10 mistakes that rich and successful people never make, according to these self-made millionaires

Learning from the mistakes of others can make a big difference in helping you to achieve greatness and wealth in life. That’s why we asked 10 self-made millionaires and Advisors in The Oracles to share their advice on common actions that hold people back from success: 1. Failing to show up. “Not showing up is the No. 1 reason most people fail, and it’s a very common and easy mistake to make. Showing up again and again requires faith and persistence, but it also creates discipline. You’ll never conquer what you don’t move toward. If you don’t…

8 Ways Entrepreneurs Lose the Attention of Investors Within 1 Minute of Meeting

As an aspiring or established entrepreneur, one of the most important things you need is a memorable elevator pitch, to communicate your startup value proposition and leave a great first impression on friends, investors, employees, and future customers. As a startup adviser and potential investor, I’ve heard too many pitches that are heavy on emotion but light on quantifiable value and impact. In that critical first minute, no one needs to hear that you have a passionate dream of changing the world, new disruptive technology, or a product with more features than competitors’. What they want to hear…

Creating a Content Marketing Strategy? Here are 3 Tips You Should Always Follow

I’ve had the pleasure of leading many content teams, and I learned a few useful tips along the way. Creating content for the sake of creating content is never the way to go, and I’ve seen many companies blindly create content with little engagement and overall impact on their brand.  Through all my years leading content management for companies, here are the three best tips for helping you build a better content marketing strategy in 2020.  1. Writers who know and work in your industry are way more effective than any other writer. The world doesn’t…

Give Your Small Business a Fighting Chance by Avoiding These Common Mistakes

In my 20 years as an entrepreneur, I’ve seen my fair share of small businesses bite the dust. If you’re considering opening a small business of your own, knowing how others tripped up can help you shun similar stumbles. You’ll never avoid mistakes entirely, of course, but some mistakes are harder to recover from than others. Keep the following missteps in mind as you move forward:  1. Putting all your eggs in one basket.  A buddy of mine once had a lucrative landscaping company. He won a bunch of commercial accounts with local…

Simple tips to help you choose a side business in 2020

It is smart to start thinking along the lines of a side business while you have a full-time job. Your side business has the potential to become a long-term solution to financial needs and an enriching life experience. Answering these questions should give you enough information to create a clear path forward, help kick-start your new venture and help you decide whether or not to go “all-in.” Are you passionate about the business? This is a simple but very important question. If you can’t imagine yourself working on your business idea and…

4 Steps to Growing Your Business Now

The challenge of growing a business is surprisingly similar to the difficulties of losing weight. It’s something I realized after growing my first business, a fitness consultancy called Born Fitness. Each year, people set resolutions (goals, KPIs), start off strong (lots of early-year focus), get frustrated (friction from the process), plateau (return to old habits), and watch apathy set in (panic and lack of focus if goals are not met).  Instead of searching for a magic bullet, a systematic process makes it easier to identify breaks in the system, create pathways for progress, and take aggressive bets that…