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17 Inspirational TED Talks on Motivation (Infographic)

Need a boost? These TED talks will get you excited and inspired.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s no doubt that during your entrepreneurship journey your motivation will be put to the test. Whether it’s stress from family or finances, staying motivated can be …

Warren Buffett Once Told a 14-Year-Old Kid the Secret to Success in 1 Simple Sentence

At a Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting over a decade ago, Warren Buffett tells a 14-year-old kid a success lesson that was meant for all of us.<p>On May 1, 2004, Berkshire Hathaway held its annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, where nearly 20,000 people attended this annual ritual.<p>As reporter Jason …

Warren Buffett Says This 1 Simple Habit Separates Successful People From Everyone Else | Inc.com

Billionaire Warren Buffett, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, is 87 years old and still capturing the world's attention as the second richest person on the planet (as of this writing).<p>So, how has he done it? Actually, it's not so much about <i>what he has done</i> as it is <i>what he hasn't done</i>. …

Self-improvement

A three step method for improving like a boss

Clark Terry was one of the world’s best jazz trumpet players and educators (I guess he could DO as well as TEACH… who knew). He is also well known …

This Is How Entrepreneurs Can Dominate The Clock (But Most Don't) | Inc.com

Source: Stephen Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People<p>It helps to sort the 'To-do' list with precision and can assist substantially in time tracking. Therefore, you will have a clear idea of how the process should be executed and which tasks need to be prioritized before anything else. Once you …

Here's How Steve Jobs Drove Apple's Phenomenal Growth | Inc.com

"Innovate or die," declared management philosopher Peter Drucker. But innovation is easier said than done. Established players like Procter & Gamble have departments full of people devoted to continuously launching "new-and-improved" products, while investor-funded newcomers like Airbnb can afford …

Innovation

30 Things About Life Everyone Should Learn Before Turning 30 | Inc.com

Life is full of lessons. Some lessons are learned in an instant--like when you touch a hot stove. Others take time to fully understand--for example, what it truly means to be in love. But regardless of the size of the lesson, there are 30 important ones everyone should know before exiting young …

Self-improvement

3 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Think Differently

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>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 …

Jay Z’s plan for streaming music is an artist-driven social network

The rapper Jay Z once remarked on whether he should rhyme to the best of his ability or sell as many records as possible by comparing himself to other hip-hop artists well-loved by purists but who don’t sell much:<p>If skills sold truth be told, I’d probably be<br>Lyrically Talib KweliTruthfully, I wanna …

How To Design The Perfect Business Logo [Infograhic]

The folks at CompanyFolders have created a great infographic detailing “The Recipe for a Perfect Logo” (below). I like the way it is sliced it down …

Marketing

10 Ridiculous Beliefs That Are Killing Your Success

<b>You have big dreams!</b><p>But there are too many obstacles in your path, aren’t there?<p>You aren’t as ‘<i>lucky</i>‘ as those who have made it big.<p><i>Do you really</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Angel Investors: 7 Things You Should Know About Angel Investors | Inc.com

Many assume that the archetypal venture capital firms around Silicon Valley and Boston--the likes of Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia Capital--supply almost all the initial financing for high-growth startups.<p>If that was ever true, it's becoming less so by the day. Angel investors have been muscling in …

When customers make you smarter

We talk a lot about customer development, but there’s nothing like seeing it in action to understand its power. Here’s what happened when an extraordinary digital health team gained several critical insights about their business model. The first was reducing what they thought was a five-sided …

Go Ahead. Be a Social Media Snob

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>A version of this article previously appeared at RickMulready.com.</i><p><i>"I'm so overwhelmed with social media, I hate that I have to spend so much time on it every day in order to grow my business."</i><p><i>"Damn, do I ever dread using Twitter. I just</i> …

4 Free Channels To Attract New Customers

So you’ve created your very first business but you’re struggling to find customers?<p><i>It’s a really common problem.</i><p>Don’t worry though; there are …

The Secret Power Behind Why We Pick Crowded Restaurants Over Empty Ones

When tapped effectively, “Social Proof” can be used to crank up business, online and off.<p>When you see two cafes side by side, and one is packed with lively people and the other one is empty, which one would you go to for a coffee? Why?<p>Most people will go to the packed cafe. But what if the empty …

How to Use App Store Optimization to Get Attention

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>App store optimization, or ASO, is so important in getting your app discovered, but it is also the most ignored marketing tactic.<p>ASO can give your app a push in discoverability and, therefore, downloads. Understanding what components go …

Richard Branson on Building a Killer Mobile App

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It has only been six years since Apple released the first iPhone, but in that time, the device and its applications have transformed how we interact with the world and each other. Those changes are still under way: The app business is …

11 Ways to Create Sales Copy That Turn Heads

<b>Q. What’s ONE invaluable tip for crafting sales copy that converts?</b><p>The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an …

Why Dayparting Must Be Part of Your Mobile Strategy

Steve asks,<p>Is dayparting important to mobile? How do I use it?<p>The answer, in short, is a resounding <i>yes, dayparting is important</i>. The term refers to …

10 Little-Known Apps That Entrepreneurs Can’t Live Without

Everybody knows Evernote and Dropbox. Here’s a sneak peek at the next wave of productivity apps that top entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, and Guy Kawasaki are working with daily.<p>Recently something terribly obvious–yet powerful–occurred to me: If you want to achieve things that no one …

10 Ways You're Killing Your Credibility | Inc.com

In the business world, your credibility is everything. It tells people whether they can count on you. It tells your customers, employees, bosses, and coworkers what they can expect from you. Whether they can trust you or not.<p>Over time, that becomes your reputation. It becomes one of the most …

A Great Idea Is Never Enough | Inc.com

Back in 1995, I purchased a used Mac laptop via auction on the Internet. The company that enabled that transaction doesn't exist today. That same year, eBay was founded and today is worth $68 billion.<p>Amazon wasn't the first company to sell goods online. Google didn't invent search, and Dropbox …

6 Ways to Make Your Story Go Viral | Inc.com

People always ask me how to make messages "go viral."<p>Every business needs to get the word out, every leader wants her ideas to spread more.<p>So I talked with Jonah Berger, the leading word-of-mouth scientist, to get answers. Berger, a Wharton professor and author of Contagious, gave me a six-step …

2 Sentences That Engage Customers | Inc.com

You're excited about your company, right? You're proud of your products, right? Therefore, your best strategy, when talking to a customer, is to tell the story of your company and its products with excitement and enthusiasm, right?<p>Wrong.<p>Customers don't care about your company. They don't care about …

How To Schedule Your Day For Peak Creative Performance

Are you a certified organizational ninja? It’s okay, nobody is–so steal this idea from career kickstarter Amber Rae, who shares her “Work, Play, Fit, Push” framework for getting things done while staying inspired.<p>About four years ago I started working for myself. I wanted the freedom and …

Are Ambitious People Happier?

If you go and get yours, you may get more in the end–but contentment or longer life span may not be among the spoils, new research shows.<p><i>Atlantic</i> writer Emily Esfahani Smith can wield a semicolon: “Ambition drives people forward; relationships and community, by imposing limits, hold people back.”<p>To …