Are You An Entrepreneur?Written by Fred DiUlus
With all buzz about everybody being an entrepreneur these days wouldn't it be nice if you could really find out if you have what it takes?
Sure it would.
The following profile was adopted over a period of several years of research from successful entrepreneurs worldwide to assist would-be entrepreneurs determine if they have traits to undertake a new venture.
Can we describe what an entrepreneur is? Simply, an entrepreneur is one who undertakes something new or remakes something old and eventually succeeds. Entrepreneurs may fail, and often they do, before they get it right. But there are no entrepreneurs who are failures. Entrepreneurs only look upon a failure as a stepping stone. One door closes, another opens.
Do YOU have entrepreneurial mystic?
This assessment is result of analyzing character traits of successful entrepreneurs. It measures entrepreneurial readiness whether one considers s/he is an entrepreneur. Much study and research by academics around world has gone into attempting to determine who is, or can be, an entrepreneur. Unfortunately, not one reliable predictive model has successfully been developed, nor is it likely one will beyond identifying traits and trying to measure up to them.
This all seems pointless however even if one has traits because it does not guarantee any measured individual will become an entrepreneur. Just having traits does not guarantee SUCCESS and yet success is required to earn title of Entrepreneur. If, for example, an individual assessed has all apparent attributes of a so-called entrepreneur but fails in new venture they undertake, mantel of true entrepreneur can never be worn because word “Entrepreneur” is embodied in word “Success”. (www.CEFE.org)
Preparing to breastfeedWritten by Laura King
So, you've decided to breastfeed - wonderful! We're here to help you get prepared, and to supply you with resources for help if you need it. Breastfeeding is such a natural thing; you would think that mother and baby should just instinctively know how to do it. While there is truth to that statement, there are a number of reasons why breastfeeding might get off to a rough start. Mom might have flat or inverted nipples, be tired and sore from a difficult birth or recovering from a c-section, or be unaware of how to watch for a good latch. Baby might be groggy from medications given during labor or have difficulty learning to latch on properly if (s)he received a pacifier or a bottle in hospital. Your best bet for breastfeeding success is to arm yourself with knowledge beforehand, to have a few necessary supplies on hand, and to be aware of resources that are available for help if you need them.
There are lots of books available on breastfeeding; some provide better information than others. Current research supports feeding one cue (whenever baby is hungry) as best approach, so be wary of any book that encourages you to feed your baby on a predetermined schedule. Some good books to start with are The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International, The Breastfeeding Book by William and Martha Sears, and The Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins. If you plan to return to work after birth of your baby, Nursing Mother, Working Mother by Gale Pryor would be a valuable addition to your library. Motherwear's Essential Breastfeeding Guide also an excellent resource that can be downloaded and printed for free.
Very little is needed in way of supplies to breastfeed successfully - as a mother you're already possess most important "equipment"! But there are few things that are good to have on hand to make process go more smoothly. The first is 3-4 good nursing bras. Motherwear offers most extensive selection of high-quality and stylish nursing bras available in sizes 32A to 50J. Be sure to choose carefully to ensure a proper fit. In early weeks, you will probably want to use breast pads as well to help with any milk leakage. You may also want to have some Lansinoh Cream or other nipple cream on hand in case you have any problems with soreness. In addition, there are nice breastfeeding support kits available that would make a nice gift for any nursing mother.