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4 Excuses Holding You Back From Being an Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Humans are great at coming up with excuses—you don’t have the time, you don’t have the skills (yet), you’re short on cash. These are all great reasons to balk on the path to entrepreneurship, but they should be seen as obstacles to …

Entrepreneurship

12 Books That Jeff Bezos Thinks Everyone Should Read

Brad Stone details as much in "The Everything Store," his book about Amazon.<p>"Books have nurtured Amazon since its creation and shaped its culture and strategy," Stone writes. "Here are a dozen books widely read by executives and employees that are integral to understanding the company."<p>We've listed …

Books

12 Simple Ways To Be More Interesting

<i>It's easy to be boring. It's harder to be interesting. Want to learn how? Jessica Hagy offers the following advice, excerpted from her book "How To Be Interesting."</i><p>Explore ideas, places, and opinions.<p>The inside of the echo chamber is where all the boring people hang out.<p>To embarrassment. To …

Publishing

9 Books Bill Gates Thinks Everyone Should Read

While Bill Gates has a schedule that's planned down to the minute, the entrepreneur-turned-billionaire-humanitarian still gobbles up about a book a week.<p>Aside from a handful of novels, they're mostly nonfiction books covering his and his foundation's broad range of interests. A lot of them are …

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5 Things Nobody Tells You About Being an Entrepreneur | Inc.com

There are plenty of rags to riches stories woven into our cultural consciousness, and many times we tend to idolize those who have succeeded at making their own dreams a reality.<p>While success stories like that of Bill Gates are somewhat of an anomaly, there are many aspects of the entrepreneurial …

Entrepreneurship

10 Pointers Every Young Entrepreneur Needs to Know

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A young entrepreneur might run across a lot of articles offering advice for the new business owner. But how many articles are actually geared toward the young entrepreneur?<p>As a former young entrepreneur myself (now I'm 30), I’ve decided …

Entrepreneurship

11 Habits That Exude Success

Success is all about being noticed. You get noticed by showing the goods.<p>By adopting the following habits, you'll televise your qualities to the world (discreetly, of course).<p>Just watch how people react to you.

Self-improvement

Leading as a Servant

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We live in a world where the chase for power is increasing. Someone is always getting thrown under the bus so another person can get ahead. The “top of the food chain” philosophy that has infected our workforce and leadership has thrived …

Leadership

Public Speaking Tips: How to Capture and Hold People's Attention | Inc.com

In my mind, there are two kinds of attention: neck down, and neck up. Neck-up attention is when the listener has to make an effort to pay attention. Neck-down attention is when the listener is riveted to the speaker: she can't help but pay attention.<p>Please note that, in our language of English, …

Public Speaking

15 Things That Could Cause Small Business Failure

It’s sad. 8 out of 10 businesses fail. And many of the causes can be prevented. This list can help you put together a plan to make sure your business …

7 Things Great Entrepreneurs Know

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Leadership is not in your DNA. There is no genetic code for becoming a chief executive or a business owner. We’re all born with a clean slate, more or less. What happens next – your childhood, your upbringing, your education, your …

Entrepreneurship

6 Habits of Super Successful People | Inc.com

Why are some people more successful than others? There’s really no mystery: It's because they do things differently than people who are less successful. Here are six things that very successful people do every day. Embrace these habits and you can greatly accelerate your own success.<p>1. <b>Keep Your Eye</b> …

Self-improvement

The 4 Mantras of Successful Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs who make it beyond their first few “lean and mean” years learn to let the rewards of freedom trump the anxiety of “what if I fail?” They acquire a devotion to the rhythm of riding their vision, unshackled from the slavery of …

Entrepreneurship

Leadership Lessons You Won't Learn in a Book

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When I look back at the first three years of bootstrapping our startup NerdWallet, the lesson I wish I had figured out earlier is you can’t read your way out of a problem.<p>When we first launched our company and needed advice, our tendency …

Leadership

What Separates a Great Leader From a Good One?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The odds of success are against you, the efforts required to keep your head above water are massive (as is the stress) and at the end of the day, your competition may come out with a better product that sinks your entrepreneurial …

Leadership

How and When to Start Marketing Your Product: Four Steps to Follow

"How and when should I start marketing?" Many companies and new entrepreneurs can easily get hung up on that question.<p>Whether it refers to …

5 Habits of Great Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

What does it take to create and build a company? I recently asked that question of Tom Asacker, author of the excellent book <i>The Business of Belief.</i> What emerged from that conversation was a set of behaviors that all great entrepreneurs have in common:<p>1. Believe<p>If athletes, artists, musicians, and …

Entrepreneurship

7 Leadership Rules From the SEALs Commander Who Got bin Laden | Inc.com

Three years ago, U.S. Navy SEALs staged a daring raid into Pakistan, where they caught and killed the world's most-wanted terrorist. The mission to get Osama bin Laden was highly dangerous, and it ranks among the boldest strikes in the history of U.S. special operations.<p>The man who planned and …

Leadership

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Social Media Marketing

It seems like every company is interested in how to become better at social media marketing, whether they’re just testing the waters of social media …

A SEAL's Perspective: 5 Ways to Be a Better Leader

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs aren’t average people. The average person doesn’t hedge their bets against the odds and zig while the rest of the flock chooses to zag. But having the courage and audacity to enter into an unknown market, create a brand new …

Entrepreneurship

Here Are The Americans Who Gave The Most Money To Charity Last Year

According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual list, the 50 biggest donors in America donated $7.7 billion in 2013, a 4% increase over the previous year. The median gift was $86.1 million, and 82 causes received gifts of $1 million or more.<p>Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have …

University of Michigan

Former Subway Employee Used Facebook to Launch Business

When Abrianna Peto first decided to start a business about two years ago, she didn’t expect to actually make a full-time living from it. As many …

What Makes for a Really Good Business Idea? | Inc.com

The prospect of starting a business can be frightening. It is a risk and a tremendous opportunity, equal parts challenging and, hopefully, rewarding. Given the enormous risk that's inherent in entrepreneurship, many potential business owners will ask very difficult questions of themselves: Is this …

Entrepreneurship

9 Reasons Why Most Startups Fail

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’ll never forget my first IPO. The story is as old as the hills of Silicon Valley: It was a great ride … until it flopped. Our primary business was crushed by an 800-pound gorilla and we didn’t have the wherewithal to pick up the pieces …

Entrepreneurship

Do You Have the Entrepreneurial 'X Factor?'

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There's a mysterious "X factor" shared by entrepreneurs around the world. Fledgling entrepreneurs reach for it, while the successful seem to wear it effortlessly. But what is this elusive entrepreneurial element? Is it a learned skill, or …

Entrepreneurship

Leadership Lessons From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Today, we honor the memory of a visionary leader who changed American culture forever. As many people enjoy this long three-day weekend, take some time to really think about the leadership lessons and the legacy that Dr. King left …

Leadership

7 Ways to Become a Better Leader

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to first be a successful leader. After all, motivating and inspiring your team to come in every day and do their best work is arguably the single most important aspect of the …

Leadership

What Makes Great Entrepreneurs Tick

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What do Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Elon Musk all have in common? Probably nothing. Or maybe a lot. Honestly, I have no idea. What I do know is that I met one of them and - trust me when I tell you - he is one-of-a-kind. A unicorn. …

Entrepreneurship

This Entrepreneur Shows How to Paint a Picture of Success

When entrepreneurs embark on their journey, they start with a blank canvas: There is no manual for building their dream. Along the way, they’re bound to hit some bumps -- and when they do, it’s important they visualize the picture of success. For Erik Wahl, he takes it one step further and actually …

Entrepreneurship