Make These 6 Changes to Finish the Second Half Strong

Take back your power and get to work building the business that leads to freedom in every area of your life. June 25, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We begin every year with big goals, dreams and definite things we want to accomplish in our business. It’s natural to spend those first few months going hard. We all know the story. After three months, it’s easy for the fire and ambition to fade. By then, the craziness of life takes over. At times, you’re just doing what you can to keep your head above water. Here’s the thing, if you’re going to have a year in which you accomplish more than you thought possible, it’s going to require you putting in the work. You have to make changes all throughout the year that help you stay consistent. Here are six changes that lead to explosive growth in every […]

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How to Become Superhuman and Achieve the Impossible

We can achieve more than we think. You just need to get over our mental barriers to see what you can really achieve. June 24, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes One of the hardest things for us to deal with is pain. Our mind tries to prevent us from experiencing it. It’s just trying to protect us and keep us alive. When we push through that pain, however, that’s when we accomplish greatness. Now I don’t mean continuing with a broken arm. I mean pushing through those tough times when your mind is trying to tell your body to stop, but you know you have more to give. That’s why I wanted to bring you today’s guest, the Iron Cowboy himself: James Lawrence. Lawrence did 50 Ironman Triathlons, in 50 days, in 50 states. He was constantly on the move for 12 hours a day, […]

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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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Why Sunday Is the Most Important Day of the Week for Your Wellbeing

Your business will benefit when you prioritize time for yourself and the important people in your life. June 24, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hustle. Grind. Long hours. Go big or go home. Fake it ’til you make it. Entrepreneurs hear these statements daily, often from the people who inspire them. Our culture believes we must forgo personal lives in pursuit of business success. Of course, running a successful business is hard work. It’s stressful, it can feel chaotic, and the tasks sometimes seem downright impossible. But as an entrepreneur, you need to do more than simply push through. Research shows you must take a step back if you hope to achieve any measure of life-work balance and truly relish your accomplishments. Former emergency-room physician and author Matthew Sleeth explained the importance of taking a day of rest in a recent interview with CNN. “For […]

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With a Global Mindset and Flexibility You Can Outpace Any Competitor

People who make it work for others are often rewarded with bigger and bolder opportunities. June 24, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In order to run a successful business on a global scale, it is important to bring fresh perspectives to common commerce-related issues. Leaders with the ambition, courage and creativity to think outside the box and develop new ways to solve problems rack up the most wins and usually become famous in the process. Just think of Richard Branson, the creator of the mega brand, Virgin. By applying a new-age, hand-holding, people-first type of leadership, he redefined the successful CEO for generations and became one of the richest people in the world. He followed his vision and achieved unprecedented success in his business as well as philanthropy —  all at the same time. Global business leaders need to have the ability to think […]

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These Email Marketing Statistics To Watch

I’ve always stated that email marketing is the best form of engagement. Many will agree, however, some will say with the introduction of social media, the conversion rate has been lowered. Every now and then, I like to set out to find some statistics to help prove and reiterate the power of email marketing. By understanding the power of social media, you can embrace for the future and make sure it is part of your marketing campaign. Let’s get started and explore some cool email marketing statistics that I uncovered over the weeks. If you have a solid email marketing program, then you can apply these into your next campaign. Let’s get started and feedback will be greatly appreciated going forward. Highest ROI Did you know email marketing has the highest ROI in marketing? If you didn’t, now you do, and much of the success can be attributed to the […]

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Here’s How to Make Your Expansion Into New Markets a Success

Having lived through the successes — and the failures — of helping companies enter new markets, we’ve learned that a rigorous and disciplined approach is critical. June 23, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Spanish retailer Zara is one of the world’s most successful clothing and accessory brands, and one whose track record of market expansion is enviable. Its flexible, innovative, high-speed business model has traveled from Spain to 77 markets around the world, including China. When Zara had ambitions to expand into the emerging (and challenging) markets of India and China, it planned strategic, yet very different, entries into each market. Related: Growing Your Business Internationally? Reinvest Every Dollar to See Results. Oscar Perez Marcote, managing director of Zara (parent company, Inditex), makes calculated decisions on how to move forward with expansion based on extensive research and testing with the brand’s target audience. Since 1988, Zara […]

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How to Use Weekends to Catch Up, Get Ahead or Recharge

Evaluate how you spend your weekends so you can maximize your time. June 23, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog Which suits you the best? Do you use weekends as a chance to catch up, get ahead or re-charge? There is no wrong answer. However if you consistently find yourself playing catch-up you may want to reevaluate your ability to say no. Related: Why You Should Take 10 Minutes a Day to Do Nothing Knowing when and how to say no can allow you to focus on your priorities and do the things that help you stand out in your career. This is not a post to ding anyone on how they spend their time on the weekends. That is 100 percent up to you. How you spend you days is (for the most part) up to you. However, this is a post asking you to take a moment […]

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You Can Cut Employee Health Insurance Costs the Same Way Big Companies Do

The biggest corporations directly pay for many healthcare services. There are ways small companies can do the same. June 23, 2018 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The cost of health insurance has risen by 50 percent in the last decade. During that time, independent physicians reduced profitability, both in percentage and actual return. How can that be? Administrative costs, regulation and place of service are major contributing factors, as is waste, fraud and abuse. A recent Harvard study shows how to cut one trillion dollars — a third of the total cost of healthcare — with no loss in service from the national healthcare system, by removing the latter. Under the current system with Medicare, Medicaid and traditional insurance, certain regulations have added hundreds of millions in administrative costs. ICD-10 — a paramount medical listing that matches diagnoses with procedures and billing — now has 85,000 diagnostic […]

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11 Mindset Shifts You Need to Scale Past 7 Figures

Don’t be your own biggest obstacle to success. June 22, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When I meet six-figure entrepreneurs, they tend to have all the tactics, strategies and information they need to scale to seven figures and beyond. What holds them back (and the vital piece they miss) centers around mindset. Related: The Most Common Habit of Self-Made Millionaires Almost every single time, they are their biggest obstacle. Their mindset (or lack of) stops them from making the leap, and for a long time this held me back. I’ve slipped into huge debt, suffered entrepreneurial depression and blown up successful businesses because they weren’t “right” for me. I’ve learned through trial and error how important mindset is, and after helping dozens of six-figure entrepreneurs scale to seven figures, I’ve uncovered 11 vital mindset shifts that every entrepreneur needs. Here they are: 1. There are […]

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3 Branding Success Secrets Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Beyoncé

Take notes. June 22, 2018 4 min read It’s been an exciting few months for Beyoncé fans. In April, music superstar became the first black woman to headline at Coachella. The performance over two weekends was considered to be masterclass, and “Beychella” was so meticulously documented as to have its own dedicated Wikipedia page. At the beginning of June, she and husband Jay-Z launched their 43 date On the Run II tour. And in the middle of their June 16 London show, the Carters announced that their joint album, Everything is Love was now available. Over the last few years, fans have learned that Bey is an unrivaled master at the surprise rollout. You never know when new music is coming. Starting from when she released the visual album Beyoncé in December 2013, up to Lemonade and now Everything Is Love, she has a knack for keeping her efforts top […]

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South OC Carbon Fiber Cars and Coffee

On this episode of the Dot Com Lifestyle Vlog, I head to South Orange County Cars and Coffee at the San Clemente Outlets to show you the intricate carbon fiber work of the McLaren 720S supercar. The detail and workmanship is amazing. All this, plus a really cool chopper. This episode of the Dot Com Lifestyle Vlog was filmed using the new Sony A7III and 16-35 F/2.8 super wide angle lens. Let me know what you think of of the setup. Click Here To Download John Chow’s New eBook, The Ultimate Online Profit Model! Read_more Related posts: South OC Cars & Coffee – You Can Buy This Electric Porsche 914! Tesla Model 3 Performance at Cars and Coffee 2019 Jaguar I-PACE At Cars and Coffee Unplugged Performance Tesla Model 3 at Cars and Coffee Some Really Crazy Cars At South OC Cars And Coffee South OC Cars and Coffee and […]

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How These 5 Strategies Help Me Make — and Keep — Connections That Grow My Business

You never know who might be able to help you. June 22, 2018 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I get asked a lot, how did you make the connections you made? Here’s the truth: I was lucky enough to first meet Liz Lambert, founder of Bunkhouse Hotels, on the Summit Cruise in 2015, where thousands of entrepreneurs from all walks of life congregated for three days of conversations and cocktails. I became a member of this community of entrepreneurs as a way for me to learn, to network of course and honestly, to feel less alone. I made sure to go to the few hospitality panels that were being offered when a now Saira board member (also on the boat) approached me at the end of the panel and told me Lambert would love to hear more about my vision. Related: How to Network, […]

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My Book and Baby Are Due the Same Day! Follow Along on My Journey. First up: Finding the Right Title.

Jessica Abo takes us along her journey of writing her first book. June 22, 2018 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This video is part of a series brought to you by Entrepreneur’s book division, Entrepreneur Press, the publisher of Jessica Abo’s book Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look on Social Media. Hello! Whether you have seen my videos on Entrepreneur.com or are meeting me for the first time, I want to start this series by thanking you for following my road to writing Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look On Social Media. A little bit about me: I spent the past 10 years living in New York. For the majority of that time, I worked as a TV news anchor and reporter. Two years ago, I met my husband, and we were long distance until we got married this past summer. […]

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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Running a Crowdfunding Campaign

There are plenty of Cinderella stories but also just as many cautionary tales out there. How to make yours the former, not the latter. June 22, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When Retro Computers turned to Indiegogo for crowdfunding, it promised $100-level funders a handheld gaming device called the Vega+. With promises from the company that the device would come equipped with more than 1,000 games, the console quickly gained a following, and more than 3,600 people pledged $100 each to receive one. The successful campaign gained U.K.-based Retro Computers more than half a million dollars. But when the time came for those backers to receive the handheld devices, Retro Computers wasn’t able to deliver. Legal battles and production issues caused hiccups. The promised September 2016 delivery came and went. Users began getting upset — more and more publicly. Finally, after unwanted media attention […]

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The Entrepreneur Behind This Oprah-Approved Fashion Brand Shares How to Find Your Purpose

Peace Love World founder and CEO Alina Villasante says it starts with lifting up your local and global community. June 22, 2018 4 min read In this series, Open Every Door, Entrepreneur staff writer Nina Zipkin shares her conversations with leaders about understanding what you have to offer, navigating the obstacles that will block your path, identifying opportunity and creating it for yourself and for others. Since the late 1990s, every year Alina Villasante would throw what she called “The Love Party.” She would make her own jewelry, special t-shirts and apparel for the occasion to celebrate and connect with the women in her life. After she and her partner Frank Villasante sold their aerospace maintenance and repair company in 2009, Villasante wanted to see if there was something more she could do with her apparel and jewelry ambitions. The Cuban-born Miami-based designer knew that there could be a demand for […]

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Study Ranks the States With the Most Psychopaths. Do You Live in the Top Ten?

Warning: This information may not have a positive effect on your Zillow estimate. June 22, 2018 1 min read Your daily work commute may convince you that you are surrounded by psychopaths, and according to a research paper written by Ryan Murphy, a research assistant professor at Southern Methodist University, you just might be! It all depends on where you live. Related: How to Avoid Hiring a Psychopath Murphy’s study, Psychopathy by U.S. State, cross-examined levels of what he defines as Big Five personality traits: extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and openness to experience in each state. From this data, he was able to rank each of the 48 contiguous states, as well as the District of Columbia, by its level of psychopathy. (You’ll never guess who scores no. 1!) But don’t get too excited if your home is located at the bottom of the psycho pile, Murphy says his numbers are just estimates.   1. Washington, D.C. 2. Connecticut […]

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Stop Trying to Be More Efficient

Technology continues to get more advanced and more tasks continue to get automated. I don’t have to boot up my computer, wait for it to the connect to the Wi-Fi, open up a web browser, type in the URL, enter my username and password, search for the item I want, add it to the shopping cart, and go through the checkout process entering my mailing address and payment information just to buy some more dish soap. Instead, I can just say, “Alexa, reorder some dish soap,” and the magical smart speaker in the corner of my living room takes care of the rest. We’re living in the future, folks! And yet, despite all these modern conveniences and seemingly miraculous developments, we find ourselves even more pressed for time than ever before. How is that possible? Because we have all these things we need (and want) to do, we are oftentimes […]

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Is It Appropriate For Employees to ‘Take a Knee’ in the Workplace?

Four executives weigh in on how they view the NFL controversy, as applied to their respective companies. June 22, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We’ve all seen the video clips: NFL players kneeling prior to the start of their game as the Star-Spangled Banner plays. And the opinions that have resulted have been divided between whether those players are “disrespecting the flag and the military” or whether they are “protesting injustice, not the flag.” Related: Why the New ‘Take a Knee’ Policy Isn’t Likely to Heal the NFL’s Damaged Brand The players are divided, the owners are divided, the country is divided. What to do? A 2017 CBS/YouGov poll found that, regardless of whether they agreed with the protests or not, 73 percent of Americans surveyed thought NFL players were trying to call attention to racism, and 69 percent said they were calling attention to police violence. […]

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China Is Slamming the US With $34 Billion in Tariffs — Here Are the States That Will Be Hurt the Most

The tariffs cover mostly energy and agricultural products but hit everything from goldfish to electric cars. June 22, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider The collateral damage from President Donald Trump’s trade fight with China could soon have some states feeling the squeeze. China announced tariffs on $50 billion worth of imports from the US in response to Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports, an escalation of the brewing trade war between the two countries. Also mirroring Trump’s move, China’s tariffs will be deployed in two waves — the first covering $34 billion worth of goods coming in early July. Related: Supreme Court Gives States OK to Collect Sales Taxes on Online Sales The Chinese tariffs are focused on energy and agricultural products, covering goods including ornamental fish, whiskey, and coal. By singling out certain goods, the Chinese are also hitting some states harder than others. To break down the effect by state, Business Insider […]

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