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Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber, perhaps one of the most famous teenagers turned millionaire entrepreneurs, branched out from his pop star status to the tech field, holding a stake in a handful of companies as a venture capital investor. Last year FORBES measured his two years earnings at about $108 million.

Entrepreneurship

4 Motivating TED Talks to Help You Bounce Back From Failure

We’ve all heard the preachy platitude “Failure isn’t an option.” And, generally speaking, it’s not. At least not an option most would purposely choose. But failing is inevitable. Everyone eats humble pie in some way at some point, especially in the cutthroat startup race, where half of all of all …

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: A Guide for the Terrified

No one likes to move beyond his or her comfort zone, but that’s really where the magic happens. It’s where we can grow, learn, and develop in a way that expands our horizons beyond what we thought was possible.<p>Also, it’s terrifying.<p>For me, operating beyond my comfort zone was participating in …

How You're Killing Your Own Creativity (Infographic)

You can’t always wait for inspiration to strike. But sometimes the secret is in your approach to new ideas and solutions so you don’t close yourself off from the great ideas you might have overlooked. To perfect your approach, check out this exclusive infographic from Entrepreneur.com. It will help …

Infographics

6 Ways to Ditch Procrastination for Good

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Maybe you <i>think</i> you do your best work under a looming deadline, but that's likely not the case -- it's probably just when you finally kick things into gear. Did you know the average American only works three days a week? However, you can …

12 Life Lessons for Entrepreneurs Who Want to Do It Right

By: Susanna Halonen | Growth<p>This week I wanted to write a post for entrepreneurs to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week – whoop whoop! As an …

The Three Types of Entrepreneurs -- Which One Are You?

Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes. Which of these three entrepreneurial sizes fits you best?<p>There are three types of entrepreneurs--Misfits, Celebrities and Naivetes.<p><b>Misfits cannot work for any company.</b> Fundamentally not hire-able. They're smart, opinionated, no-BS, adament, sometimes …

What 6-Year-Olds Can Teach Us About Getting Promoted

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>LinkedIn Influencer, Kathleen Murphy, published this post originally on LinkedIn.</i><p>On what I assumed was going to be a pretty standard day at the office, I ended up learning a valuable life lesson about the power of self-confidence and …

Can’t Find a Dream Job? Create Your Own

I was once unemployed, and I know the debilitating depression and the feelings of frustration and helplessness that can come with that. I’ve been …

Employment

5 Characteristics Successful Entrepreneurs Have in Common

Nobody is born a perfect entrepreneur, but some have more of these traits than others.<p>Knowing the most common characteristics of successful entrepreneurs is a good place to start in order to better your own business chops. The good news? If you don't have these traits, you can develop them over …

The Most Successful Entrepreneurs Have These 5 Traits

Truly successful entrepreneurs are survivors. They have failed but still keep moving forward. It takes not only passion, but also knowledge of self.<p>Have you wondered what separates entrepreneurs from everyone else? Is it a Type-A personality? Is it being a visionary? Is it being an inspirational …

6 Things That Change When You Become an Entrepreneur

<i>Be prepared for major changes to your lifestyle and psyche when you transition from an employee to an entrepreneur.</i><p>Many people get excited about entrepreneurship because the notion of "working for yourself" or "being your own boss" is appealing. While in principle this notion is sound, it implies …

Entrepreneurship

8 Books Every New Entrepreneur Should Read

In this, perhaps, Golden Age of technology entrepreneurship, Peter Thiel can rest assured he will find an eager audience for his new book, <i>ZERO TO ONE: Notes on startups, Or How to Build the Future</i> (apparently he couldn’t decide).<p>Thiel, who turns 47 next month, was a co-founder of PayPal, and a …

3 Tips for Starting Your Own Business at Any Age

Leaving your career to start a new venture can be daunting at any age. However, later in life might actually be the perfect time to leap and watch the net appear. Remember that scene from <i>Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade</i> when he had to take a leap of faith by crossing a huge abyss and the path …

5 Skills You Must Acquire Before You Can Lead

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I often help others find ways to "level up" in their lives and start moving toward their passions. One surefire way that I've found to increase anyone's forward momentum is developing the individual's leadership potential.<p>But it takes …

Write a Winning Business Plan With These 8 Key Elements

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For everything in life, you need a plan, right?<p>The same can be said for business. Every business, whether a startup or a full-fledged, profitable organization, needs a business plan. To know where you are going, you have to know where you …

3 Great Books By and For Female Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Now is probably the right time to point out that I’m not a female entrepreneur. However, I have read countless books on entrepreneurship and smart business leadership. That has led me to sample and read many very good books, including …

Nobelist Muhammad Yunus: Be A Go-Getter, Not A Job Getter

Muhammad Yunus, the founding father of "microcredit" and the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, is in New York City this week to take part in the annual Clinton Global Initiative meetings.<p>Yunus, a Bangladeshi and founder of the Grameen Bank, which makes loans to people too poor to offer collateral in …

Richard Branson's top 10 tips for succeeding at business

<i>This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at</i> <i>Entrepreneur.com</i><i>.</i><p>By Richard Branson, Entrepreneur.com<p>I’m …

10 Things Every Serious Entrepreneur Knows That You Don’t

Aspiring Entrepreneurs are popping up everywhere in hopes of following in the footsteps of the cashed up risk takers and uber successful they look up …

Real Business Ethics and Meaningful Entrepreneurship

Money is a natural byproduct of creating something good.<p>How do you become a moral businessman, eh? Are you ethical? How do you learn to be ethical? How do meaning and profit intersect? Is business ethics really just an oxymoron, like " jumbo shrimp."?<p>I must say I find myself most distrustful on the …

Five nighttime routines of successful entrepreneurs

The fascination with entrepreneurial productivity is endless – just look at the waves of books published each year to the ongoing obsession with finding ways to wake up earlier each day. But it's not just optimizing your morning routine or the approach to structuring your work day that's important. …

Entrepreneurs Are Starting Out Younger Than Ever: Here’s Why

Many people dream of becoming an entrepreneur, but few have the foresight and fortitude to make those dreams a reality. It’s not easy to leave behind a stable job with a regular paycheck for the uncertainty of running your own business. But this hasn’t stopped many young entrepreneurs, who often …

3 Things Holding You Back From Getting Started

Sometimes the hardest part of your venture is the simple act of getting yourself going.<p>Ideas are a dime a dozen. It doesn't matter if you have the best idea in the world for a business or any other endeavor, if you can't turn it into a reality. The only thing that really matters for any project or …

The 3 Lists Every Entrepreneur Must Make

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Starting a company is like a dream come true: no one telling you when to go into the office, you can pick and choose meetings and there's unlimited vacation. Sigh -- the life of an entrepreneur. So flexible, so fabulous. If only it was …

The 10 Thinking Errors That Will Hold You Back In Life

As we go about our daily routines, our internal monologue narrates our experience. Our self-talk is largely influenced by our underlying assumptions and beliefs and sometimes, our conscious thoughts aren’t necessarily accurate.<p>Our thoughts greatly influence the way we feel and the way we behave. …

How To Tell In 10 Minutes If You're Ready For The Success You Want

When most people talk about “success,” they’re often referring to outer things like money, title, and promotions. But in reality, these outer accomplishments almost never bring a lasting sense of happiness or success. They’re fleeting, and the goalposts are constantly shifting.<p>Instead, real success …

5 Memory Strategies For Learning Anything Fast

Developmental psychologists and cognitive scientists have found range of factors that help do just that — and some of them are pretty weird.<p>Here are a few.<p>We usually think of reading as a totally visual exercise; after all, it's just your eyes scanning the page, right?<p>Not quite. Turns out that we …

Washington University

7 Easy Steps for Encouraging Employees to Take Initiative

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Taking initiative is essentially assuming the risk of a possible failure. When doing so, you put yourself out there and things don’t always go as planned. But the alternative is choosing to be inactive.<p>If you're a leader, it's vital that …

Leadership

9 Ways Leaders Insult Their Employees

Many leaders lack executive presence and the basic fundamentals to effectively communicate with and manage people. Holding a fancy title doesn’t give a leader permission to disrespect and antagonize their employees. Today’s leader must be emotionally intelligent enough to know when they are …