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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How Women Can Rebound From a Huge Work Mistake

You’re human — mistakes happen. May 23, 2018 5 min read This story originally appeared on Career Contessa Made a mistake at work? Don’t freak. Follow this strategy to fix it. I still remember the first mistake I made in my professional career. I was a White House intern and I was asked to edit an Excel document filled with addresses for the president’s Christmas cards. There must have been thousands of addresses on the sheet, and I was supposed to edit the informal phrases — like “St.” and “P.O. Box” — to their formal equivalent (“Street” and “Post Office Box”). I wanted to find a quick solution, so I used the “Find and Replace” feature to quickly find and replace all informal words with the formal ones. It might have been a great solution, but I made a mistake — I didn’t realize that many names would also be […]

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9 Inspiring Quotes from the 27-Year-Old Billionaire and Snap Co-Founder Evan Spiegel

While Snapchat might have lost its mojo, Evan Spiegel sure didn’t. May 23, 2018 3 min read Snap Inc. co-founder and one of the youngest billionaires of the decade Evan Spiegel has plenty of wisdom to share with the rest of the world. Related: 50 Inspirational Quotes to Motivate You While studying at Stanford in 2011, Spiegel developed Snapchat with his co-founders Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown. The groundbreaking tech shook up the social media world, offering a fun, new way for people to send and receive disappearing photos and videos. While the platform has since gone public and its technology mimicked by other major social media channels like Facebook and Instagram, it still remains a popular social sharing app with Spiegel as its co-founder and CEO. Related: 10 Inspirational Quotes from Successful Actress-Turned-Entrepreneur Jessica Alba And thanks to this success, Spiegel has topped the list for some of today’s most successful and wealthiest […]

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Zola Founder Shan-Lyn Ma Shares How to Collaborate and Conquer Your Biggest Challenges

The leader of the wedding registry and planning startup reveals who and what inspires her every day. Nina Zipkin // Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Entrepreneur Staff May 18, 2018 7 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. Shan-Lyn Ma wants to make one of the most stressful yet joyous days of your life go as smoothly as possible. She is the founder and CEO of Zola, a wedding registry and planning site. It is designed to make it simple for guests to pick out the perfect kitchen appliance or contribute to an international getaway for a honeymoon, along with helping couples plan the perfect day. But just as wedding days are stressful, so can be starting […]

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Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch Season 2 Ep. 4: Self-Made Self-Care

Entrepreneur’s pitch show, judged by IndyCar race winner Danica Patrick and other prominent investors, provides forward-thinking tips for entrepreneurs just getting their start. May 16, 2018 2 min read Does a product create more problems for its users than it solves? Does it address a need that other products out there don’t? Is it something you’d want to receive as a gift? Or is it just plain boring? These are the types of questions the investor judges on the weekly streaming show Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch pose to gauge whether an entrepreneur’s business is viable. Each contestant gets a mere 60 seconds to explain what their product is, the traction it’s gotten and the type of deal they’re seeking. They deliver this pitch from the Entrepreneur Elevator as it climbs to the boardroom floor, and once time is up, the panel deliberates: Should they invite the founder in to discuss, or […]

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Watch Tim Cook’s 2018 Duke University Commencement Speech (Transcript)

The Apple CEO exhorted graduates to be fearless in pushing the world forward. May 14, 2018 9 min read Hello, Blue Devils! It’s great to be back. It’s an honor to stand before you — both as your commencement speaker and a fellow Duke graduate. I earned my degree from the Fuqua School in 1988. In preparing for this speech, I reached out to one of my favorite professors from back then. Bob Reinheimer taught a great course in Management Communications, which included sharpening your public speaking skills. We hadn’t spoken for decades, so I was thrilled when he told me: he remembered a particularly gifted public speaker who took his class in the 1980s. With a bright mind and a charming personality! He said he knew — way back then — this person was destined for greatness. You can imagine how this made me feel. Professor Reinheimer had an […]

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His Parents Loaned Him $30,000 to Start a Company. Now It’s Valued at $1.7 Billion.

The founder and CEO of Squarespace on launching a dream and the importance of giving back. May 11, 2018 5 min read In 2003, Anthony Casalena’s parents gave him a $30,000 loan to help get his business idea up and running. Fast-forward to 2018 and it would appear that Casalena is more than able to pay that loan back. The company he started with the $30,000 is Squarespace, the website-building resource that now has over 800 employees and its logo emblazoned on the jerseys of the New York Knicks. Also, according to Bloomberg, a valuation of $1.7 billion. Not too shabby. Casalena hasn’t forgotten how that loan made all the difference, and so this year Squarespace and the New York Knicks teamed up to create the “Make It Awards,” a program that provided four entrepreneurs with a $30,000 grant and use of Squarespace’s marketing muscle. Entrepreneur connected with Casalena to […]

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15 Quotes on Success From America’s Top CEOs

Take advantage of these inspirational words from Warren Buffett, Larry Page, Indra Nooyi, Jeff Bezos and more. May 10, 2018 5 min read What’s the recipe for success? Start with energy, initiative and intelligence, then add a dash of integrity, a pinch of honesty, two shakes of generosity and a heavy pour of the willingness to do more than your share. Warren Buffett mentioned these qualities in a 2001 commencement speech at the University of Georgia, and it’s safe to say his words remain true today. The Wall Street Journal recently released a list featuring his 2017 paycheck total along with that of every other CEO of an S&P 500 company. (The median pay was $12.1 million.) “Making it big” certainly denotes big bucks, but it can also translate to significant impact. In that vein, we’ve rounded up quotes on success from CEOs at the top of the U.S. corporate ladder. […]

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6 Powerful Ways to Get Out of a Mental Slump

Everyone gets into a slump from time to time. Those who can quickly recognize the problem and take steps to fix it are ahead of the game. May 4, 2018 4 min read This story originally appeared on Due Regardless how mentally strong you are, you can still get into a mental slump. Whether it’s writer’s block or being stuck debugging your code, these mental blocks can drive us crazy. More often than not, the problem gets worse the more we try and solve it in the moment. While I can’t tell you how to solve the problem you’re faced with, I can give you tips on how to jump-start your problem-solving process. Here are six ways to get back on track after a mental slump. 1. Recognize it’s a problem. This is the first step you need to take when starting to solve a problem. If you’re in denial […]

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What Thomas Edison, Sarah Michelle Gellar and T.J. Maxx Can Teach You About Savvy Entrepreneurship

Among the lessons below: the brilliance of a “treasure hunt merchandising philosophy.” April 25, 2018 8 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » This article is excerpted from Entrepreneur magazine editor in chief Jason Feifer’s monthly newsletter, The Feifer Five. Each month, he sends out five insights to help you think more entrepreneurially. Subscribe here. This month, I have five lessons for you from five unexpected sources: 1. What Sarah Michelle Gellar can teach you about confidence. 2. What Thomas Edison can teach you about stubbornness. 3. What T.J. Maxx can teach you about consumer behavior. 4. What supposedly phone-obsessed millennials can teach you about humility. 5. What a startup called Musicbed can teach you about being a thought leader. OK! Let’s get going!  1. Don’t get down on yourself — even the pros get nervous! I wrote Entrepreneur‘s April cover story about Foodstirs, a […]

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My Grandmother Survived the Holocaust. Her Quiet, Gentle Strength Inspired My Entrepreneurial Journey.

Leaving a plum job for the uncertainties of entrepreneurship didn’t seem such a scary leap knowing what she overcame. April 23, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Six years ago, my 100-year-old grandmother passed away. A few months after I helped carry Grandma Mira’s body to her grave, I made a decision to leave my cushy job in venture capital to launch my own startup. There were many reasons why I decided to become an entrepreneur. I saw the market opportunity. I was also inspired by my father and grandfather, who were both small-business owners. But my decision also sprang from a realization that would be familiar to people who have suffered a personal loss, for whom the passing of a loved one leads to a profound understanding that life is short. That’s what happened to me six years ago. Grandma Mira’s death was a […]

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9 Quotes on Entrepreneurship and Starting a Business from Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian

Internet entrepreneur, angel investor and not to mention the spouse of famed tennis star Serena Williams, Alexis Ohanian is one of today’s most acclaimed tech entrepreneurs. Born and raised in New York, Ohanian graduated college before co-founding the incredibly popular site, Reddit, at 23 years old. Related: 50 Inspirational Quotes to Motivate You Of course, just like many entrepreneurs, things weren’t smooth sailing for Ohanian. In fact, before creating the news-aggregation site, Ohanian and his co-founder, Steve Huffman, invented a phone-based sandwich ordering app in 2005 — a concept initially rejected by Y Combinator. However, shortly after, the duo pitched Reddit, which quickly became an internet sensation. Today, Reddit has become the sixth most popular website. Since Reddit, Ohanian has gone on to launch multiple venture capital firms to help other aspiring entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. When it comes to entrepreneurship, Ohanian is a role model and can teach anyone a thing or […]

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10 Inspiring Quotes From Pulitzer Prize-Winning Rapper Kendrick Lamar

The artist has achieved legendary status. April 17, 2018 4 min read Kendrick Lamar has called himself “the greatest rapper alive,” and on April 16, he became the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. The Pulitzer board described Lamar’s fourth album, DAMN., as “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes  capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.” The Compton, Calif., native’s art has garnered him 12 Grammy wins and 29 nominations, the 2013 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Vanguard Award and dozens of other honors. Related: 50 Inspirational Quotes to Motivate You Since DAMN.’s release a year ago, 30-year-old Lamar curated, produced and co-wrote the soundtrack for the Marvel Studios film Black Panther. Previous albums include To Pimp a Butterfly, good kid, m.A.A.d city and Section.80. In 2016, he released an eight-track compilation, untitled unmastered, and […]

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3 Key Lessons We Can All Learn From Andre Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers

Whether it’s basketball or business or anything else, hold fast to your dream for as long as it takes — even if that’s 10 years. April 16, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. One of the most inspirational stories I have ever seen took place last week in Los Angeles. Basketball’s L.A. Lakers and Andre Ingram took the world by storm when Ingram’s incredible story of perseverance and of never giving up was put on full display. Related: 10 Ways to Stay Inspired for Life Andre Ingram was never a first-round draft pick with a paycheck in the millions of dollars. In fact, he actually wasn’t drafted at all in 2007 when he graduated from American University. So Ingram signed with the Utah Flash and began his relentless pursuit of a chance to play in the NBA. That pursuit went on and on for 10 long years, as Ingram […]

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Quotes From 10 Inspiring Women on Understanding Your Value

Female leaders and founders shared their advice at the ninth annual Women in the World conference. April 13, 2018 4 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » The ninth annual Women in the World conference in New York City brought together authors, activists, politicians, innovators and entrepreneurs to share their expertise and perspective about the strides women have achieved in the world of work and the progress that still must be made. But no matter what their background, these women at the top of their fields spoke candidly about to be an effective leader and know your own worth. Check out these quotes from 10 inspiring women who spoke at the conference: Leah Busque, TaskRabbit founder and Fuel Capital Partner “Work in general is not working for women. 60 percent of […]

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What It’s Really Like to Work for Elon Musk

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell gave some insight into her working relationship with Musk April 12, 2018 2 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » Once you get your idea off the ground and start running your company day to day, you want to do everything you can to inspire your employees to do great things. In conversation at the 2018 TED Conference in Vancouver this week, SpaceX’s President Gwynne Shotwell revealed what SpaceX and Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk is like as a boss.   Related: 25 Weird Things We’ve Learned About Elon Musk Shotwell has worked with Musk for almost 16 years, and shared that she enjoys her work with him due to his sense of humor and his motivational presence. She also characterized her role at the company as one […]

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17 Inspirational TED Talks on Motivation (Infographic)

Need a boost? These TED talks will get you excited and inspired. April 7, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There’s no doubt that during your entrepreneurship journey your motivation will be put to the test. Whether it’s stress from family or finances, staying motivated can be tough, but it’s essential in order to be successful. Related: 8 TED Talks to Help You Overcome Your Fear of Failure Luckily, there are plenty of resources to help inspire you. One great source are TED talks. From entrepreneurs to authors to scientists, TED talks feature a variety of guest speakers who touch on a number of topics such as change, failure, confidence and more. If there’s one thing TED talks can do for you, it’s get you motivated and back on track to achieving your goals. Hollywood writer and producer Shonda Rhimes, the brains behind hit TV shows including […]

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How Barry’s Bootcamp Found Its Perfect Company Mantra

The CEO of Barry’s Bootcamp shares how a piece of artwork at a garage sale helped shape the company’s mission. March 26, 2018 3 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » This story appears in the March 2018 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » My husband and I live in the historic neighborhood of Hancock Park in Los Angeles, and we love to spend our Sundays walking around — there’s always plenty going on. About three years ago, I found something at a garage sale that I just had to have. It was a simple painting, based on the work of artist Anthony Burrill, of a simple phrase: “Work hard & be nice to people.”  Related: Need Inspiration? Here Are 9 Ways to Find It. I pulled it from a pile of artwork and […]

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10 Powerful Quotes From Hollywood Star, Producer, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon

Move over Elle Woods, Reese Witherspoon has long broken out of her classic role in Legally Blonde and has taken the stage not only as an actress but a producer, an entrepreneur and a voice for women. Related: 50 Inspirational Quotes to Motivate You The Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning actress, known for films including Legally Blonde, Election, American Psycho, Wild and more, has an extensive on-camera resume, however she’s just as impressive off-camera too. On top of her success as an actress, Witherspoon also launched a production company, Hello Sunshine, which, according to its website, is “all about shining a light on female authorship and agency.” The company is behind the success of many popular films and series, including Gone Girl, Wild and Big Little Lies. Related: 10 Inspiring Quotes From Billionaire, Philanthropist and Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Outside of Hollywood, Witherspoon started a children’s clothing company, Draper James, which she partnered with Girls Inc. […]

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