How Finding a Hobby Will Make You A Better Entrepreneur

A good hobby is key to increased creativity, productivity, memory and focus. September 15, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When he isn’t busy working on the company that changed the internet forever, Google co-founder Sergey Brin has some interesting hobbies: ultimate frisbee, springboard diving and flying trapeze, to name a few. The internet entrepreneur encourages his team to take up fun, physical activities, too. He’s reportedly led Google employees on bonding events at the Circus Center, a training facility in San Francisco where students learn high-adrenaline hobbies like — you guessed it — flying trapeze. Circus sports might seem to have nothing to do with Brin’s day job, but as it turns out, they could be boosting crucial career skills. Because not only are hobbies fun ways to pass the time, they also increase our productivity, creativity, memory and mood. Related: How a […]

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Simple Ways to Calm Down During Times of Stress and Anxiety

You can’t out-hustle stress and anxiety. Try these techniques to calm yourself down and find inner happiness. September 13, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Living in states of anxiety and stress are the norms these days, evidenced by the rise in book sales on mental health. Entrepreneurs admit to being addicted to “the grind” and “the hustle” — some wear it as a badge of honor. It has created what Barnes and Noble calls “The Anxious Nation,” which is great for booksellers but not so great for the rest of us.  As an entrepreneur who, like many, juggle family, wellness and a personal life, I am guilty of arriving to everything “on two wheels,” at the minute the meeting begins and always striving to overachieve at everything I do, be it a project, an event, a workout and even the creative meals I serve my family for dinner. We hustle from Monday […]

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4 Ways to Turn Cold LinkedIn Connections Into Clients (Without Being Sales-y or Spammy)

Try these tactics to turn LinkedIn into a client generator. September 13, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. With over 645 million global users (including over 150 million in the United States alone), LinkedIn has become one of the most important digital tools for making connections in the business world. While many use this to grow their network or to find new job opportunities, others are able to use it to grow their own client base. Just like with phone calls or email, a “cold” LinkedIn connection can help you land new clients — but only when done right. By using a few best practices to avoid coming off as spammy or overly sales-y, you can have better success at turning these potential connections into revenue-generating clients. 1. Use LinkedIn to research. According to information gathered by 99firms, LinkedIn has over 90 million senior-level influencers […]

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13 Superstitions of Super Successful People

September 13, 2019 7 min read In her book Recipes for Good Luck, author Ellen Weinstein researched the superstitions and rituals of some of the most famous and successful people in modern history. As she writes in the introduction of this fascinating book, Weinstein hopes that learning about the quirks of these athletes, writers, scientists, artists and politicians will “encourage you to embrace the beliefs, rituals and routines that help you face the world with ambition and confidence and inspire you to go on making good luck of your own.” Check out the following excerpts from Recipes for Good Luck by Ellen Weinstein (published by Chronicle Books 2018) and see if you share any superstitions with the rich and powerful. Related: Why Work Superstitions Can Help You Perform Read_More Related posts: What Successful People Do Differently – Part 3 These 2 Habits Help Successful People Meet Their Goals Great Marketing Strategies You Can Steal From the Most Successful Super […]

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Want to Increase Your Brain Power, Decrease Your Stress and Make More Money? Get a Hobby.

Hobbies improve your life and support your mission of building an empire. September 13, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. If Jack is an entrepreneur, it also makes him less effective at building insane wealth.  What’s Jack got to do with you? If you’re a business owner with big plans, every hour of your life matters. Screw around during the day, and you put your bottom line, your lifestyle and your employees’ paychecks at risk. You have to do something useful with your time, even when you’re not in the office. Everybody needs a hobby, and if you pick yours wisely, they’ll all serve your money-making mission. What hobbies do you need? Here are three that you can’t afford to skip and how they improve your life and support your mission of building an empire. […]

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20 Ways to Boost Your Energy at Work

This infographic will teach you simple tricks to help keep you going all day long. September 13, 2019 2 min read Whether you work late nights or wake up early to head to the office — we all see our energy levels dip throughout the day. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can give yourself a boost. Related: 5 Ways to Get Better Sleep Without Sleeping More Hours The first step toward getting more energy is recognizing your personal body clock, or “chronotype.” The times you wake up and go to bed and your personality type will help to determine your chronotype. For example, people who describe themselves as introverted, intelligent, detail-oriented or a perfectionist, and tend to wake up early and get to bed before midnight are “dolphins.” A dolphin’s energy comes in waves and the best time to focus is between 3 and 6 p.m. To the contrary, if you tend […]

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How the Co-Founder of Oatly Is Shaking Up the Beverage Industry

Host Mike Koenigs discusses personal and business health with Bjorn Oste, a co-founder of Oatly. September 12, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, 69% of US adults are overweight and 36% are obese. Over 90 million people in the United States are pre-diabetic and the real culprit of the problem is how food and drinks affect blood sugar levels and insulin production. What if there was a beverage that had nine clinical studies that proved it reduced blood sugar levels and inflammation? What if it could reduce the chances of becoming diabetic and if you’re not overweight, it would reduce or eliminate carbon crashes after you eat. Meet “Good Idea.”  Recently I sat down with Bjorn Oste, a co-founder of Oatly, the world leader in oat milk since 1994. Oatly is a non-dairy beverage company on track […]

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5 Simple Questions That Can Free Up Hours (Yes, Hours!) in Your Day

Here are five ways to identify the time killers that are preventing you from achieving your goals. September 12, 2019 11 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. “I wish I went to the UPS store more often.”… said no one ever. Think for a moment. How many hours have you wasted standing in lines, completing $10 an hour tasks, stuck in petty arguments, and doing work that doesn’t matter and doesn’t drive you closer to your ultimate vision? How many times have you had to stay late at the office or increase the deadline on an important project “just one more time” so that you could get everything done? I don’t ask these questions to make you feel bad. Quite the opposite. The point is to inspire you to elevate your habits and systems and realize, “Well dammit! If I’ve been able to accomplish so much […]

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Don’t Let Imposter Syndrome Derail Your Business

Thinking you’ll be ‘found out’ and judged viciously is the hallmark of imposter syndrome. September 11, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Imposter syndrome is real. It tends to affect high-achievers more than any other psychographic — especially women — and includes creatives like inventors, founders and entrepreneurs. When it hits new business owners, the effects are both subtle and powerful, causing them to doubt their accomplishments and preventing them from taking necessary risks.  Left unchecked, imposter syndrome can derail your entire business. Related: Imposter Syndrome, Plus 10 Other Fears Every Entrepreneur Must Overcome Signs of Imposter Syndrome If you’ve ever had a nagging feeling that you’re just not qualified to be in your position or that someone is going to come along and expose you as a fraud, it’s likely you’ve experienced imposter syndrome. It sounds a lot like a petulant little voice inside your head that […]

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Procrastination Can Be Productive. Really!

When you work smarter, not harder, procrastination can be your friend. September 10, 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  Contrary to what we’ve been taught to believe, procrastination isn’t always a bad thing. Yep, you heard it here first: procrastination can be good if, and only if, you’re thoughtful about it. Procrastination derives from the Latin words “pro” which means “forward” and “crastinus” which means “belonging to tomorrow.” So, if something belongs to tomorrow, and you are planning for it as you would anything else, there’s no need to beat yourself up for letting it actually belong to tomorrow and not today. Make sense? Related: Channelling Procrastination Into Productivity Creating a productive plan for the day is all about prioritizing today, which necessarily means putting some things off until tomorrow […]

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Hate Your Job? Ask Yourself These 7 Questions to Find One With More Money and More Happiness.

Here are the steps you need to take to find a more fulfilling and higher paying job. September 6, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Dying for the day you can quit your job? You’re not alone: according to one Gallup poll, as many as 85% of the world’s employees are not engaged in the workplace. This is a pretty sobering statistic, especially considering that for many of us, work takes up a massive chunk of our time and lives. Settling for a less than stellar job can feel terrible, yet figuring out how to change things can seem like an insurmountable task.  So what should you do if you hate your job? If you’re ready to take a more proactive and productive approach toward seeking out a job that really makes you happy, ask yourself these questions: 1. Why do you hate your job? Before […]

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3 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Use Envy to Fuel Success

With the right mindset, envy can be a great motivator and idea generator. Here’s how to use it as a tool for success. September 5, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As an entrepreneur in today’s dynamic and competitive environment, you’re likely needing to routinely scan and process social information in order to stand out from your competitors and remain relevant. But when you’re constantly needing to compare your opportunities and advantages with those of other entrepreneurs, it’s easy to experience painful emotions, like envy, when such comparisons are unfavorable. Related: 8 Success Lessons From the Richest Person on the Planet Entrepreneurial envy is felt in response to another entrepreneur’s success or perceived superiority. In general, we often think of entrepreneurial envy as being detrimental to entrepreneurs’ success. After all, envy can decrease a person’s ability to generate new ideas and may cause them to give up more […]

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Are You Driven By More Than Just Money?

Startups and market newcomers are at the forefront of building purpose and impact-driven companies. September 5, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The “business for good” movement is one of the most important advances of the last 100 years, and we’re still in the beginning stages. We’re steadily moving the concept of shared value from the periphery to the core of businesses, connecting company success with social progress. This is a fundamental shift from the previous doctrine that the purpose of a company is solely to generate profit, and is far from an overnight change.   Most entrepreneurs are now aware of the growth and need for purpose-driven companies. They are a response to consumer demand, as buyers seek out brands that help them make a positive impact in the world. Startups and market newcomers are at the forefront putting purpose and impact at the […]

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How to Boost Your Personal Performance and Improve Your Business

A healthy career starts with a healthy body and mind. Here’s a way to give yourself the edge. September 5, 2019 2 min read Starting and running a successful business isn’t easy. It relies on having tons of energy, intense focus and sound decision-making at critical times. As we all know, some days we’re firing on all cylinders, and some days we’re not. To help entrepreneurs achieve peak physical and mental performance when you need it most, we have teamed up with Onnit to offer a suite of powerful supplements to elevate and accelerate your game:  Sleep Morning Boost: A duo of boosters designed to help you make the most of your day, this pack includes New Mood to help you destress and unwind, and Alpha BRAIN Instant, designed to help improve memory, focus and mental processing speed. Focus and Energy: A one-two punch of brainpower containing Alpha BRAIN Instant, which optimizes brain […]

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5 Myths Preventing You From Delegating Effectively

To build a high-performing team, you must master the core leadership skill of delegating. September 3, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneurs and delegation have a long and turbulent history together. Handing over the reins can be one of the most vulnerable things leaders can do. But people who can’t delegate often work more than they need to, experience burnout, take on more than they can handle and feel frustrated and without support.  Even with the negative consequences, delegation is tough. It’s challenging — even emotionally taxing — to relinquish control and trust others to complete work you’re used to doing yourself. But if you can learn to delegate, this skill is a gamechanger.  Why? Your organization needs delegation; if you’re doing all the work, what does that mean for your team? Delegating is an opportunity to develop individuals so your collective strength increases. […]

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The Accidental Entrepreneur Shares His Incredible One-Sentence Business Plan

In this week’s episode of the Capability Amplifier podcast, learn how Rich Litvin found incredible success with a simple goal. August 30, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. “It takes courage to put a stake in the ground, to own who you are and what you believe in.” My latest guest helps his clients speak their counterintuitive truths to the world and when you can own a counterintuitive truth, you really have the ability to put a stake in the ground and people will want to come along and follow. I had the pleasure of sitting down to interview Rich Litvin, “The Accidental Entrepreneur”, on the Capability Amplifier podcast. Just in case you’re not familiar, Rich is a hugely successful author, he runs a high-level Mastermind group and is a highly sought after business coach who only works with five clients per year and gets […]

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2 Necessary Skills for Success at the Negotiating Table

Learn the two simple skills you need to conduct a successful negotiation. August 29, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As an entrepreneur, you are no doubt aware that your ability to negotiate effectively is one of the more useful skills in building a great company. Very often negotiation success translates directly into entrepreneurial success. That’s true whether a negotiation involves partners, investors, employees, governmental agencies, suppliers, vendors, business buyers or sellers. Being an adept negotiator in any of these situations can potentially make a significant difference in how successful you ultimately become. Related: 5 Steps to Master the Art of Negotiation Of course, there are different approaches to negotiation — and it makes sense to determine which style you should adopt based on your goals. Although there are lots of ways to categorize negotiation tactics, the methods largely boil down to two: Get maximum […]

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The Secret Hacks Only Wealthy People Know

These tips can help you reach your desired income. August 28, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jeff Rose says the reason many people are broke is because they lack the proper mindset. By witnessing how certain people spend their days and approach the maintenance of their businesses, Rose has gathered some vital haibts that have set apart the non-wealthy from the wealthy. Here are a few: Set a purpose for each day. Rich people, as Rose explains, do not simply roll out of bed and then determine what they will work on. Instead, they set a schedule well ahead of time. Eliminate toxicity from your life. Toxicity can take many forms, from negative relationships to vocabulary, such as attributing events to “bad luck.” Focus on constant improvement. In order to reach your desired income, you must change something every day in a consistent manner. […]

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6 High-Performance Habits That the Happiest Executives Have in Common

Research shows that these daily habits can make you a high performer. August 28, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. What is it that turns average people into high-performance achievers who can propel a company to its highest results? According to best-selling author and performance coach Brendon Burchard, the steps are deceptively easy. He advocates the development of six “high-performance habits,” as follows: 1. They seek clarity As opposed to pronouncing conclusions, high performers learn to listen, observe and ask questions. They seek to understand all sides of the story and to view every work situation from others’ points of view. The result: strengthened culture.  2. They have an infectious energy High performers develop the ability to keep their own energy high and lift the interest and stamina of others around them. The high-performance result: sustained growth. Related: Want to Build a High-Performance Team? Start with Trust. 3. They seek out problems […]

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Here Are the Foodie Superstars of the U.S. Open

Entrepreneur met with celebrity chefs who served up tasty treats and business wisdom behind the scenes of the U.S. Open. August 27, 2019 5 min read As Nadal and Federer serve 130 mph balls of fury on the court of Arthur Ashe Stadium, a group of different superstars is serving up decidedly more palatable offerings at the Food Village of the 2019 U.S. Open. Food, as anyone with a mouth can attest, is one of the last remaining incentives to get someone to actually leave their house, and recognizing the draw of making people drool, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) has paid extra attention to this year’s selection of courtside goodies. “The U.S. Open starts with great tennis, but that is just the start,” Lew Sherr, Chief Revenue Officer of the USTA told Entrepreneur. “Our fans are on site for eight to nine hours, and tennis is only part of the experience. We pride ourselves […]

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