How the Entrepreneurs Behind Text-Based Wellness Brand Shine Find the Biggest Opportunity in Everything They Do

Naomi Hirabayashi and Marah Lidey share their strategy for optimizing limited time and resources. July 26, 2018 11 min read Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur’s “20 Questions” series features both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs and asks them a number of questions about what makes them tick, their everyday success strategies and advice for aspiring founders. Naomi Hirabayashi and Marah Lidey shared a realization: so much in the wellness space was incredibly expensive and not something people could incorporate into their own lives. But then, they had a thought: Why not just encourage people to invest in their well-being by reminding them with something they already had on them? That’s the basis of Shine, a platform that sends subscribers uplifting text messages that include resources to motivate them to make the most of their day. Today, Shine has more than 2 million users in 189 countries, and the company recently closed a $5 […]

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Feeling Stuck? Here Are 10 Amelia Earhart Quotes to Inspire You to Follow Your Dreams.

July 24, 2018 4 min read Pilot, women’s right advocate and author Amelia Earhart was the first female air pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. While her disappearance remains a mystery, her impact remains concrete. Related: 50 Inspirational Quotes to Motivate You Since Earhart was a child, science and aviation always fascinated her. Studying science in high school, Earhart went off to Columbia University to pursue a degree in medicine. However, it wasn’t before long that Earhart dropped out, moved to Los Angeles and got involved in flying, attending her first air show and taking flying lessons in 1920. After some financial troubles, Earhart was unable to support her expensive dreams so she settled in Boston as a social worker, managing to fly only in her spare time. That is, until the opportunity of a lifetime approached her. In 1928, Earhart was chosen by George Palmer Putnam, publisher of WE, to fly […]

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‘Tonight, We Stand Here, and It Feels Like We’re Finally Winning,’ Say Sexual Abuse Survivors in Inspiring Speeches at ESPY Awards

More than 140 women, including Aly Raisman, Sarah Klein and Tiffany Thomas Lopez, took the stage to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. July 19, 2018 5 min read At the televised ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards Wednesday night, one of the centerpieces of the event was the presentation of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. This year, a group of more than 140 women took the stage to receive the award, all of whom are survivors of sexual abuse. The award honored the hundreds of women who were victims of abuse by former U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar over multiple decades. Nassar was imprisoned on child pornography and sexual abuse charges after The Indianapolis Star reported on a pattern of incidences. At last night’s ceremony, the survivors spoke about the experiences they endured in a video that played prior to a series of remarks by current and former […]

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Pinterest Co-Founder Shares the Simple Step He Took to Transform His Communication Style

Evan Sharp explains how the click of a button made a major difference. July 19, 2018 6 min read Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur’s “20 Questions” series features both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs and asks them a number of questions about what makes them tick, their everyday success strategies and advice for aspiring founders. If you look hard enough, you can find inspiration everywhere. That philosophy is the driving force behind visual search engine and social network Pinterest. Evan Sharp launched the company with co-founders Ben Silbermann and Paul Sciarra. Initially, they wanted to create a tool that would help them collect the things online that interested them in one place. But the trio quickly realized that the most compelling use of the platform wasn’t storing things they already knew they liked, but being inspired by what others were posting, in categories such as cooking, literature and art, home and fashion design, gardening, fitness […]

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The One Quality That Has Fueled Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Success

The action superstar gave some insight into his approach to business. July 17, 2018 2 min read It’s like clockwork. Once the temperature hits above 90 degrees, there will be some sort of offering from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at the box office that has the actor, producer and entrepreneur capably fighting some gigantic force to save the world. This summer blockbuster season alone, Johnson has tamed a series of giant animals in Rampage and an oft-exploding skyscraper in the aptly named Skyscraper. Last year, Johnson, the highest paid actor in Hollywood, earned a whopping $124 million. The 46-year-old also has a fairly significant social media presence with 13 million Twitter followers, 53 million Facebook fans and 108 million Instagram followers. Related: 10 Inspiring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Quotes That Prove Anything Is Possible So what is his secret? Johnson took to Twitter to explain a little bit about his approach […]

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8 Strategies to Becoming a Badass CEO

C-Suiters share their secret sauce for exceptional leadership. July 17, 2018 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Imagine a world where everyone woke up feeling inspired to go to work. Unfortunately, many businesses are a toxic blend of apathy, political paranoia, and self-interest. Eight CEOs and members of The Oracles share their number one strategy for building and leading an elite, peak-performance team. Dottie Herman Image credit: The Oracles 1. Inspire the ordinary to become extraordinary. Very few of us have so-called “dream jobs,” like being a rock star or a professional athlete. Most jobs are pretty ordinary. So, how do you maximize the contributions of each employee—especially if they’re feeling apathetic, burned out, or unimportant? Traditional leadership styles are centered around control. Managers set expectations and then check to see if they’re met. However, that kind of top-down leadership ultimately isn’t effective. In today’s […]

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How MailChimp Cured Its Growing Pains

The email marketing company’s staff was once a disorganized mess. But before fixing that, its co-founder had to fix himself. July 10, 2018 4 min read This story appears in the July 2018 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » This is an episode of our podcast Problem Solvers. Each week, an entrepreneur reveals how they overcame an unexpected problem in their business — and were happier and more successful as a result. The show is hosted by Entrepreneur’s editor in chief, Jason Feifer. Listen below, or subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. MailChimp’s tiny staff could once fit around a table, so they often did — gabbing over coffee, and dreaming up new directions for the business. By 2009, though, that team had grown to 300 people. At a company cookout, co-founder and CEO Ben Chestnut looked around and realized he barely knew anyone. So he called a meeting, hoping to […]

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9 Quotes on Success, Money and Entrepreneurship From Millionaire ‘Shark Tank’ Investor Kevin O’Leary

Mr. Wonderful’s ‘tough love’ approach to business has helped him make millions. There’s a lot to learn from him. July 6, 2018 3 min read You might know him as the tough, truth-telling investor “Mr. Wonderful” on ABC’s Shark Tank, however there’s much more than what you see on screen. Entrepreneur, investor, author and television personality Kevin O’Leary got his major business break when he co-founded SoftKey, a tech company that packaged floppy disks and CDs in the 1980s. After buying The Learning Company, a company that created educational and entertainment games in 1995 and absorbing it into SoftKey, O’Leary sold the company to Mattel for more than $3 billion, making him a multimillionaire. Related: 50 Inspirational Quotes to Motivate You Since then, O’Leary has gone on to become a world-renowned investor and business magnate, with one of his latest ventures being O’Leary Funds, launched in 2008. Throughout his career, he’s also made […]

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Spending My Childhood in Physical Therapy Inspired Me to Start My Own Company

Knowing a problem personally is powerful motivation to bring a solution to market. July 5, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. My friends Hoyoung Ban and Young Choi always peppered me with business ideas. Because one has experience working at an internationally recognized company and the other has a Ph.D. in engineering and physical science and is a genius, I always listened. From a business perspective, none of the ideas were solid. Until one was. It was an idea that struck home for both me and Hoyoung. It aimed to solve a big problem in the American healthcare system we have experienced firsthand. I was born with spina bifida and grew up in South Korea. That meant two things: First, I couldn’t participate in Taekwondo. To a kid in South Korea, Taekwondo is like football, basketball and baseball all rolled into one: Pretty much everyone participated, […]

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After Severing Ties With a Business Partner, This Entrepreneur Had to Trust in Herself and Go It Alone

As a college student, Haley Hoffman Smith founded a nonprofit, wrote a book and started another company. But when things turned sour with a business partner, she had to cut ties and start over. June 27, 2018 7 min read “Whoever has the money calls the shots.” That loaded statement came in the form of a message from Haley Hoffman Smith’s former business partner — and it made her blood run cold. Hoffman Smith is the author of Her Big Idea and president of women’s entrepreneurship at Brown University — and before that, she founded a nonprofit and wrote a book for women with big ideas called She Is Without Limits. But when clashes with a co-founder led to dissolving the nonprofit she’d built, Hoffman Smith told herself she’d never start another company again. She tells us how it happened — and how she turned things around. This interview has […]

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Steven Jobs’s Wisdom Lives On

Here is what a crypto PR specialist learned from the most iconic American entrepreneur of our time. June 25, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We’ve all heard of the late Steven Jobs. He is famous for innovation, marketing and design. And who knows how much he was worth. You might think Jobs was on a totally different level than you are, but we all have so much we can learn from him. I learned an important lesson from his wisdom, and once applied to my own business, the results spoke for themselves. I used to spend hours and hours, week after week, interviewing people from my target audience. I knew that I needed to know them inside and out — from what they ate for breakfast to what kept them up at night. The reason we must be in tune to their lives […]

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Leadership Lessons from Successful Entrepreneurs and Founders

These tips will help you become a successful leader inside and outside the office. June 24, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes My previous mashup episodes have been exploding. Because of this, I wanted to bring you an episode on leadership. No matter who you are, or what you do, you will be in a leadership position at some point. Whether you are the CEO of a company, or a stay at home parent: there are people who rely on you to stand up and take charge. This can be a very confusing situation, as sometimes you may find yourself feeling like you can’t ask for help. You also may feel like you’re losing progress and need to keep moving forward. To give you the tools you need to lead in success I wanted to bring you back segments from Alison Levine, Simon Sinek, Nancy Duarte and Cesar Millan. This […]

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Elon Musk's Essential Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

See what you can learn from one of the most iconic businessmen. Read_more Related posts: The Elon Musk Way of Persevering in the Face of Adversity How Much It Would Cost Elon Musk to Become the World’s Next Willy Wonka (Infographic) Should Entrepreneurs Start With a Reputation or an Idea? 14 Personal Branding Tips for Aspiring Freelancers 5 Essential Tips for Attorney SEO Aspiring Entrepreneur? Consider Perfecting Something That’s Already Built What It’s Really Like to Work for Elon Musk What Are Vision and Mission Statements and Why Having Them Is Essential

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Refinery29’s Christene Barberich on How All the No’s Pushed Her Forward

The co-founder and global editor-in-chief reveals who all her ‘high priestesses of strength’ are during her times of need. June 18, 2018 9 min read Editor’s Note: Inspire Me is a series in which entrepreneurs and leaders share what motivates them through good times and bad, while also sharing stories of how they overcame challenges in hopes of inspiring others. When you launch a business, you want it to grow and thrive. But you want to make sure the hallmarks of that initial idea that you were so passionate about stay intact as the company evolves. This the constant push and pull that Christene Barberich experiences as the co-founder and the global editor-in-chief of Refinery29. In 2005, Barberich, Piera Gelardi, Philippe von Borries and Justin Stefano founded the site from a kitchen table in Brooklyn. But today, Barberich is overseeing an operation that has a presence all over the world. […]

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How to Build a Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Life

Here’s how to build your ‘life’ resume, not just your ‘business’ resume. June 17, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes There’s one resource in this world we all take for granted: time. We’re only on this planet for a small amount of time, and we tend to build routines in our lives that make the days roll by. The next thing we know, we look in the mirror and we’re 70. When you look at that face do you want to see a life of missed opportunities or one filled with experiences you are proud of? If you want the latter, you need to make sure you schedule time for you. Take the time to build your life resume, because that’s what makes our lives much more interesting. When you talk about someone, do you talk about how they clock in to work on time everyday […]

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Women Entrepreneur’s New Mentor Platform Will Help You Find Success in Business and Life

Women Entrepreneur has an innovative service that allows you to speak directly to experts on how to succeed in business, life and your career. June 13, 2018 3 min read The internet provides a vast sea of knowledge about finding success. There are how-to articles on starting and growing a business, YouTube videos that walk you through setting up a website, Facebook Lives that provide an opportunity to email in a question. But sometimes you need more. Sometimes you need the dedicated, one-on-one attention that you can only get when talking to someone directly. This is where Women Entrepreneur can help. Our new mentor sessions allow women to chat directly with experts who can help propel them forward. Need help with fundraising? We have a mentor for that. Branding? We have you covered. Getting media coverage? We can help. Related: ‘Keep Moving Forward’ Urges ClassPass Founder Payal Kadakia, Who Means […]

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10 Secrets to Starting Your Own Small Business

Entrepreneur and creator of Business Boutique Christy Wright shares her tips. June 12, 2018 5 min read This story originally appeared on GOBankingRates Christy Wright is the creator of Business Boutique — a business that equips women to make money doing what they love. Last year, she wrote the best-selling book Business Boutique to give women a step-by-step guide on how to start, run and grow their businesses to the level they want. Related: 15 Weekend Jobs and Side Gigs to Boost Your Income “As a certified business coach and a Ramsey Personality, I travel the country helping women pursue their passions by helping them move past fear, let go of mom guilt, set goals and succeed,” said Wright. “But that’s just what I do during the day. At home, I’m a mom of two wild boys and a wife to a very patient husband. I’m pursuing my passion, and I hope these tips will help you do the same.” Keep […]

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‘Keep Moving Forward’ Urges ClassPass Founder Payal Kadakia, Who Means It Both Figuratively and Literally

She says movement is the key to breaking through a stressful day. June 4, 2018 8 min read Editor’s Note: Inspire Me is a series in which entrepreneurs and leaders share what motivates them through good times and bad, while also sharing stories of how they overcame challenges in hopes of inspiring others. From a young age, Payal Kadakia’s passion was dance. It was an inability to find a good class that she liked and aligned with her work schedule that inspired her to leave her job in business development at Warner Music Group and launch ClassPass, a booking platform where people could choose from a variety of courses and studios that would fit into and enhance their busy lives. However, Kadakia says the demands of being a founder and growing her global company could easily keep her chained behind a desk and out of the dance studio. Kadakia has […]

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What You Can Learn From Steve Jobs About Distorting the Truth to Advance Your Vision

The “reality distortion field” is how great leaders inspire. May 25, 2018 5 min read As an entrepreneur, you have one essential job — to manifest the impossible. To bring to life that which others have said is not possible. This is what Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Henry Ford and many other greats have done. Related: 20 Defining Moments in the Life of Steve Jobs To get others to do the impossible, however, sometimes requires leaders to bend the truth a little. Take Jobs, for example — he was so skilled at this they even coined a term for it. When discussing Jobs’ ability to bend the truth and inspire others to do the impossible, Apple’s vice president of technology, Bud Tribble, called it a “reality distortion field” (RDF for short). This particular skill was so powerful that in Walter Isaacson’s official biography, Steve Jobs, the term RDF comes up an astounding 34 times. The fact is, all […]

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This Company Thinks It Can Help You Get Over Your Smartphone Addiction With Stickers

Imagine a life where you’re not checking your phone constantly. May 23, 2018 2 min read Are you someone that feels like your smartphone is an extension of yourself? You definitely aren’t alone. In a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 46 percent of respondents said that their phones were something that they couldn’t live without. But while it might be tough to get through a day without checking it your messages at all hours, there are some solutions you can employ, from blocking software and apps to simply shutting it off or — and this might be a bridge too far for some of us — leaving it at home. An average smartphone owner picks up and touches the device more than 2,000 times a day, so it can be difficult to break that habit. But now, a Danish design and branding firm called Stupid Studios has come […]

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