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Be Prepared, case First Inverview regarding my Unstoppable Entrepreneuship book

Today I had my first interview regarding my Unstoppable Entrepreneurship book. I had a really busy day and I did not prepare well enough. I got interview questions 3 hours before interview but I was in the meeting and I did not have time to read trough those questions.

Fortunately I had copy of my book script and I spread it all around the office floor. Last minute preparation. At office we have very Good Skype microphone (Jabra) and fast 1000/1000 internet connection. I was not prepared enough, but still I was in time and made some preparations before scheduled meeting.

Be Prepared

If you are going to job interview, sales meeting, board meeting or any meeting I strongly suggest that you prepare for that in advance.

  1. Consider who is invited
  2. Stick to your schedule
    Send agenda to participants before meeting.
    Read agenda and questions in advance 
  3. Test technique in advance: Skype Microphones, video projectors etc.
  4. Start on time, end on time
  5. Follow up
I failed on preparation. Anyway that was my first interview and I know how I can be better next time.

Failing is one part of being successful.  This reminds me about lesson #19 in my Unstoppable Entrepreneuship book:

#19 Buy More “Lottery Tickets” 
The unstoppable entrepreneur knows that having plenty of revenue
streams is a good thing. Think of revenue streams as if
they were lottery tickets: the probability of success increases
when you have more possible ways to be successful. 
I have hundreds of customers. Sometimes one orders more,
sometimes less. I can serve my customers according to differentfinancial situations. In growing markets some customers
may place more orders, whereas others place more orders during
The amount of customers is important in managing risk and
growth. In just a couple years, a small customer of mine became
a huge customer. At the same time, a big customer scaled
down to become a smaller customer when their business industry
was in crisis. 
I’ve made several angel investments in startup businesses, and
own small shares in dozens of startups. Some of them have
been failures, while some became great successes. From the
starting line, you’ll never know what opportunities you’ll get
when you invest in something. You can never be exactly sure
what will be successful. 
Some businesses I can influence myself, while some I can’t.
Luck is a happy accident on your way to success. It comes to
people who work hard toward their dreams. Luck is the good
stuff that happens without planning. 
Give yourself the possibility to be lucky with concurring possibilities
for success. Make your own luck by moving forward,
being curious and working hard. “Buy” more “lottery tickets”
in your life.

Have a successful life! 

Ilkka O. Lavas
serial entrepreneur


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