The Green Berets Who Traded Bullets for Bourbon

Their covert mission into Afghanistan inspired a book, a movie, a monument and now, an award-winning bourbon. February 11, 2020 2 min read This week’s episode of Get a Real Job focuses on a group of brave men who have chosen action over safety for their entire lives. In the days after 9/11, while many Americans were watching the news in a state of shock and horror, a team of 12 Green Berets covertly entered Afghanistan and waged war against the Taliban … on horseback. Riding horses as they penetrated the forbidding landscape of Afghanistan wasn’t part of the plan. But almost nothing about their mission, code-named Task Force Dagger, had a plan anyway. They were dropped in-country and basically told to figure it out as they went along.  Despite being outnumbered 40 to one and having little-to-no contact with their command headquarters, these men, The Horse Soldiers, fought in a series of intense battles side-by-side with militia allies and successfully captured the city of […]

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Want a Career in Sports Broadcasting? You Need to Be Ready For Anything. Including Bears.

Brandon Tierney, host of Discovery’s ‘Man vs. Bear,’ breaks down his unpredictable journey from unpaid intern to national broadcaster. January 15, 2020 5 min read As the host of CBS Sports Radio’s nationally-syndicated show Tiki and Tierney, broadcaster Brandon Tierney is no stranger to witnessing raw power and unbridled ferociousness on the playing fields and courts of professional sports. He’s been at it for 20 years, delivering his signature blend of humor and expert analysis as he dissects football, basketball and everything in-between. After two decades in the business, you would think he’s seen and called it all, but that is far from the case. To wit, his new show, Man Vs. Bear, which features human beings competing against bears (the animals, not the football team) in feats of strength, agility and, yes, eating piles of raw salmon. Related: Playing Dirty With the Miners of ‘Gold Rush’ Tierney stopped by the Entrepreneur office for an upcoming episode of […]

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How the Inventor of ‘Reindeer in Here’ Created a Black Friday Record-Breaker

Inside Adam Reed’s mission to create a new holiday tradition. November 29, 2019 6 min read This story originally published on November 6, 2018. Sometimes your most vivid dreams vanish from your memory within seconds of your alarm going off. And sometimes, they stick around with you all day. Such was the case for TV producer Adam Reed, who had a dream about a children’s book in the middle of the night that nagged him so much that he wrote the entire thing on his phone while running on a treadmill the next morning. (“When I showed it to my wife, she said ‘You were clearly at a bar, not the gym,” Reed said, laughing.) The book was called Bee in the Sea, which he self-published for fun. Reed never had any intention of becoming a children’s book author, nor did he foresee what would come next: becoming an award-winning toymaker. That […]

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This Hilarious Video May Help You Find Inner Peace in Holiday Traffic

Let your GPS be your spirit animal. November 19, 2019 1 min read AAA estimates that more than 55 million people will be traveling on Thanksgiving. To put that into perspective: that’s a lot of people. Most of those trips will involve travelers being in a car at some point, which means being stuck in traffic. Unless we trust our handy GPS apps to expertly direct us through back streets, sketchy neighbors and dirt paths that maybe aren’t really roads, to shave off a few minutes of our trip. Or lead us to even more congestion. True, your GPS can be your best friend or your worst enemy, which is why Dan Zevin, author of the book Very Modern Mantras: Daily Affirmations for Daily Aggravations, has created the above video to help you not throw it out the window during desperate times. Check out more videos from Zevin’s hilarious series here, and follow @ModernMantras on Instagram for more […]

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The Indiana Jones of Biology Searches for Animals Thought to Be Extinct … and Often Gets Bitten in the Process.

Biologist and adventurer Forrest Galante, host of ‘Extinct or Alive,’ talks risk-taking and following your passion to the ends of the earth. November 14, 2019 8 min read Ever misplace your car keys? Forrest Galante might be the guy you want to call. The biologist and adventurer has carved out a very unique niche for himself in the world of conservation: He scours the most remote and dangerous parts of the world in search of animals long thought to be extinct, in an effort to (almost) literally bring them back from the dead. As crazy as that sounds, what’s crazier is how successful he’s been. As of today, he and his team have discovered four species that biologists believed went the way of the dinosaurs. Galante goes on these quests for two main reasons: He has a lifelong love for wildlife. His historic finds result in mountains of research and funding to study and revitalize these […]

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How This Retired Navy SEAL’s Second-Act Turned into a Multi-Million Dollar Fitness Empire

This unstoppable mindset helped retired Navy SEAL Squadron Commander Randy Hetrick build TRX into a global force. November 11, 2019 5 min read While on deployment in 1997, Navy SEAL Squadron Commander Randy Hetrick was looking for a way to keep his body in peak physical condition, which is essential for effectively operating as a member of the most elite fighting force on the planet. Alas, there weren’t many Equinoxes or L.A. Fitnesses in the part of the world he was deployed in (okay, there weren’t any.)  The ability to adapt and improvise are trademarks of special operators, and so Hetrick put those powers to work. Using only parachute webbing, a jiu-jitsu belt he accidentally packed in his bag and his body weight, Hetrick devised a workout system that helped keep his mind and body strong. It was primitive, and it worked. After leaving the Navy, Hetrick continued to develop and refine his MacGyver-ed system. Cut to 2019, and that […]

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How This Entrepreneur Started (and Re-Started) a Successful Baby Clothing Business

Paige Lauren shares the mindset it takes to create and run a clothing business (and take time off when you need it). November 6, 2019 5 min read In 2008, two things happened at the same time that put architectural designer Paige Lauren on a career path she couldn’t have predicted: 1. The Great Recession and 2. One of her friends had a baby.  “I did a lot of design work for residential homes and no one was spending any money at that time,” Lauren told Entrepreneur. She was starting to think about making a move to do something else but wasn’t sure what that would be. Then while on a shopping trip to for a friend’s newborn, Lauren couldn’t find anything that lined up with her design aesthetic. “Everything had hearts and duckies and cutesy stuff on it, and my tastes are more modern and simple.” On that frustrating shopping trip, […]

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How a Band of Green Berets Went From Elite Warriors to Elite Bourbon Makers

Their secret mission in the days following 9/11 inspired a book, a movie, a monument and now, an all-American business. October 24, 2019 7 min read Days after 9/11, while many Americans were watching the news in a state of shock and horror, a team of 12 Green Berets took action. They covertly entered Afghanistan and began to wage war against the Taliban … on horseback. It wasn’t until 48 hours before their insertion that the men were informed they would have to traverse the steep and treacherous landscape of Afghanistan on horses. It was the first of many aspects of this mission, code-named Task Force Dagger, that they would have to figure out as they went along  Despite being often cut off from communications with command headquarters and outnumbered forty to one, these men, The Horse Soldiers, fought in a series of intense battles side-by-side with militia allies and successfully captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif from the Taliban, a strategic stronghold. […]

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Playing Dirty With the Miners of ‘Gold Rush’

A not-always-polite conversation with Parker Schnabel, Tony Beets and Rick Ness from Discovery’s ‘Gold Rush.’ October 11, 2019 5 min read It’s that time of year when I get inspired to go out to chase my dreams and my son gets inspired to go into the backyard and dig holes in my lawn. I’m talking, of course, about the premiere of the new season of Gold Rush. Now in its tenth season, Discovery’s no. 1 show follows the ups, downs and exploding machinery of the men and women tasked with digging for treasure in the Yukon permafrost. This season features all of the cursing, equipment breakdowns and “Get that @#$%-ing camera out of my face!” moments we’ve come to expect, but there’s a new twist no one saw coming: government regulations that kick many of the miners off their reliable grounds.  You want to talk about risk? How about betting your multimillion-dollar […]

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Here Are the Foodie Superstars of the U.S. Open

Entrepreneur met with celebrity chefs who served up tasty treats and business wisdom behind the scenes of the U.S. Open. August 27, 2019 5 min read As Nadal and Federer serve 130 mph balls of fury on the court of Arthur Ashe Stadium, a group of different superstars is serving up decidedly more palatable offerings at the Food Village of the 2019 U.S. Open. Food, as anyone with a mouth can attest, is one of the last remaining incentives to get someone to actually leave their house, and recognizing the draw of making people drool, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) has paid extra attention to this year’s selection of courtside goodies. “The U.S. Open starts with great tennis, but that is just the start,” Lew Sherr, Chief Revenue Officer of the USTA told Entrepreneur. “Our fans are on site for eight to nine hours, and tennis is only part of the experience. We pride ourselves […]

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How This Farmer Entrepreneur Is Literally Growing Her Profits (Podcast)

Former chef Patty Gentry’s love of amazing food led to her buying a farm. And no, she did not see that coming. August 14, 2019 1 min read After years working as a chef in the kitchens of some the hottest restaurants in New York, Patty Gentry needed a breath of fresh air. And, well, a breath of cow manure as well.  Patty took her love and passion for food down to the literal root and opened Early Girl Farm on Long Island. Early Girl Farm’s mission is simple, as Patty explains, “Lovingly craft a deep, dark, mineral loaded, biologically thriving soil that packs a veggie flavor punch!” And she does all of that working on just an acre of land.  Entrepreneur spoke with Gentry as she was just finishing up a day in the field. She was tired, covered in dirt, and said she’s never been happier in her entire […]

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Use This Green Beret Method to Find Out if Someone Is Trustworthy

Thinking about a new partnership? Check these boxes before you sign on the dotted line. September 21, 2016 6 min read In our ongoing psychological warfare series, former Green Beret Sergeant Major (retired) Karl Erickson has shared simple methods you can use to tell if someone is lying, as well as a couple of tricks to get a liar to tell the truth.  This week, he turns his attention to partnerships. While commanding special forces missions over the past decades, Erickson had to quickly learn how to find reliable partners that wanted to help him succeed, and avoid bad partners that wanted him to die. While life and death (hopefully) isn’t factoring into your business relationships, here are some of his tips to see if you’re signing up for a fruitful or frightful partnership. Know your enemy. “Or in this case, know your potential new partner. The first thing I’d advise you to do […]

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Want to Be Healthier and Happier? Just Change One Thing, Says Fit Men Cook’s Kevin Curry (Podcast)

Kevin Curry, author and founder of the 2 million+ member community Fit Men Cook, talks about his unexpected pivot in lifestyle and business. July 17, 2019 2 min read When you meet the high-energy and hilarious fitness author and expert Kevin Curry, it is hard to imagine the vastly different version of himself that existed not so long ago. As Kevin tells it, back around 2012, he was depressed and overweight — unhealthy mentally, physically, spiritually, and everything in-between. But after taking a hard look at a photo of himself that a friend posted on social media, Kevin said, “Enough!” and he decided to do something about his health. As he describes on his website Fit Men Cook, “I went to a half-price book store, bought every single book about dieting and started studying nutrition.” He started cooking his own meals, experimenting in the kitchen with different proteins and veggies to […]

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The Emotional Moment That Sparked a Winning Business Idea for This Entrepreneur

Everence co-founder and CEO Patrick Duffy details the growth of his tattoo and jewelry business from idea to final product. July 5, 2019 5 min read One of the most important questions that entrepreneurs need to ask themselves is this: Does my product solve a problem or fill a need for customers? Patrick Duffy saw a need — an emotional one — when he was working with wounded veterans and the families of fallen heroes. These people had a need to remember their loved ones and hold them close, and during a Scuba expedition, he saw a memorial tattoo on leg of a Gold Star mother and it sparked an idea: What if the ink in those tattoos were infused with the DNA of the person being remembered? Related: How to Come Up With Startup Business Ideas in the Digital Era From that moment the concept for Everence was born. Described by Duffy, who serves […]

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Learn This Fintech Entrepreneur’s 4-Step Process for Building a Better App

Adam Dell, founder and CEO of Clarity Money, outlines how his app caught the attention of Marcus by Goldman Sachs. July 2, 2019 5 min read In this ongoing series, we are sharing advice, tips and insights from real entrepreneurs who are out there doing business battle on a daily basis. (Answers have been edited and condensed for clarity.) Please explain Clarity Money in a nutshell. My name is Adam Dell, I’m the founder and CEO of Clarity Money, a free personal financial management app that uses data to give you a crystal-clear view into your real financial choices and an ability to take action to change the course of your financial life. Clarity Money was acquired by Goldman Sachs in April 2018 and is now part of the Marcus by Goldman Sachs® family.  Did you have a personal experience that led to its development? What was your “aha moment”? I had been […]

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These Music Innovators Are Shredding The Industry’s Obsession With The Past

July 2, 2019 8 min read In this ongoing series, we are sharing advice, tips and insights from real entrepreneurs who are out there doing business battle on a daily basis. (Answers have been edited and condensed for clarity.) Who are you and what’s your business? I am Ilja Krumins, Chief Guitar Officer at Gamechanger Audio. We are an independent company based in Riga, Latvia, and four of us started this thing three and a half years ago. We invent, build and sell innovative musical technologies and instruments. We always try to think way outside of the box to inspire a more imaginative approach in an industry, which I believe suffers from an obsession with the past. What is your signature product? We don’t put out a lot of different product. Rather, we invent and develop truly interesting things such as our first product, Plus Pedal. This is a guitar pedal that borrows the principle […]

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How to Beat The Working From Home Blues (60-Second Video)

Working from home has many plusses, but it can be lonely. Here are some ways to keep connected. June 26, 2019 1 min read No commute, no boss, no set schedule — working from home can be great for so many reasons. But, it can also leave people feeling isolated and even depressed after long stints of being alone. Here are some strategies to help solopreneurs feel connected: Occasionally work from a co-working space or even a cafe. In these environments, you’ll likely be sitting next to other solo operators who, just like you, would be happy to look up from their laptops and chat every once in a while. Join local entrepreneur organizations or online communities like Entrepreneur Insider. No one truly understands the highs and lows of this life like another entrepreneur. Maintain regular work hours with lunch breaks. The ability to work non-stop day and night can […]

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3 Things That Make Angel Investors Want to Invest in You (60-Second Video)

Here are the key ingredients for a pitch that wins over angel investors. Angel investors are usually affluent individuals who are looking to invest in early-stage startups. Great! Here are some of the things they look for in an opportunity: New ideas! This doesn’t mean that you must have proprietary tech or be an inventor, but it does mean that your idea needs to stand out as different from anything similar to it. A window of opportunity. Investors want to know that there is a window that will allow your company to be the first in a market and able to make a landgrab for business before others can. Market potential. Show how your business can scale with numbers you can back up. Angels are not solely motivated by profit, but a little profit never hurt anyone. Good luck! Watch the next 3 Things to Know video  Read_More Related posts: How to Get Male Venture […]

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How to Start a Podcast With Almost No Money

From finding inexpensive equipment to booking great guests, Ralph Sutton, co-host of The SDR Show, breaks down everything you need to know about starting your own podcast. June 10, 2019 12 min read Podcasting Insights estimates that there are currently 750,000 podcasts in existence, with a combined archive of over 30 million episodes. That begs the question: Does the world really need another podcast? The answer: yes! The audience for podcasts is insatiable, always hungry for new insights, new experiences and new voices. And for the people on the other end of the earbuds — the creators — podcasts offer a ton of rewards, including bolstering their credentials as an expert, creating new revenue streams, building brand awareness for their business and, honestly, podcasting is just really fun to do. So how do you start a podcast? We asked Ralph Sutton, co-host of comedy podcast The SDR Show and founder of the million+ subscriber GaS Digital […]

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How to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch for Investors (60-Second Video)

Here are three things investors want to hear from you. Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch is a show where entrepreneurs have just 60 seconds to wow a board of investors. Here are three things we’ve seen that separate the great pitches from the not-so-great: Be clear and concise. People who fail to get our investors’ attention are all over the place. Present a clear picture of your idea and your investment needs. Solve a problem. Cute ideas are just that: cute. For a business to be a success, it needs to solve a problem for customers. Don’t explain why people will want your product—explain why they need it. Do the math. Make sure you know all of the relevant numbers surrounding your business: costs, profit margins, size of the market and more. Good luck! Watch the next 3 Things to Know video  Read_More Related posts: 3 Components of the Perfect Elevator Pitch Bob Saget’s […]

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