How to Overcome Obstacles

Challenges are what make us stronger. They are the things that help to define us. May 20, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes I’ve had a huge number of people tell me they enjoyed my past solo rounds and that they wanted more of them. As a result, I wanted to make this episode about the five biggest obstacles I have overcome in my life. I know you’ve gone through your own number of challenges, and you’re probably going through some right now. It might feel like life is just throwing you one thing after another — oftentimes, it is. Every time we overcome something there is always another thing that will come our way. However, I want you to know, it’s not a bad thing. These challenges are what make us stronger. They are the things that help to define us, and prepare us for a bigger […]

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The Cost of The Royal Wedding and The Niffy 50

On this episode of the Dot Com Lunch, I give you my take on the cost of the Royal Wedding and why it’s a great deal. Also we test out the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens, AKA the Niffy 50. This is one of the best, and least expensive, portrait lens you can buy. All this, plus Facebook tell us our ads are too sexy! Anyone is welcome to join us for the Dot Com Lunch. Go to our Dot Com Lifestyle meetup page to find the time and location of the next one. How To Live The Ultimate Dot Com Lifestyle I have many internet products and services that makes me money while I’m sleeping. Continuity affiliate programs like Aweber, LeadPages, ClickFunnel, MOBE, and others ensure a steady flow of income no matter what I’m doing or where I am in the world. Of all the programs, MOBE […]

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17 Incredible Employee Perks of Successful Companies (Infographic)

From a 40-foot rock climbing wall to $2,000 worth of travel credit, check out these awesome employee perks. May 20, 2018 2 min read The key to a successful company comes down to its employees. And what better way to cultivate positive morale around the office than offer some awesome perks. At least, that’s what a number of today’s most successful businesses have figured out. Just take a look at companies like Clif Bar, Dropbox, Airbnb, Starbucks and more. Related: The Well-Being Perks You Never Thought to Offer These companies have discovered that the better and more on-brand perks you offer, the stronger your company culture is. At Clif Bar, employees are literally paid to go to the gym and also have the opportunity to take advantage of a 40-foot rock climbing wall in their office. Employees at Dropbox are encouraged to jam out in their very own music rooms […]

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6 Tips for Doing International Business

These simple steps can help you get everything in line for your next — or first — international business venture. May 19, 2018 5 min read This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog Technology has connected our world more than ever before. Now we can enjoy easier international travel and exchange of goods and services overseas. If you run a company in the United States, it may be time to start thinking about expanding your global reach beyond the U.S. and into international territory. That step may seem intimidating, but there are several ways to get involved in the world market. Related: How to Bounce Back After a Business Venture Goes Awry 1. Get an early start With the international business market growing rapidly, it may be tempting to dive in headfirst. However, slow and steady wins the race. Plan your approach strategically, and take your time. Allen Adamson, managing […]

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Rudy Giuliani’s Master Course In How Not to do Marketing

The gaffe filled media whirlwind of the former New York mayor and federal prosecutor is a case study in how not to represent your client. May 19, 2018 5 min read Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. After he got hired to be part of President Trump’s legal team to defend Trump’s rights and interests during the Mueller investigation, Trump supporters were encouraged – the pugnacious former New York prosecutor would surely help Trump’s cause.  But Giuliani quickly found himself in the headlines – not for his brilliant legal strategies and his media acumen, but for a bunch of blundering mistakes, bizarre television interviews, and unforced errors. People all over the political, legal and media landscapes are wondering what’s wrong with Rudy. Rudy’s missteps are flying so fast and furious, CNN had to make a list of “21 head-scratching […]

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A Meeting Agenda Guide That Actually Works (Infographic)

Running a meeting isn’t always easy. However, this guide will make them a piece of cake. May 19, 2018 2 min read Meetings can go two ways: They can end up being hour-long slow-talking processes that rarely cover what they needed to cover, or they can be productive, to-the-point collaborative get-togethers that solve problems and move a business forward. Clearly, everyone should strive for the latter case. How can that be done, you might ask? Start with setting a strong agenda. By having a clear agenda to guide your meeting, you can ensure you cover what needs to be covered, get to the point and waste no one’s time. Meetings are major opportunities to move a business forward. Related: Why Elon Musk Hates Meetings First on your meeting agenda, list out the topics you’d like to cover, how long to spend on each, who will be leading them, their levels of importance […]

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These Complaints About Millennials Are Actually Good Reasons You Should Hire Them

The ‘personality flaws’ of millennials can just as easily be seen as desirable attributes – ones that can help your company achieve prosperity and success. May 18, 2018 7 min read I’ve spent a fair amount of my career training millennials on a variety of work-related topics. I also work with millennials every day, as the founder and former CEO of the world’s largest training company. And I have two millennial sons, ages 24 and 25, who come with an entire assortment of millennial friends, many of whom still descend upon me with great regularity, for a bed, a home cooked meal or a little free career advice. Related: What Are Millennials Willing to Give Up for Their Careers? (Infographic) I guess you could say that I’m virtually surrounded by millennials. And sadly, whether it’s in my classes, my office or my living room, I keep hearing the same lament: My millennial […]

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The Jeep Takeover of South OC Cars and Coffee

The Jeep has taken over South OC Cars and Coffee! They were everywhere. No person or car was safe! If you like Jeeps, you will love this video. If you don’t like Jeep, don’t worry, there were a ton of other cars too. Stand out vehicles included the Miami Vice Ferrari Testarossa, a McLaren 720S, and a Roll Royce Black Badge. Check it out! Click Here To Download John Chow’s New eBook, The Ultimate Online Profit Model! Read_more Related posts: South OC Cars & Coffee – You Can Buy This Electric Porsche 914! South OC Cars & Coffee – The Car That Changed The World South OC Cars and Coffee Musical Edition Make Money Online, Cars & Coffee, Widget Takes A Dump, and More… Facebook Freakout, Tony Robbins Apologizes and Do You Have What It Takes to Make Coffee for Elon Musk? 3 Things to Know Today. What a Cryptocurrency […]

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California’s ‘Pot Desert’ Problem

Although marijuana is legal in the Golden State, there are still large swathes where it’s prohibited. May 18, 2018 2 min read California is the largest market for recreational marijuana in the country, but thanks to some loopholes in the law many residents don’t have access to it. What’s resulted is large swathes of “pot deserts,” in which 40 percent of the state has drive 60 miles or more to find a licensed dispensary, according to the Sacremento Bee. Ironically, the problem lies with the very legislation that made marijuana legal in the first place: Prop 64 legalized cannabis in Cali, but it also gave local governments the power to ban or to regulate it. Guess what many have chosen to do? Related: California Unleashes a Massive Market for Legal Cannabis An expose in the Bee analyzed 284 retail dispensaries issued licenses in the state by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control and found: […]

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DEA Chief’s Congressional Testimony About Legal Marijuana Angered Some, Baffled Many

The nation’s top drug enforcement officer was unflinching in his opposition to legalizing marijuana and apparently not embarrassed by his complete ignorance of the relevant science. May 18, 2018 4 min read It’s hard to know what to make of the testimony on legalized marijuana from Robert Patterson, chief of the Drug Enforcement Agency, before the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month. He attributed deaths to marijuana use but offered no information to back that up. He said he didn’t see “mass incarcerations” of marijuana users, even though FBI numbers show they increased in 2016 (the last year numbers are available). He said he was unaware of the many studies showing that opioid use has dropped in places where marijuana is legal. For example, in Canada, where medical marijuana is legal at the federal level, a recent study showed a “significant reduction” in opioid use in just six months. The […]

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Improve Your Conversion Rate and Increase Revenue With These User Experience Design Essentials

Don’t deter your customers with a poor website design. May 18, 2018 6 min read Did you know that 88 percent of consumers are unlikely to return to a website after one bad experience? It’s a staggering statistic, but it certainly says something about the importance of user experience in website design. Related: 50 Must-Have Features for Small-Business Websites (Infographic) User experience (UX) is the overall experience a visitor has on a website, in a program or in a mobile app. It’s not any single design element or layout that defines the experience — instead, it is a comprehensive compilation of many little interactions woven together, producing positive or negative feelings about the website and, by default, the parent company. The emotional connection that users feel as a direct result of the UX design directly impacts brand identity, consumer retention and a business’s bottom line. Plus, according to research from Stanford University, […]

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Why This Entrepreneur Says It’s Smart to Focus on Microinfluencers

Entrepreneur Daniel Greenberg explains why microinfluencers matter in today’s digital world. May 18, 2018 1 min read Daniel Greenberg is a young entrepreneur who has worked with brands such as Vita Coco, The Meadows, Jetsmarter, the VMAs and more. These days he’s in charge of product ideation for MSCHF and believes working with microinfluencers can help brands reach their target audience. You can read more about Greenberg in Jessica Abo‘s book, Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look On Social Media. Related: This Entrepreneur Is Creating a ‘TED-like’ Event for Meditators to Help People Become Conscious Leaders Watch more videos from Jessica Abo on her YouTube channel here. Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across all digital platforms for the business genre. EN is partnered with hundreds of […]

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The Growing Influence of Women Entrepreneurs

Women entrepreneurs face special challenges in the business world. May 18, 2018 4 min read This story originally appeared on Ellevate There are many challenges that women face in the modern workplace — and that goes double for the boardroom or when trying to break through the ever-present ‘glass ceiling.’ These issues are never more of a challenge than when a woman decides she is going to go ‘off on her own’ as an entrepreneur. With locating reasonable financing, confronting gender bias and the paucity of appropriate mentors and the diminutive learning curve, a business owned and run by a woman can be a real struggle for survival. Related: 4 Powerful Ways to Prevent Burnout Because of these special challenges, some backward-looking people still insist that women aren’t cut out to become business owners in their own right. This kind of negative mindset increases, sadly, when the woman is a person of color […]

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What a Cryptocurrency Takeover Would Look Like

May 18, 2018 7 min read This story originally appeared on Due Fiat money, or fiat currency, is a currency that a government (usually a national government) has declared to be legal tender. This currency, unlike older styles of currency, is not backed by a physical commodity (the way U.S. dollars were once backed by gold). It’s the type of currency we’ve all relied on for the past 50 years or so and constitutes all the dollar bills, coins and digitally held U.S. dollars you have to your name. There’s an implicit expectation that fiat currency will last forever, barring any international takeover or radical transformation (such as how the euro became the standard for the European Union in the early 2000s). But now a fundamentally different type of currency is starting to rise: cryptocurrency. So, could cryptocurrency have the power to replace cash and fiat currency entirely? What a cryptocurrency takeover would look like Let’s start […]

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Zola Founder Shan-Lyn Ma Shares How to Collaborate and Conquer Your Biggest Challenges

The leader of the wedding registry and planning startup reveals who and what inspires her every day. Nina Zipkin // Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Entrepreneur Staff May 18, 2018 7 min read Editor’s Note: Inspire Me is a series in which entrepreneurs and leaders share what motivates them through good times and bad, while also sharing stories of how they overcame challenges in hopes of inspiring others. Shan-Lyn Ma wants to make one of the most stressful yet joyous days of your life go as smoothly as possible. She is the founder and CEO of Zola, a wedding registry and planning site. It is designed to make it simple for guests to pick out the perfect kitchen appliance or contribute to an international getaway for a honeymoon, along with helping couples plan the perfect day. But just as wedding days are stressful, so can be starting […]

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From Prison to Y Combinator Graduate to Megamillion-Dollar Business

Andrew Medal chats with Frederick Hutson, the co-founder and CEO of Pigeonly. Hutson created a multimillion-dollar business after going to prison for five years. May 18, 2018 1 min read Frederick is the CEO and founder of Pigeonly, a low-cost communication and financial services platform that makes it easy for people to support an incarcerated loved one. He came up with the idea after serving time in the federal penitentiary for distributing 3,000 kilograms of weed. Hutson leads a growing team of over 20 people from Pigeonly’s Las Vegas headquarters and has raised over $5 million in funding from investors including Erik Moore (Base VC) and Mitch Kapor (Lotus). Related: This Entrepreneur Was Down to His Last Cent When He Got an Order for His First Product. Now, His Company Is Worth More Than $28 Million. Read_more Related posts: SPI 263: Laddering Up: How to Build a 7-Figure Business by Building […]

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Are You Craving Community for Your Customers? Here Are the Tools You’ll Need.

Cultivating a feeling of ‘community’ is crucial to any company’s success.Without it, customers will just shop somewhere else. May 18, 2018 5 min read Consumers at many businesses aren’t content to be mere passersby or just the means to an end (profit) for those businesses. They want, instead, to feel a part of something significant, something that helps those of a similar mind connect and share their common interest. Related: Why Building Community Is More Important Than Networking So, when companies build a community-oriented customer base, members of that community are more likely to return to that business than continuously search for something new. Cultivating a community, in short, is crucial to any company’s success. If you are hoping to build a group of loyal customers or users for your business, here are some tools that could help you — and your customers — create the sense of community you crave. Hivebrite Hivebrite is a […]

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You’re Thinking About the Career Ladder All Wrong

My experiences breaking through the glass ceiling showed me there is no one ladder to success. May 18, 2018 6 min read The questions aspiring CEOs ask about how to get to the corner office are all wrong — especially for women. Newly minted professional women ask for tips on breaking the glass ceiling, finding a work-life balance and plotting out every rung on the ladders they hope to climb. Alas, no ladder looks the same. If you want to move up, you have to find one foothold after another, pushing forward from the places where you happen to find yourself. Related: This Tech Founder Was Often the Only Woman in the Room When She Started Her Company. Here’s Her Advice for Young Entrepreneurs. This is how I did it. It’s not conventional. Along the way, the unlikeliest places and moments pushed me forward. It’s been a process of constant learning, but […]

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The One Thing Millennials Can Do to Live Life More Comfortably in the Future

The age group may not like buying big-ticket items, but they can benefit from early investing behavior. May 18, 2018 2 min read After living through the Great Recession and dealing with student debt, the millennial generation have developed their own way of planning finances and spending their money. Their decision to invest now or invest later can have great dividends later on. Entrepreneur Network partner Phil Town describes some of the unique behaviors that set millennials apart in their spending behavior. Millennials would rather spend their money on a trip to Europe or a concert, rather than on a nice car or living away from their parents — or to put it another way, millennials are presumed to spend money on experiences rather than possessions.  Millennials are also known to splurge on convenience items, according to Town, spending more money on transportation and eating out more often than other age groups.  Some of […]

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3 Signs the Best Move for Your Business Is to Hire Somebody Else to Run It

The fact that everybody knows the same few hugely successful founder/CEOs indicates how few founders succeed big-time as CEO of their own company. May 18, 2018 7 min read “Founder/CEO of Some Company” sure sounds flashy. Feels good, too, until you realize the distinction between the two jobs and the amount of work that comes with each. But even with that, you keep on telling yourself, “This is how it’s supposed to be.” Maybe that’s why many of the high-ranking entrepreneurs have 80-plus-hour workweeks. You don’t really have space in your budget for a new hire anyway, let alone a new CEO. Then things get harder and, of course, you have someone to blame for every misfortune. According to research, it just might be you. While you’re the owner of a good business, it might not reach its full potential just because you’re leading the company as CEO. A team of […]

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