7 Keys to Unlock Your Happiness

A happy entrepreneur is a better entrepreneur. November 8, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As an entrepreneur, I think it’s essential to be happy while you’re on the journey of building your empire. In fact, research shows that happy people are typically much more successful. It’s with that in mind that I wanted to share seven key focal points from my new book, Jumpstart Your Happiness, that can help you become a happier person and, therefore, a better entrepreneur. 1. Passion.  Do you have a passion for what you do? For your work and the company? Passion is critical to happiness. As Tommy Hilfiger once said, “The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream.” The reality is that passion is critical because, on those days when business is tough, passion is what […]

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Become ‘Indistractable’ By Making Work Your Playground

A new book offers insights on overcoming the master source of all distractions. November 7, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Think of terms associated with the word “work,” and some of these likely pop into your head: “pressure,” “stress,” “team,” “target.” One word that will definitely not feature on the list is ‘”fun.” In his latest book, Indistractable, author and investor Nir Eyal presents insights from several research studies on themes surrounding productivity, work and focus. While the book is packed with interesting anecdotes and insights, one that jumped out at me is the need to reframe and rephrase the way we relate “work” and “fun.” As removed as work and play might seem, making work fun is the secret to getting things done. However, here is the catch: “Fun” does not always translate into “enjoyment.” Eyal argues that our notions regarding both work and fun are limiting, i.e. work does not have to feel burdensome, and fun does […]

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How to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone and Succeed in New Territory

Time to adopt the “snap-back” effect to reach future goals. October 25, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following article is based on Ben Angel‘s book, Unstoppable: A 90-Day Plan to Biohack Your Mind and Body for Success. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound, and kickstart your own journey to become unstoppable with The Unstoppable Journal, a one-of-a-kind companion planner curated by Ben himself and designed to help you reach your goals with neuroscience, psychology and biohacking. If you’ve ever tried to go after a big, scary, audacious goal or set out on a mission that took you outside of your comfort zone, only to fall flat on your face, you’ve experienced what I like to call the “Snap-Back Effect.” The Snap-Back Effect and How It’s Keeping You From Your Goals Attempting to leave your comfort zone and evolve into your new identity is like putting a […]

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Improving Mental Health in Startups

It’s time to talk about how they can be tough environments for founders and employees. October 13, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. One in five American adults will experience mental illness in any given year, and for one in 25 — or 11.2 million Americans — that illness will be severe enough to interfere with their daily lives and relationships. Twenty percent is already a high number, but the nonprofit org Open Sourcing Mental Illness suggests that percentage is even higher among the tech-industry population. It shouldn’t a surprise if you stop and think about it. We have all heard of founder’s blues, and many tech people work in startups, which demand long hours and are often less than stable. While new books like Unstoppable by Grasshopper founder David Hauser provide a framework for being productive while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, many entrepreneurs and executives are unaware […]

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Every Entrepreneur Should Have a VENQUE Bag. Here’s Why.

Score great deals on bags for all lifestyles. October 12, 2019 3 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. The way you present yourself can go a long way in business. But when you’ve invested in a great suit or a beautiful pair of high-end shoes and are still showing up to big meetings with your raggedy backpack or gym bag, it doesn’t help the look. If you’re in need of a new, high-quality bag, check out these options from VENQUE®, all of which are on sale today. VENQUE® Flypack 3-Way Convertible Bag – $169 (15% off) This versatile bag was specifically designed for frequent travelers. It converts seamlessly between a briefcase, a backpack, and a carry-on bag that […]

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Considering a Career Change? Here’s the Truth About the Messy Middle.

It’s often worth it, but it’s less glamorous than people make it out to be. October 11, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A career change is often made out to be like a glamorous makeover — a blasé “before” picture transformed to a beautiful “after” in a glossy magazine. But just as we never see the work that goes into a magazine makeover (the gym sweats, the shapewear, the layers of make-up, the $500 haircut), we rarely hear about the hustle and sweat that goes into a career change. So let’s peel back all of the perfect projections and shiny Instagram filters and take an honest look at the messy middle of a career change, that unglamorous journey from start to success. There’s a ton of trial and error. Emphasis on the error. Making a career change is largely an exercise in resilience. When […]

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Avoiding Negative Emotions Won’t Get You Anywhere

Difficult feelings aren’t the enemy. October 2, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I’ve been thinking a lot about dessert lately. What’s the most memorable, delicious bite of dessert you’ve ever tasted? Chances are, it wasn’t a store-bought, plastic-wrapped ball of sugar and food coloring. It probably had complex and thoughtful ingredients, designed to delight your senses. The same, I think, is often true outside of the kitchen. While we may be hard-wired for emotional sugar cravings, it’s the more complex parts of life — a dash of salt alongside the caramel — that create a full, meaningful experience. And just as bitter notes can enhance food, challenging emotions, even in the workplace, can improve our lives. The Case for Getting Emotional at Work Addressing anger or sadness at home or in a relationship can be dfficult, but beneficial. Addressing these same things in the workplace can be both difficult […]

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Embrace the Full Value of Your Life

The late Claire Wineland is a constant reminder that we are more than our professional selves. September 24, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Are you one of the millions of people worldwide who followed the inspiring Claire Wineland? Chances are, if you didn’t, one or more of your friends did. Claire, who passed away last September, was the beautiful young YouTube star with cystic fibrosis who founded the Claire’s Place Foundation, which provides emotional and financial support to families living with CF. And she had a phenomenal perspective on life.  Watching Claire’s videos was a reminder that sometimes, in our pursuit to build the perfect business, craft the ideal career or perfect the most successful marketing campaign, it’s easy to forget that “putting food on the table” is not the primary reason you are alive. No. You were born for more than that. You are not a cog in a system. You […]

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7 Gourmet Prison-Food Recipes for Bootstrapped Entrepreneurs

A former inmate’s guide to surviving those early, hungry days of small-business ownership. September 13, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Whether you’re building that next big AR platform, creating another startup PR agency focused on blockchain (like the world needs more of those) or are a YouTube creator making a move to China, the early stage of a business can be tumultuous. And until you’ve hit that coveted “product-market fit” with a healthy side dose of MRR, chances are you’re broke AF. But have no fear. I’ve got some gourmet prison-food recipes that I can assure you from personal experience will help you feel as if you’re living like a boss, even if it’s in your mother’s second bedroom. Instant noodles, mayonnaise and Kool-Aid may not be likely ingredients in a gourmet meal, but if you are in prison or coding around the clock, they may constitute the culinary […]

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10 Ways to Get Back to the Grind After Vacation

Because all time off must come to an end. August 29, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Vacations are awesome. They’re also beneficial, allowing you to restock energy reserves, boost happiness, calm your mind and even lower your risk of heart attack, all of which can help make you a better leader. You know what’s not awesome? Trying to relocate the zone after returning from vacation. But if you implement the following 10 tips, you’ll get back in the workflow in no time. 1. Prepare before you go. I know that you’re itching to get out of town, but life is going to be a whole lot easier when you return if you make a few preparations. For example, tidy up your workplace so things like unopened mail don’t add to existing clutter. Check all messages, email and voicemail, and don’t forget to set an out-of-office message and provide your employees with any information that would be needed […]

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How to Excel at Work Even If You Hate Your Job

It’s the only true cure for a case of the Mondays. August 22, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When that alarm clock goes off on Monday morning, many of us may groan about the start of another work week. There’s a difference between that near-universal feeling, however, and realizing, “I hate my job.” Your company’s policies and culture, your co-founder, co-workers or leadership responsibilities may be to blame for bad days. No matter the reason, hating your job can have a huge impact on your life. The most frustrating part is no matter how much you hate your job, you may not be able to quit. Perhaps you started your own business and you’ve put so much effort into it, you can’t stop now. Perhaps you make enough money to pay a large mortgage, rent or other bill. Maybe you need to support your […]

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You Can Take a Vacation and Still Get Stuff Done

Getting off the grid and checking in on work don’t have to be mutually exclusive. August 9, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Traveling is a big part of the entrepreneurial journey. For starters, it’s good for business. Despite how convenient technology has made it to communicate with others, nothing tops those face-to-face interactions. Additionally, we all need time away to reduce stress and anxiety. For better health, I’ve personally found a business owner should take at least four weeks of vacation time. The thing is, we can’t completely go off the grid for an extended period, and you can work without jeopardizing the trip. Here are nine ways that make this possible. 1. Put your priorities front and center. Listed priorities are even more vital than usual when you know that you have an upcoming trip. That way you make sure to work on […]

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What Hollywood Taught Me About Business and Reputation

Growing up in Hollywood shaped my view about authenticity, confidence and personal branding. February 25, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I grew up on the west side of Los Angeles the 1980s. As a young adult, I couldn’t help but be influenced by the entertainment industry as it was all around me: friends, friends’ parents, work colleagues and every waiter who served my salad was connected to “the industry,” as it was called. For 20 years of my career, I embraced the messages around influence and reputation that I witnessed growing up in Hollywood. I worked for some of the most fabulous companies, impressive business leaders and important ventures imaginable. While even my own career started in the entertainment industry, it wasn’t until I launched my own business that I realized there were scripts and narratives I’d internalized from growing up in Tinsel […]

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8 Self-Care Tips From Wildly Successful Entrepreneurs

Self-care is the key to good health and well-being. February 4, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneurs are often terrible at taking care of themselves. They pride themselves on working long hours and barely leaving their desks. If you have ever found yourself still hunched over the computer in the wee hours of the morning, and suddenly realized the only thing you ate that day was from a vending machine, then you know exactly what I mean. It happens to many of us when we’re so focused on getting the job done that self-care slides right out the window. But entrepreneurs and business leaders who have built long-term, successful careers have learned this lesson (often the hard way). They know first-hand that even during the busiest of times, you have to carve out space to take care of yourself. It’s time to start […]

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5 Facts About the First-Ever Cannabis Speakeasy That Just Opened in Las Vegas

Here’s what you need to know about the revolutionary Dana’s Place. December 10, 2018 3 min read In a burgeoning industry like cannabis, there’s something new happening all the time. Rarely, however, does that “something new” make us want to jump in a plane and head to Las Vegas. Enter Dana’s Place, the world’s first-ever cannabis speakeasy, which opens today at the Las Vegas ReLeaf dispensary located just 500 feet off the iconic Strip. The brainchild of cannabis-focused brand management company Cannabiniers, the hidden lounge’s old-school Vegas décor and art-deco style lighting evoke Prohibition-era speakeasies. “It’s got an underground feel that resonates with the days when alcohol was restricted under law,” says Kevin Love, Cannabier’s director of product development. “This correlation is a perfect fit.” Related: 5 Things You Need to Know Before Opening a Dispensary Here Love breaks down what you need to know about this revolutionary joint. 1. It’s […]

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The Entrepreneurial Diet for Business Success

Regardless of the dietary plan you choose to follow, you should choose to adhere to the following tips to improve your mood, memory and drive. October 24, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Ben Angel’s book Unstoppable: A 90-Day Plan to Biohack Your Mind and Body for Success. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | IndieBound With more than 100,000 papers published on nutrition in the peer-reviewed medical literature each year, it’s hard to keep up. And for every positive effect, there was a reported negative one, or a case study showing an adverse response to the plan. One minute, scientists say carbs are bad; the next they proclaim that carbs are good. Any meal plan must be personalized to ensure we each have the energy we need to not just feel good but […]

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4 Things People Who Didn’t Go to College Are Tired of Hearing

College is not longer an integral part of the ‘American Dream’ — especially when it comes to entrepreneurship. October 18, 2018 6 min read This story originally appeared on Skillcrush College is an integral portion of the American Dream: It’s theoretically what propels you forward into the middle-class existence we were all promised. The reality is that that dream isn’t attainable for all of us, especially not in a system that rewards the inherited privilege of some — accidents of birth, instead of merit. “Where did you go to college?” seems like a standard — albeit boring — dinner party question, and assumes that college is a universal experience for all of us. Related: How to Fake It Till You Make It in Tech The truth is that it’s not, and that assumption is a harmful one that rests on issues of race and class. Anecdotally, friends tell me that because […]

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One of the Most Important Business Conversations You Need to Have with Yourself—with Dan Andrews

Dan Andrews: In the online business space, Pat, this happens all the time. What happens is someone comes in and says, “Look, jobs are an inefficient way to make a living.” We all nod our heads. That’s true. They’re a horrible time and money investment, so let’s start a business. You keep going down the path. The problem is, is that jobs do so much more for us, and let’s use the word career, than just give us money. Pat Flynn: That’s Dan Andrews from TropicalMBA.com, a friend of mine for over a decade now actually, somebody who had recently done something in his business that he kind of regretted. We’re going to talk all about that today. Hopefully you’ll be able to have these important conversations with yourself now so you don’t have these similar feelings and thoughts later. Before we get to that, let’s cue the music. Announcer: […]

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SPI 319: How to Work Less & Make More with James Schramko

James Schramko is as passionate about surfing as he is about working less, earning more, and helping people learn how to do exactly that. If you’ve ever wanted to design a truly fulfilling lifestyle, you’re going to want to take notes, because that’s what James is all about. James has been rocking it in online business for ten years now, and quite literally surfing the world at the same time. He’s been able to design the lifestyle he always wanted, but that didn’t happen overnight, and James strives to share what he’s learned. Whenever I hear him speak I’m at peak attention—his methods and mindsets are so powerful and inspirational. James is also the author of the new book Work Less, Make More, and that title pretty much sums up what he’s all about. James has shaped the lives of thousands of people by helping them build the lifestyles that […]

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Which Country to Move to If You’re Young and Want to Be Your Own Boss

Set yourself up for success abroad. March 15, 2018 3 min read Forget debates about whether you should plant roots on one of the U.S. coasts or flock to the middle of the country to forge a startup hub. If you’re thinking about making a move to pursue entrepreneurship, look beyond American borders. Expert Market, a U.K.-based B2B product comparison site, recently conducted a study to determine the best countries for young, aspiring entrepreneurs and freelancers seeking a more flexible lifestyle. They examined data from The World Bank, The World Economic Forum, Numbeo, KPMG, Wifimap.io and Akamai’s State of the Internet Report. One factor the researchers weighed heavily was cost of living — as well as the cost of a cup of coffee, for hustlers who run on caffeine. They also took income tax rates, access to credit, access to public transportation, the ease of starting a business, average internet […]

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