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22 Books to Help You Get Ahead in Business and Life

If you're the kind of person perpetually on a mission to improve yourself, a good book can provide stellar inspiration and guidance.<p>If you're the kind of person perpetually on a mission to improve yourself, a good book can provide stellar inspiration and guidance. Here are top picks from nearly two …

Self-improvement

Psychology Says This Is the Top Contributor to Happiness (It's Not What You Think)

The biggest contributor to happiness might surprise you--and here's how to foster it.<p>According to a report by <i>The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology</i>, the No. 1 contributor to happiness in life is not money, popularity, good looks, or even a good sex life (too many...jokes...can't …

Employee Engagement

6 Tools to Turbocharge Your Content Marketing in 2017

Buffer. Almighty. Press. SumoMe. Why not use them all together in one turbocharged work flow?<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A fresh year presents the perfect opportunity for your brand to recap its 2016 content marketing performance: You may want to examine …

Marketing

Why Knowledge, Not Money, Is What You Really Need to Bring an Idea to Market

Without the right insight, you can waste all the money in the world trying to turn an idea into a viable product.<p>If you want to bring your idea for a new product to market, what do you <i>really</i> need? Knowledge--not merely capital. So many entrepreneurs think, "If only I had the money!" That if they …

inventors

9 Signs You're Successful--Even If It Doesn't Feel Like It

If you're ambitious, you're bound to feel like a failure from time to time. Lofty goals lead to inevitable moments when you aren't yet living up to your expectations.<p>We live in a world that reinforces this feeling. Though most people won't admit it--other than the guy with the <i>'He who dies with the</i> …

Does Your Bio Tell a Story From the Heart?

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A considerable part of your brand is expressed in your bio, or on the <i>About</i> page of your web site.<p>Does your bio tell a story? Or does it read like a resume?<p>Take some risks and put your heart out there when writing your bio.<p><b>Your</b> …

Entrepreneurship

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Developing an App

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s an incredible number of people who’re jumping ship (meaning existing jobs) into unfamiliar waters (appreneurship) for various reasons, but realizing too soon that the pretty picture is only pretty from a distance.<p>When …

Marketing

Top Success Lessons From The Best Personal Development Gurus

Are you challenged at work? Do you regret career decisions? Are you happy? If the answer to the questions leads to a negative feeling, it is time to …

5 Battle-Tested Dale Carnegie Quotes That All Entrepreneurs Need to Remember

Embrace these Carnegie quotes as a part of your daily entrepreneurial mantra.<p>Dale Carnegie's business philosophies have always had a seat at our family's dinner table and my two sisters and I were required to read the famous book <i>How to Win Friends and Influence People</i> (thanks, dad). Selling over 30 …

Self-improvement

Top 10 Mental Tricks to Think Like a Billionaire

If you want to be the founder of a billion-dollar empire, study these mental tricks.<p>Peter Voogd is author of the 27-time international best-selling book <i>6 Months to 6 Figures</i>, creator of the wildly successful 'The Young Entrepreneur Lifestyle' podcast, and founder of the prestigious Game Changers …

Billionaires

8 critical things successful people do before 8 a.m.

Starbucks continues to grow relentlessly, with CEO Howard Schultz just announcing plans to open 500 new stores a year over the next five years.<p>Much of this growth will happen in China, where Schulz is undeterred by the recent economic slowdown.<p>While many factors contribute to Starbucks' immunity to …

Why Your Sales Team Really Should Invest Time in Content Marketing [Infographic]

Sales and marketing alignment is a key element for a company’s growth, yet it is one of the most common challenges.<p>Bridging the gap between the two …

In 5 years of studying rich people, I found they use a daily tool that never occurs to most of us

The best to-do lists incorporate daily activities that help move you forward in life towards accomplishing your goals.<p>But to-do lists alone will not make you a success. While it's important to get things done, it's equally important to avoid doing things that wash out all of the benefits of a to-do …

3 ways you're working out wrong

There were two lat-pulldown stations positioned next to each other in this gym I belonged to many years ago. On one of them was an older woman who was lifting, if memory serves, 10 pounds. I can only assume that she misread the name of the exercise and thought it was a lap pulldown, because that’s …

10 Tips to Help Entrepreneurs Get Motivated

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Often, when entrepreneurs make the bold leap from employee of a corporation to leader of their own business, one of the first challenges they face is no longer having a person or group of people above them to set goals, …

Motivation

Warren Buffett says these are the 6 most important things you should do with your money

Do you want to be smarter with your money and better at building wealth next year than you were this year? There's no one better to turn to for advice than Warren Buffett. The Oracle of Omaha has built his own personal fortune to more than $72 billion, making him the third richest person in the …

Investing

15 Surprising Things Productive People Do Differently

I recently interviewed over 200 ultra-productive people including seven billionaires, 13 Olympians, 20 straight-A students and over 200 successful entrepreneurs. I asked a simple, open-ended question, “What is your number one secret to productivity?” After analyzing all of their responses, I coded …

Time Management

If You're Too Busy for These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off-Course Than You Think

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off-course <i>90 percent</i> of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the intended time.<p>The reason for this phenomenon is quite simple --  through air traffic control and the inertial guidance system, pilots are constantly …

The One Poisonous Thing That Really Prevents Success

It's easy to get caught up in thinking that you have a million things to do before you can even start. This is wrong. Flat out wrong. Dead wrong.<p><i>What are some things that hold people back from being successful? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions</i> …

Motivation

12 Self-Awareness Exercises That Fuel Success

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>An African proverb says, “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside can do you no harm.”<p>Self-awareness is one of the most important skills for success. How you behave and respond to external situations is governed by …

Self-awareness

Do These 50 Things Regularly and You'll Become a Better Entrepreneur

Guest Writer<p>Founder and CEO, AudienceBloom<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You can't "major" in entrepreneurship, and even if you could, you'd find it virtually impossible to learn to be an influential entrepreneur on your own.<p>Instead, the best lessons come from …

Entrepreneurship

3 Reasons Warren Buffett Says You Should Never Retire

At 85, the Oracle of Omaha plans to keep on going. Maybe you should, too.<p>Are you counting the days, or weeks, or years, till you can retire and quit your fast-paced life and relax on your back porch? Warren Buffett thinks you should stop counting. At a sprightly 85, the Oracle of Omaha has no plans …

Retirement

10 Hard Things You Need To Do For Success (While Many People Are Unaware)

Information overload is a creature that has been growing on the Internet’s back since its beginnings. The bigger the Internet gets, the more …

The 10 (and a Half) Commandments of Leadership

Do you have what it takes to become a great leader--the kind of leader who not only attracts people but actually makes things happen as well?<p>If you want to achieve your true potential and become the leader you are meant to be, you must start by being aware of who you are.<p>If you can become the …

Leadership

This 29-Year Old Tailor Is Relentlessly Working to Overhaul the Menswear Fashion Industry

7 min read<p>Vishaal Melwani sleeps four hours a night. It’s nothing new to him; when he was in high school, he would DJ at a club in Vegas from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. and then go to class. These days, Melwani, 29, is awake in the middle of the night talking to factories overseas. And sometimes he is just …

University of California

Avoiding Service Business Burnout (Top 5 Leverage Points)

Service businesses are one of the highest percentage category businesses to get stuck in the "Self Employment Trap". Learn the 5 top leverage points to break out of this trap and get your life back.<p>Over the years my company, Maui Mastermind, has coached thousands of service businesses, helping them …

Small Business

100-Plus Awesome Free Things for Salespeople and Marketers

More than 100 hundred free college courses, training videos, e-books, tools, and apps to help you market and sell more successfully.<p>One of Guy Kawasaki's "reality checks" for entrepreneurs is the question "What can we beg, borrow, or lease that we are buying?" However, as evidenced by Kawasaki's …

Project Management

The 3 Questions You Should Ask Every Customer

They key to closing big deals is asking the right questions.<p>One of the things that's interesting about selling is how different the process can be depending on your market. If you're selling straight to the consumer, the process is fairly straightforward. You need to get convince one person of the …

Selling