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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This Is the Most Lucrative Skill Set Today, According to Successful Entrepreneur Billy Gene Shaw

You won’t learn it in school, so this businessman is changing the education game. November 6, 2018 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 online marketing influencer and educator Billy Gene Shaw III, the founder and CEO of Billy Gene Is Marketing. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?  Billy Gene Shaw: I’m an entrepreneur who went from living at my parents’ house with over $50,000 in debt to building a multi-million-dollar business four years later. Now, my school teaches other entrepreneurs how I did that: by getting customers online using Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Online marketing is hands-down the most lucrative skill set in the world today. Every business in the world needs it to survive. Yet few people know how to use this skill […]

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How This Entrepreneur Overcame Anxiety Attacks and Turned His Life Around

Bedros Keuilian shares how to ‘cut the bullshit’ and kick ass in business and life. November 2, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Picture this: Monday starts as usual. You wake up, shower, drink coffee, and get dressed. But as you bend down to put on your sneakers, your chest tightens. Your arms go numb. Your throat closes. Your hearing is muffled. You get tunnel vision. You can’t stand or catch your breath. You’re having a heart attack. You’re going to die. Just as suddenly, your symptoms disappear. You have no idea what just occurred. This happened to Bedros Keuilian, the CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp, one of the fastest-growing franchises on the planet. “I didn’t immediately go to the doctor,” says Keuilian. “I had a ton of work to do, so carried on as normal.” Keuilian’s wife persuaded him to visit a […]

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Want to Succeed? 10 Extraordinary Entrepreneurs Say You’ll Need These Qualities.

Good news: these traits can be learned. October 31, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every successful entrepreneur must possess “A-Player” qualities. These extraordinary entrepreneurs and Advisors in The Oracles share the characteristics most important for success. 1. Stickability. Frank Shankwitz Image credit: The Oracles I love the word “stickability” — your ability to persevere and persist. People will often advise that your idea won’t work. Turn that negative into a positive and don’t give up. Growing up, I was frequently on the move, hungry, and homeless. Along my journey, strangers extended glimmers of kindness. After several brushes with death and a chance meeting with a dying child, it answered the question we all face: “Why am I here?” —Frank Shankwitz, author and co-founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation 2. Purpose. Amy Sangster Image credit: The Oracles You need complete clarity about “why” you’re doing […]

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8 Time-Management Hacks to Optimize Your Life In and Outside Work

Time is your most valuable resource. Here’s how these uber-successful business leaders use it wisely. October 26, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Time is everyone’s most valuable and scarce resource. Managing it effectively can be the difference between success and failure. These Advisors in The Oracles share how they manage their day to optimize their business success and personal life. 1. Get everyone to agree on your priorities. Grant Cardone Image credit: The Oracles To really manage and maximize your time — to squeeze every opportunity out of it — you have to appreciate how much you have. Take control of your time, and don’t allow others to. Get family, friends, colleagues, and employees to agree on the most important priorities. Otherwise, they will pull you in multiple directions. When I do this, I’m able to control my time better. I typically wake […]

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This Entrepreneur Crashed and Burned Out from Stress. Now He’s on a Mission to Change the ‘Hustle’ Lifestyle.

Daniel Thomas Hind believes entrepreneurs need to become leaders, not hustlers. He’s helping them do it by prioritizing health and self-mastery. October 25, 2018 11 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Being an entrepreneur means sleepless nights, impossibly tight cash flow, and sacrificing everything for the good of your business. You’re powering through but barely surviving. Health routines, sleep, diet, and relationships fall by the wayside for the sake of success. To many, you’re overwhelmed, overworked, exhausted, out of shape, and rapidly headed for burnout. Your business may be successful, but if health is wealth, you’re broke. If this sounds familiar, you aren’t alone. Daniel Thomas Hind is the CEO of EvolutionEat, a health coaching company for entrepreneurs. He’s helped thousands of workaholics emerge from that same place — a place that’s personally familiar to him. Just a few months ago, Hind experienced entrepreneurial burnout. He […]

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Jason Hall on Why Every Client Will Doubt You (and What to Do About It)

October 18, 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 Jason Hall, CEO and founder of Five Channels™, a done-for-you digital marketing agency. It was condensed by The Oracles. What was a defining moment early in your life? Jason Hall: My parents divorced when I was 13 and started homeschooling me in my freshman year. I was separated from my very active lifestyle and placed into an environment with little to no social interaction. That flipped a switch inside me, and I quickly became an introvert. I suddenly questioned everything I had ever known to be real or stable in my life. I believed many things were common in the world, but I learned that they were actually dreams that others had to fight to achieve and hold […]

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How a Tinder Date Inspired This Wolf of San Diego to Trade His Maserati for a Scooter

Cameron Fous led a glamorous life until he traded it all to find happiness and help others do the same. September 28, 2018 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Cameron Fous had it all. The day trader’s life was evocative of the Wolf of Wall Street, with a million-dollar bay-front condo in San Diego, three luxury cars, and yacht parties on weekends. He was a social media celebrity, the poster boy for a lifestyle many would-be traders tried to emulate. “I always dreamed of the luxury life you see in movies—the cars, boats, condos, girls. With day trading, I got it all. I even threw a ‘Wolf of San Diego’ yacht party, complete with booze and babes and a video team to capture the whole thing,” Fous says. By all appearances, he should have been happy. But looks can be deceiving. “I got caught up […]

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