We Are All Entrepreneurs: Being the CEO of You, Inc.

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In today’s culture, entrepreneurship is glorified. But for all the wrong reasons. We elevate founders – well, the conventionally successful ones – to heights previously reserved only for rock bands and movie stars. Success, the ultimate American value, is exemplified by the narrative of the solo dreamer who had an idea and then through grit, determination, and deserved good fortune, achieved fame and material wealth within his lifetime. Of course, this story is a fabrication. No one achieves success alone. The road from idea to IPO is never a straight, ascending line. And the original seed was usually planted in […]

May 2019: Arts & Culture

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Mixed media installation of baby dolls, acrylic, wallpaper, electrical, metal, LED lights, neon,
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I have a confession to make. I only read nonfiction. Seriously. Over the past five years, I can only recall one fiction book I’ve read, and that was on vacation. Even biographies seem laborious. I am so hungry to learn, so dedicated to continuous evolution, that time spent in a printed story seems wasted. (Somehow I forget to apply this logic to my Netflix queue.) Of course, I’m completely wrong. Stories are the language of our humanity. They communicate deeper meaning more effectively than any literal description ever could. Stories are how we persuade, how we remember valuable lessons, how […]

April 2019: Money Realness

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Money. Chances are, you have a visceral reaction to that word. There’s the word itself, and then the object… but the meaning it has in our lives can range from insignificant to (more often) make or break. In money, as in every area of aspiration, we benefit from keeping it real. In this month’s issue, our contributors strip away any pretense around money to share their true experience grappling with the meaning of money in their own lives and work. How does our family history play into our relationship with money? Can our relationship with money change? How important is […]

March 2019: Evaluating Wellness

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Fiona Aboud

Are you running on empty? If you’re constantly in growth mode, as goal-oriented people are prone to be, you may find your tank is constantly flirting with depletion. Overdoing it can lead to fatigue or even burnout before your goal has the chance to be realized. The metaphor of “putting your oxygen mask on first” before helping others is always useful, but difficult to practice if your M.O. is stretching yourself thin to support others. What happens if you expend more energy than you have to spare? Your “help” can actually become a burden on others or you resent the people you’re […]

Dear CEO: Your Feel-Good Diversity Initiative is Undermined By Every Other Way You’re Doing Business

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Last week, I sat in huge ballroom full of entrepreneurs and cringed as a white male CEO gave a TED-style talk on how he solved diversity. Yeah, that happened. You see, he has realized his business – oh! also his industry – oh oh! also his city – were too white and too male, and so he co-launched an initiative to place a one person of color as a paid intern at each of several dozen local startups. He had written an editorial on it too (not the kind of searching op-ed that’s designed to explore potential solutions difficult problems; the […]

February 2019: Diversity & Culture

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Welcome to the most provocative issue of Pregame Magazine to date. In discussing this month’s topic of diversity and culture, our contributors opted to keep it real. No maxim-riddled fluff. We went straight for the cultural jugular, favoring much-needed call-outs over the typical overoptimistic (and oversimplistic) opinions which do little more than to serve to keep us all exactly where we are as an individual or as a culture. I couldn’t be more proud. You see, it’s easier to stay in the feel-good zone; to wrap complicated concepts with a neat little bow. But if diversity were easy, wouldn’t we […]

January 2019: Pregame Your Goals

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  We Don’t Make Resolutions. We Achieve Goals. Those are the words boldly emblazoned across the windows of Pregame HQ at this very moment. They’re a dare. They’re calling out empty intentions. They’re inviting you to rethink your New Year strategy. There seem to be three stages of New Year’s resolutions: Yeah! Resolutions! We optimistically intend to lose weight, save money, do a Whole 30. Then, after January’s discipline and motivations subside, February feels tenuous, and by March we conveniently forget (or purposely ignore) those dreams when real life and old habits reconvene to sabotage all that initial progress. Which […]

December 2018: Impact

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A lot of lip service is paid to giving back; to what’s wrong, who’s responsible, who needs help, and how to help them. But how much action is being taken? My hunch is that the ratio of talk:action is wildly disproportionate. This month, we explore what our impact is on our clients and on our community at large. At Pregame HQ, every year, quarter, and month, we set Impact goals. Often the most overlooked area of business, impact encapsulates the areas of reputation, legacy, and community impact. For most solopreneurs and newer businesses, impact goals are the realm of building one’s […]

November 2018: Changing the Game

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Yeah, we know. We’re working that sports metaphor to death here at Pregame. But it’s warranted. Whether we admit it or not, we’re playing to win. So why do we compartmentalize the lessons learned in and from sports? Especially in creativity and art, we act as if sports don’t exist. Blame it on a vague feeling of competition (and perhaps, in the professional realm, resource envy), but those of us who create and innovate often overlook the value of principles like repetition, discipline, and form on the path to success. The approach to being successful in physical endeavors has much to […]

Putting Crowdfunding in Perspective: Respect Your Audience to Maximize Your Results

Alexander Reben

Funding ain’t easy. Technology makes it seem easy, especially with platforms like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and GoFundMe holding the promise of access to new fans with open wallets. Of course, it takes a tipping point of personal contacts funding a project to a certain dollar amount in order to access your yet-unknown audience. Which means outreach to friends, family, and colleagues is a necessary part of the phenomenon that is crowdfunding. Even when your loved ones love to help, there’s a risk of alienating your long-term, loyal audience with a crowdfunding push if it’s founded on a free-money mentality. Free money — […]