4 Ways to Position Yourself as an Industry Authority

September 26, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The era of the expert is gone. Why? Because with a little media exposure and an active and engaged following on social media, even the new business owner on the block can become the most visible entrepreneur in the industry. But one thing we all know is that visibility doesn’t always equal reliability.  Hungry entrepreneurs, small business owners and C-suite executives alike are always searching for solutions that will generate the best results. They’re looking for answers to problems they didn’t even know they had. This means that simple expertise won’t do. Real movers and shakers are looking for true authorities with loyal followings and mass appeal. If you’re tired of blending in with the sea of experts, consider these four tips to help create demand and establish yourself as an industry authority.  1. Share your best content for free. People need value, […]

Read more

10 Powerful Women in Finance Share Their Ideas on Achieving on Gender Parity

Executives from Fidelity Investments, Western Union, FICO and more share their thoughts on how the finance industry can achieve parity. September 20, 2019 10 min read This story originally appeared on Authority Magazine Wall Street and the finance industry as a whole used to be an all-white “boys’ club.” We’ve made some progress, but there’s still a lot more work to do to achieve parity. In our series about Women Leading the Finance Industry, we talked to a number of women who are leaders in finance, asking them: “In your opinion or experience, which 3 things can be done by a) individuals, b) companies and c) society to support the movement towards greater gender parity in the finance industry?” Here are insights from ten powerful women in finance.  These interviews have been edited for length and clarity. Kathleen Murphy, President of Fidelity Investments Image credit: via Authority Magazine The ongoing gap is […]

Read more

The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs

Success doesn’t happen in a lazy, hit-or-miss, haphazard fashion. So, find out what eight traits you need to adopt to find the success you’ve been looking for. September 19, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The following excerpt is from Napoleon Hill’s Success Masters. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound Psychologist Denis Waitley’s approach to winning with self-awareness and self-esteem puts an exclamation point on the idea that most often success comes from within. One measure of entrepreneurial success is your effectiveness as a leader, which really comes down to producing desired results. The most successful entrepreneurs have mastered being effective because it makes them work smarter, eliminating unnecessary effort and wasted time. Success cannot happen with any consistency when approached in a lazy, haphazard, hit-or-miss fashion. Effectiveness is rooted in discipline and routine, not talent […]

Read more

Why This Entrepreneur Stopped Watching TV

Hustling isn’t just about doing more, it’s about doing what others won’t. September 18, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Like many other entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Network partner Jeff Rose understood the practice of hustling to mean working hard and dedicating extra time to your goals. Eventually, however, Rose came to think of hustling as doing the one thing that your peers do not do.  For example, Rose cut out watching television. While other people were sitting on their couches in the evening, Rose used the time and opportunity to start working on his finance blog. Eventually, his efforts led to a profit. If you are able to pinpoint one thing that is not working for you, then you should pursue change. If done right, this big change can help you get dramatically closer to success. Click the video to hear more from Jeff Rose.  Related: How The Successful Go […]

Read more

If You Want to Disrupt an Industry, You Need to Evaluate the Originality of Your Idea First

This jewelry designer speaks about starting her company by recognizing an opportunity in the market. September 16, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars talks with Lana Bramletter, the founder of Lana Jewelry. Bramletter speaks about being one of the first in the space to create personalized, fine jewelry. The phenomenon was encouraged by the popularity of a similar necklace on Sex & the City. The founder stresses how important it is to her to keep control over her company instead of giving away a large part of it to deep-pocketed investors.  The process of securing investors and their money is no walk in the park — Bramletter speaks about the many hoops that are required to secure loans and start taking money from investors. This process is similar, in Bramletter’s eyes, to finding the best partner for you. It […]

Read more

Ready to Be an Entrepreneur? Here’s How to Make Your Second Act a Success.

You don’t have to feel stuck in corporate life. Take the first steps toward turning your passion into success. September 9, 2019 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. From what we see on TV, online and scrolling through social media, startup founders are young, male and living in Silicon Valley. But according to various studies the average first-time entrepreneur is in their 40s. The Kauffman Foundation found that older people started more businesses than younger people in recent years, and another study by the organization found that nearly 70 percent were married and 60 percent had at least one child when they launched their first business. The motives include everything from getting rich to not wanting to work for someone else. And this isn’t just a “moment” for the older generations — the feeling of being stuck in corporate life has been building for some time. Two-thirds of Baby […]

Read more

6 Ways to Run Your Career Like a Billionaire CEO

The secret to professional development is taking control of the direction of your career. Learn from these billionaire CEOs. August 29, 2019 5 min read This story originally appeared on fee.org Whether you’re a young graduate just starting your career or someone who is feeling the vocational version of the “Seven Year Itch,” the secret to professional development is taking control of the direction of your career. Many young professionals have been taught to ask for permission and seek guidance at every turn. At times this is understandable because young professionals have much to learn. But, it is easy to misapply this lesson and end up feeling a lack of control over your own career. Professional success starts with being the CEO of your own career. Ray Kroc, the visionary who took McDonald’s restaurants from seven small locations to the global chain it is today, once said, “The quality of […]

Read more

10 Inspiring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Quotes That Prove Anything Is Possible

There’s much to learn from the professional athlete, Hollywood actor-slash-producer and five-time Guinness World Record holder. August 26, 2019 3 min read While much of his success first started in the wrestling ring, today Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the most successful names in Hollywood. Of course, going from six-time WWE heavyweight champion to one of the world’s highest-paid actors, it’s safe to say it took hard work, motivation and passion — traits have been with him throughout his entire life. Related: 50 Inspirational Quotes to Motivate You Before wrestling, The Rock had his go at football, playing in college and almost going on to play for the NFL, until he experienced two serious injuries. Pushing past the hardship, The Rock’s next stint was in wrestling. Following in his father and grandfather’s footsteps — both successful wrestlers themselves — Johnson quickly became one of the best wrestlers of all time. Yet, by […]

Read more

Is It Time for a Financial Stress Test?

Unsure about your financial wealth planning? Consider a stress test. August 22, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you’re a successful business owner, it may be high time to conduct a financial stress test on one or more aspects of your business and wealth planning. I’m regularly involved in overseeing financial stress testing for exceptionally wealthy families with considerable business interests. Often, the outcome of the process is that everything is as good as it can be. However, when problems are found, they tend to be severe and potentially quite damaging. Related: Preempt Crises With a Financial Stress Test Before Problems Occur A few years ago, I was introduced to a billionaire family that was feeling uneasy about some aspects of their wealth planning. The family’s advisors were very creative and, as a result, the family paid very little in taxes on both the […]

Read more

Strategies to Stop Overthinking and Start Goal-Setting

You goal-setting plan starts with acknowledging your negative thinking. August 21, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. What do Oprah Winfrey and Mark Cuban have in common? Aside from being hugely successful media moguls (not to mention, billionaires), they didn’t let early-career setbacks block their roads to success. Told that she didn’t have the chops for television news, Winfrey was fired from her first news reporter gig. Cuban was axed from a job as a software salesperson after disobeying his boss in order to make a profitable sale. Important side note — he never worked for anyone else again. Both Winfrey and Cuban went on to build their own empires. Related: The Secret to Successful Goal Setting Resilience is a critical trait for succeeding as an entrepreneur. Rumination, on the other hand — dwelling on negative thoughts and setbacks — can derail you from achieving your […]

Read more

How a Terrible Motorcycle Accident Led to a Business Built on Relieving Pain

Dr. Jason Wersland describes his invention, the Theragun, and provides inspiration for entrepreneurs. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Dr. Jason Wersland is the co-founder, creator, and Head of Performance Development for Theragun. His percussive massage therapy device relieves pain and helps your body move. He invented the Theragun as a solution after a motorcycle accident left him in constant agonizing pain and now the device has been adopted for use by everyone from athletes to weekend warriors looking for muscle relief and recovery. Clinic Director of NYC Sports and Spine, Dr. Nicholas J. Rozborski explains, “The vibration of the device adds a therapeutic component to decrease muscle soreness and gives proprioceptive effects to the nervous system.” Put more simply, as a 40-year-old who enjoys CrossFit, I can tell you: this thing is a game-changer.   After speaking with Dr. Wersland about the Theragun technology and transition to entrepreneurship in the health space, here is what I learned: […]

Read more

What It Means to Be a Hero

In this episode of the Capability Amplifier podcast, Mike Koenigs and Dan Sullivan share the secrets of becoming a hero — to yourself and others. August 15, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Who do you want to be a hero to? This is one of the most powerful questions every business owner, leader and entrepreneur needs to answer to truly know who their ideal client or customer is. This question and the path to finding the answer is this focus of the latest episode of the Capability Amplifier. No matter what business, industry, product or service you provide — you need to understand the challenges your customers face so that you can create the right message at the right time, through the right medium to attract them back to you and your brand. And the more intimate that connection is, the more trust you create. […]

Read more

‘If We Don’t Know the Product, We Can’t Invest’

The entrepreneurs in this week’s episode include teenagers, felons and cancer survivors. August 7, 2019 2 min read Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch invites ambitious entrepreneurs to step into the Entrepreneur Elevator, then gives them just 60 seconds to pique the judges’ interest. It’s a high-pressure, fast-paced environment in which startup founders need to race against the clock while maintaining their composure to make a clear, deliberate pitch that covers at least three essential components: Defining the company Making the request Specifying what the investment money will be used for The investors watch the pitch through a video livestream while the elevator ascends to the boardroom floor. Once the 60 seconds are up, the group votes on whether to open the doors or send the founder back down and pass on investing. Related: Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Season 4 Episode 9: ‘That’s a Flop’ The first pitch in this episode has some major […]

Read more

All Vodka Is the Same. So Why Is Some More Expensive Than Others?

It’s about what people are really paying for. August 6, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. All vodka is the same. Really, it is. Don’t believe me? Then listen to Alex Goldmark and Dan Pashman’s entertaining Planet Money podcast, where they prove it. The two journalists sent out three samples of vodka — an expensive Grey Goose, a homemade version and a bottom-shelf cheap kind — to an independent lab, and the lab came back saying that the taste of all three was pretty much equal. Actually, because one of the samples had slightly more of a compound that could cause allergies, a rep from the lab said that the cheapest vodka — and not the expensive Grey Goose — was actually better. Related: How Food and Beverage Brands Can Stand Out to Retail Buyers Why is this? “Title 27, Section 5.22 of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm code […]

Read more

How Danielle Bregoli (AKA the ‘Cash Me Outside’ Girl) Turned Viral Infamy Into a Million-Dollar Career

She went from minor Dr. Phil guest to highly successful rapper and influencer. July 31, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When Danielle Bregoli went on Dr. Phil in September of 2016, she was “car-stealing, knife-wielding, twerking 13-year-old,” and her mother simply couldn’t deal with her anymore. The episode was a moment of infamy, giving rise to the viral “Cash Me Ousside” meme. Afterward, Danielle left the show to go to rehab, with high hopes to turn it all around. But, like with any troubled teen, the odds were stacked heavily against her. Just three years later, Danielle clearly has. At just 16 years of age, she has several hit songs under the pseudonym “Bhad Bhabie,” millions of dollars in endorsement deals, over 16 million followers on Instagram, and a career that’s still going up. Regardless of how you look at it, her story […]

Read more

Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Season 4 Episode 9: ‘That’s a Flop’

Many of the companies in this week’s episode still have a lot left to prove. July 31, 2019 2 min read Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch invites ambitious entrepreneurs to step into the Entrepreneur Elevator, then gives them just 60 seconds to pique the judges’ interest. It’s a high-pressure, fast-paced environment in which startup founders need to race against the clock while maintaining their composure to make a clear, deliberate pitch that covers at least three essential components: Defining the company Making the request Specifying what the investment money will be used for The investors watch the pitch through a video livestream while the elevator ascends to the boardroom floor. Once the 60 seconds are up, the group votes on whether to open the doors or send the founder back down and pass on investing. Related: Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Season 4 Episode 8: ‘This Stands for Everything I Stand Against’ This episode […]

Read more

How Karen Akunowicz Sliced and Diced Her Way to Success

Chef and restauranteur Karen Akunowicz shares her recipe for resilience and pursuing your passion. July 30, 2019 7 min read Executive Chef Karen Akunowicz is the real deal. The 40-year-old chef grew up in New Jersey and started out in the restaurant industry as a waitress. After attending the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, she worked in many Boston restaurants including Via Matta and Oleana, and then as head chef of Myers+Chang where she received a James Beard Award and won best chef in the Northeast. In addition, she was a contestant on Top Chef, co-author of a cookbook, and just recently opened up an acclaimed restaurant in South Boston called Fox & the Knife. Entrepreneur spoke with Akunowicz about her rise to success and tips on making your dreams into a reality. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. What sparked your interest in food? I didn’t […]

Read more

What I Learned Working for Oprah Winfrey for More Than 20 Years (Podcast)

Listen to the incredible career and life lessons Sheri Salata learned while serving as executive producer of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show.’ July 29, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. “A full-blown catastrophe.”  That doesn’t exactly sound like the way you’d expect a super-successful woman who produced TV for arguably one of the most powerful woman on the planet to describe themselves, does it?  On the most recent episode of Capability Amplifier, I had the awesome opportunity to sit down and get to know Sheri Salata, who for more than 20 years held one of the most heralded jobs on the planet as the executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show. She dedicated decades to her dream job, and shared the reality behind that dream: “I think that when people hear about a 20-year career with Oprah Winfrey, it sounds like I just left college and sailed right into Harpo […]

Read more

Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Season 4 Episode 8: 'This Stands for Everything I Stand Against'

Can these entrepreneurs convince the judges to invest in crowded fields like coffee and fashion? Read_More Related posts: Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Season 2 Ep. 4: Self-Made Self-Care ‘Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch’ Season 1 Contestants Raised $492,000 on Indiegogo 3 Simple Things Every Successful Pitch Needs 3 Components of the Perfect Elevator Pitch The SEO Elevator Pitch – Whiteboard Friday How to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch for Investors (60-Second Video) Bob Saget’s Hilarious Tips for Delivering the Perfect Elevator Pitch Ralph Lauren Stands Out on Slow Day for the Entrepreneur Index™

Read more

How a Childhood Toy Inspired This Entrepreneur to Launch Her Business

Reminded of her passion, Laurie Gray ditched the corporate world and launched the Pie Bar bakery. July 23, 2019 3 min read This story appears in the July 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » There’s something about working with dough that’s calming and therapeutic. I learned that from my mother, Beverley. As a child, I’d be by her side as she’d make cookies, brownies, breads, lemon bars, and pies — all from scratch. I’d then spend hours in my bedroom in a make-believe kitchen, replicating what I saw with my Little Chef toy oven. Years passed. I grew up. After two decades and a career in banking, I decided, Heck, I’m going to give baking a shot instead. In 2003, my friend and I put in $500 each, stocked a space in a commercial kitchen with supplies, and started baking pies. We wholesaled to about a dozen local food stores […]

Read more
1 2 3 5