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The Secret Sauce of Success

At the 2017 Propelify Innovation Festival over 80+ world class, renowned founders, technologists, and innovators shared their knowledge and expertise with over 10,000 members of the innovation community in Hoboken, New Jersey. A frequent topic in all of the talks and panels? Success. Or more specifically, how to pursue, achieve, and maintain success. A few of the key ingredients everyone agreed were crucial for creating a successful business?  Unwavering passion, embracing failure, and following your intuition. Read on for more advice from previous Propelify Innovation Festival speakers to help you create your own formula for success:

Follow Your Heart

Launching a brand and running a company is exhilarating, exhausting, and at times, downright overwhelming.  If you feel unsure about what step to take next in your business, try tapping into your intuition for guidance and help. Often, your heart knows the most authentic, true path to take. 

“I had to keep asking myself: what is your truth? And why mess around with anything that’s not your truth? Life moves too fast,” Claude Silver, the Chief Heart Officer of VaynerMedia said about making a decision during a difficult transitory career period.

Bottom line? The next time career paralysis analysis by affects you, try listening to your internal voice for guidance on your next move for success. You might be surprised by the wisdom you hear.

Read for more takeaways from Claude’s career journey: How the Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia Followed Her Intuition to Success 

Embrace Failure

The phrase “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” and its many variations are oft-repeated cliches for a reason. They’re all true. The only way to ever become successful is to fail again and again and again. And then to fail some more.

“The lived experience of an entrepreneur is constant failure on your way to some success,” Matt Lieber, Co-Founder of Gimlet Media said. “Am I afraid I’ll fuck it up? Yeah. And I fuck it up everyday. But, you’re going to make mistakes. You need to confront the mistakes, talk about them about your team, and then try and learn from them.”

Bottom line? Failure is not the enemy to success. Failure to learn is the enemy of success.

Read for more great advice from Matt: How to Create a Successful New Media Company

Be Fanatical

No one will ever care about your business as much as you will. And, you can use that all-consuming passion to your advantage to push forward crazy fast, bounce back from obstacles, and ultimately find success.

“Be obsessed with your business,” George Levin, Co-Founder and CEO of Getintent said. “The best way to succeed as a start-up is to concentrate on your business and nothing else. In the early days of a startup, you need to not only work smart, you need to work hard.”

Bottom line? Wanna succeed? Hard work and singular passion are keys.

Read for more awesome lessons from George: Failure, Opportunity, and Entrepreneurship in The Land of Dreams

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If you’re in the innovation community, you belong at this year's 2018 Propelify Innovation FestivalLearn from amazing speakers, connect with startups and investors, hire and be hired, and so much more. Join us on May 17, 2018. #LetsPropel