The Mental Game of Business

By Chris McNeil | Business Breakthrough Engineering with a focus on Marketing with NLP, Systems Thinking and other ways to tap into hidden potential

The Brutal Truth About Life That Will Set You Free

Embrace this truth and you'll live like never before.<p>One day, you will return to the source that created you. While this reality is an overwhelming concept, it is the secret power for many of the most successful people. Why? Accepting the reality that your life will end is the very reality that …

Self-improvement

5 Mindset Changes You Must Make When Going From Employee to Entrepreneur

As one prominent author wrote, "Entrepreneurs don't finish when we are tired. We finish when we are done."<p>Thousands of people dream of the day they can quit their jobs and escape the 9-to-5 life. In fact, Gallup found that 87 percent of the employees it surveyed worldwide did not see themselves as …

Entrepreneurship

Why Weird Experiences Boost Creativity

Creative people think differently. But why? There is no magic bullet or single pill. We all have the potential for creativity, but there are so many …

Creativity

AI can't replace the human mind says MRM Meteorite chief

When it comes to creating innovative ideas, MRM Meteorite’s chairwoman and chief creative officer, Nicky Bullard says that artificial intelligence …

Creativity

3 TED Talk Lessons Aspiring Entrepreneurs Should Watch

From dealing with failure to knowing how to price my services, I've found these gems worth a listen for running my business.<p>There are currently over 46,700,000 results on Google for “advice on entrepreneurship.”<p>Yes, it seems as though the internet has a lot to say about what you should do with your …

Entrepreneurship

The 3 Tools Every Expert Needs to Become a Thought Leader

You might have all the knowledge in the world, but it won't matter unless you have an outlet for that knowledge.<p>Every thought leader has three things: a book, a show and an email list. These three things all have different functions, which work together to create a holistic experience for an …

Entrepreneurship

Even Great Managers Tend To Make These 4 Innovation Mistakes

You need to treat innovation differently than operations<p>One of the things that startup guru Steve Blank likes to say is that no business plan survives first contact with a customer. What he means that every idea is wrong. Sometimes it's off by a little and sometimes it's off by a lot, but it's …

Innovation

You Need to Meet Your Challenges With Pathological Optimism at Every Turn

Seed&Spark founder and CEO Emily Best says you have to expand your idea of what is possible at every stage of the game.<p><i>In this series, Open Every Door,</i> Entrepreneur <i>staff writer Nina Zipkin shares her conversations with leaders about</i> <i>understanding what you have to offer, navigating the obstacles that</i> …

Startups

The Faster Your Brain Moves The More Time Off You Need

Science shows us that your brain can only focus for 90 to 120 minutes at a time.<p>If you just started working out you may be tempted to push your body to the limits. The problem isn't how hard your training. It's that you're still partaking in unhealthy habits, like poor diet and not getting enough …

Productivity

The Top 3 Things Exceptional Leaders Never Delegate

Here’s a confession: I used to be a control freak. In 1-800-GOT-JUNK?’s startup days, I had my hands in <i>everything</i>. Some tasks I was OK at; others I definitely should have left to the experts (budgeting, for example). But as the founder, I was scared to let go. It was only after a period of …

Leadership

This Millionaire Explains the 5 Skills You Must Master to Do and Sell More

"Self-Discipline Strategist" Rory Vaden explains how to make sure what you're doing today will pay off tomorrow.<p>Rory Vaden is known as the “Self-Discipline Strategist.” He teaches audiences around the world how to become a master of self-discipline, action, goal-setting and achievement.<p>As an …

Entrepreneurship

Scientists Find 'Happy' Jam That Boosts Creativity in Experiments

You've definitely heard this one before.<p>Chances are, if you work in an office, you don’t have Spotify on full blast. Same goes if you’re a student …

Creativity

How to Rediscover Your Inspiration at Work

When we’re inspired, our work hums. We have a sense of purpose, buoyed by the feeling that our talents are being put to good use. We’re doing what we <i>should</i> be doing. And then, just like that, inspiration evaporates. Perhaps a negative comment from your boss deflated you or you’re not excited about …

Harvard Business Review

14 Podcasts That Will Increase Your Business and Make You More Successful

Need some hacks to grow your business and make you more productive? Start here.<p>If you own or aspire to own a business, here's my new list of recommended podcasts for founders and entrepreneurs looking for wisdom on anything from internet marketing, productivity and motivation to virtual assistants, …

Seth Godin

Learning this psychological concept can help you 'get in the zone' at work

Performance expert and coauthor of "Peak Performance: Elevate your Game, Avoid Burnout and Thrive with the New Science of Success," Brad Stulberg explains how the psychological concept of "flow" can help you get in the zone at work. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>"Flow" is a term introduced</i> …

Creativity

Seth Godin | Thinking Backwards | CreativeMornings/NYC

Favorite quotes from this talk See all<p>“<p>Create an environment where it's not only safe to fail, but required to fail. — Seth Godin<p>“<p>It’s more important …

Seth Godin

The Importance of Stepping Up and Making a Difference

Instead of waiting for someone else to fix challenges for you, look within.<p>If you're waiting for a hero to come and fix things, listen up. This is something I need you to hear. We all need to hear it.<p>If you have been waiting for someone else to fix the challenges you (or the world) is facing, …

Success

Letter to my younger self: one day you'll have to take your hands off the wheel

Being an entrepreneur is not glamorous, says Timo Boldt, founder of Gousto. But you will develop and grow as your company does<p>Dear Timo,<p>Trust me when I say this: all you need right now, aged 26, is a crazy idea that you believe in and that others may one day believe in, too. Oh, and the guts to …

Entrepreneurship

Why Entrepreneurs Should Question Everything and Everyone, Even the Experts

Shireen Yates, the CEO and co-founder of Nima, attributes her startup's success to her willingness to push until she is satisfied.<p>So much of the work that goes into building relationships -- friends, mentors, business partners -- takes place around a dining table. Trying to make a first impression …

Entrepreneurship

21 Doodle Days

<b>Yes, I want to learn to Doodle in 21 Days.</b><p>Learn to doodle in 21 easy to follow lessons to teach you how to draw. From basic shapes to lines, patterns …

Teaching

Emotional Decluttering Is a Thing, So I Tried It — and You Should, Too

We've read our fair share of advice about how important it is to declutter your home and office. The more organised your space is, the more likely …

Emotions

Swiping Boredom Away May Be Killing Your Creativity (According to Science)

Why you need to embrace boredom to capture brilliant ideas and get deep work done<p>I was hosting a dinner the other night for neighbors, and the subject of boredom came up during our conversation. One of my guests, an engineer and an entrepreneur, mentioned he has trouble sleeping because he can't …

Creativity

Why You Need to Expect the Best, Plan for the Worst, and Learn to Love Chaos

You need to know what you don't know, but better yet, you should love what you don't know.<p>Best practices are best practices for a reason: They provide clear direction, clear guidelines, and clear steps to take. Best practices don't just ensure that the right things get done the right way; they also …

Entrepreneurship

Feeling Stuck? Here Are 15 Quotes on Creativity from the World's Most Inspirational Leaders.

To be successful, you've got to think outside the box.<p>To be successful as an entrepreneur, you’ve got to have a unique and different idea -- something that makes you stand out from the rest. Of course, discovering that one thing that makes you special is no easy task. That’s why you’ve got to be …

Success

Choose Your Mentors Wisely: 3 Traits to Look for in a Great Mentor

Having a good mentor can be helpful. Having a great mentor can change your life.<p>As an entrepreneur, you will consistently encounter new obstacles, both large and small. How you deal with them will either derail you from your path or push you forward. Mentors are invaluable assets to help you …

Entrepreneurship

Don't Let These 2 Myths Block Your Email Marketing Success

Your job is finding the people who want to hear from you.<p>For entrepreneurs who use email marketing, getting your messages into the inbox is critical. But some common misconceptions about email marketing reveal that the real challenge isn’t about getting in the inbox at all. The secret -- if you …

Digital Marketing

15 Habits That Will Totally Transform Your Productivity

From decluttering your desk to letting yourself complain, these 15 easy behavior changes can change how much you accomplish each day.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 Leadership stories of 2015. See the full list here.</i><p>People who manage to get a lot accomplished each day aren’t …

Productivity

Want to Run a Successful Business? Start by Investing in Personal Development

If you're in business long enough, you'll soon realize there's a connection between entrepreneurship and personal development.<p>If you're in business long enough, you will realize that entrepreneurship and personal development go hand in hand. For some, they start the business first and then get into …

Self-improvement

I've adopted a '2-hour rule' based on the habit that led Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche to brilliance — and it's had the highest ROI of anything I've done

Letting your mind wander can actually be very productive. Author not pictured. muratart/Shutterstock<p><b>Some of the most famous intellectuals and scientists spent time doing nothing but thinking.</b><p><b>The author decided to implement a two-hour rule: just thinking with no distractions for two hours a</b> …

Creativity