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5 mistakes standing between you and your first million

The total number of millionaire households reached 9.6 million in 2013, but has topped 10.2 million already in 2015.<p>With the technology, resources, mentorship, research, and information available, it's becoming easier than it has in the past. Sadly, most still won't reach the seven-figure annual …

Self-improvement

7 Conversational Tricks to Appear More Confident | Inc.com

Confidence can carry you through a lot in life. It can help you perform better in job interviews, appear more authoritative when addressing a crowd, and land more deals and partnerships in your business. Unfortunately, most of us don't feel confident 100 percent of the time, and when we do feel …

Body Language

12 Books From Which to Build a DIY MBA for the 2020 Leader | Inc.com

I have been teaching graduate-level MBA courses since 1987. My classes focus on strategic planning and alignment. I've witnessed many changes in MBA programs over the years and believe that a self-taught student can be just as well educated as one who follows the core curriculum. Here are 12 books …

Leadership

How to convince anyone of anything in 10 seconds

Love or hate. Money or despair. And you may never get this chance again. As PM Dawn says, "I feel for you. I really do."<p>There are books about this. But don't waste your time. They are all garbage.<p>I've been on both sides of this equation. I've had people pitching me.<p>But mostly, I've been scared and …

Peer-Reviewed

The Top 20 Start-Up Accelerators in the U.S.

Start-up accelerators have become a prominent feature of the entrepreneurship landscape in recent years. New programs appear nearly every month, and in many ways, accelerator participation has become a rite of passage for budding entrepreneurs. Yet, with the proliferation of programs, the newness …

Startups

The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs

His saga is the entrepreneurial creation myth writ large: Steve Jobs cofounded Apple in his parents’ garage in 1976, was ousted in 1985, returned to rescue it from near bankruptcy in 1997, and by the time he died, in October 2011, had built it into the world’s most valuable company. Along the way …

The Best Tools & Resources For Your Content Promotion

<i>This article first appeared on Mention.</i><p>A recent study shows that 86 percent of all B2B marketers use content marketing strategies to gain exposure and ultimately generate revenue, but only 38 percent believe they are effective at it. Testing a few different tools and strategies allows you to figure …

Why Every Startup Needs a Press Kit

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>“Do you have a press kit I could check out?”<p>When a journalist asks you that question, the answer needs to be “yes.”<p>Press kits eliminate as much of the effort that would otherwise go into journalism as possible. If you were to fall off the …

Public Relations

37 of the Most Powerful Quotes I Know | Inc.com

1. "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples." -Mother Teresa<p>2. "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou<p>3. "Whether you think you …

Motivation

10 Quotes from the Best Business Books of 2015 (So Far) | Inc.com

I'm a voracious reader. I usually have a stack of books in my office and tend to bring a few along on business trips. (If you see me at SxSW this week, I might be reading a book.) For the past two months, I've been reading a few hand-picked business books. Here is one quote from each to help you …

Startups

Steve Jobs Knew How to Run a Meeting: Here's How He Did It | Inc.com

Brilliant. Passionate. Overbearing. Impatient.<p>Steve Jobs's management style has been described in many ways, both positive and negative. Love him or hate him, there's no denying what he accomplished: Within a short time, he built the most successful company on the planet.<p>Before that, though, Jobs …

Entrepreneurship

14 books by mega-successful CEOs that will teach you how to run the world

But the ones worth reading ditch the platitudes in favor of instructive anecdotes — which is why they so often come from execs who have lived through it.

General Motors

Shark Tank Star Robert Herjavec's Top 10 Tips for Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>LinkedIn Influencer, Robert Herjavec, published this post originally on LinkedIn.</i><p>I wanted to share my top 10 tips for budding entrepreneurs. This list was first published by CBC News and I often refer back to it when I’m meeting with new …

Entrepreneurship

7 Interview Questions To Help You Hire Superstars

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you’re a two person startup still operating in your garage or a 500-person corporation, one thing should remain consistent: your focus on hiring superstars.<p>When my co-founder Eddie Machaalani and I started our commerce platform …

Employment

24 Ways To Influence Even The Most Resistant People

In "The Art of Seduction," popular author Robert Greene explores the ruthless tactics of some of history's greatest seducers, from Cleopatra to Casanova.<p>We've summarized Greene's 24 rules of seduction below, adapting them to situations you may run into in your career:<p>Your target may be a hiring …

Selling

4 Ways to Make Yourself Memorable and Leave Great Impressions

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You’d be hard pressed to find an entrepreneur who wakes up every morning, heads to the office, sits at his or her desk and contemplates how they can disappear from the insanity, go around unnoticed and ultimately create forgetful products …

Entrepreneurship

14 Jeff Bezos Quotes That Show Why Amazon's Boss Is A Total Genius

He's building a mysterious 10,000-year clock in a West Texas cave.<p>Earlier this year, he bought the Washington Post for $250 million.<p>You wouldn't want to get on his bad side.<p>Bezos achieved so much success by being incredibly smart and business savvy, and so we rounded up some quotes that show his …

Business Strategy

VC Vinod Khosla To Startups: Be Foolish Enough To Make Your Dreams Happen

Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla is a fount of accumulated knowledge and wisdom about how startups work, not least because, as he put it today, he has failed more than anyone else in Silicon Valley.<p>Khosla spoke in what was a sort of mini-master class in entrepreneurship at Startup Grind, a …

Entrepreneurship

Are You Looking at the Best Marketing Metrics?

Marketers have become very focused on measuring the effects of their work—which is both good and bad.On the one hand, quantifying things can prove …

Marketing

4 Disruption Concepts to Help Your Pivot Your Startup | Inc.com

Most entrepreneurs want do something disruptive--to waltz into an industry vertical, shake vigorously, and rise like cream the top.<p>Disruptive innovation, the sweet-sounding term coined by Clayton Christensen, is sexy, desirable, and awe-inspiring. But here's the question. Is it attainable? Can you …

Innovation

Great Entrepreneurs Move From Developers To Leaders

Almost every entrepreneur starts their journey by developing a solution, based on their knowledge of a new technology or required service. Developer skills are necessary, but not sufficient, to build a business. A real business requires leadership – thought leadership to attract customers and mind …

Leadership

10 Mindsets That Will Radically Improve Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Success is something all career-driven individuals desire yet it eludes many people -- at least at the levels desired. Why are some businesspeople successful and others not?<p>It has everything to do with habits, beliefs, passion, …

Self-improvement

Here's how one CEO makes hiring decisions in 7 minutes

In an interview with Adam Bryant of The New York Times, Beck said she was the "queen of the seven-minute interview."<p>She told Bryant: "I interview for only seven to 10 minutes, and I have a framework — it's skill, will, and fit."<p>She said she could ascertain skill in about two minutes, based only on …

Employment

21 Ways to Get Inspired (Infographic)

You can't always wait for inspiration. Sometimes you have to hunt it down. Consider this list of tricks and strategies your roadmap, all planned out with the benefit of the latest research and expert advice. You might even bookmark this page -- chances are you'll need a creative boost before you …

Infographics

16 Startup Trends That Will Be Huge in 2015

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz has invested in some of today' most talked-about startups, including Slack, Buzzfeed, and Instacart.<p>Andreessen Horowitz has its finger on the pulse of what's happening in tech. Over on the firm' website, its …

Home Depot

How a tiny Bangalore startup became Twitter’s first acquisition in India

In 2008, Valerie Wagoner, then in her mid-twenties, left Silicon Valley and moved to India for good.<p>The California native wanted to return to the subcontinent, where she’d previously spent time researching microfinance, after a few years working for online retailer eBay in the United States. …

Startups

2015's $100 Billion Question: What Drives The Mobile App Economy?

Mobile applications and services are overtaking the World Wide Web for the key activities that we do on the Internet. Mobile is an increasingly important part of any company’s marketing strategy, and developers think mobile first when they design new Internet applications. In 2015 the app economy, …

Innovation

8 Books That Will Help Any Technical Entrepreneur | Inc.com

As serial technical entrepreneurs, Laura Smoliar and Ted Hou have had plenty of occasions to figure out what they don't know. One way to fill the gaps: Good books. At a talk earlier this month hosted by Columbia Startup Lab, the duo presented their list of best books for entrepreneurs, with a …

Entrepreneurship