How To Become Successful Faster

Better time management will get you the success results you want more efficiently. November 15, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ever wish there were more hours in the day? You’re not alone. Many people feel like they simply don’t have enough time to achieve what they want. However, the solution could be as simple as better time management.  Time management refers to creating a schedule that is organized to maximize productivity. Often, this is done by scheduling tasks within certain time zones, and organizing your tasks so that they complement each other.  Time management is an extremely useful skill to develop, and it can give your career a serious boost. Here are some of the many ways you can use time management to your advantage:  Streamline your work process You’d be amazed at how many people don’t actually have a strong idea of […]

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The Indiana Jones of Biology Searches for Animals Thought to Be Extinct … and Often Gets Bitten in the Process.

Biologist and adventurer Forrest Galante, host of ‘Extinct or Alive,’ talks risk-taking and following your passion to the ends of the earth. November 14, 2019 8 min read Ever misplace your car keys? Forrest Galante might be the guy you want to call. The biologist and adventurer has carved out a very unique niche for himself in the world of conservation: He scours the most remote and dangerous parts of the world in search of animals long thought to be extinct, in an effort to (almost) literally bring them back from the dead. As crazy as that sounds, what’s crazier is how successful he’s been. As of today, he and his team have discovered four species that biologists believed went the way of the dinosaurs. Galante goes on these quests for two main reasons: He has a lifelong love for wildlife. His historic finds result in mountains of research and funding to study and revitalize these […]

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How This Entrepreneur Started (and Re-Started) a Successful Baby Clothing Business

Paige Lauren shares the mindset it takes to create and run a clothing business (and take time off when you need it). November 6, 2019 5 min read In 2008, two things happened at the same time that put architectural designer Paige Lauren on a career path she couldn’t have predicted: 1. The Great Recession and 2. One of her friends had a baby.  “I did a lot of design work for residential homes and no one was spending any money at that time,” Lauren told Entrepreneur. She was starting to think about making a move to do something else but wasn’t sure what that would be. Then while on a shopping trip to for a friend’s newborn, Lauren couldn’t find anything that lined up with her design aesthetic. “Everything had hearts and duckies and cutesy stuff on it, and my tastes are more modern and simple.” On that frustrating shopping trip, […]

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What I Learned About Business and Life Spending a Day With Sir Richard Branson

Here are the insights this entrepreneur took from a day spent talking (and eating) with Sir Richard Branson. November 4, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you got to meet your hero, what would you ask him or her?  For me, that hero is Sir Richard Branson, and after a series of serendipitous events, I got my opportunity. Thanks to Maverick1000, a global network of industry-transforming entrepreneurs, I got to spend a day on Necker Island with Richard Branson, and I left with a bucketload of takeaways and insights.  1. Live in the moment Meeting Sir Richard Branson has been on my bucket list for years. I felt like a kid in a candy store when I arrived on Necker Island! I was so excited and had so many expectations. Then I noticed myself getting a little antsy about how I could make […]

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These Are the 3 Biggest Sources of Workplace Stress — and How to Beat Them

You’ve got stress, we’ve got solutions. November 1, 2019 4 min read This story originally appeared on Thrive Global Our cultural epidemic of stress and burnout seems to get worse each year. Recent Gallup polls showed that 79 percent of Americans feel stressed “sometimes or frequently,” and two-thirds of the full-time American workforce has suffered from some degree of burnout. A survey from ComPsych, a company that provides employee assistance programs as well as resources and reports on behavioral health, found that around 59 percent of all employees describe themselves as “highly stressed.” But what causes these high levels of stress at work? According to their data, the top three causes of work stress were workload (39 percent), people issues (31 percent), and juggling work and personal life (19 percent). Related: 9 Ways High-Performing Entrepreneurs Handle Stress There will always be deadlines, meetings, and the challenge of balancing responsibilities, but that doesn’t mean they have to cause massive amounts of stress. […]

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How the Founder of Crypt TV Funded a Total Nightmare (in a Good Way!)

Crypt TV is a social video startup that creates horror shorts for mobile. Here’s how its CEO kept it alive when it seemed like he hit a dead end with investors. October 31, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. “We’re not going to get there.” This is the polite way a VC tells you they are passing on your company. And these were the last words I heard before a flight attendant angrily told me to put my phone in airplane mode. I tried to get comfortable for a cross country red-eye flight from Los Angeles to New York thinking I had just gotten the call that was going to doom the company I founded. Existential panic and a coach seat on a JetBlue red eye are not a great combination for a good night’s sleep. I didn’t get a single minute of rest. […]

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Success Is Your Only Option. Here’s How to Find It. (Podcast)

On this episode of The Capability Amplifier, former NFL All-Pro Bo Eason talks about finding motivation to be the best at what you do. October 29, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. NFL All-Pro, acclaimed Broadway playwright and performer, motivational speaker, leadership trainer and author … seems like impossible accomplishments for one man in one lifetime, right? Prepare to be impressed and inspired, meet Bo Eason! I got to sit down with my friend, Bo, to discuss his first book, There’s No Plan B for Your A-Game. In the book, Bo shares the secrets of his many successes and shows how anyone can be the best in the world at what they do: the best leader, the best business owner, the best athlete, the best artist, the best partner, the best parent… Related: 8 Success Lessons From the Richest Person on the Planet The title There’s No Plan B […]

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Get a Grip, Small Business Owners! 5 Tips to Help You Deal With Stress.

Eliminating stress is impossible, but here are some tactics to help you cope and stay strong. October 28, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I can’t tell you how many times I got called crazy when I wanted to quit my high-paying engineering job and start a business.  And maybe I was a little crazy—I had recently bought a house and was about to marry my sweetheart. Did I truly know what I was getting into by taking the leap and starting my own company?  No, not exactly. There were a lot of surprises, sleepless nights, hot dog and mac-n-cheese dinners, maxed out credit cards, 70-hour workweeks…you get the picture. But you know what? I now own a multi-million dollar company, Patriot Software Company.  Related: 18 Ways to Calm Down When You’re Stressed Starting my first business 30-some years ago put me to the test. Sure, I […]

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Success Isn’t About Making One Big Decision, It’s About Making a Million Small Decisions

Finding success in entrepreneurship is a constant balancing act of decision-making, risk management and leadership. October 25, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I was lucky. I saw it coming. Early in my career I started a bank in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I was in a good place professionally and I liked everything about my role—the business climate was great, the community was supportive, and the weather was exceptional. There was just one problem: my wife didn’t want to spend our entire lives in the Caribbean. So we did what any good partners do and made a deal. We would only stay for five years, and then when our time was up we would move back to Denver and I would hand off my CEO role in the company I had started. It wasn’t how I expected that part of my career to […]

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Sales Secrets From a Auctioneer Who Has Raised Over $100 Million

Working with organizations like the Lady Gaga Foundation and Make-a-Wish, superstar auctioneer Howie Schwartz has learned a lot about getting people to open their wallets for good causes. October 24, 2019 5 min read For the last 20 years, Howie Schwartz has run Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia, and over the course of that time, he estimates that he’s raised over $100 million dollars that has gone to charities like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House, the Lady Gaga Foundation, and many more. Every year, Schwartz runs charity fundraising programs for over 1,000 non-profits, offering the organizations this unique selling proposition: nobody he works for pays him. GSM covers all of their own travel expenses and doesn’t take any money from any auction item supplied by the charity. All Schwartz says he requires from an organization is a stage and a microphone. Related: 7 Bulletproof Strategies to Increase Sales and Make More Money So how does GSM stay in business? They […]

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True Innovation Starts With Diversity

To think differently, you need to fill the room with smart people who have diverse backgrounds, experiences and points of view. October 24, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Uncommon innovation is what the market demands today. It is the Holy Grail because it guarantees exceptional ROI.  But innovation is elusive for many companies in the growth phase. Where to place the best bets? With limited capital and resources, mistakes are expensive and cause pain with investors, stockholders and board members.   Innovation begins with the courage and willingness to think differently. That begins at the board and C-suite levels. When leadership is thinking differently, they will challenge others in the company to do the same.  Diversity vs. Diverse Thought Thinking differently is easier said than done, right? Wrong. It’s actually really simple. Studies show that when diverse board members are introduced to an existing board of directors magic begins […]

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Why Mindfulness Matters for Entrepreneurs

Mindfulness techniques help to decrease burnout and minimize staff turnover. October 22, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Take a big, deep breath. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. As you continue breathing deeply, check in with your body from head to toe. Feel the sensations in your head, neck and shoulders, then sweep down to your legs, knees, ankles and feet. Notice the feeling of each breath as it moves in through your nostrils and out past your lips. You’re now in the present moment. Staying engaged with what’s happening, right here and now, is the key to finding greater inspiration, accessing your creativity and living a more meaningful, fulfilling life. Related: How to Create a Program Focused on Mindfulness to Reduce Stress Staying mindful in the midst of business chaos. The breathing exercise you just finished is one example of mindfulness — defined […]

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When Everything Is Happening at Once, Use This Framework for Decision-Making to Achieve Your Goals

How to manage competing sets of priorities and target your goals. October 22, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Companies have endless lists of competing priorities, especially while they’re in a startup or growth phase. When Charitybuzz and Prizeo came together under the Charity Network umbrella in 2016, we had lofty goals. And we had lots of them. We quickly realized if we tried to tackle everything at once, our outcomes would be shallow all around. So our challenge emerged: how do we create a framework for decision-making within our business that will help us all prioritize those activities moving us in the right direction? For us, the solution really came down to fine-tuning our company goals and empowering individual employees to work toward those goals each day. Here’s how we went about doing it. 1. Identify your company goals The whole point of […]

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Overworked? Here Are 4 Easy Steps to Say ‘No’ and Stop Stressing.

Protecting your time and energy at work will ease stress and set you up for success. Here’s how it’s done. October 18, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Excerpted from Becoming Super Woman: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Go from Burnout to Balance.  Being the DIY-do-it-all-chronic-overachievers that we are, we want to crush any commitment we make, especially at work. But if your current commitments (including the one you’ve made to yourself) will suffer from taking on more commitments, then instead of crushing anything, you’re gonna get crushed. I get it: As you move up in your career, you don’t always have a say in what comes your way. But you do have a say in how you manage your own bandwidth and other people’s expectations (even your boss’s!). Too much stress and not enough time isn’t a good combination for anyone. Related: 9 Ways High-Performing […]

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3 Innovative Ways Mixed Reality Is Being Used by Big and Small Businesses

Virtual and augmented reality are rapidly becoming reliable tools for success. October 16, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Though the idea of mixed reality, which includes virtual and augmented reality, has been around for a long time, it has only recently started picking up speed. The first proof of concept that augmented reality could revolutionize gaming was the popularization of Pokemon Go. Oculus further proved the thesis, showing that it could, in fact, take gaming far beyond the physical world with virtual reality. But the impact that mixed reality could have on the way we do business extends far beyond the confines of just gaming. In fact, the mixed reality is projected to be a $150 billion market by 2020. To learn more about the specific ways mixed reality could be an asset to traditionally non-technical companies, I chatted with Carlos Carbonell, founder […]

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7 Ways to Get Motivated and Break Out of a Work Slump

These motivational strategies can put a stop to your workday blues. October 16, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We all experience a work slump from time to time. Sometimes it’s just a case of the blahs, when we feel disconnected and indifferent to our projects and not motivated to achieve our goals. Sometimes we don’t even realize we’re down because we’ve been robotically going through the motions of work and life. Has every day become a rinse and repeat of the last? Have lost your zest for what you’re doing? Do you feel unsatisfied, but can’t quite pinpoint why? If so, you might be in a slump. Stop yawning, put your coffee mug down and decide it’s time to put a stop your workday blues. Here’s how you can kick your rut to the curb. 1. Determine why you’re struggling. The first step […]

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‘Systems Thinking’ Fires Up Your Brain’s Ability to Problem-Solve. Here’s How to Do It.

Systems thinking can help you manage and solve problems big and small. October 15, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Being an entrepreneur is about problem-solving. On a granular level, there are dozens of issues to tackle each day. On a higher level, the big question is: how can I do a better job of delivering my product or service to my users? Recently, I’ve discovered a new approach to handling the issues we face as entrepreneurs. It’s called systems thinking and it made me realize how often we go about problem-solving the wrong way — attempting to fix one isolated part, instead of focusing on the underlying system. Take the New York Jets football team. Jets fans hoped that new head coach Adam Gase would bring better luck this season; maybe their team would even make the playoffs. Unfortunately, Gase seems to be following […]

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5 Science-Proven Ways to Improve Your Memory

From people’s names to sales data, there is a lot of information entrepreneurs need to be able to remember at any given moment. Here’s how to improve your memory and retain more information. October 14, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Memory creation and management is a complex process where the human brain collects, stores and recalls information that we need for various tasks. Yet these memories also play a more human role by helping you recognize and remember important people and special occasions. Some cognitive conditions, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, rob people of the brain’s memory function. Yet even without these terrible diseases, busy entrepreneurs can risk losing stored memories and the ability to form and retain new ones. Our hectic lifestyles often mean little sleep which can hurt memory function.  Related: 15 Science-Backed Memory Tips to Help You Succeed (Infographic) Rather than let our […]

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The Argument for Hustling That Entrepreneurs Always Win (But Should Lose)

Convincing ourselves that non-stop hustle and 24/7 grinding is the path to success could be the biggest roadblock we face. October 14, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneurs have been burning the midnight oil since they were first handed a lamp. I can work on my business plan at night now too? Excellent! Alas, in today’s modern world we fall prey to eighteen-hour plus workdays, energy drinks and multi-tasking while on the toilet. We believe that non-stop hustle par for the course if you want to be successful or simply get your business off the ground. Everyone knows you’ve got to grind and slog your way to the top. For some, the work effort is a point of competition. Being able to say, “I haven’t taken a day off in over a year. Heck, I was closing a deal Christmas morning!” brings perverse pride. Booyah for you. […]

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4 Travel Hacks This CEO Swears by to Stay Healthy and Lose Weight on the Road

Business travel can break you down mentally and physically. Here are some CEO-tested tips to keep you healthy. October 11, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Staying healthy as a CEO is not easy when you factor in the long hours, travel and late-night business meetings. But eating healthy and exercising is not only vital for your life — it’s also vital for your business. A recent study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found the more time you spend on the road, the poorer your health. The research found business travelers were more likely to smoke, have trouble sleeping and show higher levels of anxiety and depression symptoms. Their researchers recommended that employers provide programs to help these business travelers better manage their stress and health. I get it. As the CEO of a digital health company, I’m constantly traveling for […]

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