The Power of Asking Dumb Questions

Great solutions and insights often start with someone having the guts to ask a ‘dumb’ question. July 23, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The people who work within my organization, Scribe Media, are called Tribe Members. And one day, a new Tribe Member stood in front of our co-founder and dropped two black trash bags on the ground. Our co-founder looked at the Tribe Member, then down to the trash bags. “What the hell is this?” “These are the binders for the Guided Author workshop,” the Tribe Member said. “You asked me to bring them.” “In trash bags? What are you doing to me?!” These were going to be handed out to workshop attendees. Garbage bags was not the look we were going for. The new Tribe Member didn’t know what to say. Later, I asked him, “Why didn’t you just ask someone what to […]

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7 Ways to Say ‘No’ Without Sounding Like a Jerk

It is important to recognize when someone else’s opportunity will become your distraction. July 22, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. To network well, you really need to learn how to help people, build relationships, and support your connections in some way. But sometimes, just sometimes, you need to also say “no” to requests that are made of you. It’s important to recognize when someone’s opportunity is your distraction. These are generally situations where someone’s project is not on mission for your business or your life. In these situations, you need to learn how to say “no.”  The word “no” is a one-word sentence. It’s just not a full sentence that I like to use very often and I think there are a fair number of people like me out there. Related: Say ‘No’ to These 5 Things for an Immediate Life Improvement Don’t get me wrong, I am totally good […]

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Bulletproof Coffee’s CEO Reveals the Simple Skill That Most Entrepreneurs ‘Suck At’

Dave Asprey, the enigmatic CEO of Bulletproof Coffee, wants you to get better at one simple law of performance. July 16, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Are you a coffee addict? If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you probably consume several cups of joe to accelerate your day and boost your performance. If you’re a coffee lover, then you’re likely familiar with the brand Bulletproof Coffee and its enigmatic CEO, Dave Asprey, who is referenced by name in Merriam-Webster’s online definition of “biohacker.” I recently attended the Upgrade Labs 6th Annual Biohacking Conference in Beverly Hills where the attendees were offered meticulously-planned organic meals and unlimited amounts of their now-famous buttered coffee. Yes, mixing the right butter with the right coffee is a pleasantly surprising and delicious experience.  Related: 3 Fundamental Ideas on How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur During the event, I had the chance to talk with Asprey, a […]

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4 Podcasts That Will Help Boost Your Self-Confidence

These inspiring confidence-building podcasts should be on every entrepreneur’s playlist. May 31, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Do you wake up every day with an incredible vision for your life, but feel like it is just out of reach? This is something I have heard so often and I want you to know, it doesn’t have to be this way!   As a serial entrepreneur and international speaker, I have the honor to work with thousands of women around the world. And the more people I meet, the more I find that what often holds someone back from sharing their gifts and growing a business is the ability to believe in one’s self-worth and to be confident in what they offer. Self-care and personal development are a daily practice, and part of that is believing in your self-worth. It takes time and energy, so hang in there! And […]

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6 Pillars of a Healthy Partnership, According to Jon Taffer From ‘Bar Rescue’

The star of ‘Bar Rescue’ and ‘Marriage Rescue’ breaks down the key ingredients of partnerships that work in good times and bad. May 29, 2019 6 min read Here’s something not many people saw coming: Jon Taffer, the human volcano who has been the star of Bar Rescue for six seasons, is turning his attention from booze to love on his new show Marriage Rescue. How did a guy who became a star by screaming at people for serving watered-down margaritas and mushy mozzarella sticks step into the role of a marriage counselor? It’s not as big a jump as you might think. “After my Bar Rescue experience and dealing with 178 failures,” Jon Taffer told Entrepreneur, “you realize that businesses are relationships and relationships are businesses. And if partnerships are unhealthy and customer relationships are unhealthy, there’s no way a business can be successful.” Marriage Rescue premieres Sunday, June 2 at 10 PM ET/PT on […]

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After A Family Tragedy, I Finally Learned How To Balance My Work Life

Jung Lee, founder of events production-and-design firm Fête, writes about the moment she learned to create a stronger support system. April 24, 2019 4 min read This story appears in the April 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » When you’re an entrepreneur, your business is your life. But it’s not your entire life. Your family and friends are there, too. You have a life to live. It’s important to remember that, but it can be easy to lose sight of. In the spring of 2009, Fête, my wedding and event planning and production business, was taking off. I was working on one of the biggest productions of my career: a bar mitzvah for a very prominent, wealthy family in New York. It stretched over multiple days, with nearly 800 guests. We had to do everything — build temporary housing, make sure all the meals were strictly kosher, and truly create a […]

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Want a Tiger Woods Comeback? All It Takes Is the Right Mindset.

Overcome failure by learning this lesson from the most improbable story in sports. April 15, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Tiger Woods spent 11 years in the wilderness, both professionally and personally. And on one brilliant, sunny afternoon in Augusta, Georgia on April 14, 2019, he proved a lesson that should reverberate through boardrooms and offices throughout the world. The lesson: no matter how seemingly massive, every one of your setbacks is just a comeback in disguise.  Most thought they’d never see a sight like Sunday’s again: Tiger Woods, at the peak of his game at the vaunted Masters Tournament, pulling on the fabled green jacket given to the tournament’s winners. Before Sunday, Woods hadn’t won a major tournament in 11 years, and it had been 14 since he’d won the Masters. And yet there he was, a 43-year-old Tiger Woods in all his […]

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Work-Life Balance Is B.S. — Here Are 6 Ways to Regain Your Sanity.

Find a little inner peace by accepting chaos in your life. March 27, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The word “balance” conjures an image of a scale where the two sides are equal in weight and have found equilibrium. As a working mother of two who runs a branding and marketing agency, and is very committed to daily exercise, and juggles a handful of other professional and personal commitments, I’ve learned one thing: finding work-life balance is extremely difficult because it doesn’t exist!  We live in a world that is never offline — we are expected to be responsive on all platforms at all times. Technology has advanced the pace at which we work to such a crazy degree, which could explain why so many of us are completely stressed out. In 2018, Barnes & Noble announced a 25 percent surge in the sales of books […]

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How to Survive and Thrive in a Stressful Toxic Work Environment

The first step to success is learning how to embrace a positive self-image. March 15, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. My first job out of college was as a financial advisor at a large international brokerage. On my first day, my new boss walked up to me with his hand outstretched, and I reached mine out to meet it. But his hand continued past mine and reached for my tie. He flipped it over, inspected the brand and looked me in the eye. “Not good enough.” He’d do this from time to time, slyly looking over my choice of clothing to make sure it was expensive and trendy enough to meet his company standard and impress our clients. Over time, this had a horribly negative effect on my self-image, creating anxiety that I still work on to this day. I felt that if my […]

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This Is What It Takes to Spark Change in Your Life

Change starts with taking ownership of your circumstances. January 14, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Change is recurrent in all aspects of life. Seasons change, technology changes, people change. Change is both necessary and unavoidable. People often say that they want to change their job, their loved ones, even their bodies. But what sparks change in relationships, businesses and life in general? As we begin a new year this a perfect time to see what needs to change in our lives. Change happens when a decision is made.  Now is the time to time to create a framework for decisions that will initiate the action necessary to facilitate that change. Here are things to consider if you want to make a change in 2019. Everybody wants change, but not everybody is willing to change. We all know someone who wants to get in shape but keeps eating […]

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SPI 315: How to Disrupt Yourself & Grow a Company with Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson is one of the Top 50 leading business thinkers in the world, according to Thinkers50. She’s an expert in disruptive innovation and personal disruption, and she’s here today to help us learn how to grow our businesses and understand the patterns we’re going through, especially when we’re starting something new. She’s also giving us a seven-point framework for working through essential disruption and creating change in our lives and businesses. Whitney’s story is filled with diverse entrepreneurial adventures. She got a degree in music, and ended up in New York City. In New York she discovered Wall Street and found her way to investment banking, became an award-winning equity research analyst, and then . . . she disrupted herself. She became an entrepreneur and co-founded an investment firm specializing in disruptive innovation. It was there that she had a huge “aha!”—the theory of disruption she was applying to […]

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The Stage is Getting Bigger! My Biggest Keynote is Happening Next Month

I know I can make an impact on people through my blog, podcast, and video channel on YouTube, but when you’re on stage and people can see you in person, you have the capacity to affect them on an emotional level. That’s why I’m so excited to announce my biggest keynote ever! Pat Flynn January 8, 2018 My Biggest Keynote Ever Just this past November, I spoke in front of an audience of 3,000 people—the largest number ever for me—at Christy Wright’s Business Boutique event. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Everything is amplified in a room with that many people—from the applause to the laughter and even the silence. When you’re on stage, by yourself, standing in front of an audience of that size, all the senses are heightened. It’s both electric and magical. And guess what? I’m going to do it again. But […]

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SPI 298: Before Your New Year Begins . . .

Today’s episode is a very special one, and it’s just you and me. We’re closing in on the end of the year, and there’s a lot to talk about. This time is a great opportunity to reflect on the past year and what’s to come for the year ahead. Hopefully you’re already thinking about 2018 and the things you’re going to try, what you’re going to experiment with—but hopefully this episode inspires you to go even further, to be vulnerable, and to be courageous. This episode is a little bit of an experiment (because that’s what I do here)—I really wanted to switch up the normal episode format with this one. And experimentation is one of the big takeaways: It isn’t easy, and often we don’t know what the results are going to be. A lot of what we do is very public these days, because of social media, etc., […]

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SPI 297: Looking Back at 2017—What Went Well, What Did Not

This episode is all about learning from mistakes. Last week we talked about my plans for 2018—well, a lot of the lessons I learned this year resulted in those plans. Today, I’m sharing those lessons with you, not just as an example of what not to do, but to reveal what decisions I made for 2018 because of those experiences. Today I’m talking about the big picture, looking back at 2017. I’ll be discussing my struggles with time management, specifically how saying “yes” too much got me to a point of being overworked. I’ll be talking about the physical product launch that didn’t go according to plan, the two habits I let slip mid-year, and a target that I set for myself that I did not hit. As always I’m being fully transparent—it’s all out on the table for you. That’s because this week’s episode isn’t just about what didn’t […]

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SPI 295: 35 Quick Life Lessons from 35 Years of Life—Plus a Pencils of Promise Birthday Challenge!

Guess what? Today’s my birthday! I am 35 today and very grateful to have lived this long and experienced so much. I wanted to share some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way, so today I’m giving you 35 quick lessons from 35 years of life. I’m also ending today’s episode with a challenge. This week, I want to give you the opportunity to reflect on the amazing things that you’ve encountered, experienced, and enjoyed in the life you’ve lived so far. Here at SPI, we’ve created a lot of great content, a lot of actionable items over the past several months—last month was Affiliate Marketing Month, for example—but today I want to shift gears and talk about my 35 life lessons. These are short nuggets of wisdom from my business journey and life experiences. This is what I’ve learned so far, in summary, about how to carve out your […]

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