How to Stop Your Boss from Owning Your Side Hustle

Without taking the proper precautions, your boss could end up owning the startup you worked so hard to build. I arrived in Las Vegas at 7 AM for a 9 AM meeting at a client's office. This client was not a client of mine--it was a client of my employer's. And at the time I was building my own consulting and public relations firm on the side, which meant I had my own clients. This particular morning, I had a web conference at 8 AM for one of my clients, before the scheduled meeting with m...
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7 Powerful Lessons Kids Can Teach Us About Entrepreneurship

"When you fall off your bike, the best thing you can do is get back on." Little gems like this are so familiar to each of us. These life lessons are passed down from generation to generation, and I bet every parent today has found themselves doing their part to pass these truisms on to today's generation. There is so much to teach our children, but for Julie Burleson, founder and CEO of Young Chefs Academy, the lessons that resound with her most are those that her own children have tau...
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How Successful People Handle Toxic People

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people's buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and, worst of all, stress. Studies have long shown that stress can have a lasting, negative impact on the brain. Exposure to even a few days of stress compromises the effectiveness of neurons in the hippocampus--an important brain ...
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The 5 Myths About Entrepreneurship

  As people are trying to navigate away from the “corporate jungle” towards the land of supposed “entrepreneurial utopia,” a lot of misconceptions arise.  Perhaps this has to do with the media, advice they have received or what is heard through the grapevine but often these insights can derail a person from taking the plunge in the startup world. Or cause them to jump on the entrepreneurial bandwagon, when they have no business doing so. Here are the five main myths I have learned...
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7 Surprising Ways to Get Super Motivated Right Now

There are some days where it can be really tough to get going. Perhaps the weekend took a lot out of you, or the week ahead is intimidating. I know when I lose my motivation to work I can find just about every form of procrastination known to man. Of course, lying around like a slug is unproductive and very unattractive. When there is plenty of work to do and people who depend on the whole team performing, you have got to find a way to get up to speed. Here are the seven ways I get myself...
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4 Ways to Deal With the Fear of Failure

You can't succeed without failing first. Apply the following to get over the fear of failure. Every entrepreneur deals with the fear of failure. Fear is a problem, because it can damage everything in life. It ruins your productivity, destroys your dreams, and keeps you from building the business you're trying to build. Fear robs life of its joy. Entrepreneurs are audacious people--forming businesses ex nihilo, disrupting industries, transforming conventions, shaping cultures, and im...
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The Hard Truth About How Success Really Works

Many people fall prey to, “Yeah, but...” thinking. I have a friend who absolutely hates how successful his brother-in-law has become. “Oh yeah, I’d like to be doing that well,” he’ll say, “but he has very little downtime.” Another is bitter because one of his friends is extremely fit. “Oh yeah, I’d like to be in that kind of shape,” he’ll say, “but he has to run like 30 miles a week.” Sound familiar? It’s easy to look at people who are successful and begrudge their success. So we say,...
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6 Oh-So Pleasurable Steps to Eliminate Procrastination

Got stuff to do that you hate doing? You're not alone. Procrastination kills productivity for millions of people. Follow these surprisingly enjoyable steps and you'll actually look forward to tasks that were painfully avoided just last week.   One of my biggest personal challenges has been planning--and all the time-consuming details that go with it. My frustration would rise with each passing minute as progress was stalled on a project because of some task I hadn't done or a deta...
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You’ll Never Hear Successful People Say These 15 Phrases

If you want to become more successful as an entrepreneur or in your career, you can start by making a habit of talking and thinking more like the people you know or read about who are already successful. Here are some phrases you’ll never hear a successful person say: 1. "We can't do that." One thing that makes people and companies successful is the ability to make solving their customers’ problems and demands their main priority. If a need arises repeatedly, the most successful people ...
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5 Ways to Get People to Actually Listen to You

    Have you ever stood before an audience, uncertain whether you are truly connecting with them? Or, have you spoken to an employee who appears to be getting the message--but whose actions later tell another story? To you, it's simple: Communicate your thoughts and the facts quickly and concisely and anyone will understand. Not true. Facts and statistics may tell a story, but if you truly want to effect change and influence the way your audience thinks and feels, you w...
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