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Aug. 25, 2022

E014 - Essential Skills that will Make You a Better Entrepreneur with Mark Herschberg

E014 - Essential Skills that will Make You a Better Entrepreneur with Mark Herschberg

Networking, negotiating, communicating, leading, and career planning are critical skills to your career success. But did anyone ever teach you these skills? Join this conversation with Mark Herschberg as we discuss how you can master these vital skills and yield outsized returns for your career and income.

Mark Herschberg is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You, and the creator of the Brain Bump app. From tracking criminals and terrorists on the dark web to creating marketplaces and new authentication systems, Mark has spent his career launching and developing new ventures at startups and Fortune 500s and in academia, with over a dozen patents to his name. He helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, dubbed MIT’s “career success accelerator,” where he teaches annually. 

At MIT, he received a B.S. in physics, a B.S. in electrical engineering & computer science, and an M.Eng. in electrical engineering & computer science, focusing on cryptography. Mark helped create a platform at Harvard Business School to teach finance at prominent business schools. He also works with many non-profits, currently serving on the Plant A Million Corals board. He was one of the top-ranked ballroom dancers in the country and now lives in New York City, where he is known for his social gatherings, including his annual Halloween party, as well as his diverse cufflink collection.

During this episode, you will learn about:
Episode intro and a quick bio of the guest; Mark Hershberg
[02:28] A bit about Mark’s backstory and how he became who he is today
[07:06] How to assess what you need to soar even higher in your medicine career
[12:48] Deciding the direction to take in your medical specialty
[16:20] Using 90% of your day to know how the kind of your job
[18:54] The difference in impact between writing a book and speaking to a crowd
[19:53] Intended reader of his book and the principles he shares
[23:24] The ineffective skills training which only focuses on what you can remember
[27:04] Important skills that you will learn through practice and trial & error
[34:05] The skills are universal and applicable anywhere
[37:24] Things he wishes to have spent a lot of resources in the earlier stages of his journey
[41:01] How you can reach out and connect with Mark

Notable Quotes 

  • Understanding your customer's limiting factors and needs can help you align your offer with what you are looking for. [06:34]
  • Understanding what you want and find interesting can help you plan where you want to go. [10:44]
  • Don’t look at job titles. Look at the work components and then construct the job that sounds interesting to you. [15:56]

Mark’s Book

  1. The Career Toolkit: Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You by Mark A. Herschberg: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08QD93HRT/

Connect With Mark Hershberg

Website: https://www.thecareertoolkitbook.com/

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