Feeling Stressed? You Can Still Motivate Your Employees to Do Their Best Work

These smart tips can help you increase employee productivity without sharing the work stress you’re shouldering. September 18, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Dr. Nadine Greiner’s book Stress-Less Leadership. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound Stress can make it challenging for leaders to connect with people by making you isolated or invisible. Some stressed leaders even drive people away. But there are ways to motivate people to partner with you and your team to achieve shared goals, even as you continue your quest to combat and prevent stress. The key is in how you approach them to make the ask. Care about direct reports When you care for your direct reports, there’s a domino effect. Often a manager’s direct reports lead teams of their own, who either lead teams as […]

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The Perfect Productivity Tool For Your Business…Doesn’t Exist

“If only there was a productivity tool that ensured with perfect certainty that I would never forget an important task…” I once wondered. “Pick me!” – Asana, Trello, BaseCamp, Monday, Evernote, and all their cousins hollered back in harmony. So I did. Sometimes individually, sometimes in combination, I sought and used their systems many times to great effect. Unfortunately, I never found the one that actually delivered that perfect certainty of non-forgettal. I know I am not alone in my hunger for productivity perfection. There are thousands of us out there, honing our processes. We’re always on the look-out for the fabled perfect productivity tool. The one that ratchets tight the last bolt, finally locking our thrusters to the rocket ship. The one that guarantees a perfect launch, a steady trajectory, and obliterates all occurrences of overlooked tasks. Unfortunately that day will never come. There is no perfect productivity tool. […]

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Keto Diet Evangelist Harlan Kilstein on How to Achieve Things You Never Thought Possible

‘Go for it. Go for it. Go for it.’ August 26, 2019 4 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 Harlan Kilstein, founder of Completely Keto and the Speed Keto diet. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you? Harlan Kilstein: I hold a doctorate in education, but I left teaching to become a businessman and marketing expert. I’ve struggled with weight my entire life. A few years ago a doctor diagnosed me with metabolic syndrome, or Syndrome X, and told me I would never be able to lose weight. In my search to get better, I discovered the keto diet and it turned my life around. As a result, I founded the Facebook group and lifestyle site Completely Keto and the Speed Keto program to help other […]

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7 ways to overcome self-doubt, procrastination, and hesitancy to finally launch your business

You will fail as an entrepreneur. Correction: If you keep on a path of self-doubt, procrastination, and passivity, you’ll fail in business.  Being a business owner is about calculating risks, taking action, and pivoting as you go along.  If you can’t stomach risk or genuinely can’t fit a business into your schedule, by all means, don’t become an entrepreneur.  But if you’re ready to put aside procrastination, doubts, and hesitancy to start a business, follow these seven strategies.  Tactic #1: Practice self-care You aren’t going to succeed in the long-term if you’re burnt out.  You won’t operate your business to the best of your abilities if you’re tired, full of doubt, or running on an unhealthy diet, so take care of yourself even as you’re coming up with business ideas.  To that end, follow a healthy diet, exercise, spend time with people important to you. Get enough sleep, because the […]

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Growth Philosophies: Metrics, Milestones, & Golden Handcuffs (FS331)

Life is too short to do something you hate, why not start your own business? This way you can have much more personal freedom and stability, not to mention an opportunity for creative expression. The Internet has allowed us to communicate with anyone in the world and has completely opened up the landscape of business. But that doesn’t mean you have to have an eBook and a massive email funnel – you don’t have to do business in any particular way just because you’re using the Internet. If you’ve missed out on the last several episodes, we’re working though the roadmap that gives you the steps and stages to follow to start your own business, minus all the whingeing that goes along with constantly having to start all over again. We often waste time fiddling with things that aren’t that important, and then we wonder why we’re not making more […]

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How the Law of Attraction Can Help You Pinpoint What You Want

Learn how the principle can be used for both chasing your goals and putting them off. July 30, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jack Canfield describes myths about the Law of Attraction that will keep you from living life to the fullest. For example, thinking about doing something is not enough. Keeping your goals top-of-mind and maintaining a positive attitude is one part of the Law of Attraction, but the first real step of meeting any goals is deciding what you really want and going for it. The second myth is that it takes a lot of time and work to make the Law of Attraction work. Many people put off the necessary efforts by convincing themselves that they are already doing the most they can. The third myth is that many people believe that the Law of Attraction […]

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How 7 High-Performing CEOs Maintain Massive Momentum in Their Businesses

Do the little things every day. July 3, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ever wondered how high performers maintain momentum throughout the year? Here’s how these business leaders and Advisors in The Oracles keep themselves and their teams motivated. 1. Learn this important superpower. Tai Lopez Image credit: The Oracles Maintain momentum through osmosis. Our brains get inspiration by example; so spend time with others who are 10 years ahead of you, which also makes you more competitive. Then train yourself to stay cool under pressure. Momentum creates choices, which overload your brain, whose default reaction is to stop. When you’re gaining momentum, little things will constantly go wrong and opportunities will pop up to distract you. You’ll feel torn between spending time with family and friends, working out, eating right, sleeping enough, and building what you’re building. Don’t get overwhelmed or let […]

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Community & Accountability: Why Staying Social Fosters Success (FS324)

What are the ways that we entrepreneurs really want to be remembered? Why is it that we do the kind of work we do and reach out to the people around us? What is the ultimate role of our community and the connections we make? Here at Fizzle, we cannot stress the importance of community and communication enough. For us, it is the building block and the end goal of almost everything we do. We both do things in order to serve and create a community but we also are able to do those things because of the connections we make in the world. In this episode, we are contemplating the place of community and connection in our more general roadmap for entrepreneurs. We are talking about the effect that friends can have on our personal success and the subtle and transformational role of the people around us over time. […]

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The Secret to Setting Successful Long-Term Business Goals

To truly achieve your goals, try following what Brian Tracy dubs the “GOSPA” method. June 10, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Brian Tracy says that the daily turbulence of the business landscape has lead many executives to only look at problems in the short-term, and because of this, they only make a little headway towards goals that will truly matter in the long-term.  Setting clear goals is the first step to thinking ahead. As a leader, your ability to give your employees a clear sense of direction of their work is important. Tracy mentions many employees unmotivated due to a lack of goals. That’s why you can use the acronym G.O.S.P.A — which stands for goals, objectives, strategies, priorities and activities — to both set your direction and communicate your vision to your employees. Click to learn more about the method […]

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What You Can Learn From Hard Times and How You Can Find a Creative Solution

When facing the entrepreneur’s struggle, remind yourself that you can turn things around with resilience and luck. June 5, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District talks with Randy Cass about one of his most challenging moments as a fintech entrepreneur.  The fintech executive has been in financial services for over 20 years. He founded Newswealth, a wealth management software that started out as a way for his friends and family to manage their money and eventually evolved into its own business in order to meet an industry need.  Cass explains how, when a competitor undertook a huge step that created a divide between the companies, it helped make Newswealth’s purpose more distinct. He also breaks down the lessons he’s learned from hard times. Click the video to hear more.  Related: What Are Some of the Ethical Concerns of Artificial Intelligence? Entrepreneur Network is a premium […]

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How Discipline and Consistency Lead to Success with Vickie Velasquez (FS322)

How do we stay consistent and disciplined in our business? Amidst all the different strategies and business hacks out there, what are some simple ways to build and keep the momentum? How can we do things today, so that the snowball of tomorrow helps itself down the hill? If we can harness the energy of consistency and discipline, everyday, the long term results are often beyond our wildest dreams! Staying on course on a daily basis can create a sense of self pride and purpose that is hard to find elsewhere. These practices can help clear a path to success and prevent us trudging blindly through the wilderness. In this episode we talk about how to steer clear of new gimmicky strategies for your business, creating and maintaining momentum and staying present and committed to your goals. We get into why starting with intention, in this regard, can go such […]

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Uncovering Your Fears and How to Beat Them with Ruth Soukup (FS320)

When last did you feel stuck, whether in your business or just in your level of motivation for life? Do you sometimes wonder why you are not getting forward or why you cannot get yourself to do what you know you have to? In this episode we talk about both the positive and negative effects of fear in our lives. Many times, fear is at the root of our passivity and understanding what scares you will help you to recognize when its controlling your behavior in destructive ways. The other side of the coin is that fear is a self-preserving mechanism that keeps us from doing stupid things. Where is the balance here? Today on the show we are joined by a very special guest, Ruth Soukup, who helps us shed light on this all-important topic. She is a bestselling author who is dedicated to helping women overcome fear and […]

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12 Adrenaline-Charged Songs to Start Your Day

Crank up the volume and get to work. May 20, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Music can provide us with an intense physical reaction — it can send chills up our spines and raise goosebumps on our arms. Certain songs create stronger emotional connections, and we may find ourselves wrapped up in the instrumentation, vocals and lyrics. The right song can send shots of adrenaline racing through our veins Research by Dennis Hsu of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University found that certain musical components, like a heavy bass or an intense guitar solo, naturally express a sense of power. This musical sense of power can be “contagious” and cause a similar sense of power in the listener. Not only can the power behind certain songs make you feel good; music can also help you be more productive, engaged and motivated. […]

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Are You Properly Focused on Your Goals?

Great results follow great focus. April 4, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Where focus goes, energy follows. That’s why Entrepreneur Network partner Mike Phillips says you should always have laser-like focus on your intended goal. If you’re just a few degrees off, you may end up drastically distant from your goal — what Phillips calls being “out in the weeds.”  Click the video to hear more. Related: How to Mediate a Conflict Between Your Employees Watch more videos on Lead the Team’s YouTube Channel. 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 network partners on demand on Roku, Apple TV and the Entrepreneur App available on iOS and Android devices. […]

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How The ABC Model Will Transform Your Life (FS311)

Do you sometimes feel like you’re trying to push a Sisyphean rock up a hill as an entrepreneur? There will likely be initial excitement about a new business or idea, but what mostly follows is a period where your motivation begins to dwindle and you begin to second-guess yourself. The question is, are you able to get out of that pit? There are also times when you can simply let the rock glide down the other side of the hill, when things seem to happen effortlessly. But how do I get more gliding and less pushing? Can it be easier to make money? Is it possible to have less stress and anxiety and to be better set up for success? In this episode, we get into the topic of navigating business psychology, your emotions as an entrepreneur, discussing the relevance of the “Just Ship It!” challenge, Ram Dass’s concept of […]

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The One Rule to Achieving Work-Life Balance

March 6, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Would you like to know the “one rule to creating balance in your life”?  Here it is — “There is no one rule!”  It’s a recipe, or rather a combination of things that help you achieve the life you desire. However, there is one truth, and that truth is that the quality of your life depends on the people in your life.   Related: How to End a Conversation — Without Offending Anyone Around You Imagine you live your life in one room, and that one room has only one door. Now imagine this door is an “Enter Only” door, “No Exit!” Whoever comes through this door will be in your room and your life — forever! They can never get out.  Luckily, this is a metaphor, but let’s assume for a moment it is true. If so, would you be more selective about the people […]

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The 2 Key Traits That Guide This Startup’s Decisions

This water business consistently focused on vision and integrity when considering new partners. March 6, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mars Discovery District talks with Jodi Glover, the CEO of Real Tech. The water intelligence company uses sensors and artificial intellifence to pinpoint contaminants in waste water.  The CEO talks about maintaining the company’s vision — actively working to ensure integrity. Glover notes that if you are constantly compromising who you are, then the process of being persistent as an entrepreneur will get more and more difficult.  As Glover explains, the company believes in a triple bottom line: profit, people and the planet.  Click the video to hear more. Related: A Transition to Digital Content Saved This Children’s Education Platform 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 […]

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Why Sheer Energy Can Be the Most Important Asset for Young Entrepreneurs

If you are a young entrepreneur, one of your most important assets may be your natural enthusiasm. February 28, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How can consistent energy and inner drive shape your efforts as an entrepreneurship? Entrepreneur Network partner Peter Voogd attempts to to answer this question in his latest video. Voogd talks about energy as an integral ingredient of entrepreneurship. Voogd talks about how when he was younger, his competitive advantage was having the energy and enthusiasm of being young. Voogd talks about energy giving him the motivation to get more done, which as an entrepreneur early in his career recognized as something that could take him a step above. To accomplish bigger goals in a faster amount of time, consider looking at what advantages are afforded you at every stage of your career — especially how your level of energy can […]

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How to Build a Business You Enjoy Even with Little Time—with Dana Malstaff

Dana Malstaff: So he sends me this article and it’s called “The Heroine’s Journey,” and it’s hilarious. I’ll see if I can find the link and send it to you. So it basically is, hey there’s the hero’s journey, well nobody talks about the heroine’s journey. Pat Flynn: I love this. Dana: “The Heroine’s Journey” is literally a woman that goes, “I’m sorry, what journey are we talking about? I have to feed the kids and take them to school and cook everybody dinner and make lunches and do the laundry. I don’t know what journey you’re talking on, but no one’s got time for a hero’s journey on this end.” So”The Heroine’s Journey” is, “I ain’t got time for a journey.” Pat: You’re listening to Dana Malstaff, the founder of Boss Mom who is our special guest today. She leads an amazing, engaged and very large community of moms over […]

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The Motivational Meaning Behind Josh Steinberger’s Tattoos

What to do when life makes you want to throw in the towel. February 19, 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 Josh Steinberger, founder and CEO of Driven Acquisitions real estate and NextGen Restoration roofing and restoration company. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who was your biggest influence growing up? Josh Steinberger: My dad was my biggest influence when I was a child. He worked a lot and was gone most of the time. He taught me the invaluable importance of work ethic. Sitting around and watching TV has never been normal to me. Everyone who knew him professionally used to refer to him as “the man.” He died right after I graduated high school. People at his funeral told stories of crazy things he […]

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