Manuel Villagomez

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Science shows that luck is a self-fulfilling prophecy

You’re so lucky! How do I know? Because, to name just a few factors, you’re literate, can access the internet, and have great taste (you’re reading this story, after all). And social scientists would advise against you arguing otherwise—because how lucky we feel influences our future fortunes.<p>That …

Psychology

La Trampa de Valor

No existen trampas de valor, solo análisis deficientes.<p>Una trampa de valor se produce cuando una empresa que parece buena y barata, luego resulta ser …

7 Brilliant Mental Tips To Prevent You From Overreacting In Any Situation

When something happens that gets your blood boiling, it's hard not to give in to your first instinct and react emotionally — but nothing feels worse …

Self-help

Never Worry About Cash Flow Again by Using These 5 Strategies

Negative cash flow is a sure sign your business is struggling.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the most important lessons I've learned as an entrepreneur is every business, regardless of industry, size or financial status, is dependent on cash. It doesn't matter …

Small Business

You've Listened to Your Gut, Now Answer These 4 Practical Questions About the Product You Think Is so Great

Trust but verify your instinct.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ninety percent of ideas don't make it to market, according to Mark Payne, author of <i>How to Kill a Unicorn</i>. We are often told to trust our instincts and follow our dreams. This, however, can lead to what …

London Business School

Jeff Bezos Says Any Good Business Opportunity Has These 4 Qualities

Dreamy business offerings all have huge potential.<p><b>Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said a "dreamy" business offering has at least four characteristics.</b>• <b><br>"Customers love it, it can grow to very large size, it has strong returns on capital, and it's durable in time," Bezos said in his 2014 letter to Amazon</b> …

Jeff Bezos

Innovation is About One Thing and One Thing Only

Many people are writing about innovation. Yet, the more I read, the more confusing the term becomes.<p>Some have said an innovation is an idea. Others …

Innovation

100 Questions Investors Will Ask Entrepreneurs Seeking Funding

Before you walk into an investor meeting or on stage to present your startup, you need to know the answers to the questions listed below.<p>Don’t expect to skate through only on the strength of your slide and a well-practiced speech. Investors want to know all the things you left out, and how you came …

Venture Capital

How to Keep Your Business Healthy in a World of Change Around You

Most entrepreneurs believe a stable business environment indicates success. In reality there is no such thing, and here is how to deal with it<p>In this era of rapid market and technological change, I know I have to challenge my small business advisory clients to keep innovating and stay ahead of the …

Innovation

What is a Digital Transformation and Why Should You Care?

I’ve been extremely lucky to have spent my entire adult life on the forefront of digital technology – and most of it was by complete accident (but, that will be a story for another day….)<p>My career has spanned IBM, the launch team of the Pentium at Intel, an early Amazonian (I led one of the teams …

Internet of Things

How to Control Your Emotions so Your Emotions Don't Control You

Sharpening your emotional regulation skills will make you mentally stronger.<p>Have you ever said something out of anger that you later regretted? Do you let fear talk you out of taking the risks that could really benefit you? If so, you're not alone.<p>Emotions are powerful. Your mood determines how you …

Self-help

7 Steps to Becoming a Thought Leader in Your Industry

When it comes to thought leadership, you can blow smoke or be the real deal. Doing it right takes work, but the payoff can be huge.<p>Thought leadership sometimes gets a reputation as just another buzzword. Honestly, when it's thrown around to describe anyone with more than a few thousand followers on …

Thought Leadership

Si quieres ser un CEO de éxito, encuentra estos cinco elementos

Los CEO's del siglo XXI, que operan en un contexto dinámico sin precedentes, hacen uso de recursos inimaginables en su día a día como tecnología …

How to Crush Your Next Presentation, According to a Mental Coach Who Trains Golf's Greatest Champions

These four tips will turn your anxiety into fuel for peak performance.<p>We all face pressure. For golfers it might be a three-foot putt to win the tournament, while for entrepreneurs it might be a presentation to win over a new client. Either way, the mental effects are the same--loss of confidence, …

Entrepreneurship

Four Strategies To Create More Referrals For Your Business

Every business owner wants to grow. At Spotlight Branding, we’ve grown our own business dramatically over the last seven years, and we’ve done it by helping our clients (primarily law firms) do the same. Over that time, though, I’ve noticed an interesting trend: As technology accelerates, more and …

Business Strategy

Reinvent the MBA for the 21st Century by Mastering the Ambiguity in Business

Ambiguity is, and has always been, the friend of the true entrepreneur. Embrace it -- and 'master' it.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The MBA, which in 2014 became the world’s most popular advanced degree, is seen throughout the world as a ticket to financial and …

Innovation

Use this Harvard Law checklist to prepare for any negotiation

When it comes to workplace conflict, many of us sabotage ourselves. Instead of preparing for difficult conversations—which requires dealing with uncomfortable emotions and complex strategies—we avoid the issue until we’re forced to confront it, face-to-face. Emotions like anger and fear then get …

Management

Steve Jobs Followed 7 Unbreakable Laws of Success That Apply to Any Business

Entrepreneurs should follow the Apple roadmap to set themselves apart.<p>When Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, the ABC News program <i>20/20</i> asked me to share some of the insights I gleaned from writing three books on Jobs and Apple. The seven rules I offered are still relevant today and helped to propel …

Apple Store

6 Steps to Make Your Strategic Plan Really Strategic

Why is it that when a group of managers gets together for a strategic planning session they often emerge with a document that’s devoid of “strategy”, and often not even a plan?<p>I have one such document in front of me as I write this. It starts with a “vision” statement, moves on to “strategic …

Management

5 Epic Product Fails and the Lessons They Can Teach Your Small Business

No matter how diligently you prepare when you launch a new product, you can never guarantee success. In my own area of product design, for instance, …

A professor explains why networking is a waste of time and what you should be doing instead

College freshmen are lectured about it on their first day of class. Young professionals race to one more boring party so they can be seen and shake …

Networking

The 6 Ways to Grow a Company

The term “innovation” is often associated with geniuses turning startups into gold mines — the next Google, Apple, or Amazon, with products no one even knew they needed. Private equity firms place hundreds of little bets on these startups, hoping one produces a windfall that covers the rest. These …

Innovation

Three Signals Your Industry Is About to Be Disrupted

Legacy companies are falling like dominoes to disruptors. Together, emerging technology and new business models have created new ways of serving …

Customers

Seven Technologies Remaking the World

by: Albert H. Segars<p>1<p>Introduction<p>Once upon a time, business leaders could leave technology to the technologists. But today, we are at the starting …

7 strategies to help you convert an idea into reality

But first, let’s address this harsh truth: <b>Your idea is probably not as good as you think.</b><p>This is not an insult to your intelligence. It is an …

DJ Khaled

4 Signs It's Time To Move On From Your Business - And How To Do It Properly

Entrepreneurs start businesses with every expectation of success. How can you be sure when to walk away?<p>One of the hardest decisions in an entrepreneur's life is knowing when to call it quits. While most people go into a business thinking about their measure of success, they don't fully define the …

Small Business

Why Failure Is Your Best Friend in Business

Success comes to those who fall first.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I want to let you in on a little secret. You've been conditioned to avoid failure by your family, your friends and society. Rather than embrace the chance to learn from your mistakes, you've been …

Entrepreneurship

Entrena tu mente: aprende a controlar tus pensamientos

Quién pone en marcha tus movimientos, quien define la técnica, quién te apoya en los momentos duros, quién elige, quién toma decisiones, quién …

Libérate de tu ego para ser un ser humano más pleno

Lograr ser <b>un ser humano más pleno</b> puede resultar muy complicado, ya que <b>hemos cargado nuestra vida con un ego incontrolable</b>, que al formar parte de …

How To Avoid The Number One Cause of Business Closure

Around the world, the top reason for closing a business is lack of profits, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. And turning a profit starts with generating enough revenue—the kind that keeps on flowing and consistenly covers your overhead.<p>For many one-person service businesses, …

Small Business