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13 Harsh Reasons Why You Are Nowhere Near Success

Here are 13 harsh, yet truthful indicators as to why you are nowhere near success at this very point in time.<p>1 – You procrastinate<p>Actions speak …

Motivation

TOMS Founder: 'Focus on Your Passion. Nothing Else Matters.'

As founder and chief shoe giver at TOMS, a retail company with a mission of social entrepreneurship -- Blake Mycoskie launched his company eight years ago intent on giving back. The premise of TOMS was simple: For every purchased pair of shoes another pair would be donated to children in need in 60 …

This Is The First Question The Godfather of Silicon Valley, Ron Conway, Asks Before Making An Investment

Y Combinator's Sam Altman has been teaching a class called "How to Start a Startup" this fall at Stanford. The 20-session course has an amazing list of guest speakers, including early Facebook investor Peter Thiel, Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham, and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman (all lecture …

Silicon Valley

Want to Be a Better Leader? Listen to These Podcasts

These shows are a great source of advice and inspiration for anyone in business.

Malcolm Gladwell on Why You Shouldn't Hire for Talent | Inc.com

<i>New Yorker</i> staff writer and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell loves debunking myths.<p>One idea Gladwell has written extensively about is what he calls "the talent myth," which refers to the notion that the best way to build a business is to hire the most intellectually advanced people you can find.<p>…

Self-improvement

Defining Problems: The Most Important Business Skill You've Never Been Taught

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Albert Einstein once said, “If I were given one hour to save the planet, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute resolving it.” While that may sound extreme, it does highlight the importance of defining problems. It …

What I Wish I'd Known About Running a Startup

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>I knew building a startup would be hard. I knew it would be slow. I knew we had to do lots of customer development and build something people want.<p>But there were things I didn’t know.<p>A lot of the work is actually email<p>Someone asked me recently what a …

Leadership Lessons From Alexander the Great

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To prepare for my company's off-site meeting in Greece, I decided to reread one of my favorite books, <i>The Virtues of War</i>. It’s a historical novel told from Alexander the Great’s point of view.<p>Readers first meet Alexander when he was ruling …

Amazing Quotes to Inspire You Out of a Creative Rut

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It is entirely easy for entrepreneurs to get caught up in the rigorous daily grind of running a business and have her or his creative effectiveness greatly hindered. Add to this insecurity and fear of failure and you will land yourself in …

Multitasking Is a Myth. Harness the Power of Focus to Achieve Extraordinary Results.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you’re the CEO of your organization or the head of your department, you are the thought leader for your team. The way you think and believe and what you demonstrate can either lead to success or failure. If you’re like me, you …

How to Manage Your Mind for Success

Chris Reed, founder of soda company Reed's Inc., believes you should write down your dreams to make them a reality.

Success

11 Helpful Tools for Every Step of Building a Mobile App

4 min read<p>You cannot build a mobile app in isolation using just the native developer kit. Building an app requires that you have the right tools to deliver efficiently on every aspect of its life cycle.<p>Developing your first app can be a daunting experience, especially when you do not have enough …

Seth Godin on What Marketers Are Getting Wrong | Inc.com

Seth Godin, best-selling author and entrepreneur, is one of the most prominent names in marketing today. Godin has worked in the field for decades and his blog is one of the most trafficked on the Web. Last week, the marketing expert launched his second course on Skillshare, an online learning …

Marketing

8 Things Billionaires Can Teach Us About Growing a Business | Inc.com

These people are often quick to dish out advice, but the issue is that nobody actually listens. If you really want to build your business, take the advice to heart.<p>Success doesn't happen by chance. It takes hard work and a large dose of good luck. Here are eight of the best tips on building …

Entrepreneurship

Master These 4 Dimensions of Communication to Shape Your Company Culture

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For the entrepreneur, the art of communication is a key to inform, inspire and engage investors, employees and customers. Communication is where change begins. Culture is where movements are born.<p>When you focus solely on the how-to of …

10 Mind-Blowing Videos Every Entrepreneur Must Watch | Inc.com

When executed well, inspirational, educational, and motivational lectures and lessons are extremely powerful. Why? Because they express what we know, recognize, feel, believe, think, accept, imagine, hope, fear, desire, acknowledge, and/or have experienced as a life truth. They help us to …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

How To Exploit Your Network: Six Tips From LinkedIn Founder

Everyone is networking these days: going to conventions, building up LinkedIn contacts and the like. But now what? How can you actually get some value out of meeting Fred at that alumni event, or Jeannette at the sales conference? LinkedIn’s billionaire chairman and co-founder, Reid Hoffman, would …

10 Significant Things You Likely Didn’t Know About Social Media But Should

You probably won’t believe some of these facts about social media strategies, but the studies don’t lie (we hope). Test them yourself.<p>We love to make decisions and form strategies based on statistics. It’s why we A/B test and how we change directions on our social sharing.<p>Who doesn’t love a good …

Of Stupid Smartwatches And Gimmicks: Wearable Tech's Design Problem

“Smartwatches are stupid,” says Hartmut Esslinger, Apple’s first head of design and creator of the company’s Snow White design language. “Why would I put cheap electronics on my wrist as a symbol of (my) emotion?” Esslinger also calls Fitbit, the popular fitness tracker, a gimmick. “I know when I …

Money Is Not What Makes Successful Entrepreneurs Tick

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Fact: a <i>very</i> high percentage of startups fail. They might run out of money, and they might very well bankrupt their founders in the process. Despite the odds, more people are jumping onto the entrepreneurial bandwagon.<p>I have seen highly …

39 Actionable Ideas For Driving Traffic To Your Website

Lack of website traffic is one of the most common challenges I hear from business owners. Many report having lost a significant percentage of their search traffic over the past year or two, and are continuously looking for new ways to drive relevant traffic to their site.<p>This article is an attempt …

PayPal’s secret weapon: A Silicon Valley success story you’ve never heard of

Stan Chudnovsky might have a classic Silicon Valley story, but he’s anything but a typical tech exec.<p>Chudnovsky landed at San Francisco International from his home in Moscow in 1994 with $20 in his pocket.<p>Twenty years later, the affable and intensely intelligent Russian emigre finds himself …

'Privacy Will Be Something Only The Upscale Enjoy': 15 Predictions About Our Digital Future

The World Wide Web, birthed in a paper authored by Sir Tim Berners-Lee on March 12th, 1989, turns 25 today. After some gawky adolescent years, filled with fraud, lawlessness and technicolor gifs, it’s emerged as the defining force of today’s world. There are at least 2.4 billion people connected to …

Say Yes to Silicon Alley

Other cities can look to New York for ideas on how to develop a thriving start-up scene.

Startups

How to Start an Import/Export Business

From importing exotic fashions to exporting light fixtures, the international trade business will take you all over the world and into all product niches.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Editor's note: This article was excerpted from our Import/Export Business start-up</i> …

Can PayPal Beat Apple, Google, Amazon And Icahn In The Wallet Wars?

<b>PayPal is in the center of two battles: one for control of every transaction on the planet, the other for control of its own destiny.</b><p><b>The clogged roads</b> of San Jose teem with Priuses, which merely serve as earnest slalom gates for David Marcus to blow through in his black Porsche Panamera Turbo on a …

The Invention Machine: Cleveland Duo Churns Out Ideas Worth Billions

<i>John Nottingham and John Spirk are the most successful inventors you’ve never heard of, with a can’t-lose business model that would make Edison blush.</i><p>The closest thing in America to Thomas Edison’s New Jersey laboratory is a decommissioned Christian Science church in Cleveland. It’s here that John …

Is This the Future of Your Wallet? | Inc.com

On Demo Day at Y Combinator this summer, which is technically two days of presentations from graduating companies for potential investors and alumni, Kanishk Parashar didn't have the product his company was creating in hand. He just had an audacious, albeit slightly precarious, idea: Let me combine …

San Francisco

How Fitbit Survived As A Hardware Startup

From a spate of wearables startups to Google's recent $3 billion acquisition of thermostat and smoke alarm maker Nest, Silicon Valley has rediscovered the virtues of actually making stuff.<p>But it’s still not easy, least of all for consumer products. Fitbit, the pioneering maker of health and fitness …