Why People Really Hate Us Online

Pat Flynn: Stop talking, because nobody cares. You are a complete idiot— Speaker 2: You are a complete idiot from head to toe. Speaker 3: Go do something that actually matters. Speaker 4: Why were you even born? Pat: . . . I hate you. Speaker 2: I hate you. Pat: These are some powerful words that I’ve read online about myself. Now, nobody has ever said any of these things to me in person, but it doesn’t really matter because when I read these things online, it hurts. I don’t know if you’ve ever been targeted for hate online. Whether it’s a comment on a YouTube video, or your blog, or a reply on social media, or something that you read in a forum somewhere, it doesn’t matter. It never feels good no matter how much people tell you that those are things you should just ignore. I’ve been […]

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How to Manage Your Emotions

Though not often discussed, there are many factors that can impact our behaviors and emotions. November 30, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Due to the self-help industry, we’re taught that we’re in complete control of our emotions. The reality is, this isn’t entirely true.  Nutritional deficiencies, inflammation, medications, stress and food sensitivities can all alter behaviors at an unconscious level. If the symptoms are severe, you get medicated; if the symptoms are mild, it’s blamed on a lack of willpower. Join Entrepreneur Network partner and bestselling author Ben Angel in the latest installment of his powerful 12-part 60-Seconds to Unstoppable series for surprising insights into peak performance based on neuroscience, psychology and biohacking. Want to become unstoppable in business and in life? Take this 60-second quiz now to find out what’s really holding you back, and be sure to grab a copy of Angel’s new book Unstoppable today. Related: How to Be Positive […]

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5 Ways to Fight Depression, Improve Your Mood and Boost Productivity

Entrepreneurs face a unique set of challenges. Here’s how you can can be ready for them. September 20, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Being a business owner comes with a unique set of emotional burdens. The overwhelming mix of meeting multiple stakeholders’ expectations while trying to stay afloat financially can sometimes seem like too much to bear. Every wannabe “Shark Tank” pitcher needs to carry a protective shield forged by smart mental habits. After all, stress is coming, and it’s bringing its friends. A study led by University of California researchers explored the novel psychological stressors felt by entrepreneurs. The Readers Digest condensed version of their findings said that 72 percent — nearly three in four — entrepreneurs reported experiencing mental health issues, with about half of them reporting at least one lifetime mental health condition. The numbers were significantly lower for non-entrepreneurs. These study […]

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The Case for Showing Emotions in the Workplace

Allowing workers to show their true selves has its benefits. July 3, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In a society that values strength, independence and self-reliance above all else, why express yourself? Why go out on a limb to reveal anything other than the highlight reel you post on social media in any situation, let alone in the setting where it could cost you the most: at work? Related: How Crying Could Save Your Business As it turns out, it could pay off in a big way. Corporate robots are a dying breed. In today’s professional landscape, people want to bring their whole selves to work, even if doing so would break from the norms of “professionalism.” Millennials want work-life integration, not just work-life balance, meaning they’re not going to leave their emotions at home and send a cold, feeling-less, in-control-at-all-times automaton to the office […]

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How Crying Could Save Your Business

Entrepreneurs need to let emotions out and people in. June 8, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When’s the last time you cried? I cried this morning. I thought about how many people were relying on me to make the right decisions and how much those decisions had the potential to hurt the people I know and love if they went wrong. If I had a nickel for every night I fell asleep scared stiff about failure, I could fund my next five businesses. Related: 11 Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence Unfortunately, being an entrepreneur comes with an unrealistic expectation for bravado: We think a thriving entrepreneur must over-represent the positives, overlook the negatives and maintain grit. We believe insecurity, fear, and shame need to be pushed aside in order to inspire confidence in our friends, employees and investors. With 70 percent of upstart tech companies […]

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