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5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Harder

You know success comes down to hard work. Now all you need are the tools to help you actually put in the hours.<p>Most of the time there's no mystery to success--it comes down to simply putting in the hours and the sweat. But as we all know, the gap between knowing what's required and actually getting …

6 Extraordinary Business Lessons From Self-Made Billionaires

There are a few things Bill Gates, J.K. Rowling, Mark Cuban and other business tycoons want you to know.<p>Billionaires are a whole other class of people, right? They must be smarter than the rest of us. Stronger. Luckier. Better.<p>What if I told you billionaires are just like you--and that at one …

4 Finance Formulas All Excel Geniuses Know

Whether you’re looking to get ahead in business or simply keep better track of your bank accounts, knowing your way around a Microsoft Excel …

Richard Branson to Young Entrepreneurs: 'Just Do It'

Richard Branson talks about starting an empire in his early 20s and learning to take calculated risks.<p>Through the decades, entrepreneur Richard Branson has not lost that certain wunderkind vibe about him and the way he runs his brand. This aura makes him especially inspiring to entrepreneurs who …

7 Success Habits of Millionaires

It is always enlightening to observe the differences between a client who has a million-dollar net worth and a client who has a negative net worth.<p>Over the years as a wealth and business coach, I’ve had the opportunity to work with thousands of people at various business and financial levels. It is …

Self-improvement

How to Create Better Ideas Faster

The four Fs of effective brainstorming.<p>Have you ever tried to get your team to brainstorm a breakthrough idea for a product or service only to find the process mostly yields extensions of existing ideas.<p>Research on creative thinking gives us these four simple suggestions that will greatly aid in …

People Who Make a Lot of Money Do These 11 Things — Do You?

There's not necessarily a trick to earning a lot.<p>Despite what a number of scam artists and sketchy emails would lead you to believe, accumulating …

How Successful People Deal With Stress

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>LinkedIn Influencer, Bernard Marr, published this post originally on LinkedIn.</i><p>A survey by TalentSmart showed that 90 percent of top performers know how to manage their emotions in times of stress so that they remain cool, calm, and able …

Success

Becoming Financially Independent: Creating Extra Cash Flow

Fall has officially kicked off, school has started and for many, it is time to put the nose to the grindstone at work. The next few months are the perfect time to reset your wallet and focus on the long-term financial goals that you want ahead of the holiday season, when restraint and moderation …

How To Create a Killer Sales Message

Your sales message is the core of all you sales and marketing activities. Get it right and everything else will fall into place.<p>I write a lot about sales messages because they're the foundation of business success. An exceptional sales message intrigues investors, attracts talent and wins …

The One Question Successful Business Owners Always Ask Themselves

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I run a 10-person company and it’s profitable. Don’t get the wrong impression. I'm not making millions, but the company does well enough to provide for my people and my family. It wasn’t always this way, though.<p>For the first five or six …

Profit

35 Quotes About Perseverance and Never Giving Up

Sometimes just reminding yourself of the temporality of failure enables you to forge ahead.<p>The temptation to give up is a common one, and nobody is exempt. Failure isn't something many of us can handle gracefully. And even though we know it's a common human condition, we're somehow always surprised …

18 Ways to Send the Right Message With Body Language

Set yourself up for success by using nonverbal communication to your advantage.<p>Research shows that 60 to 90 percent of our communication with others is nonverbal, which means the body language we use is extremely important.<p>In addition, it's especially important to make a good first impression. Why? …

8 Ways to Compete Differently

How the best entrepreneurs position and market their products and services is remarkably simple. They follow these eight "rules."<p>The conventional wisdom--find a niche, zig when others zag--is right, but not particularly helpful for either potential startups or established entrepreneurial companies. …

5 Ways Being Too Nice Can Hurt You

Kindness is always in style, but being a pushover can hurt you in many different ways. Here's a list.<p>"It is always in your favor to be nice; it is rarely advantageous to be passive," Quora user Courtney Bryant wrote recently on the question-and-answer site, adding: "A blend of kindness and …

How to Succeed in Business Without Becoming a Workaholic

I watched Wolf of Wall Street recently, which inspired several flashbacks to my days in finance, working in the pit for a large bank. Seeing those …

3 Ways Underdogs Take Down Their Competition

Do you want to take down your top competitors? If so, here's where to start.<p>Dealing with competitors is one of the most challenging obstacles startups face. Typically, we're going up against a company with more funding, a stronger team, and more market share. While this is an uphill battle, there …

3 Truths No One Tells You About Running a Business

There are issues entrepreneurs routinely face that you won't hear about in a business school classroom.<p>We all know the grim statistics about small businesses. One example: Ninety-five percent of the businesses that launch this year will not exist by 2019. I am convinced that this stat is caused by …

7 Super-Efficient Ways To Jump-Start Your Morning

Slapping an alarm clock and dragging yourself out of bed is no way to start the next best day ever. We have a few more effective ideas, from the likes of Mark Twain, Benjamin Franklin, and others.<p>“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?” Steve Jobs …

5 Habits That Set Trustworthy Leaders Apart

Does your boss have your--and your company's--best interests at heart? Here's how to tell.<p>It can be easy to trust too quickly, especially when a leader is affable, has an impressive résumé, and tells you what you want to hear. In 30 years of surveying senior executives, social psychologist Roderick …

Train Yourself to Make Better Hot Decisions

Need to make tough calls quickly under pressure? One expert suggests two (fun!) ways to train your brain to get better at this type of 'hot cognition.'<p>There are lots and lots of ideas out there about how you can improve your decision making. Many of them boil down to getting more data (or …

Savings Account Tips & Advice | GOBankingRates

Saving money is the key to setting yourself up for financial stability. As a general rule, you should aim to save at least six months’ worth of …

John Doerr: 3 Things to Know Before You Start a Company

The Silicon Valley VC on the key concepts you need to understand before you take the leap.<p>If you're an aspiring entrepreneur who hasn't yet made the leap, Silicon Valley venture capitalist John Doerr has some advice.<p>"There will come a time, when you'll decide… 'I want to swing for the stands. I …

How To Turn Monday Into A Day You Actually Enjoy

Ever wish the weekend had just one more day of rest? Rethinking Mondays gets us a little closer to that ideal schedule.<p>For the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying an experiment with my Mondays. Rather than making Monday morning my big post-weekend return to work as it is for a lot of people, I’ve …

You Have A Great Idea For A Product, So Now What?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most entrepreneurs have lots of ideas but few of them are able to successfully execute that one idea that makes all the difference. Yet, idea execution has always been the key to starting a successful business.<p>If you are fortunate to have …

Entrepreneurship

Why You Shouldn't Worry About Being Smart

The most successful companies focus on being healthy rather than intelligent.<p>Many business magazines (including Inc.) publish lists of the most profitable, most successful, or fastest-growing companies. Naturally, readers will be tempted to conclude that the people running these organizations must …

13 Ways To Know If Your LinkedIn Summary Is A Winner Or A Snoozer

First impressions have gone digital. People are learning about you online before they ever shake your hand. The second they know they are going to meet you or have a call with you, they’re going to type your name into Google. This makes your virtual brand more important than ever. And it means you …

How to Master the Elevator Pitch

Use this video and these posts to master the art of writing and giving an elevator pitch.<p>I've had several readers complain recently that they can't find a particular post or posts that are related. Because of this, I'm going to start a series of "how to master" posts that collect together the …

Become A Leader On LinkedIn: 4 Steps To A More Active Profile

Would you go to a business lunch and stand alone in the corner? I imagine not. Yet many professionals sign up to LinkedIn and then do nothing on the platform, which is pretty much the same thing.<p>Used well, LinkedIn can help you expand existing networks .<p>But before you reach you, you need to …