7 perfect questions to ask while networking

Whether you're looking to advance your career or grow your business, networking can help you to unlock new opportunities. And the ability to forge meaningful connections can be a great asset for entrepreneurs. The more people you engage with on a regular basis, the bigger your network becomes and the greater your exposure to opportunities for accelerating your success. Yet, despite the benefits, many people dread networking. If the thought of striking up conversations with people you've never me...
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15 ways to identify and fix your branding mistakes

Your personal brand is your reputation. It's the impression you make on other people—in person and online—about your values, attitude, credibility  and integrity. And it's what potential employers, business partners, investors, or customers rely on to decide if they trust you. While a strong personal brand can open the door to new opportunities, being careless with your brand can slam it shut. Here, members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) share how to fix some of the most commo...
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No risk, no reward: 3 top TED talks on how to take more risks

The greatest opportunities in life come from taking risks. Not all risks will pay off yet allowing fear to keep you in your comfort zone rather than embracing risk as an opportunity to succeed means you're probably sabotaging your best chances of success. Here, Amy Vetter shares three TED talks that explore risk taking and how celebrating failure, accepting rejection, and gaining the confidence to take on bigger and bolder risks will help you "seize opportunities when they arise and perhaps...
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If you want a dream career, ask yourself these 3 questions

Many people stay in an unfulfilling career, or continue working at a job they're not enthusiastic about, because they want to retain the salary, benefits or status it confers. They dread Monday mornings and Friday afternoons can't come soon enough. When work plays such a big part in our lives it shouldn't be "this negative thing that people resent," says entrepreneur, blogger, and podcaster Darius Foroux. Here, he shares here three questions you need to ask yourself to help you fi...
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How to overcome your fear of failure

Fear of failure is one of the biggest obstacles to success and to overcome your fear, you need to change how you perceive failure. What one person considers a crushing defeat, another sees as a minor setback and a learning opportunity. "The chips aren't always going to fall where you want them to — but if you understand that reality going in, you can be prepared to wring the most value out of the experience, no matter the outcome," writes executive career transition coach Susan Peppercorn. ...
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Research: When getting fired is good for your career

Almost half of all business leaders experience a major setback at least once in their career, yet research shows most of them go on to become CEOs. And even being fired or laid off, which is often seen as the worst-case scenario, "doesn't necessarily have catastrophic effects" on their future prospects. Here, leadership experts Elena Lytkina Botelho, BJ Wright, and Kim Rosenkoetter Powell share key findings from their research and some specific things leaders can do to "make sure that a maj...
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Recommended reading: The art of persuasion and entrepreneurs’ confessions

One thing many of the world's most successful and influential people have in common is a passion for reading. As a way to acquire knowledge, improve understanding and learn new skills, reading is one of the most important keys to success. With that in mind, Lucy Tesseras shares her pick of the latest books for anyone wants to learn more about what motivates entrepreneurs, or how workplace culture can impact not only your professional life but also your general outlook. There are also books here ...
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4 things to consider before becoming a full-time freelancer

For most people thinking of quitting their regular nine-to-five job to become a freelancer, the first thing that comes to mind is freedom. One of the biggest attractions of being a freelancer is having the freedom to work flexible hours from the comfort of your own home with no boss to answer to. Freedom comes with a price, however. And you need to consider what you may have to give up to attain it. Freelancing is a rewarding yet challenging lifestyle and it's not for everyone, writes Daniel B K...
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Exactly how to sharpen essential job skills during your next presentation

Advances in technology are already transforming the way we work, with robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and automation poised to take over more of our jobs. Nevertheless, there are things they can't do and rather than replacing us, they free up our time to focus on tasks that need the human touch. In this article, Darren Menabney shares how to future-proof your career by honing your critical thinking, creativity, empathy and story telling skills "through designing and delivering your next b...
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So should I follow my passion or not?

We all want to find and do the work we love. Yet telling someone to follow their passion may not be the best advice to give. Narrowing your focus to pursue what you're already passionate about can be limiting and stifle your growth. And to suggest that by following your passion you'll never actually work a day in your life, can also give the impression that the journey will be easy. "The thing I learned about passion was that I had more than one. Once I realized I could never feed them...
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