How to Launch a Remarkably Successful Side Hustle

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If you were perusing Matt Masiello’s LinkedIn profile, nothing would strike you as out of the ordinary. Matt appears to be an average sales guy at an average company. Start to peel back the onion, and you’ll see that there is nothing average about Matt. He’s excelled at every step in his sales career at Cintas for the past nine years. But many have done so before him. What makes Matt so unique is that while at Cintas, he also launched a thriving multi-million dollar side business. I’m going to share […]

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8 Signs an Employee is Exceptional (That Never Appear on Performance Evaluations)

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We can all spot a great employee: she’s dependable, proactive, hardworking, a great leaders and and a great follower. She brings a wide variety of easily defined — but hard to find — skills to the table. Some employees, though, are exceptional. They have skills and qualities that aren’t evaluated on performance appraisals but make a huge impact on that individual’s performance, the performance of the people around her, and especially on the company’s results. Here are eight signs an employee is truly exceptional: 1. They think well beyond job […]

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5 Must-Have Skills Startup Founders Can’t Live Without

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In a world where we are constantly checking the to-do list and racing from one meeting to another, how do successful startup founders, entrepreneurs, and CEOs manage to stay focused and rapidly grow a business? It’s about knowing where to start by defining what the matters most to grow the business as quickly as possible, and center your efforts there. Here are the five must-have skills every startup founder should hone: 1. Vision If you don’t have a vision for what you want your organization to achieve, it’s going to take a […]

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5 Science-Backed Ways to Be Happier at Work

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Google “How to be happier” and, before you’re even finished typing, “How to be happier at work” is the first suggestion to pop up. Happiness at work is evidently on a lot of people’s minds, considering that search term’s popularity on Google, a company that just so happens to employ a chief happiness officer. (Check out his business card. He’s literally a “Jolly Good Fellow.”) Why wouldn’t feeling happier at work be at the top of our collective consciousness? After all, most of us spend a third of our days working. […]

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Why Successful People Spend 10 Hours a Week Just Thinking

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Warren Buffett, the CEO of the fourth largest company in America, isn’t as busy as you are. By his own estimate, he has spent 80% of his career reading and thinking. “That’s what created [one of the] world’s most successful business records in history. He has a lot of time to think,” Charlie Munger, Buffett’s long-time business partner, has said of his unusual approach to productivity. For most people, Buffett’s wide-open schedule is totally counter-intuitive. It goes against everything we think we know about what a leader does. Reading about […]

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5 Ways to Get Your Home Running as Smoothly as Your Business

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I spend a lot of time thinking about all the ways that successful business strategies can be applied to other areas of our lives and recently — thanks to the arrival of my second son — had occasion to apply those strategies at home. Here are five things that helped get our chaotic household running efficiently. 1. Use data, not your gut. Most people (and small business owners for that matter) will proudly say that they follow their gut on major decisions. And that’s generally a good thing. But, did […]

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YouTube Planning Online TV Service

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Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube is working on a paid subscription service called Unplugged that would offer customers a bundle of cable TV channels streamed over the Internet, Bloomberg reported. The project is slated to debut as soon as 2017, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the plan. YouTube has discussed these plans with most media companies, including Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal, Viacom Inc., Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. and CBS Corp., but have yet to secure any rights, according to Bloomberg. Alphabet, Comcast, CBS, Twenty-First Century Fox and Viacom could not […]

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8 Reasons to Find Joy in Your Job

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I’ve never understood why so many business employees still think it’s fashionable to display a negative attitude about their work and never seem to find a job they enjoy. They don’t realize that they are their own worst career enemies, since promotions and new opportunities always are offered first to people who proclaim to be productive winners, rather than sound like losers. Top companies today, including Google and Zappos, have found that a work culture that includes some fun, populated by happy and positive people, leads to more productivity and […]

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Don’t Know Which Social Media To Use For Your Marketing? Here’s What To Do

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I just read an article about how this entrepreneur grew their business literally from zero to a million dollars on Instagram. And then I read another where this entrepreneur built their brand on Snapchat. And another on how someone leveraged LinkedIn to generate consistent leads. You get the drift. If you’re beginning to look at social media marketing for your business, it can get overwhelming with all the buzz from different sources about the various social media platforms success stories. There’s always a new platform popping up every other time. […]

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15 Phrases You Need to Say to Yourself More Often

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Careers and lives are too often hectic these days, making easy to lose touch with who you are and who you want to be. Just as you’d speak positively to someone else to help keep them on track, talking to yourself is a powerful way to guide and motivate yourself. Positive affirmations and self-talk can be a powerful force in reminding you of the most important things. Here are 15 phrases that you should say to yourself more often to create the kind of life and living that will help […]

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