Revealing the Secrets to Peak Professional and Personal Performance

Social entrepreneur Lian Pham biohacked her way back to health. Now, she’s passing her insights on to others. April 5, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Peak performance — it’s something just about everyone strives for. There are countless diets, books, blogs, TV shows and more dedicated to becoming your best self and operating at your highest capacity, both in business and in life. The question is, can it actually be done? While most focus on just one facet of self-care  (weight, productivity, nutrition, motivation, etc.), social entrepreneur and biohacker Lian Pham’s approach is all-inclusive and comprehensive. With her Peak Performance Pyramid, Pham — who, full disclosure, is a client of mine, but whose perspective I felt was valuable to share during these challenging times — has worked out a system of steps that include biohacking the mind, body and spirit to reach peak performance across the boards. Here’s how […]

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How Becoming a Software Minimalist Can Dramatically Improve Your Efficiency

When it comes to your business’s approach, as the old adage goes, less is more. March 30, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There are tens of thousands of available software products that can improve the way your business runs, so it’s no surprise that companies frequently managing too many applications at once. The very innovation that was supposed to improve workflow might suddenly become a major roadblock to efficiency. So while it’s tempting to adopt each exciting new application as it’s introduced, taking a minimalistic approach toward software services will ensure you and your team are more productive in the long run. Here’s why.  Avoiding Shadow IT Companies that are growing rapidly often experience shadow IT, or any software purchased or used without being properly approved by the IT department. When a given tech solution goes unnoticed by most of the company, it can even be forgotten entirely. Subscription renewals and payments go through without […]

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Makers of Tomorrow: William Wang

A Q&A with the Vizio CEO about how his company is reimagining smart TVs amid the streaming revolution. March 25, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Makers of Tomorrow is a new series of Entrepreneur-exclusive interviews that extracts expertise and insights from the innovators of today who are shaping our future. The world of TV is changing fast, and it takes a nimble CEO to keep up. The rise of streaming, corresponding upticks in cord-cutting and the adoption of all-purpose smartphones have forever altered the way people watch their favorite shows. While many television executives and manufacturers have been caught flat-footed, Vizio has been at the forefront of developing new technology to stay one step ahead. From the mainstreaming of smart TVs to the built-in integration of Netflix and other streaming services, William Wang’s company has been an undisputed leader. We recently spoke with the Taiwain-born, California-via-Hawaii-raised […]

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Turn Browsers Into Buyers With These 4 E-Commerce Marketing Strategies

Using these marketing tricks, there’s light at the end of the funnel. February 24, 2020 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Whether you’re a novice e-commerce entrepreneur or a veteran in the space, it’s a good idea to continuously set new, higher sales goals. Greater sales translate to greater benefits for your company. But the rules for how to increase sales aren’t necessarily one-size-fits-all. There are numerous variables to consider, such as product offering, existing customer base and customer demographics. It’s natural, too, for businesses to go through ups and downs, which requires entrepreneurs to keep an eye on e-commerce and purchasing trends and adjust ccordingly. After all, tried-and-true methods may have worked in the past, but eventually, the same old strategies can lose their touch.  Consumer habits tend to change quickly, especially as far as e-commerce. Here are four marketing tricks that could help you bring in a new wave […]

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4 Ways Do-It-Yourself Entrepreneurs Can (and Should) Keep Things Simple

If you’re new to the DIY business model, make sure to do things the right way to protect your sanity. January 30, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The world of entrepreneurship can seem extremely complex. After all, entrepreneurs have a lot of different responsibilities on their plates. From developing products and services to managing contractors and marketing campaigns, the to-do list can seem never-ending. Despite this, the oft-quoted cliche, “Keep it simple, stupid,” still has great meaning for entrepreneurs — especially those who bring a do-it-yourself attitude to their work. By streamlining your focus and keeping things simple, you will avoid getting stressed out and burned out. Here’s a guide for tapping into your inner DIY entrepreneur.  1. Focus on the one thing your business does best One of the most common mistakes new entrepreneurs make is trying to be all things to all […]

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The Difference Between Inspiration and Motivation

Managers will want to take note and make adjustments accordingly. December 13, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When it comes to getting employees to do their best work, good managers often adopt the role of a coach. They know that achieving the best results from their team members requires having someone who leads by example and provides the resources to help them do their best. As a result, many managers focus on inspiring and motivating their employees. There’s just one problem with this: Far too many assume that inspiration and motivation are essentially the same thing. Well, they aren’t. And knowing which how to leverage what makes them distinct can lead to a better chance of achieving long-term successful outcomes for your team. Should You Master Motivation? Motivation is consistently cited as one of the most important tools managers have for improving employee productivity. Providing […]

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How to Become a Leadership Influencer

Executive brands are evolving through the power of expertise, authority and trust. November 29, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You’re probably sick of hearing about influencers these days and how all it takes to become one is amassing a relevant social following, whether that’s at a micro-level of a few thousand social followers or fans in the millions. However, marketing yourself to simply gather a large number of followers actually isn’t (or, at least, doesn’t have to be) the misguided quest for superficial Internet stardom it may seem like. Frankly, it’s those questionable connotations that make business executives and leaders more attracted to another, seemingly more professional status; rather than “social influencers,” executives now strive to be “thought leaders.” On the one hand, there can be a massive chasm between the two. The agenda for most “influencers” might just be to tempt you into shopping at a particular […]

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How to Create a Work Environment That Inspires Productivity

You can immediately incorporate several elements and practices to spur on your employees. November 22, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Presented by People leave jobs for lots of reasons, but at the core, they leave because their work environment isn’t inspiring or is possibly downright destructive. One of the most crucial things you can do as a leader is establish the right atmosphere at your company. Doing so will result in improved employee satisfaction and, in turn, greater productivity. Consider implementing these four ideas to inspire your team. 1. Offer consistent learning opportunities. In order to keep your staff motivated, offer them the opportunity to continually learn new things or hone their existing skills by adding to the variety and quality of your training programs. These can include team building, management development, technical training or lunch-and-learns. Schedule these at regular intervals. The better the learning environment you’re creating for your employees, the greater returns they’ll give back. Related: 6 […]

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5 Personal-Finance Habits of Wealthy Entrepreneurs

While your balance might not be as impressive as Warren Buffet’s, you can get closer by adopting these practices. November 20, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Just about every entrepreneur wants to see their business turn into the next Airbnb or Uber. While a successful startup relies on great marketing and delivering a needed product or service, this isn’t what necessarily makes the biggest difference for the bank accounts of the world’s wealthiest entrepreneurs. In reality, accruing and maintaining wealth stems from smart personal-finance habits. Your startup doesn’t need to turn into a billion-dollar business for you to achieve your wealth goals. By implementing the same personal-finance habits used by many of the most successful entrepreneurs, you can dramatically improve your financial situation. Here are five to get you started. 1. Create a motivating list of money goals. As important as it is to […]

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4 Ways to Create Content Your Digital Audience Can’t Help But Consume

Create content that gives people what they want. Here’s how. October 30, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. These days, regardless of what industry you’re in, the best way to reach your audience is through digital content. The 2019 Q3 Global Digital Statshot report from Hootsuite and We Are Social perfectly illustrates just how big of a role digital content now plays in our lives. More than 4 billion people watch online videos on a monthly basis. Of those, more than half are watching vlogs. Approximately 39 percent of internet users now listen to podcasts. Related: The Simple Reason Creating Content Is Still Integral to Your Business’s Marketing Even once-traditional forms of media are now seeing an uptick in digital consumption. For example, Statista reports that The New York Times exceeded 2.8 million digital subscribers in early 2018. For marketers, there also remains considerable […]

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How to Simply (and Effectively) Make Your E-Commerce Business Stand Out

There’s plenty of money to be had, but you need to distance yourself from your fiercest competitors. October 24, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For e-commerce as a whole, business is booming. According to estimates from Statista, the number of worldwide digital buyers is expected to reach 2.14 billion by 2021, with global e-commerce sales exceeding $4.5 trillion. While this paints a positive picture overall, many e-commerce sites struggle to see success for themselves. Though there are many factors that can hurt an e-commerce store’s profitability, one of the most common issues is entering a crowded and competitive niche. Even if you have a great product to sell, the sheer number of competitors can make it difficult for your store to stand out. Because of this, finding ways to create separation from your competitors will prove essential for ensuring that you too can […]

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Yes, Your Company Is Actually Discouraging Innovation

Acknowledging the problem is the first step, folks. October 15, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Presented by So many companies claim they want to be innovative, but when it comes to creating a corresponding culture, they fall short. Sometimes, the only way to stand out in a crowded market is by dismantling the status quo. That’s why I’ve outlined three common mistakes that discourage innovation and necessitate correction. 1. Focusing too much on productivity. In a traditional company, busy employees translate to high rates of work completion, which hopefully results in greater revenue. However, for a company to be innovative, its employees need time to be able to generate and workshop new ideas. Simply put, they need time to think, and it’s proven to be beneficial. Time for innovation often means time away from an employee’s day-to-day activities. Can you imagine a high-performer at your company […]

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3 Research-Backed Ways to Make Your Morning More Productive

The morning can be the most productive time of your workday. Here’s how to take advantage. October 15, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Presented by Despite its everyday occurrence, the sound of an alarm clock disrupting a sound sleep is something many people dread. As such, mornings are often met with a range from mild annoyance to full irritation. Yet, mornings are actually when you are at your most productive and finding a morning routine that starts your day off right to maximizes that productivity is a great strategy in leading a more time-efficient and healthy life. According to research, the first three hours of your day are going to be the most focused. If you waste these three hours, the remainder of the day is going to also suffer, as you may find yourself catching up during a time when your brain is just not […]

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Vacation Whenever You Want! (And 4 Other Completely Bogus Myths About Being an Entrepreneur.)

The record needs to be set straight about the actual lifestyle of an entrepreneur. October 10, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneurs get their start for all sorts of reasons. Maybe you hate your job. Maybe you’ve got a groundbreaking, innovative idea. Maybe your childhood hero was Steve Jobs. But how do you bridge the knowledge gap between conventional ideas about business, and the wisdom that it takes to actually start and run a business? The first step is realizing what entrepreneurship is and isn’t. (If you ever want a good laugh, ask an entrepreneur how great it is to be able to vacation whenever they want.) Here are 4 common myths about being an entrepreneur—debunked. 1. You are your own boss. Even the most successful entrepreneurs are, in reality, working for a number of “bosses”. Instead of having a single manager at […]

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Why Unglamorous Entrepreneurial Opportunities Can Be Lucrative

Oftentimes, profitable business ideas are far from the most attractive. September 27, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While many entrepreneurs dedicate their time and energy to trying to create something “exciting” and “buzzworthy,” the reality is that many of the most successful startups originate with a relatively unglamorous idea. Just consider ride-sharing firms Uber and Lyft. Though the companies have lost some market value since going public, they are both worth billions. And when you step back to think about it, ride-sharing is essentially a gig economy version of a taxi service. However, their success is just one example of a recurring entrepreneurial truth: You don’t have to chase down a “glamorous” idea to change the market or turn a profit. Here’s why. Easier Financing Many startups rely on getting money from a venture capitalist firm because they have big ideas that require a […]

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4 Data-Backed Reasons That Informed Employees Are Happy Employees

The numbers don’t lie; it’s essential to meaningful growth. September 24, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Employees are the lifeblood of any business, but are you giving your team the tools they need to succeed? Whether you are onboarding a new hire or introducing a new software program to your team, your training efforts will have a significant impact on employee output. Employee training improves productivity and offers a host of additional benefits that will directly impact your company’s bottom line. Because of this, it should never be treated as an afterthought. Rather, it should be a top priority for you and your human-resources department. That’s why we recommend the following four bits of insight and guidance. 1. Quality training creates a high-engagement culture. Employee engagement is a hot topic in today’s work world. Employees who are highly engaged are more productive and […]

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5 Future Jobs You’ve Never Heard of But That Your Kids Will Flock to

‘Mommy, Daddy, I want to be a quantum cryptologist,’ your child may tell you one day soon. Here’s how to prepare. May 13, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Thanks largely to two trends — modernization and automation — the job market has arguably changed more in the last decade than in the previous half-century. Some professions have changed drastically while others have disappeared completely. Related: Five Design Jobs Of The Future (And How You Can Get Them) But for every job that fades into obsolescence, new ways of making a living surface. With a bit of foresight, those of us who are tasked with setting up future generations for success (as parents, teachers, counselors and more) can help. Regardless, entrepreneurs, from the business veteran to the aspiring startup king (or queen), can benefit from looking at these job titles and considering the impact they might have […]

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