Don’t Stare At the Marshmallow

By Fatmanur Erdogan, Hurriyet Daily News (click here for Don’t stare at the marshmallow) When you’re stuck in a rut, it’s hard to get out. You feel hopeless, like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. The economy might be bad, maybe your sales are down, your customers aren’t renewing their contracts, and you’re losing money left and right. Maybe you’re looking for new customers, but they want products you don’t have, and you’re out of the cash you need to invest in new ones. It’s clear to you that there’s a problem, but the solution isn’t coming […]

Making The Familiar Fresh Again

By Fatmanur Erdogan, Hurriyet Daily News (click here for Making the familiar fresh again) Having lived abroad my entire adult life, I came back to Turkey in 2003. Upon returning, I felt like an expat, a foreigner in my own country. I saw everything with fresh eyes, exploring the cities as if they were new to me, and relearning my own culture and people. I got curious about my own country all over again. I felt like a child stumbling onto something new and unexpected. I felt energized, happy and excited. When you are an expat, traveling around the world, […]

Finding Inspiration In A Dry Spell

By Fatmanur Erdogan, Hurriyet Daily News, Finding Inspiration In a Dry Spell (click here) An entrepreneurial person is resourceful, curious, and observant.  Always looking for something new to learn.  Always looking for new opportunities, and always pursuing the ones that hold promise of changing things for the better. Those high expectations come from all directions, including from ourselves.  But in today’s business environment, we often forget that we are just human, too.  We forget that in life, we can’t expect to be at our best every day.  Some days will be up, and some will be down.  We go through […]

Innovate With An International Workforce

By Fatmanur Erdogan, Hürriyet Daily News (click here) International experience is one of the best feathers you can add to your career’s cap.  Ask any executive, and they’ll tell you their companies love finding talented employees who have lived and worked abroad.  Study abroad is good, but not nearly as good as working abroad. When a company sees you have succeeded in the work world overseas, they know you understand how to work with people who have different backgrounds and perspectives, and they know you are adaptable and can thrive in different cultures.  It puts you one step ahead of […]