5 Leadership Conferences You Can’t Afford to Miss in 2020

To become the sort of person you’d want to follow, you need to listen to others who’ve already made it there. December 5, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As 2020 nears, so do new opportunities to become a better entrepreneur. Although sales, marketing and HR are important, there’s one domain that unites the rest: leadership. Leadership is one of those things that can’t be learned in a book. To become the sort of person you’d want to follow, you need to listen to other leaders. Reflecting on their lessons and implementing those ideas in your own operations increases the chances of success — for both you and your teammates. The question: Where can you look to find leaders who inspire you? Leadership Conferences to Check Out While talented entrepreneurs can be found everywhere, leadership conferences let you gather ideas from dozens of them […]

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Seeking a Refreshed Look on Life? Consider One of These Thought-Provoking Books.

Get inspired for something new with one of these recommended reads. December 5, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Kate Volman recommends three books that will get you excited to read and rethink your approach to living.  Each of the books Volman recommends have a distinct message that can inspire and teach. For instance, Ryan Holiday’s book, Stillness Is the Key flows with great writing. It emphasizes the importance of taking time to step back from the urgency of a day-to-day schedule. Choosing stillness can lead to happiness and more workplace productivity.  The second book Volman recommends is Becoming Supernatural by Dr. Joe Dispenza. Lastly, in the Rhythm of Life, author Matthew Kelly offers a helpful roadmap for becoming your best self.  Click the video to hear more about each work. Related: 3 Preparation Habits That Can Help You Be More Productive Entrepreneur Network is a premium video […]

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What My First Appointment With a Psychiatrist Was Really Like

The road to mental wellness can be winding, but it is worth it. December 5, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I was in my mid-20s when I had my first major episode of situational depression. I’d had similar but less intense episodes throughout my life, times when I couldn’t get out of bed for days at a time, or would find myself crying uncontrollably for no apparent reason, or sabotaging close relationships over small, seemingly petty things. But this time, after calling out of work for three consecutive days, I finally realized that maybe I was facing something that was bigger than me.  I’ve always tried to take medicine only when I really need it. I think this stems from growing up with my doctor father, who literally overmedicated himself to death. So, if I have a headache, I’ll drink a ton of […]

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Elon Musk Said He Is Worth $20 Billion During 2nd Day of Testimony in ‘Pedo Guy’ Defamation Trial

The Tesla CEO took the witness stand in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday in a trial centered on public discourse on social media. December 5, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. LOS ANGELES — Tesla CEO Elon Musk was in court Wednesday for another round of questioning in his defamation trial. Musk said an insult he lobbed at a British diver on social media in 2018 “was very much an off-the-cuff response” to what he perceived to be a slight against him. That diver is Vernon Unsworth, who is suing Musk for calling him a “pedo guy” on Twitter after Unsworth took part in the 2018 rescue operation that freed 12 boys and a soccer coach who were trapped inside a cave in Thailand. “It’s an insult, like saying mother-effer doesn’t actually mean someone having sex with their mother,” Musk told jurors, at one point […]

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How Do You Build a Customer Base? Follow These Steps.

It starts by asking questions. And ends by asking more questions. December 5, 2019 4 min read This story appears in the December 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Q: I just launched a company, but I’m struggling to connect with my first customers. Help! — Lisa, Oklahoma City Before I started my businesses, I was a journalist. And rule number one when writing is this: Know your audience.  Many factors will determine how good a story is. Some variables are beyond your control, such as how forthcoming your subject will be, or what (maybe dumb) headline your editor will write. But the factor you can control is how much research you conduct, the questions you ask, and the follow-ups that help you find the information that really matters.  Related: What Work Should You Outsource? I used to joke that writing was a two-part job. First, you have to be a miner, […]

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What This Magician Can Teach You About Creativity, Drive, and Success

Finding success requires more than just a little magic. December 4, 2019 5 min read When I ask Justin Willman how he got started in magic, he tells me it all began at 12 years old after borrowing money from a bookie. When he didn’t pay it back on time, the guy broke both of his arms and sent him to the hospital.  One thing is for certain: Willman is an entertainer. The real story, it turns out, is slightly less dramatic. When he was 12, Willman attempted riding his bike while wearing roller blades. The bright idea did result in two broken arms. His doctor suggested he practice card tricks to help get the dexterity in his hands back. It worked, and by the time the casts were removed, the seed was planted and Willman knew he wanted to be a magician. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2002, […]

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How to Keep Your Top Talent From Heading Out the Door

Keep the good in by following three easy steps. December 4, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Talented employees are like wine — their value increases with age. Repeatedly losing them to other companies is a bad sign with all sorts of unpleasant implications. It may be that they’re simply ready to move on, but if you wait till they leave to discover the particulars, you’ve robbed yourself of two things. The first, obviously, is that you’ve lost a valuable team member. The second is that identifying the source of their unhappiness often means improving your company as a whole. It isn’t always easy to hear why a beloved employee has fallen out of love with their job, but burying your head in the sand will only ensure that their replacement eventually experiences the same disillusionment. That’s why I’ve identified three key steps to retaining […]

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9 Essential Elements of Effective Content Marketing

You can’t have one without the other … No, I’m not musing about love and marriage. I’m talking about content marketing and writing. The foundation of great content marketing is great writing — and if you want to write, you have to learn how to market your finished product. On Monday, Joe Pulizzi drove home that point as he shared 3 lessons he gained during his transition from content marketer to thriller novelist. On Tuesday, Sonia Simone outlined the 5 things every (great) marketing story needs. And on Wednesday, I suggested you try one daily writing practice that isn’t intended to make you a better writer. Instead, it can help you make substantial progress toward your professional creative goals. Are you a professional writer who wants better clients and more recognition? If one of those professional creative goals is to learn how your writing skills can make you a valuable […]

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Why Some Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs Could Exacerbate Mental Health Issues and Substance Abuse

And what to do about it. December 4, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneurs are go-getters. People who want to build a business, disrupt an industry or simply be their own bosses. The excitement of chasing the next big thing leads some people to become “serial entrepreneurs,” which researcher April J. Spivack and others are investigating as a possible behavioral addiction. In addition, a few traits of some successful entrepreneurs, such as risk-taking and obsessive-compulsive behaviors, are found to be indicative of someone potentially at risk of becoming addicted to substances as well as behaviors, according to the experts at American Addiction Centers. Entrepreneurship and Mental Health Dr. Hokemeyer, a clinical and consulting psychotherapist, spoke at the recent World Economic Forum about entrepreneurs and mental health. “Entrepreneurs are trained to ignore the qualitative needs of their well-being measured in meaningful and authentic relationships, overall life satisfaction and happiness,” […]

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How the Simplicity of ‘Millionaire Math’ Can Make Your Goals a Reality

Think in small steps, then earn big. December 4, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jeff Rose discusses how following a series of simple steps along with adopting a particular mindset can lead you to finally making a million dollars.  Start by applying some simple math: If you want to make a million dollars in one year, you will need to earn $83,333 each month, or $20,830 each week, or assuming a 40-hour work week, about $520 each hour. While you’re making this money, keep tabs on your overall timeline, and its fluctuations, in terms of how long it will take you to reach $1 million. To achieve a large goal, you must be willing to put in the work. Unfortunately for many people, since big goals can seem so far away and difficult to envision, it’s difficult to make a solid plan. But, by making a […]

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This Ring Doorbell Alternative Is Half the Price

Save big on the motion-activated RemoBell. December 4, 2019 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. You can’t put a price on peace of mind, but you can save money on security solutions. One of today’s most popular home security solutions is the Ring Doorbell, which streams a real-time view of your home’s front door so you always know what’s going on when you’re away. However, the Ring Doorbell can run up to $180, making it a fairly significant investment. If you want to see what’s going on at your front door while you’re away, but you’re not ready to shell that amount of money over, check out the RemoBell S Fast-Responding Smart Video Doorbell Camera video […]

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4 Reasons Why Social Proof Is Essential to Building Your Brand

From establishing credibility to creating consumer trust, demonstrating every interaction matters. December 4, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Brand awareness. Social clout. Online presence. Offline networking. Each one of these concepts has a place in entrepreneurship and points back to visibility, and visibility as an entrepreneur is golden. Being an entrepreneur requires you to have your hand on the pulse of your brand so that you can focus your attention where it’s needed the most. One mistake entrepreneurs make more often than not is that they allow the daily grind of working in their business to stop them from improving it. The lack of balance while building can sometimes act as a barrier to extend the reach needed to see an impact on the bottom line. The seesaw effect of building and balancing can be lessened when a social-proof strategy is implemented.   […]

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Grow Yourself — and Your Company — With These 4 New Year’s Resolutions

December 4, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growth comes in many shapes and sizes. To you, it might mean growing your team by bringing more developers on board, boosting revenue by overhauling your sales process or growing your interpersonal skills via emotional intelligence training. But there’s no need to choose between business and personal growth. These four New Year’s resolutions can help you grow in both directions. 1. Take a load off. With entrepreneurs like Grant Cardone claiming that you need to work 14-hour days to earn a million dollars, work-life balance can seem like a pipe dream. While overwork might help your business in the short term, it won’t benefit you or your company in the long run. Overwork can lead to burnout, health problems and team dysfunction. One of the best ways to lighten your load and strengthen your company in the process […]

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Learn the Newest Developments in Web Design and Development for Less Than $30

Beef up your resume with some major technical skills before 2019 ends. December 4, 2019 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Whether you want to pursue a full web development career or you’re working on launching a business and want to be a more technical CEO, learning the fundamentals of web design and development can be a huge boon to your career. Fortunately, the barriers of entry to the web development field are lower than ever. Case in point: You can get a comprehensive development education in The Ultimate 2020 Web Designer & Developer Bundle. This six-course, 99-hour training provides a comprehensive, beginner-friendly education that will help you build your own products or contribute more actively […]

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How the Official Coin Maker of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ Got Started

Tom Maringer has been a coin and stamp collector since age 9. December 4, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Tom Maringer honed his sword-making and metalworking skills for over 30 years, and one fateful day, he purchased an antique coin press that changed the course of his life. His first coin prototype led to an official license with George R. R. Martin … not a bad start. As orders started pouring in, his wife, Peggy, and son, Woody, joined in and officially making it a family business. Today, over 250,000 Shire Post Mint coins have been sold across the globe to fans and collectors.    Read_More Related posts: How Apple’s March 25 Announcement Looks a Lot Like ‘The Game of Thrones’ Did Starbucks Make a Cameo on ‘Game of Thrones’? Will the ‘Game of Thrones’ Heir Still Be a Winner When it Comes […]

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How Thomas Frank grew his YouTube channel to 1.6 million subscribers and 91 million views (FS356)

When Thomas Frank started blogging from his dorm room, he had no idea he would become one of YouTube’s biggest creators. In this conversation, Thomas shares how he got started, how he produces his channel, and what he’s done to grow his YouTube channel of productivity tips to 1.6 million subscribers and 91 million views. Listen to the episode: Subscribe to The Fizzle Show in your favorite podcast player: iTunes | Overcast | Pocket Casts | Stitcher | Spotify This episode is brought to you by Gusto. Gusto offers modern, easy payroll and benefits to small businesses across the country. Get three months free when you run your first payroll. https://gusto.com/fizzle Read_More Related posts: Profit vs. Revenue, Staying Relevant and Knowing What’s Working (FS353) The Best Advice This YouTube Expert Gives Creators to Get to 1 Million Views This Man Started His Own Content Company and Got 20 Million YouTube […]

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Gary Michelson’s Unconventional Path to Becoming a Billionaire

The medical innovator’s success didn’t come easy, but in this exclusive interview, he shares the values that got him there. December 4, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When we think of most billionaires, we imagine founders of software companies in Silicon Valley, hedge-fund mavens or even oil tycoons. Many of them are merely heirs to the billionaires who came before them. Whatever the case, it can be difficult to relate to them. Some of them are far smarter than we’ll ever be, while others are born into families we could never have. It makes you wonder whether it’s even possible to come from a modest background and become a billionaire if all you know is hard work and passion. Renowned medical innovator Gary Michelson is living proof that it is.  Recently, I had a chance to chat with Michelson, who was once a 17-year-old out on the streets with […]

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‘Grin and Bear It’ Is Wrong. Here’s What Great Leaders Understand About Emotional Intelligence.

December 4, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. “One of the things that I was told early on is that you should never let them see you sweat,” Ursula Burns once said in an interview. Burns, then-CEO of Xerox, was reflecting on leadership advice she had received over the years. She continued, “I remember hearing that and saying: ‘Oh, my God! I think that they have to see you sweat.’” When I first read that interview, I was a few years into launching JotForm and was still figuring out my leadership style. I had figured that the best leaders were stoic types — Teflon-strong with impenetrable poker faces. Burns’ words were kind of a revelation. Could emotions be a strength rather than a weakness? In times of stress — and in the startup world — those are far from uncommon. Should entrepreneurs share, rather than smother […]

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Convince Your Boss to Send You to MozCon 2020 (Plus Bonus Letter Template!)

It’s that time of year again. Professional development budgets are being distributed and you’re daydreaming of Roger hugs and fist bumps. Well, this is a call to arms! It’s time to get down to business and convince your boss that you HAVE to go to MozCon 2020. You’re already well acquainted with the benefits of MozCon. Maybe you’re a MozCon alumnus. You may have lurked the hashtag once or twice for inside tips and you’ve likely followed the work of some of the speakers for a while. But how are you going to relay that to your boss in a way that sells? Don’t worry, we’ve got a plan. (And if you want to skip ahead to the letter template, here it is!) Copy the template Step #1 – Gather evidence Alright, so just going in and saying “Rand Fishkin is brilliant and have you seen any of Britney Muller’s Whiteboard Fridays […]

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10 Affordable, Must-Have Accessories for the Entrepreneur on the Go

Work smarter, not harder with these products. December 4, 2019 5 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Presented by When you’re trying to get your dream business off the ground, you’re juggling an enormous to-do list and a loaded schedule. When you’re running from meeting to meeting and checking things off your list, it helps to have everything you need to get the job done on hand. Getting caught in traffic without a car charger while your phone drains towards 1% shouldn’t be an additional stressor in your life. You’ve got enough going on. These products can help you stay on task no matter how busy you get. AUKEY Wireless Charger Image credit: Amazon The Qi-certified AUKEY […]

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