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Ben Brooks
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"In SaaS, you don’t win by getting there first or having the best idea. You win by continually solving the problem better. When you build a feature that’s extremely popular or successful, the competition will steal it." Thankfully, continually solving the problem better is PILOT main focus. https://blog.usejournal.com/why-trello-failed-to-build-a-1-billion-business-e1579511d5dc
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Are you in a slump at work? I was excited to give Fast Company my tips on how to pull yourself out of one. After all, smart people know that work doesn't have to suck. https://lnkd.in/eD-CuJm
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I'm excited to share my Disrupt HR New York talk! Just 5 minutes (15 seconds/slide) that explains in part why employee development is broken (thus why I founded my startup). I'd love your feedback! https://vimeo.com/236965668
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THE SHOW MUST GO ON! Last night I went to bed with aches, chills, and a fever at its peak (from sinus issues). I dreaded Monday.

Yet today, after a lot of sleep and a solid morning meditation, I picked myself up, and at 9AM, closed on a large loan (with a personal guarantee) to fund @pilot_inc growth. I also hired a fabulous new team member. Closed a deal with one of our highest profile customers yet. Brought on a new technical advisor to the company. And led a powerful team meeting and made a bazillion decisions.

Sick days really throw me off as a startup founder, and when I am sick I remember what my mom told me about what it was like to be a mother ("You'll rise to the occasion even with little sleep or in poor health").

PS taking on significant debt to invest in my own idea and company is a wee bit frightening, but mostly deeply empowering as I've found something I believe in so much, and after 7 attempts, got a bank to give me a loan for!
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As a coach I favor systems far more than goals. Amazing summary of why this is a superior approach (and how it's helped me stay somewhat sane while launching PILOT). http://jamesclear.com/goals-systems
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I never expected or "dreamed" of being an entrepreneur, in particular, one focused on career counseling/HR technology. This article DEEPLY resonated with me.

"Commencement speakers are always telling young people to follow their passions. Be true to yourself. This is a vision of life that begins with self and ends with self. But people on the road to inner light do not find their vocations by asking, what do I want from life? They ask, what is life asking of me? How can I match my intrinsic talent with one of the world’s deep needs?" https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/opinion/sunday/david-brooks-the-moral-bucket-list.html?_r=0
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Always healthy to be put on the spot and share the story behind my career choices and what I've learned along the way. http://yscouts.com/interviews/ben-brooks-podcast-interview-founder-ceo-pilot/
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How running & being a CEO are similar. My tip includes being present to your internal signals of burnout. +MapMyFitness http://blog.mapmyrun.com/how-ceos-and-runners-are-alike/
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