How to Exercise Your Brain…With Exercise!

Working out is not only good for your physical health, it provides incredible mental health benefits as well. December 13, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We typically associate exercising with our limbs and body. We think of exercise as physical activity. But exercise is an equally, if not more, powerful mental workout. It’s a workout for our brains. And it’s one of the most powerful antidotes against stress. It reduces your adrenaline and cortisol levels, your primary stress levels. It also causes the production of endorphins, which decrease our perceptions of pain and boost our happiness. This is especially important for leaders and executives who are susceptible to depression. Depression is a serious mood disorder that causes extended and significant feelings of sadness, a loss of self-esteem, and a loss of hope. It also tends to cause a loss of interest in daily activities, including […]

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Is Your Reputation Making or Breaking You?

Your reputation precedes you in client, co-worker and one-on-one meetings. December 10, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Have you ever dreaded an upcoming meeting when you learned that someone known for long-winded presentations was hosting it? You know the meeting will run overtime because the host will struggle to keep the conversation on track and without question, it will require yet another meeting to finish the discussion that should have been wrapped up the first time. Imagine your mindset walking into that meeting. You are probably thinking about how once the conversation goes off-topic, you will surreptitiously catch up on emails and respond to text messages. You already anticipate giving only a fraction of your attention throughout the time scheduled.  Related: Four Personal Reputation Management Tips For Entrepreneurs Now consider the alternative. You look at your calendar to see an upcoming meeting scheduled with someone known for facilitating quick, pointed […]

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Ultimate TED Talk Guide for Entrepreneurs

How to structure and deliver a TED Talk that listeners remember long after it ends. December 3, 2019 10 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You don’t have to be a Nobel prize winner to create a TED Talk. In fact, there have been dozens of talks given by entrepreneurs. Recently I had the opportunity to visit TED headquarters and participate in the coveted TED masterclass to see what creating a TED Talk is all about.   The class is taught by Briar Goldberg, who has made a name for herself as a master communication strategist for Mark Zuckerberg and many other high-profile CEOs, in addition to her role as the Director of Speaking at TED.  Related: 15 Great TED Talks for Sparking Creativity (Infographic) According to Goldberg, if we’re not careful, even the most intelligent of us could be delivering speeches filled with clichés that leave our audience feeling […]

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Our Success Is Limited Only by the Stories We Choose to Believe

Like Neo from ‘The Matrix,’ we can only do great things once we tear down the fictional world our minds have embraced. November 27, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We are all storytellers. For tens of thousands of years, we have told each other stories to bring us together to face a harsh and uncertain world. More importantly, we constantly tell ourselves stories. We selectively pluck facts from an overwhelming stream of experiences to weave coherent narratives with us as the protagonists. Our inner stories coalesce into what psychologist Dan McAdams calls our “narrative identities”, and we increasingly pay attention to data that confirm those stories, imaginatively filling in the gaps to maintain their coherence. As Jonathan Gottschall, author of The Storytelling Animal, concludes: “The storytelling mind is a factory that churns out true stories when it can, but will manufacture lies when […]

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How To Stop Losing Your [email protected]#! and Become a Recovering Control Freak

Learning how to delegate and loosen your grip on control is key if you want to grow your business. November 27, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When it comes to your business, it’s hard not to be a control freak — after all, running the business and the business’ success comes down to the decisions you make. In fact, relinquishing control is consistently considered one of the hardest challenges for entrepreneurs. However, the stress from the need to control can make it impossible for an entrepreneur to think straight, make creative decisions, or find mental wellness in their day-to-day.  Controlling business owners also struggle with delegating tasks to other team members, meaning there’s more on their plate than necessary. And usually, being a control freak and perfectionism go hand in hand. At a certain point, the perfectionism needs to be compromised so you can get your work […]

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5 Last-Minute Ideas for a Successful Small Business Saturday

It’s not too late to make this Small Business Saturday a success for your business. November 27, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday that celebrates small businesses and it happens every year on the last Saturday of November. This big shopping day is a great way to promote your small business because unlike other popular shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you don’t have to compete with the big guys.  So, it’s important that you take advantage of Small Business Saturday this year if you want to attract more shoppers to your business and generate more sales. But, how can you stand out on Small Business Saturday and grab the attention of shoppers? Check out these 5 ideas for a successful Small Business Saturday.  1. Put up signage If you want to have a […]

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What Are SMART Goals and How Can You Set and Achieve Them?

These five steps will help you determine the attainable goals that will have the biggest impact on your company. November 25, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Chances are, you’ve come across the phrase “SMART goals” before while reading entrepreneurial content on the web. Search Google for “smart goals business” and you’ll get over 260 million results. The topic is of significant interest to a lot of people, judging from the sheer volume of relevant content on the subject. But what exactly are SMART goals to begin with? What does that acronym stand for and should you be setting them for yourself and your business? What makes a goal SMART?  The concept of SMART goals first turned up in an article by George T. Doran in the November 1981 issue of Management Review. Since that introduction, many business management experts have formulated the “SMART” acronym in various ways. Here’s how Doran framed it […]

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5 Secrets for Maintaining a Successful Business (and Marriage)

How this married couple built a thriving business and stayed sane in the process. November 24, 2019 6 min read Bryan and Shannon Miles have been married since 1997, and in full-time business together since 2010. In 2017, they reorganized their five companies into one, BELAY, which provides virtual support to businesses and has generated just under $100-million in revenue since its inception.  The couple shared their insights via email about what they’ve learned it takes to build a company and a marriage that is happy and healthy. 1. Establish a long-term vision for life, not just your company For many executives, especially those just starting out, a long-term vision might extend 5 or 10 years down the road and be specific to the business. If you’re running a company with your spouse, you’re going to want to “zoom out” further than that. Our 30-40 year vision for our lives long outlives BELAY. It incorporates our plans […]

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How to Be an Entrepreneur and Have a Life!

Entrepreneurs are crazy busy, but pursuing your dream doesn’t have to mean ditching your friends and loved ones. November 18, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When you’re starting, scaling, or simply running a business, it seldom feels like there are enough hours in a day. As a result, entrepreneurs quickly learn to adapt by sacrificing parts of their lives… and their social lives are often the first to go.  But, what are the costs of consistently abandoning a Friday night out with friends in favor of your work? It may seem like a smart time investment at the moment, but it may be harmful to your mental well being. A study from DePaul University found that the happiest people are those with strong social ties who engage in social events frequently.  Related: 50 Habits That Prove You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur And nope, it doesn’t […]

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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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