Xavier Johnson

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The Trick to Getting Millennials to View Your Content

This story originally appeared on Visual.ly<p>Millennials are an influential bunch.<p>One reason for this is that they are fast becoming a major demographic category – depending on who you ask, up to 24 percent of the population.<p>They’re also described as the first generation of “digital natives.” In …

Mainstream Media

7 Funny Quotes With Serious Leadership Lessons

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training was both the best and worst time of my life. It was awful in the sense of pain and suffering, but also a blast (pun intended) <i>because of</i> that pain and suffering. What made the six-month …

Leadership

5 Remarkable Things Happy Entrepreneurs Do

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are famously optimistic. They are endowed with a bias toward optimism, according to research by Penn State University. This tends to be doubly true for serial entrepreneurs, who look at each time at bat as an opportunity to …

Entrepreneurship

7 Proven Ways to Genuinely Connect With Your Employees

Communicating openly with your employees, recognizing them for good work, and giving them room to grow will vastly improve their engagement and your company's bottom line.<p>What kind of difference would it make for your company to get every one of your employees excited about solving problems, making …

7 Habits of Remarkably Happy People

Happiness is a state of mind. If you're willing to adopt a different approach to your actions, you can achieve it.<p>Want to be happier?<p>Great--but don't just <i>wish</i> for a greater sense of satisfaction, fulfillment, and joy. Do something about it. Take a different approach. Adopt a different mindset.<p>And …

Try These Surefire Brain Boosters When You Feel Fatigued

Is your mind feeling stale and sluggish? Here, Inc. columnists share their favorite ways to perk up the old noggin.<p>When I was young I never seemed to be aware of how tired my brain could feel. Maybe it was just youth, or maybe I wasn't really stretching it to the limit. These days, between writing …

5 Psychological Principles of High Converting Websites

This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics<p>You know the feeling when you pour your heart and soul into a promising new A/B test, only to have it flop like an entrepreneur’s first startup?<p>I certainly do.<p>Last year, I ran all product and brand marketing for an edutech company. For the first few …

UX Design

Fight Off the Summer Slump With These 3 Marketing Tips

This story originally appeared on Salesforce<p>The term “summer slump” presents a pressing problem for a lot of small businesses. It seems like there’s always a point during the summer when sales begin to dwindle, productivity winds down, and everything sort of grinds to a halt until fall. This can be …

Marketing

7 Entrepreneurs You Should Start Following Now

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Want some inspiration? Start following inspiring people. And when I say “follow,” I am not referring only to Twitter, although that is an excellent starting point. I mean follow as in study, investigate, hear, heed, sit at their feet and …

Entrepreneurship

5 Tricks To Motivate Yourself And Get Stuff Done

As I write this, I’m bleary from a delicious brunch and the afternoon sun warming up my office. There’s nothing I’d like more than to take a long, luxurious nap. But alas, there’s work to be done.<p>Can you relate?<p>We micropreneurs often have no one besides ourselves to hold us accountable. After all, …

4 Reasons Why Your Startup May Never Be Successful

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Starting a company is one of the hardest things you can ever do – and often the outcome isn't a billion-dollar exit or even a company deemed successful. The high failure rate that occurs in the startup world can be attributed to many …

Startups

6 Things All Successful Entrepreneurs Believe

Some entrepreneurs look at the world in a way that breeds success. Here's how they do it, and how you can, too.<p>Entrepreneurs have a different way of doing things.<p>It takes a special kind of person to be able to turn the spark of an idea in their minds into a full-fledged income-generating operation …

5 Simple Sales Lessons for Non-Salespeople

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Garrett Buhl Robinson is not your stereotypical salesperson. But he is one of the most effective salespeople I have ever come across.<p>Robinson is the author of three self-published books and, as any author will tell you, <i>writing</i> a book is …

Stereotypes

5 Ways the Super Rich Got Rich, and How You Can, Too

Conventional wisdom is often wrong. That's especially true where building wealth is concerned.<p>Many people hope to get rich. But if the only thing you care about is making money, no matter how much money you manage to make it will probably never be enough. Where happiness and fulfillment are …

7 Things Great Communicators Never Do

Is no one listening to what you have to say? Maybe you're guilty of one of these "seven deadly sins of speaking."<p>As a business owner, you should count your voice as one of the most powerful tools at your disposal. With nothing more complicated that your words, you can close sales, negotiate deals, …

Looking for a Great Business Idea? Try This

6 Reasons you NEVER want to begin your search with a great idea<p>Here's something fun and instructive to do on a rainy Saturday.<p>Go to the nearest closeout store--the one that buys up all the products (rugs, clothing, small appliances, and sporting goods) that other retailers weren't able to move--and …

The Top 5 Reasons Small Businesses Fail

The odds are daunting, but businesses can increase their chances substantially by avoiding these deadly sins.<p>Entrepreneurs are determined, bold, and competitive. Most of the time, they have the personal qualities they need to run a successful business. Then why is it that an astonishing eight out …

Small Business

Start Before You're Ready, Really

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ask anyone who's taken a dip in the entrepreneurial pool for some words of wisdom, and you’re likely to hear this piece of advice: Start before you’re ready.<p>If you’re coming from corporate America and have no experience of being your own …

Social Media

5 Warning Signs a Startup Is a Bad Investment

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A company that’s not growing is dying. This is an unpleasant reality that comes with the capitalist system, and it’s especially harsh for smaller or newer companies. Between concerns over debt, resource acquisition and client maintenance, …

Small Business

10 Apologies I Will Never Again Make as a Startup CEO

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>My unlikely journey of launching an ad-tech startup is almost a Dickensian <b></b>tale, with false starts, misfires and more disasters than most ventures can be expected to survive. It's been some 27 months now from initial inspiration to the …

San Francisco

The 7 Most Important Hires for Your Small Business

Almost all small businesses start out as one-man bands.<p>While one day a founder might be taking care of CFO responsibilities, like figuring out how to …

Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi: 'I Don't Think Women Can Have It All'

On the day she received word that Pepsi was slated to name her its president, Indra Nooyi left work early (about 10 p.m.) to go home and share the thrilling news with her family.<p>Her mother stopped her at the top of the stairs. “Let the news wait,” Nooyi remembers her saying. “Can you go out and get …

Indra Nooyi

6 things George Washington knew about running a startup

If you think about it, America’s first startup was, well, the United States of America. So it’s not surprising that the country’s first President, George Washington, knew a thing or two about how to make outlandish visions a reality — seeing as he was the founder of perhaps the most impressive …

Need to Discover New Business Ideas? Leave Work Behind

<i>John Joseph is the president and co-founder of</i> <i>DataGravity.</i><p>Technological advances have expanded work environments far beyond the confines of our office walls and into our personal lives. We now see people working in trains and planes and on their mobile phones and tablets.<p>The truth is that with the …

Why Public Speakers Need To Copy James Bond

I love Bond movies. I love their existential over-the-top silliness. I love that the UK is still the center of the universe in Bond movies. I love that one person can still save the world in them. I even love all the Bond actors and the slight variations they brought to the role, from the enormous …

These 7 Motivational Navy SEAL Sayings Will Kick Your Butt Into Gear

Asleep at your desk? Read this and get going.<p>Whether you are an entrepreneur, working in corporate America, or building a startup, it is imperative to continually seek new ways to stay inspired and driven. Being a self-starter is a fantastic quality, but we are all human and get distracted by the …

17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online?<p>Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>1. Digital Photography School —</b> Read through …

Productivity

5 Easy Tips for Visual Branding on Social Media

Over the past few years, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have introduced a series of design changes that have increased the ability to personalize the look of of account pages.<p>To help your brand from getting lost in the clutter, it’s important to stand out visually as …

6 Strategies For Transitioning From a Corporate Role to Startup Culture

Fed up with your job?<p>You're not alone. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.8 million Americans voluntarily quit their jobs …

Raising Money for Your Business? Consider These Tips.

<b>See Asheesh Advani speak at Entrepreneur’s Winning Strategies for Business Event June 19 in Chicago.</b><p>Bootstrapping a business takes more than just cash, it takes creativity. These tips from Asheesh Advani, the CEO of Covestor, can help you manage your finances at this critical stage for your company.<p>…

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