25 Entrepreneurs, Including 2 Sharks, Share What They’re Thankful For

“One of the things I’m truly thankful for is my team and the faith that they’ve had in me and in my vision. I am incredibly lucky and humbled by my team, even leaving well-paying careers to really kind of come on this adventure, to really kind of take a whirl in the startup space. “You know, I am not in my 20s. So I have 20 years of industry experience or what have you, and it’s very different, here in Philadelphia, when the local newspaper calls us one of the stellar startups in healthcare. The other founder-entrepreneurs that I was standing up onstage next to are like, less than 30. I’m like, OK, this is a little different, but whatever! So absolutely, I want to give thanks to all of the folks who helped me build this thing, because without them, it just wouldn’t have come together.”   Read_More […]

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20 Quotes on the Importance of Thankfulness and Gratitude

November 28, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article originally published Nov. 24, 2015.  With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I wanted to share with you 20 quotes that really help put into perspective the power and importance of being thankful more of the time and not just on one particular day out of the year. Read_More Related posts: 21 Harvey Specter quotes to help you win at life and entrepreneurship Zig Ziglar Success Quotes to Make You a Better Entrepreneur The Science of Gratitude and How It Translates to Good Business Reader Gratitude Challenge: Write One Thank You Note Every Day for 7 Days Why Gratitude Makes Leaders More Effective Persistence Arises from Gratitude – Copyblogger How to Practice Gratitude and Invite Positivity Into Your Life The Importance of Getting Along With Others

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To Receive More In Your Life, Begin to Give More

You may be surprised at the powerful ways giving — and receiving — may impact you. December 27, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner, Brittney Castro, talks about a life-changing event in her life which raised her awareness of around “give to receive.” To incorporate this strategy into your own life, Castro recommends practicing it on those around you, including your community, your friends and your family. A healthy cycle of giving and receiving should be fairly consistent. So, when others give to you, don’t stand in the way of their generosity by denying it. Instead, show your gratitude by offering a simple “thank you.” Castro underscores the important of keeping this exchange of energy, and to celebrate life overall by giving and receiving. Click play to hear more. Related: Planning to Travel in 2019? Here’s How to Save More (Without Spending Less) on Your Next […]

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The Marketing Thank You Box: 12 reasons modern marketers can be thankful

I hate to admit it. But as I’ve advanced in my career, I’ve become a little cranky. Sometimes I can be like a marketing version of Grandpa on “The Simpsons” — “I remember when everything was print so there were real deadlines, not like a landing page which you have to constantly optimize. And we’d write ads for The Wall Street Journal, not for phones. Phones were actually for making phone calls. And another thing …” But when I look outside my office this month, I see the Thank You Box. It’s an effort to show appreciation for others in the office here at MECLABS Institute. Simply write a note about why you’re thankful for someone. So, in this month of gratitude, here are 12 elements of modern marketing I’m thankful for: That email is a two-way street — It’s a feature that can be overlooked in email marketing, but […]

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The Million Dollar Tweet: 8 Lessons to Grow a Successful Business

Nathan Barry bootstrapped ConvertKit to $1 million monthly recurring revenue in a little over five years. Here are 8 critical lessons he learned along the way. Pat Flynn April 23, 2018 Subscribe to my YouTube Channel Nathan Barry is the founder of ConvertKit, and a good friend of mine. Just the other day he tweeted: Yesterday @ConvertKit hit $1m MRR. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped along this journey! We’ve now got an incredible team of 34 supporting 18,872 customers. — Nathan Barry (@nathanbarry) March 19, 2018 This is a huge milestone, and I want to give huge kudos to Nathan and his team for achieving it! [Full disclosure as we dive in to this post: I am both an affiliate and an advisor for ConvertKit, and I do earn a commission if you choose to use my affiliate link (the links back to ConvertKit on this […]

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Thanks to You, a Lifelong Dream Came True

From the bottom of my heart, thank you! You helped make a really important dream of mine come true. Ever since I started this entrepreneurial journey in 2008, I’ve always wanted to write a book, and it was my dream to one day walk into a bookstore with my kids and point it out to them. I even published a blog post back in 2012 that said the exact same thing. After Will It Fly? was self-published and launched in early 2016, something I didn’t think was possible happened: it became a Wall Street Journal bestseller. Could this self-published book also be the book that gets into bookstores? It had already surprised me once, and I was determined to see if it could do it again. Because the SPI audience played a critical role in it becoming a bestseller, I decided to call upon the loyal fans once more to […]

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Reader Gratitude Challenge: Write One Thank You Note Every Day for 7 Days

Last week was Thanksgiving here in the United States, and since we’ve been talking a lot about gratitude this month, I thought it would be fun to finish off the month (whether you live in the US or not) by giving you a fun and rewarding challenge (and bonus giveaway)! Before the challenge starts, I’d first like to tell you a quick story about my executive assistant, Jessica. You might remember Jessica from Session #115 of The SPI Podcast. In that interview, we talked about how I had hired her to tackle my email inbox, which was approaching a whopping 10,000 unread emails. We developed a system between us that allowed me to finally get a handle on my inbox, and since sharing that system on the podcast, it has helped thousands of SPI listeners get a better grip on the never-ending flooding email inbox problem. Beyond the emails, she’s […]

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“I Appreciate You”: What It Means & Why It’s Important to Me

You’ll often find me saying “I appreciate you” at the end of posts or emails. Here’s why that phrase means so much to me. Pat Flynn November 21, 2016 If you know me, even just a tiny bit, you know that I make an effort to express my appreciation for the amazing people around me. Because, you know what? There are so many amazing people around me, and I wholeheartedly appreciate each and every one of you. Here’s why. Between 2005 and 2008, I worked in an architecture firm. While I was there, I worked my tail off day in and day out. But there was something missing. It wasn’t the lack of flexibility in my hours. I was still young and didn’t have a family yet, so I was okay with waking up at the same time everyday. It wasn’t the work itself. I enjoyed it at the time. […]

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The Science of Gratitude and How It Translates to Good Business

I’ve studied several entrepreneurs throughout my journey as a business owner, and there are a few qualities that are pretty obvious in terms of what it takes to become successful. Characteristics such as persistence, leadership, and having an open mind are just a few. But, over the course of my eight years as an entrepreneur, I’ve learned about one quality in particular that several entrepreneurs prioritize and practice—one that I didn’t really think was that important until I started practicing it myself. What I am talking about exactly? Gratitude. How Gratitude Helps Us Become Better Entrepreneurs Becoming an entrepreneur is not easy. I remember several times within my first year, after getting laid off, I wondered to myself why I was even trying. I wanted to give up at least a dozen times, and even after my business started taking off, there were several moments in the journey that led […]

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Be more grateful, be more creative

My latest book, Create or Hate, is not too far away from launching. In it I talk about the self-imposed internal barriers, which I choose to call ‘Hate’, that can hold us back from achieving our true creative potential. There are a number of strategies that can move you along the road to becoming a Creator and not a Hater. One of those is building empathy, which I talked about recently on the blog. Another way you can get there is by being more grateful for the things that occur in your life and towards the people you interact with. So let’s find out how being more grateful will make you less hateful and therefore more creative. What is gratitude? Put simply, gratitude is about being thankful for the people and things currently in your life. It’s about counting your blessings and giving praise to the simple things, no matter […]

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