8 Bad Habits That Aren’t So Bad After All

Few things are all good or all bad, including most habits. June 11, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When it comes to habits, James Clear hit the nail on the head. “Bad habits interrupt your life and prevent you from accomplishing your goals. They jeopardize your health  — both mentally and physically.” Oh yeah, they also “waste your time and energy.” Suffice it to say, you need to work on breaking bad habits and replacing them with good ones. What practices should you ditch? Well, there are some no-brainers — smoking and eating junk food come to mind. However, there are some habits that we consider “bad” that in reality may be beneficial. Here are eight “bad habits” that aren’t as harmful as you thought. 1. Skipping breakfast. We’ve all heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if you exercise […]

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Bill and Melinda Gates Just Gave Us New Insight Into Their Evening Routine and, of Course, It’s Genius

You don’t have to be a billionaire to adopt these habits. May 22, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on Thrive Global Everyone has their own way to unwind at the end of the day, and Bill and Melinda Gates are no exception. So what do a couple of billionaires do to de-stress? Thanks to some new insights from Melinda, we now have a better idea. (Spoiler: it doesn’t involve having Enya perform private concerts in their living room.) As it turns out, the evening routine of the Gates Family is actually pretty normal — and involves things anyone can do. Here are three relaxing strategies, straight from Bill and Melinda’s playbook: Connect with the people you love Despite their hectic schedules, the Gates Family — including Bill and Melinda’s 16-year-old daughter Phoebe — all try to have dinner together as often as possible, Melinda recently toldThe Cut. They usually sit down between 6 and 7 p.m., and eat a mix […]

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If You Want to Break Out of the Middle Class, Avoid These Money Habits

The ease of falling into these unproductive money traps is dangerously high. March 22, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Phil Town discusses how people in the middle class often have only $1,000 in savings and piles of debt.  So, if your goal is to break out of the middle class and retire comfortably, here are a few habits — or “traps” — you should avoid: Having no emergency funds. Not investing enough. Having no trust in the stock market (putting away money in a 401K is just the start) Not thinking long-term. Town recommends only buying things when it is absolutely required. Invest everything else. Click the video to hear more. Related: The Biggest Risks (and Rewards) of Investing Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, ewitducation and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate […]

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How Self-Hypnosis Can Help You Attain Your Goals

Want to beat your fear of public speaking? Become a more assertive manager? Win that big sale? Start with ‘theta.’ February 5, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Both Warren Buffett and Bill Gates have attributed their successes to one simple rule: focus. But, in a technology-driven society where instant gratification and multitasking are king — and queen —  our ability to focus on any one thing, be it a goal, a task or habit, for a significant amount of time is deteriorating. Related: 15 Ways to Master the Bad Habits That Are Ruining Your Life In fact, the average human’s attention span is only eight seconds. This may explain why 80 percent of people fail to keep their New Year’s resolution by the time February — this month! — arrives. The reason: not enough focus. Too often, people just give up, claiming they don’t have the willpower […]

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This Daily Habit (with a Twist) Is the Cheat Code to Success, According to Russ Ruffino

The entrepreneur and CEO has a new take on a helpful habit you’ve probably heard of already. November 8, 2018 7 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 Russ Ruffino, founder and CEO of Clients on Demand, which helps small businesses attract clients using online advertising. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Russ Ruffino: Every business needs great clients. If you can’t attract clients consistently, your business is on life support. But most business owners are so focused on what they do that they don’t have time to learn about things like online marketing.  I created Clients on Demand to solve that problem. When your marketing is dialed in, you can attract the right clients, at the right price, whenever you want. Then you have total freedom […]

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What This Leader of a Multimillion-Dollar Company Does Each Day to Keep Her Focus

It all boils down to good habits. September 20, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this latest video with CMO of Outdoorsy Jen Young, Entrepreneur Network partner Eric Siu takes things down a more perosnal route by examining what it takes to run a multimillion-dollar business. Young started in direct and digital marketing. Young talks about starting from the bottom and working her way up from there, including at many larger ad agencies.  She made the connection while working in advertising that each campaign needs to be distinct to get a customer’s attention. With unique copy and creative elements, a campaign could truly come together with the resources of an ad agency. Moreover, Young discovered the basis of a terrific campaign is consumer insights. If all the copy, visuals and messaging are derived from strong consumer insights, then you’ve got a strong campaign.  Finally, a […]

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5 Habits Successful Business Leaders Use Every Day

Long-term entrepreneurial success requires not just putting in the hours but using them well. September 4, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Becoming a successful entrepreneur doesn’t happen overnight. While it’s possible to gain short-term success quickly, turning that into long-term success requires a mindset shift. Long-term success doesn’t come from luck or working extra hard for a month or two; it comes from having the right habits in place. Harvard Business Review recently published a study of nearly 30 CEOs (most leading large public companies), recording how each used his or her time over the course of a quarter. The CEOs’ executive assistants tracked their time in 15-minute segments, and the findings were consistent: These CEOs average 9.7 working hours every weekday, 3.9 hours on weekends and 2.4 hours on vacation days. Not everyone can lead a huge company to success, but those who do […]

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4 Ways to Build Better Habits

Forty percent of your actions are habits, but are these habits actually helping you to succeed? June 1, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Humans are creatures of habit. We tend to repeat the same activities over and over. This repetition can work for us — or against us. It’s important to stop and ask yourself: “Are my habits truly helping me do my best work? Or are they setting me up to fail?” 1. Maxing out your morning The first step in building better habits is to maximize your morning routine: Start your day with efficiency and effectiveness. Studies show that we’re much more productive in the morning, so it’s vitally important to create a morning routine that takes advantage of this. Related: 25 Best Habits to Have in Life If you have an efficient morning ritual, you don’t need to think about trivial things […]

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High Performance Habits from Master Coaches

On this podcast episode of ‘School of Greatness,’ learn the routines of some of today’s most successful leaders. May 26, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes This week I wanted to bring you something new. I’ve recorded well over six hundred episodes at this point, and there’s been so much knowledge and wisdom from the brightest minds on the planet shared on the show.  I know it can be overwhelming to try to take it all in, so I’m bringing you a recap of some of the strongest wisdom I’ve received over the past few years of doing this podcast. For this episode I wanted to concentrate on high performance habits that I’ve learned from amazing people like Brendon Burchard, Michael Gervais, Tony Robbins and Mel Robbins. Each of these guests has reached the top of their game, and the biggest factor in that has been their habits. They set their mind to […]

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SPI 216: Your Habits and the Story Behind Pavlok with Maneesh Sethi

Maneesh Sethi’s latest product just might shock you—literally! Maneesh is the creator of Pavlok, a wearable device designed to help you break unwanted habits. The Pavlok wristband delivers a mild electric zap to help you stay on task, form better habits, and improve your productivity. It’s a wild, creative idea, and Maneesh is here today to tell me all about it. Five years ago, Maneesh was a successful blogger building passive income online, but he still found himself struggling to stay on top of day-to-day tasks. He got curious about ways to break his bad habits—he even hired someone off Craigslist to slap him in the face when he got off task! He saw how negative reinforcement transformed his productivity, and the idea for Pavlok was born. In this episode, Maneesh shares how he created a successful physical product from the ground up. You’ll hear how he built the Pavlok hardware without being a programming expert, what […]

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How to Make Sure You Follow Through on Your Goals – 2016 Edition

Welcome to 2016! it’s time to think about not just what our goals are for the year, but how we’re going to stick with them. In this post, I share three quick ways to give yourself the best chance of following through with your goals. Pat Flynn January 4, 2016 Welcome to 2016! Can you believe it’s here already? I can’t—but here we are. As we finish up our New Year’s celebrations and get ready to get moving again in our businesses, it’s time to think about not just what our goals are for the year, but how we’re going to stick with them. Goals are great, of course. They’re like an address we punch into our navigation system that tells us which direction to go. Keeping up with our goals, however, becomes the real challenge. In this post, I’ll be sharing three quick ways that you can stack on […]

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10 Weird Habits That Can Actually Be Good for You

Whatever your beliefs are on profanity, it turns out a “shit” or a “fuck” every once in a while can actually benefit you. According to recent research, cursing holds a number of valuable functions. For starters, curse words, especially words like shit and fuck, which are very versatile, can add incredible emphasis and emotion to your speaking and even writing, helping you better get a point or idea across. Swearing is also a great stress-reliever — an earlier study showed that people who cursed while enduring something painful had a significantly higher pain tolerance than those who didn’t curse. Another study found that people who swore while doing strength-building exercises showed more strength and endurance. People who swear regularly can be more honest and show more integrity than people who don’t because cursing comes with a sense of authenticity and reveals a person’s genuine emotional state, yet another study found. […]

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