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This CEO was a millionaire at 22, went nearly bankrupt, and now runs a $100 million business

Tomas Gorny's life is a true rags-to-riches story that should serve as an inspiration for any budding entrepreneur.<p>He arrived in the US from Poland in the '90s when he was only 20. Barely speaking any English, Gorny had to work part-time valet-parking and carpet-cleaning jobs during his first …

How This Entrepreneur Turned his Bar Mitzvah Dough Into a $30 Million Company

You don't need a ton of resources to build a great company. But you do need to know how to communicate.<p>Less than two years out of University of Virginia and working for a Silicon Valley investment bank, Jared Shusterman returned back to his home in Miami. No mortgage, family or real …

The 3 Best Ways to Grow Your Business Overnight

Startup success boils down to these 3 factors.<p>Growing your company can be tough.<p>A major reason why some entrepreneurs fail isn't their inability to employ the right strategies - it's their distraction from having so many elements of their business to focus on.<p>If a company can focus on just the most …

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9 signs you'll never be rich

Contrary to popular belief, "everyone has the same opportunity to acquire wealth," says self-made millionaire Steve Siebold.<p>Is wealth in the cards …

12 Must-Read Book Recommendations From Millionaire Entrepreneurs

Most successful people have mentors and coaches. Every successful person has a favorite books list. These millionaire entrepreneurs say their favorite books have had a significant impact on their success, and they have shared their must-read lists with me. Enjoy!<p>Karen Hough, founder and CEO, …

Entrepreneurship

12 Famous Scientists On The Possibility Of God

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the Mysterious."<p>When President Barack Obama nominated the Christian geneticist Francis Collins to head the National Institutes of Health in 2009, some American scientists questioned whether someone who professed a strong belief in God was qualified to …

8 Attributes of Very Successful Business Owners

<i>This piece was originally published on Entrepreneur.</i><p>Passion, motivation, persistence and a little bit of luck all play a part in separating the …

25 books that every entrepreneur should read

We spoke with wildly successful entrepreneurs and VCs like Mark Cuban and Peter Thiel and pored over years of interviews with star founders to find the books that every aspiring entrepreneur should read.<p>Here are their top recommendations.<p><i>Bianca Male, Aimee Groth, Richard Feloni, Natalie Walters,</i> …

Peter Thiel

5 Apps That Can Help Executives Strike Work-Life Balance

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>“There’s an app for that?!”<p>I don’t know how many times I have heard that, and surely, you must have heard it too.<p>There’s an app for almost everything these days -- from note-taking apps that resemble traditional paper notes to …

15 Things You Should Know Before Starting a Business

Starting a business is exciting—and scary.<p>I’ve started more businesses than I’d care to admit. In my experience, it’s a bit like driving through a …

Successful Fitness Entrepreneur Shares Her 5 Secrets for Achieving Massive Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you think of Chalene Johnson, you probably envision gym mats and barbells. After all, she has sold more than 10 million fitness DVDs and even holds a Guinness Book of World Records title for most fitness videos. However, Johnson is …

Entrepreneurship

UPDATE: Brazilian Judge Shuts Down WhatsApp And Brazil’s Congress Wants To Shut Down The Social Web Next

Julie Ruvolo Contributor<p>Julie Ruvolo, a former writer for TechCrunch, is the head of editorial content for the Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Global tech firms and investors are reshaping Latin America’s startup environment<br>• Why have some …

Weekly Travel Deals: New Orleans, the Bahamas, and 55 Percent Off a Trip to New Zealand

New Orleans<p>Get 35 percent off from Loews New Orleans Hotel, with 285 recently renovated rooms (and a fabulous Creole restaurant) set three blocks …

A star Silicon Valley entrepreneur explains how bitcoin is going to change the world

"[There's] more people in the world who need a currency they can trust than the opposite," Casares told Dan Morehead, the ex-head of macro trading at Tiger Management, in a new interview on RealVision Television, a subscription financial news service.<p>Those instances are what ultimately led him to …

Forget Wi-Fi: You may soon access the internet via ordinary light bulbs

Light-speed internet may be upon us. A technology called “Li-Fi” uses light waves from ordinary LED light bulbs to deliver internet connectivity that that is cheaper, more secure and 100 times faster that broadband internet.<p>Velmini—a tech company in Tallinn, Estonia—is the first to test visible …

Meet the entrepreneur who is helping the world learn a new language

When Bill Gates confesses to regretting never having learned a foreign language, you can’t help but wonder what exactly makes mastering a foreign …

Language Learning

25 roads that everyone should drive in their lifetime

Some provide incredible views and others are works of art in their own right.<p>From an oceanside cruise in Hawaii to treacherous hairpin turns in the Swiss Alps, these roads prove that sometimes the journey is much more captivating than the destination.<p><i>An earlier version of this post was written by</i> …

5 Spectacular US Landscapes You Have to See to Believe

One of the most scenic areas in the United States sits smack dab in the middle of South Dakota. Set on 244,000 acres, Badlands National Park boasts a dynamic landscape that includes sharp cliffs, deep gorges and all the rugged beauty you can handle.<p>Dhinal Chheda / Flickr<p>If you're ready for a change …

National Parks

Introducing the YourStory Changemaker Story Canvas, a free visualisation tool for startup founders and social entrepreneurs

This is the Era of the Entrepreneur, and the startup movement is spreading around the world as never before, with changemakers embracing for-profit, …

This Startup Takes Your Old Clothes And Makes Completely New Thread From Them

Seattle startup Evrnu offers an alternative: recycling that takes old clothing and creates completely new yarn for new clothing. Its process uses …

12 apps to get your startup off the ground

There are thousands of apps geared toward businesses and startups, but only a handful you should care about<p>For startups, it’s a tough road to success: about 50% of small businesses fail in the first five years, and tech startups fail at a rate that’s estimated to be as high as 90%. But, for hopeful …

Austin, Texas: The Ultimate Quirky Family Travel Destination

I once asked an Austinite "what's trendy in Austin right now" and immediately got "the look." Austin is too cool to care about trends, and the more unique style you have, the better.<p>The "Keep Austin Weird" slogan seen displayed prominently all around town was launched in an effort to promote quirky …

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10 Essential Family Travel Hacks

You can't take a 2-year-old sightseeing all day, let him skip his nap, and then expect him to behave in a fancy restaurant.<p>Having kids definitely slowed my husband and me down. When you've got a 3-year-old and a 6-month-old, it's can be hard to get to the grocery store--forget horseback riding in …

Family Travel

A CEO says this is one quality entrepreneurs need to be successful

In a recent interview with Stanford's Graduate School of Business, the founder of the gift company explained how he's "been wired for entrepreneurship" since he was a kid.<p>In the entrepreneurial world, "hustle" goes by many names — grit, perseverance, determination, work ethic — but they all mean …

5 Lessons From Commercial-Real-Estate Financing for Entrepreneurs Seeking Funding

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether tapping traditional funding sources or conducting online crowdfunding rounds, founders face a huge challenge when raising capital. Even highly active growth investors are hard to reach and harder to close.<p>Since startup investors …