10 Top Executives at 10 Household-Name Companies Share the Things They Wish They Knew From the Start

“If you get knocked down, keep pushing forward,” says this one exec. “It’s all about the process.” November 15, 2019 15+ min read This story originally appeared on Authority Magazine It has been said that “there is no one as wise as a person with experience.” Often, even extremely well educated leaders learn much more from the “school of hard knocks” than from their years spent in business school. Authority Magazine has an ongoing interview series called “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became a CEO.” We spoke to hundreds of CEOs and top executives and asked them to share the five lessons they learned from their experience or the five things they wish they were told when they first started. Here are 10 highlights from the interviews. These interviews have been edited for length and clarity. Related: 10 Women Wellness Entrepreneurs Share Small Lifestyle Tweaks That Can Make Big Changes To How You […]

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6 Tips for Excelling in Life and Business No Matter What Challenges Life Throws at You, According to Fitness Entrepreneur Sam Bakhtiar

‘To be truly successful, you must make yourself a priority,’ says the entrepreneur and champion bodybuilder. November 13, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When Sam Bakhtiar was 11 years old, he and his mother immigrated from Iran to the U.S. in search of a better life. They arrived with only one suitcase between them and $500 in cash. Today Bakhtiar, who is an Advisor in The Oracles, is a champion bodybuilder and the owner of an international nine-figure health franchise. Along his journey, he experienced rejection, family challenges, and a recession that nearly wiped out his business. Now that he has come out on the other side, he helps others reach the top 1 percent in life and business, as he has. “When we’re younger, we care about how we look and feel,” he says. “Then life happens, and we put ourselves on […]

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The Biggest Misconception About Millionaires

Richard Branson and James Dyson are two entrepreneurs who got knocked down many times, only to get back up. November 13, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Do millionaires reach their financial status and success because they stumbled upon one lucky idea? In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jeff Rose and Joseph Hogue say it is never as easy as it seems. Success is not made overnight, and it often takes many failures to get where you ultimately want to go. However, failure is feedback, and roadblocks can be viewed opportunities to grow and improve.  To hear more about working towards goals and find that million-dollar idea, click the video. Related: If You Think This Way, You’re Holding Yourself Back Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across […]

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How This CEO Used His Own Need for a Small Loan to Launch a Burgeoning Startup

This executive saw a gap in the marketplace and jumped to fill it. November 4, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars talks with Matt Rodak, the CEO of Fund That Flip (FTF). FTF operates as a financing company to individuals who are looking to buy property, fix them up and eventually sell them. The company offers short-term loans for people who are mainly in the midst of the home renovation process.  Rodak describes his business as a lender and investment platform. The founder saw the opportunity to bring together a smaller market of lenders in need of loans at a higher interest rate with easy accessibility, as well as high-earning investors who were in the market for investment products.  Click the video to hear more from Business Rockstars and Matt Rodak.  Related: How This Female-Focused Media Entrepreneur Differentiates Her Company in a Competitive […]

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10 Busy C-Suite Executives Share How They Make The Time To Be Great Parents

“Find what works for you and your child,” recommends one CEO. “And enjoy the moments that are so amazing.” November 1, 2019 15+ min read This story originally appeared on Authority Magazine Being a parent is hard. Being a parent and managing a large company must be olympian. Between the demands of work, and the myriad of other distracting demanding attention, how do business leaders find the time to be present with their kids? Authority Magazine recently interviewed close to a hundred busy C-suite executives — dads and moms — to share how they order their lives to be great parents even when they are extremely busy. Here are ten highlights of the series.  These interviews have been edited for length and clarity. Related: 10 Influential Women In Finance Share How They Intend To Use Their Influence To Disrupt The Status Quo Chinwe Esimai (Citigroup Inc. Chief Anti-Bribery Office) Image credit: via Authority […]

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How to Make 7 Figures as a Marketer

Taking on more responsibility and operating at a higher level will help your bottom line. October 31, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Eric Siu discusses how to make seven figures as a marketer. Siu points out that although he loves teaching marketing and spreading his skills with others, he has learned the importance of delegation over the years. If you’ve gained a certain about expertise, you are probably in a place of leadership. Good leaders know how to get people to rally around a certain cause, keep them happy, lead them and then elevate them to the next level. Being a good marketer means also exercising the leadership skills of hiring, recruiting and retaining employees.  Eventually, a successful marketer and leader can make seven figures. Finally, Siu provides a bonus tip on how to charge according to value instead of according […]

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How This Female-Focused Media Entrepreneur Differentiates Her Company in a Competitive Space

This female founder says her company offers “Martha Stewart results without the Martha Stewart effort.” October 30, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with President and Co-Founder of First Media Sharon Rechter.  Rechter faced some serious obstacles while starting First Media, a cable content network targeted for specifically women, from scratch. It wasn’t easy to convince investors and other players that her network was a viable competitor. However, Rechter’s ability to confront challenges and productively change directions helped her navigate major challenges, especially when social media began to overtake cable television. The founder was also able to use this skill when Facebook changed its algorithm in 2018.   Click the video to hear more.  Related: For Fashion Designer Rebecca Minkoff, Even Closed Doors Aren’t Wasted Opportunity Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought […]

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How to Overcome Rejection and Move Forward With Your Big Goals

If you let rejection motivate you, rather than set you back, you will be able to achieve your most ambitious aspirations. October 29, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The truth is that no one likes being rejected but unfortunately, rejection is a part of life for all of us. Fortunately, rejection can also turn into a good thing for many of us. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jack Canfield speaks about how rejection can help push your forward in life, rather than set you back — especially if you think about them from a positive standpoint.  Try not to think of rejection as an attack on your self-worth. Instead, think of it as an opportunity to grow and flourish. Keep in mind the following about rejection: It is a natural part of life. Most rejection is about the other person, not you. No one […]

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The Trait Stephen King and J.K. Rowling Share That Helped Them Achieve Success After Early Setbacks

October 8, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jack Canfield talks about the importance of persistence and perseverance. It doesn’t matter how naturally talented you are if you don’t have the determination and willpower to move yourself forward. Persistence is always a key ingredient to meeting your ideal version of success. The truly successful refuse to let setbacks stand in their way. Walt Disney was told in his younger days that he had no imagination or original ideas, and his first animation company eventually fell through. Stephen King was told by one of his college professors he was a bad writer.  Click the video to hear more about how persistence can change your life.  Related: Simple Methods to Help You Let Go of Procrastination Habits Completely Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We […]

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5 Strategies for Standing Out and Making Lifelong Connections

Former tech executive Lonnie Mayne recommends this five-step strategy for success in business and in life. October 1, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Lonnie Mayne, a former technology executive, advises corporate leaders, startup founders and more on an outlook he calls “Red Shoes Living” — five strategies he’s honed to help himself and others forge the kind of connections that cause them to stand out “like a pair of red shoes.” Related: Richard Branson’s 8 Keys to Happiness and Success Mayne used these principles to propel his technology firm forward, and you can, too. They may seem deceptively easy, but using them sequentially could help lead to advances in work and in life. When making any connection, Mayne recommends you use the following five steps.  1. Be aware. In business, lift your head from reports and spreadsheets and go all-in on every conversation you have. Be […]

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The Traits of a Great Leader

A good leader many have one of these characteristics, but a great leader will have them all. September 26, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mike Phillips talks about three traits of successful leaders.  The first leadership quality is vision. Leaders know where they want to take themselves, and they know where they want to take their people. Most good leaders are also self-starters. How can you expect others to take initiative if you don’t? Finally, if you are a good leader, you most likely you have the magnetic appeal of enthusiasm. Click the video to hear more. Related: Which of These 4 Leadership Styles Best Describes You? Watch more videos on Lead the Team’s YouTube Channel. Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and […]

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The Life-Changing Mindset That Leads Directly to Your Goals

Here’s how you can keep your mind focused and healthy during difficult times. September 24, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. During the moments when it feels like everything is going wrong, you can still come out on top. Here’s how according to Entrepreneur Network partner Jack Canfield.  When you focus on the negative, the world can seem like a terrible place. Conversely, when you focus on the positive, you can see that the world is focused on love, kindness and beauty. When you catch yourself making a detrimental or unecessarily judgmental statement, try to reconfigure the way you are speaking to yourself.  Moreover, Canfield recommends analyzing how much time you spend online and imbibing news. It may be a better idea to forego the news and instead focus on striving towards your goals and personal improvement.  Click play to hear more. Related: How to Break Bad Habits and Make […]

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Why This Real Estate Entrepreneur Turned to Instagram to Scale His Business

Brandon Charnas speaks about how social media helped him grow his business. September 23, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with Brandon Charnas, the CEO and co-founder of Current Real Estate Advisors. The CEO talks about how using social media elevated his real estate business. Current Real Estate Advisors helps its clients find retail and office space, and it also promotes the clients’ brands on social media. Charnas notes that the brand has a very engaged audience on social media.   The founder started his business after realizing he could not base his company on only convincing long-time New York property owners to sell. Instead, he had to work on defining scalability and building a more sustainable business. Charnas’s wife, Arielle Charnas, is a well-known fashion influencer who helped the CEO realize the power of an engaged online community.  Click the […]

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Here’s How Babies, Puppies and Kristen Bell Are Helping Build This Company’s Success

Jessica Abo sits down with the co-president of the creative agency Brains on Fire to discuss how brands can talk to today’s consumer. September 20, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For the team at Brains on Fire, taking care of their people, is at the heart of everything they do. “We specialize in branding and identity and also what we like to call community centered marketing. We’re also a B Corporation, which is fairly unique for an agency. That really simply means that we just believe business can be used as a force for good in the world; and, we’d like to help our clients do some of that good,” Benjamin Hart, Co-President of Brains on Fire, said. It’s a philosophy that extends to their employees as well. “We actually have a policy where you can bring your baby to work for the […]

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Which of These 4 Leadership Styles Best Describes You?

Figuring out which of the four primary leadership styles you follow can enhance your communication skills. September 19, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mike Phillips discusses four distinct management styles. Each style has its own positive and negative connotations, and of course vary among different personalities. Determining your personal leadership style can clear the pathways for communication with your employees. Take a look at the four styles mentioned in the video and see if you fit into a one of the following: Authoritarian Democratic or participative Laissez-faire Paternal Click the video to hear more about each style from Mike Phillips.  Related: Successful People Often Share These 2 Traits Watch more videos on Lead the Team’s YouTube Channel. Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth […]

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This Founder of a Marketing Agency Shares His 3 Pillars for Building Successful Teams

Plus, here’s the importance of establishing and maintaining a culture in your company. September 17, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This week on The Rough Cut, Storyhunter co-founder Alex Ragir sits down with Christoph Becker, founding CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Gyro, during the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity in France.  Becker was a judge at Cannes Lions and is a frequent speaker at leading advertising events like Advertising Week New York & LATAM. Under his leadership, Gyro created the Business Feeling Index, which takes a deep dive into the emotions that drive business-to-business (B2B) decision makers. Ragir and Becker discussed findings from the Business Feeling Index, his three pillars of success for all companies and more. Related: This Marketing Guru Says You Should Focus on a ‘Coalition of the Willing’ Read_More Related posts: This Marketing Guru Says You Should Focus on a ‘Coalition of […]

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6 Success Habits to Maintaining a Happy, Healthy Mind

The health of your mental functions will affect the your pursuit of goals. September 16, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Brian Tracy discusses some tips to keep your brain healthy and active. In these cases, Tracy recommends making a special effort to always keep your brain active through certain mental fitness activities. Some of these tips include: Read as much positive material as you can. When taking in this kind of literature, you challenge your mind and change up its normal behavior.  Take time to exercise. Thirty minutes of exercise every week (and as little as 10 minutes) can make a difference — especially in terms of alleviating feelings brought on by stress and boosting self-esteem.  Practice healthy habits. Harmful habits are a drain on your mental health. Whether that is procrastinating or having low self-esteem, these repeated […]

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Strategies for Building a Successful Business

The top businesses do these things. August 29, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Many successful businesses do a few simple things right. Here are three according to Entrepreneur Network partner Kate Volman.  Create a strategic plan. A strategic plan can help you recover from being overwhelmed and remember what your company is working for.  Invest in people. In order to get the most out of your workforce, you must make sure they are engaged and willing to work. Two ways to invest in people include encouraging your friends to read books and inviting them to training sessions.  Implement a coaching culture. This type of work environment is full of helpful feedback offered in a safe space. To hear more tips from Kate Volman, click on the video.  Related: The Importance of Hiring the Very Best Instead of the Most Convenient Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought […]

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7 Strategies to Keep Making Money Under Any Circumstance

These tips can help your business survive hard times. August 22, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s easy to make money when customers are flocking to you, the economy is booming, and everyone is happy. But what happens when that all changes? If you built a sand castle business, it won’t last long. The great entrepreneurs throughout history built empires that could weather a storm, even if it lasted for years. Here’s how they did it, and how you can join their ranks. 1. Keep your business front-and-center A failing economy makes headlines and causes people to stress out and give up. Businesses that survive and even thrive when the going gets tough are run by people who are focused more on the business than the world around them. Yes, you have to pay attention to what’s going on beyond your front doors […]

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How This Wall Street Vet Became a Billion-Dollar Cannabis Success Story

Kevin Murphy won big when he sold his cannabis company, Acreage Holdings, for billions. But he says there’s still plenty of opportunity. August 22, 2019 5 min read This story appears in the September 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » The average cannabis consumer may not have heard of Kevin Murphy, but they’ve surely seen the headlines he’s made as the CEO of Acreage Holdings, the largest vertically integrated, multistate cannabis company in America. Last year, he got former House Speaker John Boehner to join his board of directors — despite Boehner’s having claimed to be “unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana.” Then Murphy’s company produced a cannabis Super Bowl ad; when CBS rejected it (to nobody’s surprise), Acreage spun the moment into PR gold. And in April, Murphy made headlines again when he sold Acreage to Canopy Growth for $3.4 billion.  It’s been a great run for this […]

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