“Started from the Bottom, Now We’re Here”: Lessons from Musicians-Turned-Entrepreneurs

Have you ever wondered why so many musicians aren’t satisfied to stop at just making music? Everything from clothing and sneaker lines to indie record companies and restaurants, musicians are taking control of their brand and branching out beyond just making music. And the things, many of them have been wildly successful at it. Keen business minds are in no …

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Let’s Talk About Instagram Captions

You’ve captured that perfect shot. You’ve edited to perfection. You’ve added your logo, effects, and so on. Time to post it, right? Wrong! While it’s true that Instagram is primarily about the pictures (I mean, it’s even in the name), that doesn’t mean that you can afford to phone it in on the caption. Attention-grabbing captions put a stop to …

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Talk the Talk: 5 Tips for Giving a Killer Conference Presentation

Bad presentations kill good ideas. We all know that, and we’ve all sat through some truly horrendous presentations. (I wish I could say that I stopped having to listen to boring presentations after high school, but unfortunately, that’s not the case). Yet, many people struggle to identify what exactly makes a presentation good. Some people can describe to you, in …

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Q&A: What Has Been Your Biggest Career Mistake?

My biggest career mistake was staying in one job for far too long before working up the courage to move on to something better. At that point in my career, I was working at a company where I had a hand in nearly everything within the day-to-day operations, from top to bottom. I was the one getting in early and …

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How to Develop a “Growth Mindset”: Achieve Success By Changing the Way You Think

Either you’re born with it, or you’re screwed. There’s no use practicing or trying to get better. This is as good as it gets. This way of thinking is toxic, and it represents what we call a “fixed” mindset. Basically, someone with a fixed mindset believes that there’s nothing they can do to improve their abilities. We get fed this …

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5 Ways to Unleash Your Creative Potential

We’ve been fed a myth that creativity is innate; you either have it or you don’t. That simply isn’t the case. Creativity is a learned skill — just like riding a bike, coding a program, or speaking a foreign language. The only difference is that creativity is rarely taught, and that’s unfortunate. Becoming a more imaginative person will make you …

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Real Estate Millionaire

As a former realtor, following up with people that inquire about my properties has always been one of the biggest tasks. I may be with another client, doing a showing, or a million other things. I decided that I wanted to take my marketing/software skills and create a system that helps my former professional in areas that it hurts the …

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LinkedIn Networking Goes Offline with the Launch of Events

Facebook Events, but make it professional—That’s the concept behind LinkedIn’s latest feature. LinkedIn Events will allow users to build upon their professional relationships by creating and joining real-world events. With this newest addition to its lineup of features, LinkedIn joins the roster of social networks (including Google Shoelace and Facebook Local) using their online platforms to facilitate offline meetups. How …

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Proposal as Pitch: How to Get Reviewers to Buy into Your Conference Proposal

In a conventional sales pitch, your aim is to convince a customer (or investor) to part with their money. In a conference proposal, you’re asking them to give you something much more valuable—their time and their attention. Convincing people to spend money is easy. We spend it on the latest limited-edition sneaker drop from our favorite celebrity or that supposedly …

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