The Life-Changing Lesson That Turned Stefan Aarnio into a Real Estate Rockstar

Success starts with realizing that anyone can be rich. August 7, 2019 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 Stefan Aarnio, founder and CEO of BlackCard Elite Academy, a real estate investment training company. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?  Stefan Aarnio: I’m the same kid as when I was 16 and wanted to be a rockstar. I was in a band while in school in my early 20s and then played jazz for a few years, but when my dream to play music full time didn’t come true, I jumped into real estate investing. I was making $10,000 a year at the time, so all I wanted was to earn the same amount flipping a house so I could replace my income. Years later, […]

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Refocus Your Business By Highlighting Your Strengths

This class tells you how to increase revenue through your unique gifts and skills. August 1, 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. As an entrepreneur, you wear many hats every day. One minute you’re an accountant, but over the next few hours, you could turn into a salesperson, a manager, and a marketing strategist. When you’re using so many skill sets in such a short period of time, it’s easy to lose sight of what comes naturally to you. Capitalizing on your innate abilities can help prevent burnout and earn you a new source of revenue. If you’re feeling lost on how to do that, Grow Your Revenue by Finding Your Genius will set you […]

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Why German Entrepreneur Torben Platzer Believes You Can ‘Take the World Apart and Use Your Imagination to Put It Back Together’

How to do what you love and make a mark. July 29, 2019 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 Torben Platzer, founder and CEO of personal branding agency TPA Media GmbH, part of TPA Media Group. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?  Torben Platzer: I’m a 32-year-old entrepreneur from the small German town of Delmenhorst. As a teenager, I spent most of my time playing computer games and wasn’t motivated in school, which reflected in my grades. I quickly realized that my life shouldn’t be played out in the virtual world alone, so I started my first business selling dietary supplements while in school. I did not have a mentor at the time and was on my own, which wasn’t always easy. I decided […]

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The Workcation Is Changing — and Taking One Can Boost Your Business

An increasing number of entrepreneurs are turning to fellow founders and isolated locations to solve big-picture issues within their companies. July 17, 2019 7 min read This story appears in the July 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Christina Stembel had a 70-item to-do list and no time to tackle it. So in 2018, she decided to eliminate all distractions. She’d get an Airbnb cabin in Ojai, Calif., with limited cell service, and spend a weekend alone with her work. She mentioned this plan to another founder she met at an Ernst & Young award ceremony, and the woman asked to come along. Stembel reluctantly agreed. Then the woman invited a friend. And with that, Stembel thought her time away would devolve into a social free-for-all. But as the three founders settled in at their cabin, Stembel discovered an unexpected benefit. All three women ran companies that create tangible goods […]

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From Office Break-In to An Amazing Partnership (A Look at My New Office Space!)

Earlier this year, my video studio was broken into. This was the space where I recorded a ton of YouTube… Pat Flynn July 8, 2019 Earlier this year, my video studio was broken into. This was the space where I recorded a ton of YouTube videos, course videos, and livestreams, as well as hosted a lot of team meetings. It was a special space, and I grew to love it very much. But because of the break-in and the lack of security in the business complex where this office was located, I decided it was time to move out and find a new space. Here’s how that process has unfolded, and the exciting new partnership that has emerged! Losing Gear and Dealing with Fear Shortly after the break-in happened, I published a YouTube video showing what happened. I also got a little emotional about it, mostly because it just felt very […]

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Tech Entrepreneur Nathalie Dorémieux Says You Can Achieve Anything If You Leave Your Comfort Zone

June 20, 2019 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 Nathalie Dorémieux, co-founder of New Software Marketing, an online marketing company. Who are you?  Nathalie Dorémieux: I grew up in Grenoble, France, and graduated from the University of Pau with a computer science degree in 1982. Then I moved to the north of France to pursue my master’s degree, which is where I met my husband and business partner, Olivier. When we graduated in 1995, we decided to take our chances and go live the American dream. Everyone in France thought we were crazy, but we quickly found jobs and got married in Reno, Nevada — “the little Las Vegas.” Ten years, three kids, two dogs, and a cat later, we decided to quit our jobs in biotechnology. […]

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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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