The Mindset of a Winner

The Mindset of a Winner

Success means a world of different things to different people. No one could argue that physics founder, Albert Einstein and his friend, silent film star Charlie Chaplin, would measure their own successes by the same criteria. Some people measure their successes by how they can improve the world they live in, some by how they can enrich other people’s lives through community action and awareness and others by how they can influence the world for the better. As subjective as success seems to be, the formula for success seems to be equally elusive as well.

We can, however, wrap our brains around similar philosophies and mindsets that successful people share. Tracking similar characteristics of some of the world’s most iconic success stories, we can gain more insight into how we can adopt some of those work philosophies to guide us to our own success stories.

At Venture X, we know that everyone has the same amount of time in their day as everyone else. Successful people develop habits that make the best use of their time. We have to wonder what have living and legendary successful people set in place to get them where they are today?

Successful people possess a strong sense of purpose

Home grown humorist, novelist, lecturer and entrepreneur, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Knowing who you are and what you want to achieve makes it easier to set realistic goals for yourself. That’s not saying that your goals won’t shift along the way but the stability of knowing what makes you tick, makes it easier to conquer obstacles on the journey to success.

Successful people know what they want and go for it

Cartoonist, animator, film producer, entrepreneur and American animation pioneer, Walt Disney once commented, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Along with courage, Walt Disney’s drawing talent and ability to see beyond the technology of his time, paved the way for moving cartoons, to fully animated feature length motion pictures. Along with the courage to help develop new technology, Walt Disney was always exploring new ways to tell the stories that are now ingrained in our popular culture. Disney purportedly held himself and his company to high standards in order to reach for the stars and achieve his goals.

Successful people realize that time is of the essence and set realistic goals along with what steps they have to achieve to get there

Neil Armstrong, engineer, astronaut, professor and first man on the moon knows a thing or two about good work habits and what it takes to achieve what you want. Knowing what you want and focusing on your strengths helps you set realistic time-sensitive goals. Organizing your projected progress into smaller, doable sections also keeps you on a time track that can motivate your forward progress. As Armstrong succinctly put it, “I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine.” Go figure.

Successful people stay focused

Michael Jordan, a brand unto himself, is considered the best basketball player of all time, and now, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets NBA team. He knows how to focus on what he wants. No one can be really good at everything.  Concentrating on specific activities that promote your goals is essential to achieving what you want. Jordan once said, “Some people want it to happen, some people wish it would happen and other people make it happen.” Of course, it doesn’t hurt to be 6’6,” well-spoken, good-looking and play basketball better than anyone else . . . ever.

Successful people are open to new ideas and are adaptable

Even though you know what you want and what you’re going for, innovator and entrepreneurial types realize they need to keep an open mind, learn new things and listen to others to keep ahead of the pack. American Nobel Prize novelist and adventurer, Ernest Hemingway influenced the course of 20th century fiction with his “economical and understated style.” Hemingway is famous for saying, “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” Staying focused also means listening to your colleagues, as well as your competitors.

When you listen, you often find your way around obstacles or come up with something that works better than your original plan. Harry Potter creator and ruling fantasy fiction innovator, JK Rowling, offered this bit of magical wisdom, “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Again, a little idea about a boy wizard and some incredible ideas about how to build a technologically complex fantasy world do help.

Successful people are confident, committed, and patient and know how to channel their negative emotions

Knowing what you want, having confidence in your ideas and actions goes a long way in keeping your ideas and actions moving towards your goal. Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian Independence Movement against British rule, pioneered the idea of non-violent protest. Gandhi said, “A small body of determined spirits, fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” Stay thirsty my friends. Gandhi didn’t say that, but it applies.

Patience and commitment are definitely aligning virtues for Tesla inventor and business magnate, Elon Musk, whose goals include reducing global warming through sustainable energy and reducing the risk of human extinction, by establishing colonies on other planets, Mars, as it turns out. While we see Musk’s visions for sustainable energy production and consumption becoming a reality today, his Mars colonization plan still has a ways to go. But as Musk put it, “If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.” And there it is.

On that same note, our favorite energy enthusiast, Albert Einstein, whose unconventional theories changed the world as we know it, but took a while for people to catch onto, once said, “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” Einstein channeled negative emotions into his piano playing, so they didn’t interfere with his work or blur his vision.

Successful people are passionate and effectively communicate their passion

Loving what you do shows in your work and transforms your ideas and dreams into success. Prolific artist and probably the most influential painter in the Modern Art movement, Pablo Picasso said, “Everything you can imagine is real.”  Expanding on that thought, another American Nobel Prize novelist and women’s rights activist, Pearl S. Buck said that, “Self-expression must pass into communication for its success.”  Successful people can communicate their ideas into action. Dynamic communication in any business venture is the lifeline to success.

Venture X in Naples, Florida offers a shared workspace environment where collaboration and communication are on the agenda every day. Located in Mercato, the heart of Naples, Venture X, part boutique hotel and part modern office space, is where a diverse community of architects, health and fitness publishers, tech startups, attorneys, small businesses and other professionals foster good working habits and networking opportunities. Contact Venture X Naples to get your work habits in gear and your ideas up and running, in a space geared to your success.

Media Advisory


Venture X – Naples


Venture X, a premier provider of workspaces for businesses and entrepreneurs, is opening its doors to all those in Southwest Florida affected by hurricane Irma to charge up electronic devices, connect to WiFi, and find air conditioned comfort and relief in its lounges, cafe and open desk spaces.


Starting Thursday, September 14th, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m.


Venture X, 9128 Strada Place #1115, Naples, FL 34108


Naples Florida, which was hit by the very eye of Hurricane Irma, is the heart and home of Venture X and most residents are still without power, cell service, internet and A/C. Venture X is opening the doors of its Naples facility to the public.

Starting Thursday, September 14th, those affected by hurricane Irma are invited to the lounge, open desks, and café area of the Venture X Naples workspace to charge up electronic devices and find air-conditioned comfort as well as WiFi access to connect with friends and family, or to get some work done. All first responders, emergency crews, power company workers, and others assisting in recovery efforts are invited to stop by to enjoy the much-needed air conditioning as well as the other amenities provided by Venture X.

Collier County is currently under a boil water notice and the facility will, unfortunately, not have access to water or coffee to provide. However, Venture X is working diligently to find solutions for those who stop by.

One of the Venture X core values is community, “We humans are social beings and we can achieve more together than alone. We therefore strive to build authentic, inspiring, connected communities. Our workspaces are part of the local community and caring about our neighborhoods is important to us.”


Tech Companies: Collaboration and Innovation in Coworking Spaces

Collaboration and Innovation in Coworking Spaces
As technology continues to change the way we navigate our lives, our world keeps expanding, while the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile devices allow increasing flexibility and creativity in the ways we work and play. As those much sought after online commuting and remote working environments have taken their places in the business-as-usual line up, a hybrid of sorts seems to be gaining in popularity as the traditional office is supplemented by shared coworking concepts.

For small businesses and startups, coworking spaces meet many needs in the way of a professional environment that fosters collaboration and networking, without office space rentals to wrestle with.  Today, even large companies are boldly going where corporations with large real estate presences didn’t dare to go, just a few years ago.  The sector unintentionally driving the current coworking trend is coming from those work-from-home lone rangers of the tech company variety. We know, ironic. While it’s true the very nature of tech companies suggests that all one needs is a computing device, an entrepreneurial spirit and a creative technical mind, tech start-ups make up 27% of coworking space memberships at Venture X in Naples’ Mercato neighborhood.

Collaboration inspires innovation

For tech startups, going out on a limb with a new idea or a revolutionary concept, collaborative, open environments can stimulate the imagination. Sometimes more than one point of view can make that one thing click that you just couldn’t see on your own. Coworking spaces tend to be places where knowledge sharing and the camaraderie of like-minded individuals ignites a synergy that bolsters creativity. Tech types who reported experiencing this creative energy vortex said their work performance improved in shared coworking environments. In John Duckworth’s 2016 article, Co-working: The future for tech companies?,” the author cited a 2012 Global Coworking Survey, where tech coworkers said, “their creativity had increased since moving into a coworking space, and 62% said their standard of work had improved.”

Venture X Naples offers so much more than just a shared work space

Tech companies and individuals can find even more inspiration in our Naples’ facility. Not your down and dirty start-up in a garage affair, Venture X is located in one of the most desirable areas of Naples, in the midst of a plethora of dining, cultural and entertainment venues. When it’s time to take a break, you can grab a bite and entertain clients or join other team members for a working dinner, just steps away. Back at the ranch, Venture X’s high tech facilities offer more than just an affordable place to work.

  • Our facilities, a well-designed mix of modern office space meets boutique hotel, feature an industrial loft design with floor-to-ceiling windows and exposed ceilings.

  • Warp speed fiber optic Internet makes working on mobile and lap-top devices move at the same pace as your ideas.

  • Fully equipped and nicely appointed meeting rooms are outfitted with the latest in conference and presentation technology so when it’s time to present your ideas to the money people, you are ready.

  • Free coffee, filtered water and a weekly catered breakfast fuel brainstorming sessions and save time running out for food and drinks.

  • A centralized café and lounge area, with a large kitchen promotes collaboration and serves as a community area for Venture X’s diverse professional community. Tech start-ups can interact with professionals from other tech start-ups, marketing professionals, attorneys, architects and other folks. You can share ideas with other professionals you may need to grow your business or compare notes with other companies.

  • Our large lounge area can accommodate up to 75 guests for special events, with ample free parking for your guests in an adjoining four story garage.

  • We offer concierge-level member services and access to our online, as well as, in person member network to keep you connected, collaborating, inspired and developing relationships that can grow your business.

  • Secure 24/7 access to your work space and common areas for early morning or late-night sessions.

Coworking plans at Venture X Naples are flexible

For individuals and small companies, Venture X Naples’ beautiful coworking office space plans are designed to save you money, while providing workspace solutions that fit your business needs. We offer flexible month-to-month agreements, with no long term leases or contracts required.

  • The Community plan, ideal for tech businesses that do not need office space every day includes a one day access to common areas per month, with added day passes for $25 per day available and meeting room access for $35 per hour. Great for touching base with your team and accessing the membership community, as well.

  • The Dedicated Desk plan is perfect for tech teams that want additional privacy and the same desk every day. Along with a dedicated desk, this plan includes a filing cabinet, ergonomic chairs, a mailing address, 24/7 access and three conference room hours per month.

  • The Shared Desk plan, a flexible full-time solution for free-spirits, allows you access to any open seat in our common area, plus a mailing address and two conference room hours per month.

  • Tech companies and individuals can also choose a Private Office plan or our Virtual Office plan among other options.

As coworking trends sail into the future of fluid office spaces, tech startups, established tech businesses and corporate tech teams are leading the way in collaborative, inspiring, knowledge-sharing community-based environments. Catch the coworking wave at Venture X Naples! Oh, in case it helps, we’re a five-minute bike ride to Naples’ beautiful, white, sandy beaches!

5 Reasons Why Venture X in Naples is the Right Coworking Space for Your Business

5 Reasons Why Venture X in Naples is the Right Coworking Space for Your Business
Remember when we all thought it would be the cat’s pajamas to ditch the daily commute and the grind and work from home? Sure, saving money on business attire was a definite plus, along with working more flexible hours but, after a while, we started to feel somewhat isolated and missed the hubbub of an office setting along with the sense of community and collaboration you just can’t get from emailing and Skyping your team members, clients and colleagues. Face it, we were confined to our homes and as much as we’ve been told, there’s no place like home, it turns out, we needed a change of scenery. Well, now we’re in luck, with Venture X Naples, we have a coworking space we can love.

As more Naples startups, small businesses and some large businesses, as well, are looking for well-appointed, upscale spaces that foster a networking and resource sharing business community, many are finding Venture X Naples to be just the ticket. It’s a space somewhere between a boutique hotel and a modern office environment.

Below are five reasons Venture X Naples coworking space is right for your Naples, Florida business:

  1. Location, location, location

    Venture X Naples is located in Mercato, the lifeline and cultural pulse of Naples, Florida. Surrounded by luxury office spaces, trending restaurants and exciting nightlife, Mercato is also the hub of many community and cultural events as well. You can meet with colleagues and clients in the comfort of our contemporary, industrial loft designed space that features high exposed ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace. Renting office space at Venture X could be the first of many smart business moves to grow your brand around many other like-minded entrepreneurs and individuals.

  2. Make a business statement

    If your business is growing and you need to actually meet in person with clients, your home doesn’t really cut it, does it? You may live in a beautiful home but nothing says, “I need a real office,” like your kids chasing the dog through your meeting or some other unlikely disaster coming to fruition at exactly the worst possible time. At Venture X, you can focus on your client’s needs in a space conducive to transacting business and then take them out to lunch or dinner at one of Mercato’s impressive restaurants.

  3. Save on overhead costs

    Your business is growing but your budget for renting an office does not exactly fit into the “desirable and/or safe neighborhood” category. Venture X’s coworking space in the Naples’ Mercato area makes renting office space a non-issue. You can rent a desk in our common area, a private office, a dedicated work space or whatever Venture X plan your business needs.
    Many large corporations can take advantage of Venture X’s collaborative spirit to inspire their next business ideas.  Having a dedicated office space saves money, giving your teams a place to coordinate plans and hold brainstorming sessions, bring team members together, without flying everyone to corporate headquarters at quite an expense.

  4. Not just an office space

    Need a meeting room to pitch your latest ideas or products? Our meeting rooms offer state-of-the-art conference technology with warp speed fiber optic Internet and professional copying, scanning and printing capabilities. Want to take a break, grab a bite and socialize? Check out our centrally located café and lounge/reception area with a large diner-style kitchen or step out on the terrace for some fresh air, a little sunshine and the opportunity to mingle with other tech-startups, architects, realtors, freelancers, health and fitness publishers and many more diverse professionals that inspire our local business community here in beautiful Naples, Florida.

  5. Special events

    No need to feel isolated when you have shared office space at Venture X, you can attend weekly events that provide social, cultural, educational and entrepreneurial insights into today’s marketing trends, explore the importance of consistency in customer experience and other timely topics you need to know to grow your business. With enough room to accommodate 75 guests, our high-ceiling spacious lounge area makes an excellent venue to host a private event. With a kitchen available for catered events and ample parking for your guests, your Venture X event can be a huge success, making memorable impressions on clients and colleagues.

If working in a hip, happening space inspires you? If you like being surrounded by other like-minded professionals who are striving to realize their business potential, sharing ideas and resources, in a supportive community sounds like a plan to you, make it your business to contact Venture X to see which office space plan works for you. We can help grow your business and save you money with flexible times, rates and so much more. Oh, and by the way, we’re a five-minute bike ride from Naples’ white sandy beaches! Just sayin’.

Pros & Cons: Coworking vs. Traditional Office Rentals in San Antonio

Coworking vs. Traditional Office Rentals in San Antonio
Here in San Antonio, more people than ever are looking for flexible work environments that foster collaboration and flexibility. Coworking spaces provide an affordable option to these entrepreneurs or individuals who work remotely without having to manage their office space.

Of course, not everyone wants to share their workspace with people they do not know which is why they may choose a private and more traditional office space. But, even the most private of office workers could save money and build a network of peers by looking into coworking spaces here in San Antonio.

San Antonio Embraces Coworking

Our city has become a melting pot of modern creatives who are looking to network with like-minded individuals. As more millennials enter the workforce, their need for flexibility is changing the way the entire workforce thinks about working. We are becoming less tethered to our desks thanks to platforms like Slack, Basecamp, Google Docs, and others. While not every business is interested in employing those who wish to wander, it is far more common to offer flexibility in where you choose to work.

Technology companies that are located in major cities such as New York, San Francisco, or Mountain Valley are often looking for talent in any location of the world and will allow those individuals to work remotely. Coworking spaces are a great alternative to setting up a temporary workspace at the local coffee shop or being confined to your home.

PROS of Coworking Spaces

  • Coworking with Venture X Saves You Money

Working from a coworking space as opposed to a traditional office rental can save you money in more ways than one. Instead of a lease or rental where you are committed to a long-term agreement and giving a large security deposit, with coworking spaces at Venture X, you work month to month on an as-needed basis. This provides flexibility for those who need it to accommodate for seasonal fluctuations in their schedules. If your work takes you to other cities where Venture X is located, you have the option to work from that space as well. It would be very costly to maintain offices in more than one city.

Additionally, with a coworking space, you rent the space you need, not more. Sometimes you may end up with additional space because it’s all that was available but if that space is not needed, that’s money you could be saving. Lastly, many forget to calculate for the cost of furniture, utilities and maintenance of an office space. With Venture X, you don’t need to worry about those additional expenses that can add up very quickly; we have tastefully selected office furnishings for you, we worry about the Internet and power bills as well as the cleaning and maintenance of the office.

  • Coworking Provides Access to a Wide Range of Talent

When someone works in an office, he or she is surrounded by the same people each day and everyone is working toward the same goal. But, with coworking spaces, they have access to lots of different talented individuals and often those that work in industries completely different than their own. You can bounce ideas off these individuals, trade resources, or even work together.

  • Coworking Spaces Offer a Support System

As any entrepreneur will tell you, getting a business started is not an easy task. Although one is not usually completely alone in this undertaking, it is rare to have others with the same goal in mind working in the same office. In a coworking space, you can seek advice and words of encouragement as well as bounce ideas off of others who are navigating this course as well.

  • Coworking with Venture X Offers Networking Opportunities

Regardless of the size, every office offers networking opportunities with other professionals before, during or after the work day. Never underestimate how far some connections can take you; they may know someone who knows someone that you end up working with on a project.

  • Coworking Equals an Ongoing Learning Opportunity

All successful individuals will tell you that you should always strive to surround yourself with people you can learn something from and who are in places where you want to be. Continuously improving your skill set is invaluable and lifelong learning should be a goal for all professionals so always take advantage of the opportunity to learn from those around you.

CONS of Coworking Spaces

  • Coworking Spaces are Distracting

Although coworking spaces can be a great place to work, they can also be distracting and harmful to productivity with so many people moving around and talking in a shared work space. However, if you’re busy and determined enough, the comings and goings of others will go unnoticed.

Joining a coworking community will put you in touch with other San Antonio locals who share the same drive for success that you do. Just reflect on how the “pros” far outweigh the “cons.” Consider removing yourself from the isolation of working alone and join Venture X’s coworking community today! Call us today to schedule a tour of facilities; we have now doubt you’ll love working here!