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Victor Balasa

Serial Entrepreneur, Business Consultant, Blogger. I founded and sold multiple companies, both online and offline, before turning 20.

Suli Breaks was asked to close the TEDx Houses of Parliament sessions on the 27th of June, so he created the piece you can watch above especially for the event. Taking place at The Palace of Westminster and the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, the event centered on leadership this year, which inspired the spoken-word artist to go down memory lane, back to his childhood, when every kid wanted to be one of the Power Rangers.

The 25-year-old British-Ghanaian then goes on to explain how, though we’re expected to lead our own lives, society pressures us into the roles of followers. He contends that, rather than leaders, the world needs more communities guided by a common goal. Touching on his favorite anathema, institutionalized education, Suli waxed on the importance of new ideas, the best of which outlive the people who issued them.

Finally, he challenges everyone to recognize they all have a Red Ranger inside and the power to change the world through ideas can be tapped into by listening to that long-forgotten voice that they used to hear when they were young and unadulterated by the 9-to-5 way of life. What do you think – can we even remember, let alone act on, the all-in enthusiasm each of us was born with, but somehow lost along the way?

Watch out, entrepreneurs! There’s a new incubator in town, and it’s based… behind bars! At San Quentin’s prison, the inmates are being encouraged to go into business by consultants who hark from the cream of the Internet crop: LinkedIn, Quora and other Internet giants. The Last Mile program was first introduced in 2011 and unrolled over a six-month period in the slammer – at the end of which, on “demo day,” the enrollees got to pitch their idea to the big-leaguers they’re hoping to one day become.

By all accounts, working towards setting up a start-up makes more sense than earning a degree or turning your hand at whatever menial jobs inmates can do day in, day out, in the hopes of using that skill once on the outside. That’s because pitching a start-up is all about the – ehem – killer idea, not the criminal record of the person behind it. In the age bursting at the seams with information, the Internet’s actually serving as a different kind of sponge too, the wiping-your-slate-clean kind!

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It’s in our nature to watch series, we all love a good story after all!, so why not watch something we can learn from? I’m not talking about stuff like Shark Tank or The Apprentice. Those are a given! You must watch them if you want to learn more about business and be inspired.

Yet, there are plenty more to watch, so here’s what I recommend for all you entrepreneurs out there, whether we talk about TV series or YouTube channels. You’ll find inspiration, motivation, great ideas and loads of information to put to good use:

Guy Kawasaki is not only one of Silicon Valley’s key figures – from working for Apple in the 80s to creating his own successful businesses -, but also a great speaker and Steve Jobs’ trainee at some point. And in the video above he gives an awesome talk about this point precisely: being able to learn from Steve Jobs himself.

So listen carefully to the 12 lessons that Kawasaki mentions in this video like: