7 Ways to Train Your Brain to Make Better Decisions

Try these techniques to make better decisions for your life and business. March 31, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In January 2018, the word “hangry” was officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary. The familiar mash-up of hungry and angry is defined as “bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger.” Most of us know the feeling — and research shows it also leads us to make riskier, more impulsive decisions. Hanger aside, making sound decisions is an essential skill for entrepreneurs. Every day brings a tidal wave of choices, from hiring to product features to marketing plans. As the founder and CEO of JotForm, I know that decision-making is one of the toughest parts of my job. Technology and markets evolve at lightning speed, and there’s endless data to weigh with every choice. On the bright side, learning to make smart decisions can […]

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6 Decisions That Could Change Your Business

Founders share the one choice that altered their company’s path. January 21, 2020 3 min read This story appears in the January 2020 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 1. Asking for advice. I hired a business coach seven years ago, and it helped me propel my company forward. As an entrepreneur, running a business feels like something you should be able to figure out on your own, but investing in a coach helped me raise the bar in every way. Not only was I able to shift my behaviors to identify and overcome self-imposed roadblocks, but it allowed me to be more engaged and hold myself accountable.” — Katie Conovitz, founder and CEO, TwelveNYC 2. Hiring for keeps. Early on, we hired agencies and freelancers with experience launching a consumer health-and-wellness brand. But it became clear that we needed full-time people who were 100 percent dedicated to our success. So we hired key […]

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How This Former NFL Safety Learned to Trust His Instincts

Adam Archuleta, CBS analyst and former NFL safety, talks about how he created a system to make quick and efficient decisions October 13, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. CBS analyst and former first round NFL draft pick Adam Archuleta discusses the process it took for him to trust his instincts on and off the football field, and how he created a system to make quick and efficient decisions. Adam Archuleta and The Playbook host David Meltzer discuss how Archuleta was able to use imagination and creativity to his advantage during his time in the NFL and after. Adam talks about not being afraid to “be a rookie again” and facing his fears of public speaking head on in order to pave his way as a sports analyst. Related: Why a Stint in Prison Taught This Entrepreneur the Meaning of Freedom Read_More Related posts: The One Thing More […]

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Need to Regain Your Sanity? Learn to Say No.

Don’t feel like you have to take every opportunity that comes your way. But choose wisely. July 12, 2019 4 min read This story appears in the July 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Mary* was doing well as VP of business development at a San Francisco tech company. She’d been hired to create goodwill within the community, and she was a perfect fit. But her work had started suffering. Her CEO had asked her to take on a new project in Brazil, which would require her to spend at least a third of her time there. Her instinct was to say yes; she didn’t want to lose her CEO’s approval, and the opportunity was an honor. But realistically, she couldn’t be in South America and do what she’d been hired to do in San Francisco, too. Related: 9 Common Mistakes Made by New Entrepreneurs When I met with her, I […]

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How to Prioritize When Making Decisions as an Entrepreneur

Making decisions when leading a startup is a constant challenge. June 4, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Life in a startup is fast paced, varied and fun. But it is also a constant and chaotic struggle, a juggling of disparate issues that need attention and decisions to be made at a moment’s notice. There are employees who need directions, tensions that threaten to erupt into personal conflicts, the bank that keeps calling about refinancing the loan, the supplier who suddenly needs the blueprints earlier to be able to deliver on time, and, at the same time, an endless stream of prioritizations that need to be right. How are entrepreneurs to make order of this chaos? They face a seemingly endless stream of decisions that need to be made. Related: 9 Ways to Combat Decision Fatigue There is, of course, no simple solution. But there is a way of thinking […]

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When This Founder Had to Make One Big Decision, She Realized There Are Multiple Paths to Success

Alyssa Furtado of Ratehub discusses a pivotal crossroads in her business. May 22, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video from Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery Disitrct, we hear from Alyssa Furtado, co-founder of Ratehub, which is a financial product comparison website that offers insights on credit card and mortgage rates. Furtado discusses the struggle she and her co-founder faced to either self-fund or take on a new partner with capital.  They grappled with the possiblity of giving up control to a new voice on the board, or else in the face of lacking enough funding for Ratehub to reach its full potential. Inevitably, Furtado and her co-founder followed a path that made the most sense for Ratehub and learned, through listening to many different voices, there is not one way of doing successful business.  Click the video to hear more Alyssa Furtado. Related: How Big Data […]

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Why Perfectionism Is a Handicap to Growing Your Very Best Ideas

The desire for everything to be how you want it may be standing in the way of your progress. December 12, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jeff Rose talks about how perfectionism can affect your business. To execute an idea and see it flourish, not every part of your project must be 100 percent perfect. Consider, Rose suggests, not the full 100 percent but a lower 80 percent when moving forward with a new part of a larger project or pursuing a new idea. In this way, just by taking action, you will be able to see if your concept is worthwhile. By telling yourself that perfectionism is sometimes out of the question, you can learn faster if a product is good or bad. By pushing past perfectionism, you will receive feedback sooner, so you can move forward.  Sometimes, the idea of failure can stand in […]

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How to Make Better Decisions to Move Your Business Forward

So long as you base your decision-making on reactive thinking, you have a hustle, not a business. April 4, 2018 5 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Inside of your business, there are three levels of decision-making. The problem is, most entrepreneurs are unaware of this, so they simply make whatever decision they think is best. In the beginning this is fine, because you build initial success and momentum through trial and error. Related: How to Avoid Letting Emotions Control Financial Decision Making It helps to be the entrepreneur who breaks things and innovates, but as you scale your business from six to seven figures, you need to evolve from an entrepreneur into a CEO. You need to own your business so it no […]

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