Rachel Strauss on Accountability

“Entrepreneurs are constantly in overdrive. In order to limit the potential ramifications associated with non-stop, 24/7 "go-mode", build in reflection and measurement assessments.”

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Tell us about your current work!

I run the world's top-rated entrepreneurship competition for high school students, the Diamond Challenge. As the competition title alludes, we aim not only to help cultivate brilliant minds but to showcase that entrepreneurship is limitless and there are infinite possibilities available when high school students engage in the entrepreneurial process NOW. We work with any teen from any location with any idea, and our aim is to positively alter trajectories so high school students more quickly identify and pursue their long-term purpose.

The subject area Rachel can best help entrepreneurs with:

  • Working on global teams

  • Competitions

  • Education

  • Evidence-based entrepreneurship methods

  • Software (competition management software, customer relationship management software, inbound marketing software)

  • Event planning

The best professional advice Rachel can give to entrepreneurs:

Entrepreneurs are constantly in overdrive. In order to limit the potential ramifications associated with non-stop, 24/7 "go-mode", build in reflection and measurement assessments. It can be as simple as a list of pros/cons, utilizing a project management software, or remaining as specific as monitoring and evaluating OKRs. The tactics should be consistent, actionable, thought-provoking, and accountability-focused. Taking ownership of your path or your environment can significantly impact your trajectory.

Mentor Hype:

We are developing a long-term community pipeline to authentically engage over 10,000+ alumni!

A book that changed your perspective: Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith
Words you live by: Luck favors the prepared mind
Top productivity hack: I set alarms 5-10 minutes (sometimes more) prior to every meeting/activity on my phone so I can gather my things, mentally prepare, ensure the meeting or activity intention is set and guarantee that I am on time. These timers can serve as personal deadlines for blocked tasks as well to increase efficiency. I find that calendar alerts aren't as effective as a loud phone alarm!

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