionals built [and sailed] the Titanic.’” From Makes Me Think.

2) Keep it simple in life and business. “In the late 1920s, United Fruit and Sam [Zemurray’s] company were trying to acquire the same piece of land, a fertile expanse that straddled the border of Honduras and ...

Teen Entrepreneurs – 11 Important Business Lessons from Teenage Entrepreneurs

Written by Brad Aronson 210 Shares

At an event last week, 38 teen entrepreneurs pitched their companies to local businesspeople. Each attendee received $5 in Startup Bucks to “invest” in any of the student businesses. The student business with the most Startup Bucks at the end received a cash prize.

The teen entrepreneurs were participants in Schoolyard Ventures, a Philadelphia based organization that helps high school students become entrepreneurs. The students often join Schoolyard Ventures’ programs even if they don’t have a business idea. They come out with confidence, companies, and in many cases, revenue. It’s exciting that 34% of ...

Jack Andraka — 15-Yr-Old Jack Andraka Invents Cancer Test 10X More Sensitive & 26,000X Cheaper than Current Tests

Written by Brad Aronson 21,139 Shares

Jack Andraka enjoys mountain biking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and science. According to his Facebook page, he’s a fan of Beavis and Butthead, Family Guy and The Simpsons. Oh yeah—when Jack was 15-years-old he also created a new diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer. Jack Andraka’s test is 28 times faster, 26,000 times less expensive and over 100 times more sensitive than the current diagnostic tests. And, in case that’s not impressive enough, the test also works for ovarian and lung cancer.

His diagnostic test earned him first prize at the Intel International Science and ...

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