The Path Redefined: Getting to the Top on Your Own Terms

The Path Redefined: Getting to the Top on Your Own Terms

by Lauren Maillian Bias


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Success is not about climbing over colleagues or climbing the corporate ladder; it’s about the ability to rise to your full potential and tackle challenges with enthusiasm. In today’s career climate, you have to be innovative and ambitious and capitalize on your individual talents.

The Path Redefined: Getting to the Top on Your Own Terms shows you how to achieve the highest levels of success and satisfaction in business and in life by tapping into the essence of what makes you unique. You can reach the pinnacle of your work and personal lives, faster and more independently than you ever imagined possible—on your own terms.

In The Path Redefined, serial entrepreneur Lauren Maillian Bias shares the lessons and tactics that rocketed her to the top of three completely different fields—all before she reached the age of 30. Using her extensive experience as a successful business owner, venture capitalist, and startup advisor, Lauren explains in easy-to-understand terms how to reinvent yourself and plan for success, all while embracing failure but learning from your mistakes.

Including advice and lessons from some of the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs and business executives, The Path Redefined will become an indispensable tool to maximize your full potential without compromising who you truly are.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939529763
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 05/20/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lauren Maillian Bias is a serial entrepreneur, named by Essence magazine to the Class of 2013 African-American Shot Callers. She is the Founder and CEO of Luxury Market Branding, a strategic marketing company, and is a Founding Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage venture firm focused on investments in mobile and consumer facing technology-enabled companies. At 19, Lauren founded a boutique winery that quickly became an internationally recognized award-winning wine brand, making her the youngest self-made winery owner in the country. She served as the Chief Operating Officer of the company from inception through the brand’s acquisition in 2011.

Lauren often speaks about entrepreneurship, female leadership, marketing, branding, business development, and early stage venture at various conferences and institutions including Harvard, Columbia University, Cornell, and the University of Virginia. She judges the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) business plan competition and the incoming classes of Start-Up Chile, an incubator program in support of entrepreneurship sponsored by the Chilean Government. Lauren is an active adviser to several startups and is a mentor to the Pipeline Fellowship and the Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator. Lauren's work has been featured in national media outlets including Forbes, American Express OPEN Forum, Fast Company, and Black Enterprise. In 2011, she was recognized at The White House by the Kauffman Foundation as an Empact100 Award honoree, the top 100 entrepreneurs under 30.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Forge Your Own Path xvii

Part I Attract Opportunities (Be Prepared)

Chapter 1 This Entrepreneurial Life 3

Chapter 2 Build a Life That's Serendipitous by Design (It's Okay to Ask for Help) 11

Chapter 3 Make Mo Small Plans (Don't Just Wing It) 21

Chapter 4 Take Control of Your Own Voice (Own Your Destiny) 35

Part II Invest in Relationships (Relationships Bring Opportunities)

Chapter 5 Exceed Expectations (Build a Legacy of Success) 47

Chapter 6 Reinvent Yourself (And Your Business) 65

Chapter 7 There's No Such Thing as Work-Life Balance! (Give 110 Percent to Whatever You Do) 79

Chapter 8 Claim It and Shine (Leverage Is What Makes You Different) 97

Part III Seize Opportunities (Don't Hesitate)

Chapter 9 Be Deliberate (Put Your Emotions Aside) 111

Chapter 10 Always Push Ahead (Use Your Tears to Move Through the Obstacles) 123

Chapter 11 Don't Be Afraid to Negotiate (Finessing a Successful Negotiation) 133

Chapter 12 Rebound Gracefully (Keep Calm and Carry On) 145

Part IV Succeed on Your Own Terms (Redefine Your Path)

Chapter 13 Live Life on Your Terms (Decide What Success Means to You) 157

Chapter 14 Embrace Failure (But Learn from Your Mistakes) 169

Chapter 15 Make It Look Easy (Don't Look Like What You've Been Through) 179

Chapter 16 Optimize for Satisfaction (Maximize Opportunities for Happiness) 187

Notes 197

Acknowledgments 199

About the Author 201

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