4 Ways to Unlock Your Inner Creativity

With some practice and nurturing, you can train yourself to become a more creative person. February 14, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Creativity isn’t only important for “creative” jobs. In a study by IBM, about 60 percent of CEOs polled cited creativity as the most important leadership quality, compared with 52 percent for integrity and 35 percent for global thinking. Why? Because creativity enables people to solve problems, respond to challenges and come up with innovative ideas. If you want to boost your creativity, there’s good news. Creativity isn’t something you’re just born with; with some practice and nurturing, you can train yourself to become a more creative person. Learn to think outside of the box and unlock your inner creativity.  Try new things Oftentimes, you lack a sense of creativity because you’re stuck in a rut of doing the same things over […]

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Magic Johnson Shares 5 Lessons on Manufacturing Success

The NBA legend explains the thought process he uses on and off the court to find a way to win. February 14, 2020 9 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. My friend Joel Marion, founder of BioTrust Nutrition business, launched a new program, $100 Million Mastermind Experience, where he brings together entrepreneurs and influencers who’ve generated 100 million dollars, views or followers to teach members of the group the “insider secrets” they need to rapidly scale their business. I invested and it was one of the best investments I ever made.  I could write a small book about all the life-changing lessons I’ve learned inside of the Mastermind but today, I want to share five of the most powerful and unexpected success lessons I learned from Magic Johnson.  Related: 8 Success Lessons From the Richest Person on the Planet I’ve attended hundreds of events, Masterminds, and seminars over the past 20-years, but […]

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How to Delegate With Confidence

February 11, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Have you ever asked someone to do something for you, and then felt like it would have been better if you had just done it yourself? Or have you ever found yourself holding on to too many tasks because you’re afraid of losing control? Most business owners have felt these things as their companies grow and they begin to rely on other people to get things done. But as we all know, as your business grows, you can’t (nor should you) do everything yourself. At some point, you have to learn how to delegate. The good news is that delegating is not rocket science. By focusing on the fundamentals, you can learn to delegate effectively and reclaim your time. Knowing what should (and shouldn’t) be delegated The most important aspect of delegating with confidence is prioritizing tasks […]

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What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From the XFL’s Second Attempt at Victory

Vince McMahon’s football league returns after failing nearly two decades ago. Can it mount the ultimate comeback? February 7, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This Saturday, Vince McMahon’s second incarnation of the XFL launches. The league, comprised of eight teams that will play 10 regular-season games, is the latest attempt at cracking the code an idea many believe can work, but nobody to date has pulled off: Spring Football. At this point, many already know how the XFL faired nearly 20 years ago, folding after just one season. But regardless of whether the XFL makes it or not, the mere spirit of giving it a shot is entrepreneurship at its core. The land (or field) of opportunity How many entrepreneurs start a business, only to fail? And how many entrepreneurs start a business, fail, and then find success the second or third time around? […]

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5 Supercharged Ways to Be Productive in Stressful Times

Never underestimate the power of your mind to keep you highly-productive during your most time-crunched days. February 4, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ever wonder why successful people seem to have more hours in the day than you do? Obviously, they don’t. They just know how to make good use of the 24 hours they’ve got. And you can too.  Being highly productive is easy. The secret is in how you’re able to program your mind and switch up your habits. Here are five ways you can power your mind for a highly-productive year.  1. Exercise early in the morning No doubt exercise comes with a lot of physical benefits, but it can help improve your productivity, too. When you exercise in the morning, you get a boost of energy that will keep you alert throughout the day. It also keeps your mind sharp, which will result in working more […]

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Marcus Allen Explains Why Greatness Is Not Given

Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen talks about how his unique upbringing taught him the importance of focus and perseverance. February 2, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen shares his thoughts on how his parents taught him the value of hard work and why he believes nothing worthwhile is given — it must be earned. Allen and The Playbook host David Meltzer discuss a variety of topics, including why Allen’s fashion sense was ahead of the game, how much a “free lunch” can actually cost you and why Allen looked forward to the times when his quarterbacks threw an interception. The pair also chat about how to handle fear and why the most important thing is identifying what you want in life. Related: Don’t Lose Your Brand’s Mojo Read_More Related posts: The NFL Legend Who Graduated […]

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Does Your Company Culture Lead to Happy Customers?

January 31, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Treat people in your organization better than you want them to treat your customers. This startlingly simple statement can mean the difference between success and failure of any initiative you take to improve the customer experience and become customer-centric. The link between employee experience and customer experience is obvious: if the employee experience is generally poor, employees won’t care much about the customers — or the company. Conversely, IBM found that if the employee experience is positive, and people feel valued and happy, they will care much more about the customer experience and be proud to work for the company.  Related: 10 Examples of Companies With Fantastic Cultures The two concepts closely mirror one another: just as the customer experience is the sum of every interaction customers have with the organization throughout the customer journey, the employee experience is the sum […]

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Copywriters Use These 4 Psychological Tactics to Write Attention-Grabbing Headlines

Leverage psychology in your copywriting to increase your powers of persuasion. January 31, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Many content marketers feel a headline can be as important, if not more important, than the content itself. In fact, a study found that 59 percent of articles shared on social media weren’t even clicked on by the user in the first place. Whether your end goal is to educate, pitch, or sell, headlines are a critical component in your online marketing efforts, and readers use headlines to make a snap judgment about your content. And the notion that people don’t have time to read is a fallacy. Research has shown that when we’re curious, we’re more likely to expend precious resources such as time to find out the answer. The good news is that you don’t have to be a wordsmith or a literary […]

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10 Ways Producing Television Taught Me to Succeed

Years in the hectic TV trenches taught this best-selling author how to focus and thrive under pressure. January 29, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The other day, while taping an upcoming episode of Entrepreneur’s Get a Real Job podcast for this very website, I was reminiscing with host Dan Bova about our days producing television together. We shared stories about demanding talent, disastrous productions, and great shows that never went. I left that conversation thinking about how much I’ve learned while producing television over the last twenty years… Specifically, I left thinking about how much producing television has taught me about running my own business, and how I wouldn’t be a successful author of two novels, Oil and Marble and Raphael, Painter in Rome, without that experience. So, here are my favorite lessons from television that I hope will help you produce your own success. 1. There’s […]

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Let Your Doubters Drive You to Success

This athletic training specialist discusses how he found a passion for helping others achieve their goals. Read_More Related posts: Management Mess to Leadership Success How Your Habits Can Help Determine Your Success and Potential Success Lies in the Subtleties, and Every Second Counts Finally Get What You Want With These 3 Success Tactics The One Thing Standing in the Way of Your Success 2 Necessary Skills for Success at the Negotiating Table 3 Tasks That Will Help You Dream Big and Achieve Success Success Habits That Will Launch You Closer to Your Goals

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3 Biggest Lessons from Conor McGregor’s Comeback

The UFC superstar appears to have refocused after a rash of bad decisions threatened his legacy. January 24, 2020 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This past weekend, Conor McGregor made his triumphant return to the UFC. He looked in fine form, dismantling Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, a top-ranked fighter who has more wins and fight-finishing bonuses than any other fighter ever, in just 40 seconds. If referee Herb Dean had not given Cowboy every reasonable chance to defend himself, the fight might have been over in half that time.   This outcome was far from guaranteed. Conor’s rise to the top is the stuff of legend. The son of a taxi driver in the poor Irish neighborhood of Crumlin, in Dublin 12, he grew up longing to fight his way to fame and fortune. Ireland had never had an MMA champion, and he was literally laughed […]

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Why Not Being Confident Can Sometimes Be A Good Thing

Impostor syndrome can inhibit progress, but flying blind with a false sense of confidence is a much bigger threat to our success. January 24, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Millennials constitute the largest percentage of the global workforce, and 7 out of 10 report that they’ve experienced impostor syndrome at some point in their career. This feeling of being a fraud can discourage you from taking risks and further educating yourself, and picture-perfect social media feeds have heightened our collective perfectionism, paralyzing us from making progress and contributing to a mental health crisis. Related: 10 Things You Can Do to Boost Self-Confidence However, there’s a far more dangerous villain lurking in the sense-of-self spectrum: Overestimating your abilities. Having unearned confidence. And most of us are biologically wired to exaggerate our efforts. Where does false confidence come from? In social psychology, illusory superiority is a phenomenon […]

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Success Habits That Will Launch You Closer to Your Goals

Set yourself straight using these techniques. January 23, 2020 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Mike Phillips discusses a few life-changing habits that lead to success. Start by asking yourself two questions: What am I willing to do? What am I willing to give up? From there, you can take decisive action. Your level of enthusiasm will increase over time to achieve success. Your excitement will then spur more action in a cycle that will help you build momentum. Then it’s all about repetition. Your personality will become more stable and thus increasingly more adept at repeating the same action over and over. As the popular adage goes, repetition is the mother of skill. Click the video to hear more.  Related: Why Hard Work Really Does Open Doors to Success Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought […]

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How This 200-Year-Old New York City Tavern Has Survived Many Near-Death Experiences

When a rent hike threatened to shut its doors for good, the owner of this little-known gem got creative. January 16, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Queen Victoria’s crowning, Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, the Civil War … all of these things happened after Neir’s Tavern opened. The Woodhaven Queens institution (initially known as the oddly hipster-sounding “Blue Pump Room”) first pilfered pilsners to parched peeps in 1829.  Neir’s’ Honduran mahogany bar top, ancient chandelier, dusty gas lamps and uneven tin ceilings are tip-offs that this place is basically a booze history buff’s Shangri-La. First-time patrons can’t possibly fathom how this, one of the oldest continuously run pubs in New York City, once featured prominently in GoodFellas, has been so overlooked for so long.  Related: 10 Things Jon Taffer of ‘Bar Rescue’ Wants You to Know About Running a Bar And as of last week, thanks to building […]

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Why Is a 40-Year-Old Tractor So Attractive to So Many Business Owners?

On the farm (and in the office), experience shows us that sometimes newer isn’t better. January 15, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Want to buy a car or a piece of equipment for your business? Some of my smartest clients would never dream of buying new. For them, it just doesn’t make sense. Why? Because used equipment — in many cases — simply makes for a better return on investment. A lot of farmers already know that. Running an agricultural business is very capital intensive. To keep their costs low, a growing number of farmers are buying used equipment, particularly older tractors. Really old tractors. Like 40-year-old tractors! These are smart business people and they have good reasons for doing so.   Related: 6 Factors in Taking Over an Existing Business “It’s a trend that’s been building,” Greg Peterson, the founder of Machinery Pete, a farm […]

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5 Questions Every Consultant Must Ask During a Sales Call

Discover the best practices to follow (and the mistakes to avoid) when running your consulting business. January 15, 2020 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. What’s the easiest way for a consultant to completely flop on a sales call? Talking about yourself the whole time. I help consultants efficiently scale their business, and this is one of the most common mistakes I see them make. I know it can be challenging. You may have been taught to perfect your elevator pitch or to speak about some magical proprietary process you developed. Unfortunately, your prospects don’t want to hear your sales pitch or about your unique approach — they want to be understood. And once you prove you understand their challenges, they’ll want to hear about your plan to solve them. That’s it. Related: Take Your Career into Your Own Hands By Becoming a Consultant You shouldn’t even think […]

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Want a Career in Sports Broadcasting? You Need to Be Ready For Anything. Including Bears.

Brandon Tierney, host of Discovery’s ‘Man vs. Bear,’ breaks down his unpredictable journey from unpaid intern to national broadcaster. January 15, 2020 5 min read As the host of CBS Sports Radio’s nationally-syndicated show Tiki and Tierney, broadcaster Brandon Tierney is no stranger to witnessing raw power and unbridled ferociousness on the playing fields and courts of professional sports. He’s been at it for 20 years, delivering his signature blend of humor and expert analysis as he dissects football, basketball and everything in-between. After two decades in the business, you would think he’s seen and called it all, but that is far from the case. To wit, his new show, Man Vs. Bear, which features human beings competing against bears (the animals, not the football team) in feats of strength, agility and, yes, eating piles of raw salmon. Related: Playing Dirty With the Miners of ‘Gold Rush’ Tierney stopped by the Entrepreneur office for an upcoming episode of […]

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Sh*t Talking With Suzy Batiz, Founder of Poo-Pourri

On this episode of The Capability Amplifier, learn how Suzy Batiz went from two bankruptcies to landing on Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women in America list. January 4, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In your time as an entrepreneur, what is your “rags to riches” or “mess to success” story?  We often hear inspirational stories about someone that’s pulled themselves from the depths of despair to become extremely successful and help others at the same time. My recent guest on the Capability Amplifier podcast, Suzy Batiz, went from poverty, sexual and domestic abuse, depression, two bankruptcies and a suicide attempt to being named one of Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women in America in 2019. Suzy was bankrupt for the second time in her life at 38 and didn’t sell her first bottle of Poo-Pourri until she was 43. She believes it’s truly never too late in […]

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4 New Year’s Resolutions Your Business Should Make

Want to grow your business in 2020? Then make New Year’s resolutions for your business, not just yourself. December 31, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. With 2020 just around the corner, many people are planning their New Year’s resolutions. In fact, you might even be thinking about how you want to learn a new skill, travel more or get in better shape in 2020. But what about your business? If you want to continue to grow your business in 2020, then you should be making New Year’s resolutions for your business, not just yourself. By making New Year’s resolutions for your business—and following through with them—your business can reach new heights this coming year. Here are four New Year’s resolutions your business should make.  1. Provide 5-star customer service Providing outstanding customer service is essential to any successful business. While your customer service may […]

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9 Strategies for Working Parents to Reduce Stress and Get Control of Mornings

Stress less with these morning routines that work. December 30, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Kicking off the day with a positive outlook and an organized mindset is integral to running a business or being successful at work. If you’re a working parent, you likely deal with some morning madness, and if you have younger kids (or teens!), morning meltdowns.    Aside from establishing good morning eating habits, and eliminating unnecessary TV and social media scrolling in the morning, below are 9 tips for reducing morning stress by saving time, all while keeping your kids in a positive mindset. 1. Do everything the night before Lay out your clothes, the kids’ clothes, pack lunches, ensure that homework is finished and in the folders and even have some breakfast items prepped such as cut-up fruit or hard-boiled eggs. Everyone has a different routine but the key is that we adapt […]

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