How to Overcome Entrepreneurial Anxiety, Banish Stress, and Crush Your Goals

‘Unstoppable’ author Craig Ballantyne outlines 12 habits that will help you beat anxiety, refocus, and excel. April 16, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This is a guest post by Steve Costello, head of membership and co-founder of The Oracles, a mastermind group composed of the world’s leading entrepreneurs. In 2006, 30-year-old self-confessed “know-it-all” Craig Ballantyne checked into the emergency room of Toronto General Hospital with “heart attack” symptoms — twice. In reality, the hard-charging entrepreneur was suffering debilitating anxiety attacks triggered by his lifestyle: 12-hour workdays with no boundaries or structure, and partying until 3 a.m. several nights a week. More than 40 million people suffer from some type of anxiety. “You’re confused, overwhelmed, reactive, and operating at 60 percent capacity, at best,” says Ballantyne. “But if you have the right tools, you’ll be okay — and be back to 100 percent as fast […]

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7 Practical Steps to Host Webinars That Drive Sales

ClickMeeting’s Simon Grabowski shares his webinar secrets, including the best time of day and how to keep viewers until the end. April 11, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article is written by Simon Grabowski, CEO of ClickMeeting, who is an Advisor in The Oracles. If you’re in B2B sales, there’s one channel you can’t ignore: webinars. Half of B2B buyers say webinars are the most valuable form of content in the mid-stages of decision-making. They spend longer with webinars than any other type of content and are more willing to share their contact details in exchange. Whether you’re in products, services, or coaching, webinars can increase your authority as an expert — and ultimately increase your revenue. Once you have a hosting platform, webinars only cost as much as you want to spend promoting them; so they’re cost-effective. More importantly, they work. […]

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8 Highly Successful Entrepreneurs Share Their Best Advice for Getting Customers to Buy Your Product–No Matter What It Costs

Bulletproof founder Dave Asprey and others on how to convince customers your price is worth it. April 11, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Price is one of the most crucial considerations in any business, and it’s important to charge what you’re worth. We asked these master salespeople, including Bulletproof founder Dave Asprey and Advisors in The Oracles, how to convince customers your price is worth it — especially when you charge a premium. 1. Offer a quality product and let the market work. Dan Asprey Image credit: The Oracles There isn’t a secret formula to convincing customers of your worth. Price is marked by your costs and what the customer is willing to pay, with margin to support a scalable model. Offer educational, honest information that a shopper would want. Don’t water it down. Let the market work for you, knowing you have […]

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Robert Martinez on Why Size Matters in Real Estate

And how he learned this the hard way. April 5, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Robert Martinez, founder and CEO of Rockstar Capital, a real estate investment firm in Houston, Texas. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Robert Martinez: I am an investor in multi-family real estate and the founder and CEO of Rockstar Capital. We have $285 million in assets under management and $71 million in investor capital — and we’re still growing. At first, real estate was a way to generate passive income on the side when I worked in oil and gas sales. Eventually, I turned it into a full-time career that I love. We own more than 3,200 units today, and I’m documenting my journey to acquiring 10,000 […]

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How Richard Fong Is Helping Other Entrepreneurs Find Bliss

‘Mastering the Google beast’ isn’t as difficult as it sounds. March 25, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Richard Fong, founder and CEO of Bliss Drive, a digital marketing, SEO, and lead generation agency. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who was your biggest influence growing up?  Richard Fong: My father. I admire his perseverance and dedication to our family. He journeyed to the U.S. from China when my mom was eight months pregnant with me. I didn’t speak to him until I landed in Kansas when I was eight years old. My parents struggled for years in the U.S., working at a restaurant during the day, learning English at night, and sleeping in the restaurant’s attic. They eventually opened their own restaurant, where I started […]

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‘I Would Probably Be Dead or in Jail.’ How Dave Fox Went From Struggling With Addiction to Living Life on His Terms.

You can live like a victim or see every problem as an opportunity. March 21, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Dave Fox, founder and CEO of IT staffing firm Focus Global Talent Solutions. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?Dave Fox: I graduated in 2009 with a finance degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. After graduation, my wife, Brittany, and I moved to New York City because we wanted a challenge and an adventure. We had never been there before. We both ended up working at Adult & Teen Challenge, which helps people struggling with addiction. Afterward, Brittany took a job in real estate, while I worked in recruiting for one of the world’s largest staffing and recruiting firms. Over the […]

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I Spent Two Days with Decorated War Veterans. Here’s What I Learned About Leadership.

Eleven combat-tested lessons to win in business and life. March 12, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This is a guest post by Steve Costello, head of membership and co-founder of The Oracles, a mastermind group composed of the world’s leading entrepreneurs. I recently attended Echelon Front MUSTER, an intensive two-day training that teaches combat leadership principles to build high-performance, winning teams. The event was hosted by decorated elite combat veterans, including Navy SEALs, a Marine TOPGUN pilot, and an Army tank commander.  Everyone there had their own business challenges, from rapidly changing technology to recruiting good people. Retired Navy SEAL officer Leif Babin gave one solution to all of them: leadership. In the Battle of Ramadi during the Iraq War, Babin and his counterparts learned invaluable and painful leadership lessons, which they have since tested in business. Here are 11 of them. 1. […]

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The Motivational Meaning Behind Josh Steinberger’s Tattoos

What to do when life makes you want to throw in the towel. February 19, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Josh Steinberger, founder and CEO of Driven Acquisitions real estate and NextGen Restoration roofing and restoration company. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who was your biggest influence growing up? Josh Steinberger: My dad was my biggest influence when I was a child. He worked a lot and was gone most of the time. He taught me the invaluable importance of work ethic. Sitting around and watching TV has never been normal to me. Everyone who knew him professionally used to refer to him as “the man.” He died right after I graduated high school. People at his funeral told stories of crazy things he […]

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Jon Boles on Why Cleaning Your House and Not Hitting Snooze are More Important Than You Think

Having journeyed from teenage millionaire to homeless and back, this entrepreneur has many valuable lessons to share. February 8, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Jon Boles, founder and CEO of Avintiv Media, an award-winning boutique digital marketing agency. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?  Jon Boles: I’m a serial entrepreneur who is extremely passionate about helping businesses grow. I’ve launched eight successful brands and exited one in 2018. I’m the CEO of an award-winning agency called Avintiv Media, which specializes in branding, custom web design, and digital marketing. Over the past decade, I’ve helped build and consult for over 160 brands across the country, grossing millions for my clients along the way. Some of our high-end clients include Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati. […]

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Yaniv Altshuler Uses Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to Predict Consumer Behavior

The computer scientist and entrepreneur explains how his technology empowers banks, retailers, and other businesses. January 25, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Dr. Yaniv Altshuler, founder and CEO of Endor, which improves business decisions and revenue by predicting consumer behavior. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who was your biggest influence growing up?  Yaniv Altshuler: My parents. They taught me to believe in myself and my ability to achieve anything. They also taught me success that comes at the expense of others is not something to aspire to. What are you more skilled at than most people in the world?  Yaniv Altshuler: I can intuitively understand when a technology has disruptive potential. During my years of research, this helped me focus my energy in the […]

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From Suicidal Thoughts to a Spiritual Awakening and Becoming a Millionaire

Libby Crow shed her shadow and built an empire. Now she shares her shine. January 22, 2019 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In 2012, Libby Crow received a phone call from a woman selling renters insurance. Little did she know that the seemingly mundane conversation with a stranger would save her life. Crow was 25 years old. She had just dumped her boyfriend, quit her elementary school teaching job to become an entrepreneur, and moved to Denver, Colo., for a fresh start. Renters insurance seemed like a reasonable precaution — but she didn’t plan on living long enough to need it. As she listened to the woman explain policy options, Crow repressed the pain of her father’s recent death, the loneliness of being a digital business owner, and the dark thoughts that had recently emerged in the vacuum of leaving her old life behind. […]

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The Case for Using Fintech to Fund Your Next Company

Tokenization through blockchain technology offers a compelling alternative to the traditional fundraising process. January 17, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This post was written by Thomas Carter, founder of DealBox, a blockchain business accelerator and crowdfunding platform for startups. I’ve been raising capital for 30 years and know firsthand that the process is not an easy one. Entrepreneurs spend precious time and energy jetting between meetings with potential investors while simultaneously building their business. They squander meaningful bandwidth that could be better utilized developing their company instead of juggling all the complexities of raising capital. Even when the pieces are in place, funding terms can be downright predatory. I believe tokenization is a better way to raise money for your venture, and as the founder of a venture fund that uses tokenization to capitalize startups, I’ve seen firsthand the advantages it can provide […]

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How Lewis Mocker and Amy Sangster Went from High School Friends Interested in Finance to Teaching Thousands to Build Wealth

They made bank day trading and now they help others find their own financial independence. December 21, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Lewis Mocker and Amy Sangster, the co-founders of Infinite Prosperity, a financial education and empowerment company. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Lewis Mocker: We’re high school friends who bonded over our unique perspective on life, specifically the traditions and conventions surrounding financial and vocational success. While our peers focused on good grades and a comfortable career, we avidly sought another path. Our first success in entrepreneurship came from our eBay business, where we tasted the freedom online business could create. The next frontier was trading on the foreign exchange, known as Forex trading. With this model, we were both […]

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8 Surefire Ways to Grow Your Business in 2019

Hard-won wisdom from Jennifer Garner, Alex Rodriguez, and other leading entrepreneurs. December 13, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This is a guest post by Steve Costello, head of membership and co-founder of The Oracles, a mastermind group composed of the world’s leading entrepreneurs. Have a purpose, lay a solid foundation, think about the future, and prioritize customers –  these were among the valuable insights shared by top business leaders at the 2018 EY Strategic Growth Forum, an annual invitation-only conference that brings together more than 2,000 of America’s leading executives, entrepreneurs, advisors, and investors. EY is the professional services and accounting firm also known as Ernst and Young. The advice came from high-profile participants like actress Jennifer Garner, a co-founder of the organic baby food brand Once Upon a Farm; baseball great Alex Rodriguez, a partner and investor in Las Vegas-based TruFusion fitness […]

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Allyson Byrd’s ‘Church’ for Entrepreneurs Encourages Spirituality to Accelerate Your Profits

The renowned sales expert dishes on how to boost your revenue by creating a movement and explains why making money doesn’t have to be so hard. December 11, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Allyson Byrd, founder of The Church of Profit Acceleration, a spiritual movement for entrepreneurs dominating their destiny. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?  Allyson Byrd: As the Chief Sales Officer of Money Movers International LLC, I’m a sales expert and leadership advisor for entrepreneurs and small-business owners. Our typical client is a virtual CEO who can work from anywhere as a coach, consultant, and speaker. Money Movers launched as a sales agency for entrepreneurs making seven figures or more. But as we gained momentum, entrepreneurs who weren’t making that […]

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What My Dad’s Near-Death Experience Taught Me About Business

The importance of future-proofing your company. November 29, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article is written by Alex Schlinsky, founder and CEO of Prospecting On Demand™, who is an Advisor in The Oracles. For years, I’ve told the story of my “hero’s journey” as the guy who went from broke journalist to successful entrepreneur. It was easy and painless — from a $14,000 salary to six figures. But that’s the marketing story, the one that gets attention, the one that all the entrepreneur coaches tell you to say. But it’s not the true story of my why. This is. My dad had a stroke when I was 14 years old. That was the day my childhood came to an abrupt end. It was the day I learned the valuable lesson that many entrepreneurs take for granted. It would become the day that […]

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5 Reasons Why Education Is the Key to Your Success

How to learn valuable business lessons, even without a college degree. November 28, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This is a guest post by Daymond John, a Shark on ABC’s “Shark Tank” and the founder of FUBU, which has generated $6 billion in sales. People always ask what my number one piece of advice for entrepreneurs is. My answer? Never stop learning. You don’t necessarily need a college degree or an MBA to be successful, though. I believe that there’s no substitute for experience. Every day, you’re getting better, stronger and smarter just by hustling and making things happen. I never went to college because I couldn’t afford it, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t constantly educating myself. While working at Red Lobster, I was always listening, asking questions and learning about the business from wait staff, shift managers, and customers. I learned […]

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7 Proven Ways to Beat Burnout

How to stay motivated and get back on track. November 27, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Overwhelming workloads, toxic office environments, and social media overload are leading to more burnout than ever before. These bosses and Advisors from The Oracles share how they handle the stress — and prevent it. 1. Delegate. Melanie Perkins Image credit: The Oracles My job has changed dramatically since we grew from a small team to over 350 people, and I expect it will continue to change. Molly Graham led Facebook’s early growth and saw her team jump from 25 to 125 people in just nine months. She likens working in a rapidly changing organization to giving away a Lego as a kid. Learning to assign work to others is definitely uncomfortable at first and something you have to get used to, but the only way to build […]

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Why Alon Rajic Doesn’t Attend Professional Events (and What He Recommends Instead)

Get outside your comfort zone, learn, and make mistakes rather than try to prevent them. November 15, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Alon Rajic, founder and managing director of Finofin LTD, which manages personal finance websites. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Alon Rajic: I work in web development and personal finance. I joined Webpals LTD as head of SEO in 2008. Over seven years, I helped grow it from an early-stage startup into a publicly listed, highly profitable company (traded under LON:XLM). In 2015 I formed my company Finofin, which builds and manages personal finance websites. We create review and comparison websites that help individuals and organizations make educated choices about their finances. Our most recognizable website is Money Transfer Comparison, […]

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This Daily Habit (with a Twist) Is the Cheat Code to Success, According to Russ Ruffino

The entrepreneur and CEO has a new take on a helpful habit you’ve probably heard of already. November 8, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Russ Ruffino, founder and CEO of Clients on Demand, which helps small businesses attract clients using online advertising. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Russ Ruffino: Every business needs great clients. If you can’t attract clients consistently, your business is on life support. But most business owners are so focused on what they do that they don’t have time to learn about things like online marketing.  I created Clients on Demand to solve that problem. When your marketing is dialed in, you can attract the right clients, at the right price, whenever you want. Then you have total freedom […]

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