You can achieve anything if you focus on ONE thing

Setting one major goal for each area of your life and learning to focus on one thing at a time is the key to achieving your goals. "Instead of focusing on one thing at a time, we set multiple goals and think we can multitask ourselves to achieving them," writes entrepreneur, blogger and podcaster Darius Foroux. And our lack of focus leads us to start pursuing something new before we've completed our original goal. In this article, Foroux shares his top tips for achieving your goals by setti...
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4 things I've learned from running a startup for 10 years

No one succeeds alone. There's a proverb that says "it takes a village to raise a child" and founding a company is a lot like raising a child. It requires the input of an entire community to gain experience, learn and grow. And while there's no "one-size-fits-all" guide to success, there are some universal truths that can help you steer your new venture in the right direction. Here, artificial emotional intelligence pioneer Rana el Kaliouby shares what she's learned about four key...
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8 paradoxical habits of wildly successful people

The best way to become successful is to emulate the practices of individuals who are already highly successful. Yet, discovering what differentiates those who achieve success from those who aspire to be successful isn't an easy task. And that's because the most successful people are "so complex that many of their defining qualities are paradoxical. Rather than an "either/or" set of static characteristics, they're more likely to demonstrate both," writes emotional intelligence expert an...
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Stop talking, start innovating

Talk about innovation is everywhere – in board rooms, conferences, employee meetings and university classes. In 2019, it is estimated that billions of dollars will be spent developing innovation competency in corporations, ministries and society. However, to gain real returns, business leaders must stop talking and start being innovative daily in their actions, decisions and management approaches. In Silicon Valley, innovation comes through action. To be innovative, leaders must:   1. Be cu...
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Want to truly make your mark on the world? Start by following these 5 principles

Entrepreneurs are great at coming up with ideas to improve people's lives through the products they create, the services they provide, or the problems they solve. Yet many breakthrough ideas never see the light of day because people fail to act on them. Taking action to follow through on your ideas requires courage. And you can only gain the courage you need by facing your fears. Here, Danielle Sacks shares five principles Case Foundation CEO Jean Case says entrepreneurs and other change-makers ...
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Reflecting on my failure to build a billion-dollar company

The secret to success is to set the right goals. And to set the right goals you need to pursue the right definition of success. In a society that glamorizes wealth and power, it's easy to lose sight of your true mission as an entrepreneur. "For years, my only metric of success was building a billion-dollar company. Now, I realize that was a terrible goal," says founder Sahil Lavingia. Here, he shares how redefining his definition of success and realigning his goals helped him salvage his failing...
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The simple reason you are failing to be successful

Overcoming obstacles to achieve realistic yet challenging personal and business goals creates a tremendous sense of satisfaction, yet many people get in the way of their own success by consistently engaging in self-sabotaging habits. "It is one thing to have big aspirations -- it is another to achieve them," writes motivational public speaker and self-development author Brian Tracy. Here, he shares a video highlighting four of the most common obstacles to accomplishing goals and how making chang...
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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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How fear helps (and hurts) entrepreneurs

Despite the high potential for failure, you don't have to be fearless to be an entrepreneur. Most entrepreneurs experience the same fear of failure as anyone else. The crucial factor that determines whether they continue with their venture is the source of their fear. While some sources of fear may create obstacles others can fuel your drive to succeed, say researchers James Hayton and Gabriella Cacciotti. Here, they identify seven sources of fear and how they can either help or hinder your succ...
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9 traits shared by the best startups and how to adopt them

It takes more than a great idea to build a successful company and for most entrepreneurs there's a steep learning curve, numerous challenges, and the likelihood of failure to contend with. So what separates successful startups from those that fail? As with the most frequently cited reasons for startup failure, successful startups also share common characteristics. To help you emulate the achievements of those who've succeeded rather than learning from the mistakes of those who've failed, Bill Cl...
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