“My articles for Hurriyet Daily News”

From Good To Great

By Fatmanur Erdogan, Hurriyet Daily News (click here for newspaper link) Sometimes being good just isn’t good enough. When the initial highs of success begin to fade, we almost always want more. We want to move on to even greater things. Whatever our current level, we want to reach for the next one. I think this is human nature. I […]

Entrepreneurship In Its Social Vein

By Fatmanur Erdogan, for Hurriyet Daily News (click here for newspaper article) At first glance, it’s not easy to find entrepreneurs whose businesses revolve around a social or environmental issue. For most entrepreneurs, the priority seems to be just getting a business going, and worrying later about making it socially and environmentally sustainable. There are […]

Your Customers Watch Each Other

By Fatmanur Erdogan, Hurriyet Daily News (click here for newspaper article’s online version) Almost all of us love watching movies. One reason we like them so much is we like to see people living through situations we experience in our own lives, too. We want to see old friends drifting apart. We want to see […]

Embracing New Technologies

Fatmanur Erdogan, Hurriyet Daily News (click here for the newspaper link) I love the Kindle, Amazon.com’s electronic book reader. It makes getting the information I need fast and easy. I like reading hard-copy books, too, but sometimes I want the information right now – I don’t want to have to wait days or weeks for a book […]

On Finding A Goal

By Fatmanur Erdogan, Hurriyet Daily News, (click here for nwspaper link to On Finding A Goal) It seems like just about every career advisor preaches the importance of goal-setting.  These self-proclaimed “life’s path” gurus tell us that before we act we must have a goal, and that without a goal, it is impossible to make […]

Don’t Stare At the Marshmallow

By Fatmanur Erdogan, Hurriyet Daily News (click here for Don’t stare at the marshmallow) When you’re stuck in a rut, it’s hard to get out. You feel hopeless, like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. The economy might be bad, maybe your sales are down, your customers aren’t renewing their contracts, and […]

Making The Familiar Fresh Again

By Fatmanur Erdogan, Hurriyet Daily News (click here for Making the familiar fresh again) Having lived abroad my entire adult life, I came back to Turkey in 2003. Upon returning, I felt like an expat, a foreigner in my own country. I saw everything with fresh eyes, exploring the cities as if they were new […]

Finding Inspiration In A Dry Spell

By Fatmanur Erdogan, Hurriyet Daily News, Finding Inspiration In a Dry Spell (click here) An entrepreneurial person is resourceful, curious, and observant.  Always looking for something new to learn.  Always looking for new opportunities, and always pursuing the ones that hold promise of changing things for the better. Those high expectations come from all directions, […]

Innovate With An International Workforce

By Fatmanur Erdogan, Hürriyet Daily News (click here) International experience is one of the best feathers you can add to your career’s cap.  Ask any executive, and they’ll tell you their companies love finding talented employees who have lived and worked abroad.  Study abroad is good, but not nearly as good as working abroad. When […]

Thriving On Flow and Challenge

By Fatmanur Erdogan, Hurriyet Daily News (click here for Thriving on Flow and Challenge) Flow is “a state of deep focus that occurs when people engage in challenging tasks that demand intense concentration and commitment. Flow occurs when a person’s skill level is perfectly balanced to the challenge level of a task that has clear […]