Planning, Preparing, and Presto

We’ve all heard the stories.  He/She/It was an overnight success.  Yet if you spend time one-on-one with these overnight successes, you  are bound to hear the same thing.  Before the success came months (and often years) of planning and preparation before Presto…Success!  There is no such thing as an overnight success, there is simply a point in time when others may suddenly wake up and see that you are there. 

This Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at AZEC10  an incredible line up of speakers will be sharing their  stories, tips, and secrets with entrepreneurs from across Arizona and across North America.  They are business owners, VC’s and Angels, nationally known experts and innovators.  They are people just like you and me that can tell you that success is a journey, not a destination.

Like in the picture at right, you start at the bottom and work your way up.  You tell your story, get a little progress, start building solutions and start to grow.  To keep the growth going, it takes a commitment to ongoing development, plus evaluation of what works – and what doesn’t.  This leads to a degree of success which as others recognize the value and accept it as  their own  graduates to true innovation.

At the center of it all is teamwork.  These “overnight successes” will be the first to tell you, “No one succeeds alone.”  In every case, we met someone, learned a lesson, found a partner, or were buoyed up by the enthusiasm of customers or investors.

AZEC from the Stealthmode Flickr ArchivesBefore the “Presto” there is always planning and preparing.  AZE10 is a great example.  OTEF and a team of dedicated volunteers have worked for a year to bring together the best collection of speakers to inspire others to Hit the Reset and get things growing again.  Behind the  scenes, team members have been working logistics, driving marketing campaigns, recruiting sponsors, and spreading the word.  Each step in the process from planning to preparing and getting ready for the big “Presto” took hours of time that they donated so that others could benefit from the shared experience of connecting, engaging, and sharing  ideas that will lead to new growth in our community and our economy.

But to benefit from all of this – there is another “P”  that comes into play.  You have to be PRESENT to win in the Great Reset.  Already hundreds of business owners have said “count me in”  and joined their fellow entrepreneurs and business owners at the Arizona Entrepreneurship Conferences over the last five years.  Wednesday, November 17, 2010, is your opportunity to begin the journey to your overnight success.  Are you ready?

I’ll be looking for you at AZEC10.

… If you have not registered for AZEC10 yet, use discount code PhxBiz and save 10% off the ATTENDEE ticket price.


Thanks for stopping by.  Stay tuned…

Joan Koerber-Walker

Note:  Joan Koerber Walker as Chairman of the Board of The Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship foundation,which is the host organization and sole beneficiary of AZEC10.  To learn more about OTEF, visit


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