It may sometimes seem like there are things that are out of control in your business, and other things that happen out of plain dumb luck. You may even find yourself wondering if you’d rather be lucky than good. To give some perspective on the odds of luck determining your success, I’d like to share one of my favorite business stories. During WWII, there was a rubber shortage in this country because we used to get most of our rubber from Asia and, well, there was a war going on there at that time.
I always say that being an entrepreneur is not enough. Yes, entrepreneurs are typically a fun, hearty, confident, enthusiastic bunch. That’s great, but not enough to sustain you in business. You have to be a businessperson, too. By that I mean, not only do you need the aforementioned traits, but you need to have (or develop) business skills like money management, leadership and so on. And part of that means being financially smart and thinking ahead. Two recent things underscore this.
For sure it is true that starting a business is one of the true joys in life. Few things beat the exhilaration of launching the business of your dreams and creating the type of career you have always wanted. It is fun and scary and challenging and exciting all rolled into one. But it all depends on one thing:It is impossible to live the dream if you can’t fund the dream. Now of course, it is possible to create a startup on a shoestring and people do it all the time.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".