Sage Summit keynote emphasizes the power of partnerships and how to overcome challenges as entrepreneurs

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Today kicked off the start of day two of Sage Summit at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Attendees packed the conference center to hear two amazing keynotes during the morning and afternoon.

The morning keynote started off with an inspiring discussion from celebrity entrepreneurs Gwyneth Paltrow and Zooey Deschanel. Gwyneth Paltrow is an award-winning actress and the founder of Goop, a curated lifestyle brand for women. Zooey Deschanel is an actress, musician and the co-founder of Hello Giggles, a positive online community for women.

The theme for this morning’s keynote was making sure your business doesn’t lose sight of your long-term vision, how self-confidence goes a long way, finding the right partners, building a community around your brand, and the intersection of business and the importance of giving back.

Both women expressed the power of partnership being an essential key to business growth.

“A good partnership is like a safety net. They are there to help you get back up and to push you to grow,” said Paltrow.

Deschanel touched on hiring the right people to help you run your business and look and feel better.

“You’re only as good as the people you work with,” said Deschanel. “You cannot do it alone. Having amazing people around just makes you better and makes you look better.”

The women also discussed the importance of creating a sense of community and having a positive impact on other people’s lives.

After a busy day of attending inspirational sessions from industry thought leaders and networking, thousands of attendees piled back into the auditorium hall at McCormick Place to hear how to handle sink or swim moments when running your own business from Robert Herjavec and Daymond John, investors from the ABC’s Emmy Award-winning, hit show “Shark Tank.”

Herjavec and John shared their journey through entrepreneurship while giving words of wisdom to small business owners on how to handle the rollercoaster ride of owning your own business and still succeeding.

“Life is a timeline. We do not determine the stuff on our timeline. We determine the direction. When you are in the moment you have to survive,” said Herjavec.

The businessmen also talked about how money should not be your primary focus when starting your own business.

“Entrepreneurs always find a way. Money is not the stumbling block to success; lack of creativity, sales, and will is,” said John.

At the end of today, attendees learned that partnerships are the key that will ignite your business and help you survive during sink-or-swim moments.

“Knowing what you don’t know is the key to finding the right partners,” said Herjavec.

Attendees were also challenged to find their purpose and be transparent.

“The keys to success are transparency and being honest about what your purpose is,” said John.

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