Do You Drink More Coffee Than Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Other Creative Leaders?

See how your java ingestion stacks up against these super-wired creative thinkers. January 17, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The 1993 book Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants explored the oft-stated theory that the real catalyst behind the industrial revolution was caffeine — specifically the kind you get from guzzling coffee. Author Wolfgang Schivelbusch’s premise is that when 18th-century families ditched cold brews (yes back then it was a beverage for the whole clan, regardless of age or heavy machinery usage) for hot cups of Joe, western civilization went into hyper-productive mode. Related: 5 Ways That Coffee Affects Productivity A billion tall, non-fat, half-caff, caramel drizzle lattes later, we took a jittery-eyed look at several highly-effective entrepreneurs’ java ingestion. How does yours match up? Read_More Related posts: Elon Musk Just Deleted His Facebook Account ‘Elon Musk’ Goes Up Against ‘Mark Zuckerberg’ in a Viral […]

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This Chrome Extension Can Help Eliminate Ads and Other Browsing Distractions

Improve your browsing experience and read only what you want with Reader Mode Pro. January 13, 2020 1 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. Sure, you work in business, which means you probably depend on internet ads to a certain extent. But do you really want to deal with them all the time? Of course not! Ads, unnecessary images, and aggressive links distract from the experience of actually reading an article or enjoying a website. You know the tricks that web marketers pull, so get around them with Reader Mode Pro. This Chrome extension minimizes distractions so you can focus on what you actually want to read and look at. It removes clutter, ads, and other distractions to […]

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This 3-Word Mantra Will Make Your Job Easier and Less Stressful

How to empower your team to increase productivity and decrease stress. January 10, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Have you ever felt like the people who work for you are eating up too much of your time asking you for help? That the very people you hired to help you somehow became one of your biggest sources of stress? If so, you may find yourself getting to the end of your day feeling like the only thing you do was answer questions.  Fortunately, there’s a simple strategy to allow your team to do more of the heavy lifting while you stay focused on what matters most.  It’s called the 6-inch putt. Even if you’ve never played a round of golf in your life, this will make sense, so stick with me.  When you play a hole of golf, it takes a bunch of […]

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How Good Is Your Time Management?

Here are 12 ways to make sure you’re not wasting the most valuable resource in your life: time. January 7, 2020 10 min read This story originally appeared on Calendar It takes a lot of moxie and self-awareness to admit what your strengths and weaknesses are. I mean how gut-wrenching must it be for someone to audition on a talent show and be told that they aren’t as good as they thought they were? Personally, I would be devastated. But, how good is your time management? Would your time management skills earn you a medal? At the same time, it’s not always the end of the world. For example, I always wanted to be decent at drawing. I was never passionate enough to pursue a career in a field like animation. I just enjoy doodling and wish that I was better at it as a hobby or way to decompress. […]

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This App of the Year Winner Makes Working with PDFs a Dream

PDF Expert simplifies your workflow and keeps everyone aligned. January 7, 2020 2 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. Regardless of the industry you work in, chances are you deal with PDFs. While PDFs are exceedingly practical for their small file size and standardized formatting, it can be a huge pain when you realize one minor detail was incorrect. Suddenly, you have to run down the original file (which might not be on your computer), make the adjustment, re-save, and redistribute the correct copy to everyone. Or, if you have PDF Expert, you can fix the document on the fly. With PDF Expert, you can edit PDF text, images, links, and outlines quickly and easily without having […]

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9 Essential Elements of Effective Content Marketing

You can’t have one without the other … No, I’m not musing about love and marriage. I’m talking about content marketing and writing. The foundation of great content marketing is great writing — and if you want to write, you have to learn how to market your finished product. On Monday, Joe Pulizzi drove home that point as he shared 3 lessons he gained during his transition from content marketer to thriller novelist. On Tuesday, Sonia Simone outlined the 5 things every (great) marketing story needs. And on Wednesday, I suggested you try one daily writing practice that isn’t intended to make you a better writer. Instead, it can help you make substantial progress toward your professional creative goals. Are you a professional writer who wants better clients and more recognition? If one of those professional creative goals is to learn how your writing skills can make you a valuable […]

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Persistence Arises from Gratitude – Copyblogger

If you ask virtually any working artist how they developed a creative career, they’ll mention a dedication to their craft and fierce persistence. Despite obstacles, criticism, and setbacks, they keep producing. But where does the motivation to be persistent come from? Since it’s Thanksgiving in the U.S. this week, I’ve been thinking about how the drive to be persistent can arise from having gratitude for exactly where you are on your artistic journey. Rather than wishing you were further along, which is just a distraction, you appreciate the current incarnation of your career. That appreciation stirs up creative momentum. Sometimes, though, when you have big goals in mind, it’s really difficult to stay focused on the present. So, on Monday, I challenged the traditional wisdom to “let go of expectations.” Instead of forgetting about the version of success you want to have, I offered 3 ways your expectations can strengthen […]

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How to Kill Writer’s Block and Become a Master Copywriter in Only 3 Hours a Day

Legendary copywriter Eugene Schwartz created a system of working that, before he was finished, enabled him to write nine books (including the classic Breakthrough Advertising), dozens and dozens of successful ads, and countless articles for well-known publications all over the world. He did it all by — in his own words — writing only 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. And he did it in style. As one of the highest-paid copywriters of the 1950s and ’60s, Schwartz lived very comfortably in Manhattan. He became a world-class art collector and a respected Biblical scholar. His technique for getting copy written is offensively simple. Here’s the thing: I know what you’re going to say about this. “That’s so obvious.” Or … “Yeah, thanks for wasting my time. I’m a serious copywriter and this is insulting.” That’s fine. Ignore this approach at your own professional peril. Or, use it and […]

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3 Preparation Habits That Can Help You Be More Productive

Want to get more done each day? Here are three ways to be more productive. September 26, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Kate Volman discusses some of the tips she has picked up to stay productive and focused. Some of her best tips include: Preparing your day’s schedule the day before. If you have an organized plan of attack and to-do list for what you hope to accomplish, you will be able to get more done.  Aim to create before you consume. In order to avoid being overwhelmed by content, pick a part of the day where you are most productive and use it to focus on your own critical thinking and creative output.  Stop taking so much time planning and attending meetings. To help combat pointless meetings, Volman suggests creating quick and even fun agendas so that everyone can […]

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Get It All Now: Best of the Best Sale Is Open

If you’ve been reading the blog and listening to Copyblogger FM the past couple of weeks, you’ll know that we’re going in a different direction with our education platform. And yet, we still have a ton of current training products that are vital to your digital marketing and sales skill set. So what to do? We’ve decided to retire our current educational lineup next week … but not before making it all available to you one last time at a great, low price. Which you can take advantage of right now, because our Best of the Best of Copyblogger Sale is now open. To join our private education community for digital entrepreneurs, professional writers, and content marketers, just click the button below: Get the Best of the Best of Copyblogger “Copyblogger is the bible of content marketing.” – VentureBeat This is your chance to establish a strong educational foundation that […]

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Update Your Focus to Work Hard on the Right Things

Last week, I affirmed that “hard work is luck.” However, what if you work hard and aren’t seeing any progress or results? What if hard work just leads to you feeling disappointed and ready to give up? Before you actually do give up, it’s helpful to take a look at the activities that consume your time and attention. Why do some people who work hard succeed, and some don’t? I think those who “work hard and succeed” are open to a variety of pathways that will help them reach their goals. They are flexible and don’t have a fixed mindset about the work they should be doing or a rigid definition of success. In other words, those who “work hard but don’t succeed” might work hard on the wrong things and ignore other versions of success within reach. It’s not the most exciting truth, but we have to crawl before […]

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Can’t Concentrate? Use These Tips to Get Your Attention Back on Track

Eliminate distractions that are keeping you from getting your work done with these four solutions. September 11, 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 It can be hard to concentrate. Even on your best days, you’re surrounded by distractions. When you struggle to concentrate, you can’t focus on what needs to be done, you waste time and you stress yourself out. It’s time to review some solutions. Related: The 4-Pronged Approach to Addressing Your Stress Lay out the work and stick to it When you embark on a task without a plan, it’s like going on a road trip without a map. You need to know where you’re headed. A key part of exercising your cognitive finger is to plan. What to do? […]

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A Simple Plan for Writing One Powerful Piece of Content Each Week

Good morning, you epic article writer, you. That’s right, I’m talking to you. You publish content to attract new prospects, to build trust with them — word by word — so you can get down to business. And you do it in your slippers. Because shoes are optional in our world, right? Your shoes might be fuzzy, but your words need to be consistently remarkable. Consistently good content that builds an audience is the foundation of online business. But how can you make that happen? Well, one option is to drink lots of coffee and stay up late the night before you publish your post, stifling yawns and squinting to see your screen. But the better option is to spread out the writing and editing process over a few leisurely days, and write your post in stages without ever getting out of your slippers. Sound good? Quality over quantity That’s […]

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7 Steps to Grow a Blog Post

Sometimes it seems like writers are magicians, because we have the power to create something out of nothing. An important point to note about magicians, though: They don’t really do magic. 🙂 Instead, they study and practice specific behaviors until they can create that illusion of creating something out of nothing. And of course, all creative people do the same. We study and we practice our craft, making consistent improvements and (if we’re lucky) building habits that lead to more consistent output. Today’s post will help with the “consistent output” part. I don’t think I’m alone in finding Starting the hardest part of writing. We don’t know what we’re going to work on. We’re not sure what the structure will be. We don’t have the first sentence yet. The ideas are all running around in our heads like kittens with ADD, and we have no idea how to get them […]

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36 Insanely Useful Productivity Hacks

A study of more than 2,300 business professionals reveals productivity hacks that will amp up your day. August 27, 2019 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There’s no shortage of productivity tips. You find them everywhere. The problem is, many of them are just random pieces of advice that people think up with no research backing. There’s usually nothing to prove that the hacks work for anyone. Until now. Rather than assume what works for me is going to work for you, the RAIN Group Center for Sales Research recently studied responses from more than 2,300 business professionals to find out which work habits and hacks, when applied in different combinations, drive productivity. Listed are 36 insanely useful productivity hacks employed by “the extremely productive” (The XP) listed in order from the greatest frequency on down. However, while the ones on top are more common, this doesn’t mean the […]

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How to Use Your Calendar Like GPS

This author breaks down how he perceives time and offers insight on how to maximize it. August 17, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Steven Griffith is an author of The Time Cleanse and performance expert on the connection between time, productivity and performanc. In this video, he talks about his perception of time and promotes his techniques and habits that not only minimize some of the most common distractions we face, but also help maximize the return on the time we invest. Griffith and The Playbook host David Meltzer discuss the importance of the pragmatic calendar and the detrimental effects that technology has on our lives in terms of productivity. They share their perspectives on strategies they use to prevent the phone from wasting their time, the distinction between goals and intentions, and the beneficial impact that sleep and meditation have on your productivity. […]

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13 Timeless Lessons from the Father of Advertising

In 1962, Time magazine called David Ogilvy: “The most sought-after wizard in today’s advertising industry.” During his years as an advertising executive and copywriter, Ogilvy created some of the world’s most successful and iconic marketing campaigns, including the legendary Man in the Hathaway Shirt, plus notable efforts for Schweppes, Rolls-Royce, and the island of Puerto Rico, among many others. Ogilvy was one of the pioneers of information-rich, “soft sell” ads that didn’t insult the intelligence of the prospect. Ogilvy’s successful advertising campaigns demonstrate how to persuade prospects, influence readers, and create memorable, evergreen content. But “The Father of Advertising” also has plenty to teach us about productivity, branding, research, and ambition. Let’s look at some things David Ogilvy had to say, and what we can learn from each of them. On creativity and creative process “In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker […]

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The Copyblogger Guide to Managing Your Professional Overwhelm

Overwhelmed? Anxious? Stressed out? Yeah, there’s a lot of that going around. Daily life is difficult enough. And when you layer business and marketing challenges on top of that, it can seem really inviting to stay in bed and watch cartoons for, say, about a month. Since that’s not an option for most of us, we have several solutions for your creative, marketing, and business anxieties. There are a lot of problems we can’t help you with, but we can try to take marketing worries off of your personal “scary” list. This week I’m switching things up a bit, recapping our posts in reverse order to get more and more specific about how you can Do All the Things even when you’re overwhelmed. On Wednesday, I sent a shout-out to all of my fellow business owners (and other humans) who are anxious, stressed, and freaked out. No matter how intense […]

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Overwhelmed by the Complexity of Online Business? This May Help

A whole bunch of common issues arise once you start working on Your Big Idea. “I’m getting a little freaked out because …” “I feel like everyone has already beaten me to the finish line …” “When I look around, I feel behind …” And they all boil down to this theme: “I’m scared.” Well, here’s the good news. If you aren’t at least a little freaked out about your business (whether it’s a thriving concern or something you’re just getting off the ground), you may not be paying enough attention. It’s okay to be nervous, worried, anxious, or just … confused. Guess what? It’s overwhelming Website design, content marketing, social media networking, product design, audience development, payment gateways, security, sales letters, launch plans, evolving technology … Overwhelmed yet? Well, of course you are. Because if you try to tackle all of those things at once, you’ll choke. No human […]

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Why Your Procrastination Might Not Be as Bad as You Think

We’re all guilty of it. Let’s be honest; it’s really normal to procrastinate. Who among us hasn’t waited until the last minute to contest a speeding ticket, study for a test, go car shopping (never fun), apologize to a loved one, have a conversation with someone who owes us money — or better yet — to someone to whom we owe money? Today, you’re far more likely to grab your smartphone and search longingly for a little red notification flag from a social media tab, or to pop open a rainbow-colored game for that quick hit of dopamine your brain loves so much. Constructive vs. destructive delay I’m guilty of dusting and straightening every shelf and book in my office until they look conspicuously like modern art before sitting down to write an important email or blog post. “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after […]

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