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Why trading internationally isn’t just for big businesses

If you think your start-up or early stage ecommerce business is too small to go global, you may want to reconsider when you discover how the right tools and solutions can bring international growth within your reach. "Misconceptions about what it takes to go global mean growing overseas is often perceived as an opportunity only accessible to big businesses with even bigger budgets," writes Julia Watts. Here, she explores how financial technology (fintech) products, ecommerce platforms, cloud tec...
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How to attain self-realization (a guide to become a better you)

We often get so caught up in the daily grind that we lose sight of what really matters to us. Whether you call it personal growth, personal development, self-actualization or self-realization, the intention is the same—and that's to achieve your fullest potential by discovering what you're capable of and striving to be the best you can be. Although self-realization takes time and practice, once the practice becomes a habit you'll feel more in control of your life, writes Eugene K. Choi. In this ...
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How to calculate the size of your target market

Calculating your market size is a challenging yet essential task for any start-up. Market research is crucial for assessing the viability of your venture, regardless of whether you're seeking outside funding or bootstrapping the business. And you need to estimate the size of your market before you invest a significant amount of time, money and energy in developing any new product or service. Here, Shane Donnelly shares how to work through each of four steps involved in measuring the size of your...
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Chris Hallberg: You need to set the bar high (but attainable) and keep it there — if you want great results

Leaders who set high standards get more out of their people and build better teams. Talented workers want to be challenged and a leader who sets high expectations creates confidence, competence and continuous improvements in performance. In his work, author and leadership coach Chris Hallberg explores how lessons learned from the military can be applied to leadership roles. Here, he shares why it's important to hire "A" players, how continually raising the bar on performance helps individuals to...
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How your beliefs can sabotage your behavior

The beliefs you hold about yourself have a profound impact on every aspect of your life. They shape your behavior, affect your relationships, and determine whether you will achieve your goals and become the person you want to be. Much of your success depends on whether you believe your character, intelligence, abilities and potential can be developed, or you believe they are fixed. Here James Clear shares how a fixed mindset "hinders your ability to learn, grow, and develop new skills," and how ...
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10 ways to develop a success-oriented mindset

Success is all about having the right mindset; knowing that with effort and perseverance you can develop the skills and personal qualities you need to overcome challenges and achieve your goals. Many people are held back by the self-limiting belief that their talents and abilities are fixed traits. And while the beliefs you have about yourself are a product of various factors—some of which are out of your direct control, such as your upbringing or environment—that doesn't mean your mindset can't...
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Our favorite personal development books, February 2018

Personal development is a lifelong process of understanding yourself, developing new, healthy habits, and improving your knowledge and skills to enhance every aspect of your life and achieve your fullest potential. Making a commitment to personal development is the first step on the path to personal fulfilment. Like many people, you may have started the year with plans to create a healthier, happier, more successful version of yourself. And like many people those plans may have already fallen by...
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Editor’s letter: Simon Sinek on fulfilling potential

Most of us start a new year full of optimism and enthusiasm as we strive to fulfil our potential and become the best possible version of ourselves. To fulfil your potential however, you need to focus on exploring your own interests and talents and this can put you in a difficult position when you have to juggle competing priorities. Although it may seem selfish to prioritise your needs over others, if you selflessly devote your time and energy to other people's needs you'll struggle to meet your...
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Beat the stereotype. Nail your next job interview

Millennials are often characterized as entitled, self-centred, needy, lazy, job-hopping, disloyal, easily bored individuals who crave instant gratification and have unrealistic work expectations. As a millennial jobseeker, it can be difficult to overcome these common misconceptions about millennial attitudes and aspirations and convince potential employers of the value you can bring to the workplace. In this article, Heather Redding explores five ways you can break through the generational stere...
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Google just revealed its 5 HR secrets on identifying and developing great managers

Achieving results in today's highly dynamic business environment requires talented and inspiring managers who keep employees engaged and motivated to achieve strategic goals. When it comes to identifying and developing employees for greater roles and responsibilities, you have to be able to distinguish between performance and potential. Not all high performers have the potential, or the desire, to succeed in a more complex and demanding role. And once you've identified your new managers, how you...
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