How to Actually Make Progress and Grow Your Business—A Conversation with James Wedmore

James Wedmore: Commitment, and people toss this word around, oh, I’m committed Pat, I’ll tell you, I’m committed. Committed is not when I feel like it and when it’s convenient and when it’s not scary. Commitment is whatever it takes. And so when— Pat Flynn: Ooh, such powerful stuff we’re discussing today with my good friend James Wedmore, host of the Mind Your Business Podcast. He says that hustle and hard work are not essential ingredients for success. Success is created by mindset over strategy. And when it comes to who we want to be and how we can get to where we want to go, the biggest thing is the mindset. And how often do we say that we’re going to do something yet we don’t follow through? How often do we throw that word, “commitment,” around, I’m committed to doing this, whether it’s in our business for our […]

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Staying Positive and Building a Business That Matters with Marc and Angel Chernoff

Marc Chernoff: When it comes to growth personally and professionally, discomfort is really the key to the growth that you ultimately want for yourself. So do something every single day that challenges you, or scares you, just a little bit, right? You know, you don’t have to go crazy, but . . . Pat Flynn: You’re listening to Marc Chernoff, who is here with his wife, Angel, and they’re going to be talking about some of the biggest discomforts that they’ve had in their life that have helped push them forward into a very successful business, helping hundreds of thousands of people. You’re going to learn about how they got started in business and kind of accidentally fell into this business, how long it took for them to monetize, what they monetized with, it is actually a lot simpler than you might think. You’re going to discover how they dealt […]

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Top 5 Major Business Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

Pat Flynn: Look, we all make mistakes, and making mistakes is a part of being an entrepreneur, but the problem is when we make the same mistakes over and over again, and we see other peoples make those mistakes, and we do them anyway. This particular episode, I’m going to teach you five major mistakes that new entrepreneurs make, no guests in this episode, just you and me having a conversation, and listen to the intro, here we go. Announcer: Welcome to the Smart Passive Income Podcast, where it’s all about working hard now, so you can sit back and reap the benefits later. And now your host, when he wants to learn something, he hires a mentor to save him time, Pat Flynn. Pat: What’s up and welcome to session 390 . . . no 369 of the Smart Passive Income Podcast. Thank you so much for joining me […]

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Are There Health Consequences for Constant Complaining?

The more you complain, the less likely you are to take on more positive habits. April 23, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jack Canfield points out the dangerous mental and physical  consequences of complaining.  Canfield says that complaining encourages mental negativity and does not cultivate the same, more-desired results as positive thinking. Canfield says that complaining also releases cortisol, which is triggered by stress and can lead to health problems like higher cholestrol, diabetes and heart problems.  If you find yourself complaining too often and would like to adjust your habits, Canfield recommends engaging in the opposite of complaining — expressing gratitude. By embracing all the facets of your life you are thankful for, you will gradually see yourself move away from destructive complaining. Click the video to hear more.  Related: Tips and Tricks You Can Use to Make Faster, Better Decisions Entrepreneur […]

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This Guide Can Help You Shed Your 9-to-5 and Become Your Own Boss

Shape your own path as an entrepreneur with this training. April 14, 2019 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. If you spend your days at your job daydreaming about how you might make your side hustle or dream business reality, it’s time you considered taking your notion from concept to launch. Escape from Cubicle Nation with Pamela Slim is your personal guide to getting out of the dreary days of punching a time clock and doing work you’re not truly passionate about — and start working on something you truly love. Pamela Slim is an award-winning author, speaker, and leader that specializes in helping others navigate the new world of work — and while she spent the first […]

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Stop Believing in the Power of Freemium Thinking!

Freemium thinking is the act of repeating past strategy without putting a lot of thought into how the future will be different. Here’s why that’s no longer good enough and what you can do instead. April 9, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Benjamin Gilad and Mark Chussil’s book The New Employee Manual: A No-Holds-Barred Look at Corporate Life. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound The original idea behind “freemium” was ingenious: Offer basic features for free, but for quality features, you have to pay. The trick is, of course, to make the basics lousy enough to nudge people toward higher quality, but not so lousy they will be turned off completely. In competitive strategy, freemium thinking is the act of repeating past strategy without putting a lot of effort and […]

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How Should a Leader Deal With Unexpected Rejection?

This CEO shares his experience. April 3, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District speaks with Corey Gross, the CEO of financial technology company Sensibill. Gross speaks about a specific time when his business was experiencing several stops and starts. He talks about dealing with false hope and contracts that fell through at the last minute.  Those early events taught Gross the value of grit and perseverence.  Click play to hear more.  Related: Do You Know When It’s Time to Make a Pivot? Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across all digital platforms for the business genre. EN is partnered with hundreds of top YouTube channels in the business vertical. Watch video from our […]

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The Mindset of Becoming World Champion

Just go. December 23, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes Are you governed by fear? If so, it’s time to figure out if what you’re scared of is real or imaginary. What if there really isn’t anything to be afraid of? You might have some setbacks or “fall,” but at the end of the day, you’ll be fine. In the face of stress, you can get overwhelmed by negative emotions, or you can look forward. You can instead focus on the task ahead. It’s all about your mindset. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about fear with a champion climber who has learned to be mentally tough by constantly pushing her limits: Sasha Digiulian. Digiulian first began climbing at 6 years old, in 1998. She has won the World Championships for Female Overall and has placed silver in the Bouldering World Championships, as well as […]

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3 Ways to Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Entrepreneurial Path

Find focus as you grow. November 26, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Life as an entrepreneur can often feel like being in the middle of a natural disaster. There are daily fires to put out, endless lists of things to do and relationships to build, both within your company and outside. You’re constantly looking for where you can push your company’s growth, as well as your own. Feeling like you’re constantly being pulled in a hundred different directions isn’t just the norm — it can be seen as an achievement. But when you’re trying to focus on so many different things at once, are you really devoting your full time and attention to each one? Having worked on Wall Street and founded my own company, I can safely bet that the answer is no. Related: This Entrepreneur Crashed and Burned Out From Stress. Now He’s […]

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5 Tips to Help Entrepreneurs Successfully Manage Multiple Ventures

It’s okay to work on more than one business idea if you’re smart about it. October 25, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I’ve pivoted my company before, but nothing like what I am currently going through. When I started my marketing agency, it was a service-provider. Years later, it pivoted into a consulting agency. Now, I’m in the middle of another pivot — transitioning into a brand umbrella. So, I’ve gone from providing online marketing services to other businesses, to consulting with in-house marketing teams, to now creating e-commerce brands and marketing them exclusively. While it’s exciting, it’s also put me in an extremely overwhelming position — dealing with multiple ventures, all of which need my time and focus. I’ve met a lot of great people in the marketing world, and have a circle of agency owners that I communicate with on a […]

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To Build a Global Business, You Must First Expand Your Vision of What’s Possible

Don’t “fake it until you make it.” Just make it. September 24, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As you’re reading this, there are customers all over the world buying products and services, joining programs and hiring entrepreneurs. Internet access, social media, software and new ways of reaching customers have created an interesting opportunity for hungry entrepreneurs. I don’t know how business is going for you. Maybe you’re experiencing one of your best years yet, or maybe you’re not generating enough revenue to pay your bills. You might be dealing with self-limiting beliefs that keep you from seeing what’s possible. Most of us set goals that are comfortable. We limit our vision. You can build a comfortable business that generates just enough to let you live a comfortable life. You can sell just enough and put in just enough effort to give you some freedom. But we live in […]

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How Your Thoughts Can Make or Break You

If we truly know that we are enough, then the words and opinions of others will have less of a hold on us. September 23, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes Early in my career, I would react to every negative comment online. I let everything in; I was driven to be perfect to keep people from critiquing me. It was exhausting. It wasn’t until recently I learned that I could “put down the racquet and walk off the court.” It takes two to volley. If we truly know that we are enough, then the words and opinions of others will have less of a hold on us. That’s why I was so excited to talk about the power of thought with a superstar hypnotherapist: Marisa Peer. Peer was listed in Tatler’s Guide to Britain’s 250 Best Practitioners and was the only woman on the […]

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Comparing Your Entrepreneurial Journey to Anybody Else’s Just Makes You Feel You’re Getting Nowhere

Your progress toward your goals is the only measure worth taking. September 17, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Social media is an enormous opportunity for growth-minded entrepreneurs. It gives us a place to add value to an audience and inform those that follow us about the products and services our business offers. It reaches potential customers where they are every day. But while you put in the work daily, you encounter something that could end up affecting your business in a negative way. It’s a sneaky and common issue. Often, you see entrepreneurs who you’re connected to post about the wins and amazing things they’re experiencing. They had a successful six-figure launch of a new product. They were featured in a large media outlet that brought in tons of new customers. They are traveling the world for corporate consulting gigs. You see hundreds of […]

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Successful Entrepreneurs Know How to Hit Every Curveball Life Throws at Them

When it comes to entrepreneurs, only the hardheaded, the determined and the tenacious survive. September 14, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In baseball, hitting a curveball is one of the most difficult things to properly execute. Like batters who learn to think fast and pick up on the rotation of the curveball as soon as the pitcher releases the ball to avoid swinging too early, entrepreneurs must learn to think fast and pick up on market trends and changes to adjust their business strategy accordingly. It’s imperative to keep your eyes on the prize. Whether you have to hit a fastball or a curveball to accomplish this goal is irrelevant — as long as you win the game. Related: The 10 Traits That Define Entrepreneurial Success Life paths Here is one example from my own life: I was a young, frustrated beach bum […]

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The Story You Tell Yourself (That Could Crush You) – with Dr. Shannon Irvine

Pat Flynn: Being an entrepreneur, owning your own business, it’s tough. There’s a lot of things on that checklist to do. There’s a lot of big, ambitious goals that we have, and there’s a lot of hurdles along the way, but the number one thing that’s going to help you through all of that is what happens in your head and how you speak to yourself, the story that you are creating for yourself. And that voice. That voice is really whatever you want it to be, but there’s a lot of things in our past that, psychologically, we hear that voice say things that maybe we don’t want it to say. But then we start to believe it, and then it starts to determine what actions we take or don’t take and the results that we get or don’t get. What if you put in all this hard work […]

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5 Belief Shifts That Will Take You From Stagnating to Soaring

Don’t let your negative beliefs hold you back. July 23, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Belief: It’s a tiny word but a powerful force in determining whether entrepreneurs succeed or fail. I see it all the time: Those who have unwavering belief in themselves, their worth and their offering achieve much more than those who are riddled with doubts and negative beliefs. Entrepreneurs can have the best strategies and plans in the world, but if they don’t believe in themselves and their offering, they’re more likely to give up or to fail. Related: 11 Mindset Shifts You Need to Scale Past 7 Figures We all carry negative beliefs about ourselves: Some we adopt when influential people don’t believe in us, others seep in when someone questions our skills and abilities. Some of us are held back by a paralyzing fear of judgment, of failure and — […]

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How the Fear of Failure Can Bring You to New Heights — According to Your Brain

Here’s how to change your mind about failure. And learn to enjoy it. July 20, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. People with entrepreneurial mindsets cannot help but see the impossible solution at the next possible supernova. We laser-focus on differentiated innovation, often losing hours and friends in the process. We also sometimes lose our mojo and the ability to cope with the anxiety entrepreneurs often feel during times of failure and stagnation. While some forms of anxiety require the help of medical professionals, entrepreneurs can learn to enjoy and even benefit from flops or even catastrophic attempts at innovation by knowing which levers to pull to change how they view and experience failure. Get to know your neurons. Our brains contain 1 billion neurons that ignite each of our five senses. Neurons learn from the past to create the present. Someone with entrepreneurial tendencies, you […]

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5 Reasons Why You Should Always Say Yes, Even When the Answer is No

Ensure every choice you make is a nod in the right direction. July 9, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. From the outside, it appears I’ve lived a charmed life. I went to a great college and landed a solid job right after graduation. I married the woman of my dreams. I live in one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. I’ve created networks from nothing and startups from scratch. I left a corporate job at Google, so I could start my own company, Grove, that helps people create their own financial security. Related: 5 Ways Everyone Can Achieve More by Thinking Like an Entrepreneur A great life? Definitely. Charmed? Not so much. I say that because I had an active role in each of my successes and failures. I don’t have a secret playbook or a yellow brick road paving the way […]

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Helpful Mindset Hacks for a Greater Life

Many times people don’t realize the impact their thoughts and words have on their lives. July 1, 2018 1 min read This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes Your mindset is one of the most important tools you have in life. It can make or break you. Many times people don’t realize the impact their thoughts and words have on their lives. They tell themselves stories, whether it’s about their work, their finances or even their health. These stories become real. They dictate your future.  Unfortunately, it’s not so simple to change the narrative you are giving yourself. A lot of times it takes a major life event to make you realize the problem. By then, it can feel too late. I wanted to share this episode with you to show you six of the common misconceptions people have that care holding them back.  If you take the time to open your eyes to […]

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11 Mindset Shifts You Need to Scale Past 7 Figures

Don’t be your own biggest obstacle to success. June 22, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When I meet six-figure entrepreneurs, they tend to have all the tactics, strategies and information they need to scale to seven figures and beyond. What holds them back (and the vital piece they miss) centers around mindset. Related: The Most Common Habit of Self-Made Millionaires Almost every single time, they are their biggest obstacle. Their mindset (or lack of) stops them from making the leap, and for a long time this held me back. I’ve slipped into huge debt, suffered entrepreneurial depression and blown up successful businesses because they weren’t “right” for me. I’ve learned through trial and error how important mindset is, and after helping dozens of six-figure entrepreneurs scale to seven figures, I’ve uncovered 11 vital mindset shifts that every entrepreneur needs. Here they are: 1. There are […]

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