Vote for “Audit Your Soul: 10 Questions for Entrepreneurs” at SXSW

September 5, 2013

1:00 pm

SXSW 2014 planning has already begun, and thousands of sessions have been submitted for the huge tech festival next March.

SXSW Interactive alone saw 3,000 session proposals this year. Voting goes until tomorrow at midnight CT, so it’s down to the wire! The public voting counts for 30 percent of session scores, and the conference lineup will be announced in October.

I submitted a workshop proposal this year called “Audit Your Soul: 10 Questions for Entrepreneurs.” It’s meant to help entrepreneurs understand their motivations, fears, desires, strengths, etc. – basically, learn about themselves and use that knowledge to build a better business.

More info is below – show your support by voting! Couldn’t we all use a little more self-awareness?

Audit Your Soul: 10 Questions for Entrepreneurs 

Entrepreneurs try to get inside the minds of their customers and their competition. They try to understand their motivations, their hopes, their plans. But do they understand their own minds?

“Just do it” is the entrepreneur’s motto. It’s an injunction to start something, put it out there, and stop thinking so much. Yet many entrepreneurs miss the crucial first step of the process: knowing thyself.

Entrepreneurs who pinpointed their fear of failure would perform better than those plagued by unknown terror. Entrepreneurs who understood their personality quirks could build a more cohesive team. Entrepreneurs who consciously valued independence would make completely different decisions from those who valued money.

This two and a half hour long workshop will help you work through 10 questions that all entrepreneurs should ask themselves – questions affecting how you run your company and your life. You’ll be welcome to take time to reflect, then share and discuss your answers with the group.

–> Vote for the “Audit Your Soul” workshop

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact

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