Michael Mclennan

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Writing Your First Book Is the First Big Step to Build Your Personal Brand

Get oriented to the task before putting pen to paper through self-assessment, audience targeting and relentless testing. Just like any other product.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you want to be a better leader, get paid more or grow your business, then you need to …

Writing

10 Hard Things to Start Doing for Yourself

In 1911, two explorers, Amundsen and Scott, embarked on a race against each other to become the first known human being to set foot upon the …

New York City

Maya Writing

The celebrated hieroglyphic writing system of the Maya was a sophisticated combination of pictographs directly representing objects and ideograms (or …

What Happens When You Take Full Responsibility of Your Life | Inc.com

Most people are too afraid to commit to anything because they already know they're going to break their commitment. This internal fear is the primary challenge, yet compounded by another, more external, challenge. Namely, that the systems of society <i>are set up to work against you.</i> Public education, …

Self-improvement

11 books the Army's top officer recommends to help understand World War II

September 1 marks the 78th anniversary of the start of World War II, when the Nazi Wehrmacht stormed into Poland.<p>France and Britain declared war on Germany two days later, and the conflagration would soon stretch to every corner of the world.<p>The scope and complexity of the war itself mirror the …

World History

Think You Have Nothing To Write About? Think Again

Bloggers and content writers face a common struggle.<p><i>“What do I write about today?”</i><p>I once faced the same struggle. It all changed when I began to …

Selling

10 things the greatest leaders all have in common

I’ve posted a lot about effective leaders. Looking back, what patterns do we see?<p>1. Know the power of feelings<p>Leaders who just focus on results don’t …

Leadership

Want to Run a Successful Business? Start by Investing in Personal Development | Inc.com

If you're in business long enough, you will realize that entrepreneurship and personal development go hand in hand. For some, they start the business first and then get into self-development. For others, like myself, self-development came first.<p>Regardless of how or when business and …

Self-improvement

How to Outline a Chapter

When you read a chapter in a textbook from beginning to end, it’s easy to get swept away in a sea of details and overlook the main ideas. If you’re …

Writing

Bernard MacLaverty: ‘Just try to write. You can do it better tomorrow’

The novelist on the privilege of working from home, the benefits of eavesdropping and why he and his grandson love to play ‘throwing writers at the radiator’<p>Sometimes I think I am very privileged. Setting my own hours. No traffic jams going to work. Just walk down the carpeted hall to the study. …

Creative Writing

5 essential tips to sell anything to anyone, according to a 'Shark Tank' Shark

Most people don't realize how important selling is — unless your paycheck depends on it!<p>Every time I mention selling, I always hear, "It's not for me", "You have to have knack for sales", or ;"I just can't do sales" — but this can't be farther from the truth.<p>Salespeople aren't the only ones selling …

Entrepreneurship

How to rebuild your life after a really bad decision

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>Have you ever made a decision so terrible and at such a crucial time in your life that it …

Middle Age

Reading Habits of the Most Successful Leaders That Can Change Your Life Too | Inc.com

Americans read fewer and fewer books each year. Last year, a survey by the National Endowment for the Arts found that only 43% of U.S. adults read any type of literature not required for work or school--a percentage that is a three-decade low.<p>Apparently these statistics don't apply to the busiest …

Success

10 Uncomfortable Things You Should Do if You Want to Be Happy and Successful

<b>10 Uncomfortable Things That Will Make You</b> Happy and Successful<p>“Growth and comfort do not coexist” — Ginni Rometty<p>Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the …

Self-improvement

How Do You End A Relationship Gracefully?

<i>How do you end a relationship gracefully? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from</i> …

If You're Really Committed To Personal Development, You'll Take This Uncomfortable Step | Inc.com

Think back on the times in your life when you've grown -- either personally or professionally -- the most. Often, the catalyst for that growth had to do with starting over. Whether it's by your own design or due to circumstances beyond your control, being new pushes you outside of your comfort …

Self-improvement

Three Reasons Why All Students Need to Fail

<b>While one four letter “f” expletive has earned a reputation as the mother of all bad words, another one tops the list for many students: FAIL.</b> …

Steven Spielberg

7 ways you're hurting your chances at building wealth, according to 2 self-made millionaires

Osborn is the operating partner of Keller Williams Realty and managing partner at private equity group Align Capital. Morris is the CEO of the second-largest Keller Williams franchise, located in Beverly Hills, California.<p>In their book, they outline how to build sustainable wealth — not the kind …

Self-improvement

The 5 Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself When at a Crossroads | Inc.com

A close colleague is wrestling with the fact that his business partnership is literally sucking the life out of him. He launched his company several years ago with a friend, with no real plan or path for growth, and now they have a highly profitable, $20 million dollar business.<p>The problem is, they …

Framing

To Get Paid What You're Worth, Master This 1 Thing | Inc.com

Over the years, I've consistently fielded the same question: How do I get paid what I'm worth?<p>It is a good question. It's one we should all ask more often.<p>How do I get paid what I'm worth?<p>It's No Secret: Master One Thing<p>It's actually pretty easy: Become a master at one thing.<p>No joke. Master one …

Customers

101 Awesome Zen Proverbs and Sayings to Live Your Life By

You can’t really put Zen into words, but you can share some of its timeless wisdom in ways that lead you on the path to discovering the truth for …

Want to Blow Up? Build Your Own Network.

There are 7 billion people on the planet. GrantCardoneTV is offering business solutions to all of them.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I used to have my own show, Turnaround King on National Geographic. While it’s great having a show on a network, I like to control what …

Entrepreneurship

12 Important Career Lessons Most People Learn Too Late in Life | Inc.com

If there's one thing we all have in common, it's that we all make mistakes along the way (and hopefully learn valuable lessons from them). But if you're smart, you'll learn as much as possible from the mistakes of others and spare yourself some of the grief.<p>Here are 12 important career lessons that …

Self-improvement

Why Most People Will Never Be Successful

“Success” isn’t just having lots of money. Many people with lots of money have horribly unhappy and radically imbalanced lives.<p>Success is continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and how you relate.<p>So why won’t most people be successful?<p>Why don’t most people evolve?<p>The more …

Self-improvement

65 Quotes That Will Motivate You to Reach Success | Inc.com

There's no such thing as failure, there's only feedback, and it's what we do with that feedback that will ultimately determine how successful we will be.<p>When we fail we have three options: We can choose to quit, which is the only real failure; we can choose to ignore the feedback and try again, but …

Motivation

A Quick Guide to Starting a Money-Generating Blog

Even with the rise of social media and other cutting-edge web 2.0 marketing platforms, blogging can still form the basis of a successful internet venture.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Even with the rise of social media and other cutting-edge web 2.0 marketing …

Marketing
Pulitzer Prize

5 Reasons Why Nobody Cares About Your Big Idea

A great idea poorly sold is called failure.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurship is about big ideas, but the problem that most entrepreneurs face is that there is always someone else around the corner with a bigger idea. The good news is that you don’t always …

Marketing

How To Learn In 2 Days What Normally Takes 6 Months

Research has found that having clarity about your goals is essential to having motivation to achieve those goals.<p>If you’re not clear on what you’re …

Motivation

10 Powerful Ways to Master Self-Discipline

Like everything else that brings progress, the greatest struggle is always with ourselves.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It may be hard to believe when you’re facing a hot-fudge sundae or the prospect of sleeping in versus hitting the gym, but studies show that people …

Self-improvement