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7 Must-Read Motivational Books That Will Inspire You To Go Beyond Your Limits

Motivation is that push we all require to be successful. Though we are capable of accomplishing our goals, some things stop us from getting there. …

Elon Musk

After 30 Years of Pizza, This Franchisee 'Cleaned up' With a Very Different Concept

<i>Franchise Players is Entrepreneur’s Q&A interview column that puts the spotlight on franchisees. If you’re a franchisee with advice and tips to share, email franchiseplayers@entrepreneur.com.</i><p>John Mansour isn't afraid to start over. After immigrating to the United States at age 19 from his native …

Think You're Management Material? Answer These 10 Questions Honestly To Find Out

Everyone thinks they have what it takes to be in charge (just look at the 2016 presidential race!), but that’s far from the truth (again, look at the 2016 presidential race). Not every employee who aspires to become a manager is cut out for the role. If you’ve decided being a boss is the next …

Possessive

5 Ways To Respond When Someone Rejects Your Idea

Someone just took aim at your idea. Resist the urge to fire back, then do this instead.<p>You’re pitching that shiny new idea to your boss or a client. Maybe you’re sure they’ll like it, or maybe you know it’ll be a hard sell.<p>And then comes that first hint of an objection: a skeptical or dismissive …

The strange way I stick to my most difficult goal

Over the past four years, I've discovered many incredible ways to hack my habits and improve my life. I have taught myself to love running, dramatically improved my diet, and found the focus to write a bestselling book.<p>Understanding how the mind works and using it to affect my daily behaviors has …

Self-improvement

5 Things Not to Do When Running a Small Business

I’ve been a creative entrepreneur since 2005. My first design company was a partnership with my significant other. It was largely a freestyle …

6 Things Great Leaders Do Differently

Great leadership can be a difficult thing to pin down and understand. You know a great leader when you’re working for one, but even they can have a hard time articulating what it is that makes their leadership so effective.<p>It was recently rumored that Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz would run for …

Leadership
Crime

You've never seen anything like this new green energy innovation

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word, "windmill"?<p>Do you think of some Hansel and Gretel-type structure on a farm in the …

Design Philosophy is Critical in Driving Breakthrough Innovation

It is now abundantly clear that incremental innovation only keep the Sharks away long enough to come up for air and that it takes breakthrough innovation to swim out into the Blue Ocean, where opportunities are plentiful. Changing market and technology positions usually requires a renewal of the …

This 16-Year-Old Business Phenom Tells You How to Create Lifelong Brand-Loyal Consumers

Pay attention to what this teenager has to say about marketing to Millennials.<p>When a 16- year-old business tycoon reaches out to you on Twitter, you pay attention. I was instantly impressed with Connor Blakley, both when I chatted with him on the phone and when I recently met him in person.<p>At age …

What’s eating Silicon Valley

Like most people, I look up to and admire the heroes of Silicon Valley (the real ones, not the ones from the TV show). They’ve given rise to services (e.g., Google, Facebook, Uber, LinkedIn, Airbnb) that we use every day and make the world a better place. They’ve created value, wealth, and …

Silicon Valley

How These Entrepreneurs Bounced Back From Unfathomable Loss

Let the stories of these three franchise owners inspire you.<p>Writer and Author, Specializing in Business and Finance<p>This story appears in the January 2016 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Buying and running a successful franchise has many of the same demands as any other business. But the process …

Entrepreneurship

The 11-Point Checklist That Will Help You Decide If Your Startup Idea Is Actually Worth Pursuing

Use this list to gain the confidence you need to finally start a business in 2016.<p>Having too many ideas may be the norm for the majority of entrepreneurs, but it can also be overwhelming and lead to the inability to move forward. Too many choices can actually derail our success and leave us no …

Small Business

U.K. Parliament Will Debate Banning Donald Trump From the Country

The United Kingdom Parliament will debate banning GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump from the country later this month.<p>Ministers will consider …

Striving for Perfection Can Ruin Your Chances at Success

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

3 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Think Differently

Your mindset affects what you believe is possible, and that will dictate what actions you take in your life and business. Your thoughts will either help or hurt your business. The way you think is one of your most valuable assets as an entrepreneur. Successful entrepreneurs understand this better …

Four Ways Brands Can Make The Most Of Cultural Moments

Wieden+Kennedy New York group media director Karlo Cordova on the value of our increasingly rare moments of collective engagement.<p>Media fragmentation is accelerating. More devices, more platforms, more networks, and more content mean that there are fewer opportunities for brands to engage with an …

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