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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Maury Rogow on Powerful Storytelling That Sells

It’s not just about the product you sell, but the story you tell. September 28, 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 Maury Rogow, CEO of Rip Media Group, a multimedia marketing agency that uses video storytelling to build brand awareness and profits. It was conducted and condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Maury Rogow: I’m a storyteller. I create marketing stories and videos that help entrepreneurs and companies increase revenue and build brand awareness. I wasn’t always a natural storyteller, though. Throughout college, my classes often felt like a list of dull bullet points. Then, my history professor, Mr. Oskey, taught a lesson on the Revolutionary War. I retained the information because he painted such a vivid picture in my head. To this day, I […]

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What 7 Deaths Taught Me About Living

Sometimes it takes a rebirth to learn to truly live. September 20, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Trevor Turnbull is pretty successful on paper. After launching his first consultancy three years out of college, this Advisor in The Oracles became a self-taught expert in driving sales using LinkedIn. He founded multiple six- and seven-figure businesses to share his sales and networking expertise. He’s mentored thousands of entrepreneurs and business leaders. He’s even known in many circles as “The LinkedIn Guy.” But an impressive resume doesn’t equal happiness. Turnbull has ridden the highs and lows of entrepreneurship since 2006. In his eyes, he’s faced more failure than success. Here he shares how seven deaths in his life helped him discover his “why.” The death of his identity. Growing up, Turnbull’s dream was to become a professional hockey player. He held onto that dream for […]

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Why I Shut Down a Multi-Million Dollar Business to Solve the ‘Entrepreneur’s Dilemma’

From massive debt to millions: Scott Oldford’s wild journey to help entrepreneurs exceed seven figures. September 18, 2018 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Scott Oldford has been a million dollars up and down. In just a few years, he created a seven-figure business to get himself out of six-figure debt. Then he quit it all to serve a higher purpose, relearning who he was, and finding the love of his life along the way. Blowing up the business. Oldford owned multiple companies by 19-years-old. But despite his wild success, he suffered a major setback at age 21 which put him almost a million dollars in debt. Oldford clawed himself out by building several businesses using his secret sauce: online lead generation. Oldford’s business was earning $300,000 to $400,000 per month. He taught his methodology to other six- and seven-figure entrepreneurs via information products and […]

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9 Top Entrepreneurs Share How They Pick Which Masterminds to Join

What to look for, what to avoid, and how to make the most of your investment. September 13, 2018 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Mastermind groups provide advice, connections, and support that can transform your business. But new ones seem to pop up every week, often with hefty price tags. These business masterminds and advisors from The Oracles share how to discern whether a group is worth your time and investment—and how to maximize your ROI once you join. Dean Graziosi Image credit: The Oracles 1. Think of yourself as a gold miner. Masterminds have been one of the biggest influences in my business and personal life. Don’t go into it worrying about whether you will get your money’s worth or thinking this will solve every obstacle you’re facing. Instead, think of yourself as a gold miner sifting through all the information. Look for […]

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How Amy Novakovich Is Making the Financial Industry More Transparent

One woman’s journey to making a difference every day–from selling ice cream to raising four kids. September 12, 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 Amy Novakovich, CFP(R), CRPC(R), and CEO of Nova Wealth Management, which serves businesses, families, athletes, and entertainers. It was condensed by The Oracles. What was a defining moment early in your life?  Amy Novakovich: At age 11, I had the opportunity to sell ice cream at a rodeo in my small town in Wisconsin. I remember thinking, “Wow, I can have all the ice cream I want!” After a few hours of being on my feet in the heat and loud noise, I was so miserable that the immediate gratification of the ice cream wore off. I remember feeling like it would […]

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Traditional Networking Is Dead. Instead, Build a Community That Connects People.

How one weekend boot camp aims to build a lifelong business community. August 30, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Eighty-five percent of jobs are filled through networking, yet traditional networking events can be cringeworthy ordeals. From impersonal talks to anxiety-inducing meet and greets, it’s rare that long-term, impactful relationships are forged. Enter Survive and Thrive Today, the brainchild of serial entrepreneur Sachin Narode, assisted by business award-winner Marva Allen, and venture capitalist Swatick Majumdar. In its second year, this weekend-long boot camp invites mission-driven entrepreneurs to trade conference rooms for comfortable wood cabins. There, they collaborate with investors, partners and mentors in an intimate, outdoor environment. It’s interactive, it’s purposeful and it’s the new way to build a community while networking. Majumdar knows about the struggle of networking while bootstrapping. “As a venture capitalist, mentor and advisor to several startups, I’ve witnessed the trials and tribulations […]

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8 Strategies to Becoming a Badass CEO

C-Suiters share their secret sauce for exceptional leadership. July 17, 2018 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Imagine a world where everyone woke up feeling inspired to go to work. Unfortunately, many businesses are a toxic blend of apathy, political paranoia, and self-interest. Eight CEOs and members of The Oracles share their number one strategy for building and leading an elite, peak-performance team. Dottie Herman Image credit: The Oracles 1. Inspire the ordinary to become extraordinary. Very few of us have so-called “dream jobs,” like being a rock star or a professional athlete. Most jobs are pretty ordinary. So, how do you maximize the contributions of each employee—especially if they’re feeling apathetic, burned out, or unimportant? Traditional leadership styles are centered around control. Managers set expectations and then check to see if they’re met. However, that kind of top-down leadership ultimately isn’t effective. In today’s […]

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5 Leadership Lessons from a Founder Who Built Her Empire from Nothing

How Gail Corder Fischer smiled and dialed her way to the top. June 7, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Gail Corder Fischer is the co-founder and executive vice chairman of Dallas-based Fischer & Company, the go-to real estate firm for global Fortune 500 companies like FedEx and IBM. But this member of The Oracles wasn’t born a real estate mogul—quite the opposite. In her own words, Corder Fischer got her start at 14-years-old as a “French fry girl at McDonalds.” By 15, she’d discovered a “knack for sales” from selling carpet cleaning services over the phone. Without instruction, Corder Fischer took her boss’s sales script, opened the Yellow Pages, and started dialing for dollars. One could say she was the original robocall. Gail Corder Fischer, co-founder and executive vice chairman, Dallas-based Fischer & Company. Image credit: Michael Weschler In the male-dominated world of […]

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Rob Kosberg on How to Create Content That Drives Business Results

May 21, 2018 6 min read In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Rob Kosberg, CEO and founder of Best Seller Publishing, a company that helps experts position themselves in their marketplace with a bestselling book. It was conducted and condensed by The Oracles. 1. Who was your biggest influence growing up? My first mentor was my dad. He was an entrepreneur with his own real estate company and taught me the value of hard work. At 18, I started selling real estate and didn’t know anything. Dad took me aside and said, “To be successful, arrive at the office at 7 a.m. every morning, print out the expired listings, get the newspaper (remember, this was pre-internet) and get on the phone by 8 a.m.” I followed his advice, calling every expired listing all day, every day. By my […]

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