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Top 10 Qualities of Highly Successful People | Inc.com

If you really want to bring success into your life, you should cultivate yourself just as you'd cultivate a garden for the best yield.<p>The attributes here are shared by successful people everywhere, but they don't happen by accident or luck. They originate in habits, built a day at a time.<p>Remember: …

Self-improvement

21 Ways to Achieve Wealth and Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In his book, <i>Rich Habits -- The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals</i>, Tom Corley outlines several habits that distinguish the wealthy from the nonwealthy.<p>It got me to think, How many people operate on autopilot and don’t stop to …

Self-improvement

The Most Successful Entrepreneurs Have These 5 Traits | Inc.com

Have you wondered what separates entrepreneurs from everyone else? Is it a Type-A personality? Is it being a visionary? Is it being an inspirational leader? While many entrepreneurs do possess those traits, they aren't necessarily the most common ones among successful entrepreneurs. Sure they can …

Entrepreneurship

Proven Strategies for Attracting High-end Customers | Inc.com

One of the fastest ways to grow sales and improve the profitability of your business is to go after high-end customers. High-end customers can afford to purchase more of your products and services at higher prices. Their strong purchasing power and frequency can make them more profitable for your …

Marketing

7 Business Lessons From Top Startup Successes | Inc.com

Building a startup is hard--really hard. I'm in my second startup now at Likeable Local, and I can tell you, from experience, there are a lot of unique challenges to building a startup from scratch: making the most of few resources, raising money, inspiring the team when times are tough, and making …

Startups

Why You're Still Not The Best Speaker In Your Field

I’ve given hundreds of talks, workshops and presentations in the past 10 years, and when I began, I had no clue about the key essentials of crafting a talk that makes a lasting impact and real difference to the audience. In the beginning, one of my chronic problems was that I tried to cram five …

Stop Procrastinating…Now

It seems that no one is immune to the tendency to procrastinate. When someone asked Ernest Hemingway how to write a novel, his response was “First you defrost the refrigerator.” But putting off tasks takes a big hit on our productivity, and psyche. Procrastination is not inevitable. Figuring out …

Great Management Questions from Paul Graham, Jim Collins, and Other Business Leaders | Inc.com

There’s no Superman versus Iron Man face-off between questions and answers over which is the better tool for innovation. But if there were, questions would be winning. Questions ignite imaginations, avert catastrophes, and reveal unexpected paths to brighter destinations. Jim Collins, Marshall …

Leadership

Want to Be More Successful? Try the Optimism Workout

You can cultivate a positive attitude like you would a muscle, says paralympic medalist Bonnie St. John.

Paralympics

3 Ways to Find Your Next Brilliant Product Idea

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, there's a phrase you'll probably find yourself saying more often than you'd like: "Why didn't I think of that?" You open a magazine or watch a TV show and there it is -- a new product with potential for explosive …

Entrepreneurship

Richard Branson's top 10 tips for success

<b>Richard Branson left school at the age of 16 and set up Student Magazine with one of his friends. He went on to start Virgin Records in the 1970s and is the founder of the Virgin Group. In the 1980s he formed Virgin Atlantic airline and the 1990s saw the arrival of Virgin Mobile and Virgin …

Richard Branson

How to Take a Pay Cut for a Job You Actually Love (and Survive)

Not too long ago, I jumped ship on an office job and career that was great, but not my passion. I took a huge risk to follow my dream, and learned a …

9 Things Successful People Do When Working From Home | Inc.com

I wrote the first draft of this column before 8 a.m. on a Sunday, working in my pajamas at the standing desk in my home office.<p>A new study says I have good company in that kind of work flexibility, and not just among entrepreneurs and those who work for themselves. Nearly one-third of full-time …

Home Offices

This Interview Technique Will Get You Hired

I've conducted a number of job interviews, and while I interviewed a lot of very nice, very smart and very qualified people, I have to say that …

One Habit That Will Immediately Improve Your Sales | Inc.com

Businesspeople probably spend more time trying to learn about how to improve their sales performance than they do on any other subject. The reason is clear--if you can’t sell effectively, you won’t stay in business, no matter how well you’re doing in every other area.<p>Most sales advice out there …

Self-improvement

20 Habits That Will Make You Highly Successful

<i>The most successful people in the world</i> are the most motivated – correct?<p>Not entirely.<p><i>It isn’t motivation that creates success, but habit and action</i>. …

9 Things Great Leaders Do in Difficult Times | Inc.com

Great leadership seems easy when things are good and everybody's happy. When times grow tough, however, a leader's true colors are revealed.<p>Ten years ago, a group of U.S. soldiers tasted combat for the first time in Sadr City, Iraq. I got to know one of the junior U.S. leaders in that battle when I …

Baghdad

Mark Cuban's 12 Rules for Startups

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Anyone who has started a business has his or her own rules and guidelines, so I thought I would add to the memo with my own. My "rules" below aren't just for those founding the companies, but for those who are considering going to work …

Entrepreneurship

How To Innovate Your Business Model In 5 (Not So Easy) Steps

In the 1950’s, Haloid Corporation thought it had a winning product. Through some clever engineering, it had created new technology that was leaps and bound better than anything that had come before it. The only problem was that nobody wanted to buy it.<p>Then the company’s president had an epiphany. …

A Waterwheel That Picks Up Floating Trash

Down, dirty, and wet<p>This spring, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will become home to the first permanent waterwheel-powered trash interceptor. With energy from the Jones Falls River current and solar panels, the floating device sweeps litter up a conveyor belt and straight into a Dumpster for easy …

Pollution

5 Essential Rules for Great Presentations | Inc.com

I recently had a long conversation with Peter Handal, the CEO of Dale Carnegie Training, on the subject of giving great presentations. I've read (and written) plenty of posts on this topic, but Handal managed to boil everything down to these five essentials:<p>1. Be yourself.<p>If you pose as somebody …

Public Speaking

40+ Passive Income Ideas and Ways to Make Extra Money

Do you want to earn $100, $1000 — or even more — on the side? You can start earning extra income today with the help of this list of ideas I’ve put …

Personal Finance

Hijack! How Your Brain Blocks Performance | Inc.com

So there you are, when suddenly you hear <i>that song</i> that reminds you of <i>that person</i>. And you’re emotionally hijacked-just like that. Good or bad, the song interacts with your neural net and triggers the emotions you have associated with it. Emotional hijacks happen every day, often unconsciously, …

The Brain

Investment Manager Explains Why 99.5% Of Americans Can Never Win

<i>Beyond the charts and warnings from economists and investors, perhaps the most disturbing commentary on income inequality in America was written by an investment manager in 2011.</i><p><i>"In my view, the American dream of striking it rich is merely a well-marketed fantasy that keeps the bottom 99.5% hoping</i> …

Income Inequality

Influence, Persuasion, & Personal Presentation: Why to Look Your Best | The Art of Manliness

Are you intentionally making mistakes at work to make yourself look incompetent?<p>Are you purposely sabotaging your presentations?<p>Are you setting …

Why Entrepreneurs Make Terrible CEOs | Inc.com

For years, I've watched one company after another flounder under founding CEOs. The phenomenon's incredibly common, especially in the technology industry. And the reason is surprisingly simple.<p>It's one thing to start a company, get it off the ground, and achieve initial product success. It's …

Business Strategy