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Your first question after reading the title is likely, “what’s Univa?” I’m glad you asked.

Univa is an online networking platform designed for the entrepreneurs, innovators, and creatives of our world. There’s a special focus on our platform for those who are (or want to be) engaged in a start-up, but if that’s not you, the platform is still packed with value.

Let’s assume it is you, however. You’ve had your start-up idea bouncing around your head for months now, you’ve maybe shared it with a few people, and you’re ready to actually start your start-up.

Like many in your…

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If you’re an entrepreneur and you’re reading this title, I imagine at least two things caught your eye.

First, the number “one.” You’re probably used to reading articles or listening to podcasts that offer you at least three or more goals for the new year. Coming across an article that’s suggesting just one goal may feel a bit, well, weird.

Second, the word “abnormal.” Admittedly, this word still feels like an interesting choice to me. …

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I think almost everyone has at least one entrepreneur in their life. Or, at least everyone has someone in their life who is entrepreneurial in their approach to life.

The entrepreneur (or entrepreneurial-like person) in your life is that person who is:

  1. Relentless in their pursuit of their innovative dreams.
  2. Driven by an unquenchable thirst to make the world better.
  3. Motivated by failure to keep trying.

Can you think of who this person is (or who these people are) in your life?

They’re the ones you love because they seem un-phased by failure, but they’re also the ones you sort…

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The New Year is almost among us and it represents a perfect opportunity to set some goals and leverage the cultural momentum of “starting fresh.”

So what if for 2021, your goal was to flourish rather than survive as an entrepreneur?

There’s quite a big difference between flourishing through something and merely surviving it.

Flourishing is a kind of living where one’s well-being is improved. You’re flourishing through a given project when that project (and whatever else you’re involved in) is contributing to your well-being, not detracting from it.

Surviving, on the other hand, is the kind of living where…

Mentorship is in many ways the single reason that I’m even writing this post.

If not for good-hearted, smart-minded, available mentors, there’s no doubt in my mind that I’d be in a very different position than the one I’m currently in. What’s really fascinating, though, is that my current position doesn’t owe to a singular mentor; it owes to a network of mentors.

My first mentor focused on leadership, music, spirituality and the blend between the three. At the time, I was a high schooler and was looking to play music for the church I was attending at the time.

Merriam-Webster defines burnout as exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation, usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.

Another definition of burnout is failing, wearing out or becoming exhausted from overwork or over use.

Burnout, then, is fairly problematic state to be in, don’t ya think?

I remember my first experience of burnout very clearly. It was my senior year in my undergraduate program. I was a philosophy major which meant my writing and reading demands were at an all-time high.

Between writing my senior thesis, balancing four other classes, working my internship, and trying to earn…

How many colleges or universities are you an alumnus or alumnae of?

Counting every community college and university I’ve attended, my answer is seven. That’s to say, there are seven different colleges and universities I’ve attended over the course of the last eight years.

This means that there are at least seven different colleges and universities that are (or that will be) fighting for my attention over the course of my life.

And why do colleges and universities want the attention of their alumni, the attention of folks like you and me?

Well, I think we all know the answer…

Culture is all-powerful.

No matter how strong-willed, stubborn, or determined you might be, culture will win the day. An organization’s culture will move the organization like wind that uproots deeply rooted trees.

No matter the size and stature of the tree, it is powerless to the wind — powerless to the forces of mother nature. Culture is much like mother nature.

Yet, they’re not totally identical.

The key difference between the two: we create culture, the tree does not create the wind.

It’s only after we create the culture that it becomes like the wind (and then us like the…

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I was about half way through my undergraduate degree when it dawned on me how important community was.

I would’ve claimed, however, that community had “always” been important to me. What you would have witnessed, then, was a break between my practice, on the one hand, and my theory, on the other.

Can you relate? Your practice ever differ from your theoretical commitments?

My claim that community was valuable and important didn’t infiltrate my actual practice of communing, if you will, until part way through college. But why did it change there? …

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Building a start up is no small task. In fact, it may be one of the biggest tasks you ever attempt. And that’s because what you’re aiming for, in the end, is not to have a start up.

You’re aiming for a full-functioning, profitable company (I hope).

But you’re not going to get this full-functioning, profitable company without first building a successful start up. “Start up,” to be clear, is just the name given to such companies while they’re in their beginning stages.

Of course, you’re also not going to build your successful start up unless you do a few…


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