Why Do People Blog? The Benefits of Blogging

When blogging started, the first blogs were really glorified online journals, and in all likelihood, becoming a professional blogger and making money online wasn’t the goal. Since then, the blogosphere has evolved, and now people blog for many different reasons. There are even distinctions among types of blogs – business, lifestyle, fashion, food, and entertainment blogs, among others.
While the blogging scene has developed over the last decade, the benefits of blogging are still plentiful. Here’s a list of reasons why people blog and how blogging can benefit your personal or professional life.

Express Yourself and Share Your Passions

The landscape has changed, but there are still countless blogs that serve as a platform for people to voice their ideas, thoughts, and feelings. Whether your passion is business, personal finance, cooking, politics, photography, or marketing, blogging gives you the opportunity to connect and network with like minded individuals who share the same passions.

Make A Difference

Some people’s passions lean toward supporting a cause. Whether it’s a political, environmental or social cause, a blog is a great way to build awareness and garner support.

Share Your Knowledge

If you’re someone who loves to teach, starting a blog can provide the opportunity to educate others interested in your field of expertise. The best part is that, as you build resources on your blog to teach others, you may realize there is a chance to monetize your blog by creating educational products or services online.

Refine Your Writing Skills

The more you write, the better you become at it. Most professional bloggers write on a regular basis and therefore analyze and proofread their writing constantly. You may even get feedback from readers to help you become a better writer.

However, being a good writer is not a prerequisite for a successful blog. Many very high profile bloggers are self-proclaimed terrible writers, and part of their success could be attributed to their message of “If I can do it, so can you”.

Learn How To Make Money Online

Most people start out with one blog, but along the way, they gain experience and eventually generate ideas for blogs in other niches. What you learn from your initial blog – the dos and don’ts, marketing strategies that are effective, how to make money blogging, etc. – will help you accelerate the growth of future ventures.

Build Your Professional Network

Blogging is a community-based endeavor, and networking is one reason people engage in it. Whether you are a solopreneur or blogging to market your business, building relationships will facilitate your blog’s growth.

Meanwhile, growing your online network has its own side benefits, such as gaining access to valuable software and tools, seminars, workshops, product unveilings, and other events.

Earn More Exposure

Businesses create blogs primarily to expand their online presence, connect with potential customers, promote their brand in a positive conversation, and even generate online revenue.

Beyond the immediate results, businesses use content marketing to rank their posts in search engines, thereby generating residual leads and revenue.

Become an Authority in Your Industry

A blog can be utilized as a platform to showcase your knowledge and expertise. Publishing blog posts that are accurate, timely, relevant, and informative will eventually get the attention of industry insiders and earn you recognition as an authoritative source and thought-leader.

Build an Online Portfolio

Blogging is a great way for aspiring authors and freelance writers to build up an online portfolio. By showcasing their writing skills on large platforms with expansive reach, freelancers can grow their exposure and sign new clients.

Market Your Business

For companies and entrepreneurs, gaining online visibility is one of the best ways to grow subscribers, leads and ultimately revenue. This can’t be achieved with a static corporate website. Creating blog content that is valuable, helpful, and/or entertaining is an effective way to grow your website’s authority, online rankings, and traffic.

Starting A Blog Today

As the internet and technology become more ingrained in our day-to-day lives, the benefits of blogging or building a website become impossible to ignore. However, unlike in the early days, bloggers don’t need to have computer science degrees or HTML knowledge. Software such as WordPress.org and “how to start a blog” guides have made it simple and easy to set up a blog in 15 minutes. If you’re unsure of whether blogging is right for you, use a free blogging platform for a few months before transitioning to a self-hosted solution.

19 Best Mobile Apps for Entrepreneurs

These apps will help you get organized, teach you new things, save you money and time.

From time saving and client management to communication and accounts, there is an array of areas in an entrepreneur’s life that requires immense attention and effective solutions. No matter if you are running a small business start-up or having an established enterprise, being a business body encompasses assorted challenges, making you wear many hats at times.
Thankfully, there are modern digital solutions to address your productivity and management needs: mobile apps. Having a great business app makes your life easier and brings essential organization to your workflow. At times, when there is an app for to meet the smallest need of everyday life, entrepreneurs can find utmost solace adopting a digital path to overcome challenges.

These are the 19 best mobile Apps for Entrepreneurs.

1. Slack. Saves my email inbox from unnecessary emails while also keeping my projects organized.

2. Toggl. As a consultant, I have to keep tabs on how much time I work on projects. Even when I don’t need to track my time, this app helps me get a better handle on how much projects or writing assignments take so I can provide more accurate estimates during proposal time.

3. RescueTime. It wasn’t until I installed this app on my phone and desktop that I realized how much time I was wasting on social media. Use this if you want to have an idea of where your time is being spent while on your devices.

4. Headspace. Without fail, this has to be one of my favorite new apps of the year. As someone who couldn’t sit still to meditate for half an hour or an hour, this gave me permission to meditate for as short as 10 minutes and it still be effective. And since it’s on my phone, I can do it anywhere and anytime. After using it for two months straight, I can say with absolute certainty that it has changed my outlook for the better.

5. Podcasts. Find ones you love and tune in.

6. Trello. A great way to manage projects.

7. Wave. Several friends swear by this app because it helps them quickly invoice and keep track of their finances.

8. MasterClass. For those of us who wish we could continue to take classes year-round, MasterClass allows you to learn from the best in their respective industry on your time.

9. Freedcamp. Great for keeping a to-do list.

10. Unroll.me. Unsubscribe from email subscriptions you don’t want and just clutter your in-box. While it’s not available as an app, SaneBox is another great option.

11. Hatch. If you believe an egg timer can help you stay focused, try Hatch. Set a timer from as short as 5 minutes to as long as 120 minutes.

12. Audible. Catch up on some of the latest tomes while commuting or waiting in line.

13. Your Public Library. Most local libraries now offer an app where you can place books on hold, read magazines on your devices or download audiobooks. For free. As a proud card-carrying member of the Chicago Public Library, this is one of my favorite apps because it’s so easy to use and saves me hundreds of dollars annually.

14. Pocket. Find an article you want to read but don’t have the time? Save it in Pocket and come back to it when you have a few minutes.

15. Dropbox. An easy-to-use app that helps you keep it all organized and easy to access in the cloud.

16. Evernote. A great way to save files, documents, emails and more.

17. Grammarly. Never send an email with a typo again.

18. Skype. Makes it easy to connect with anyone around the world.

19. Canva. Need an infographic or flyer? Canva helps non-designers develop great-looking products for everything from social media and presentations to invitations.

4 TOP REASONS YOU SHOULD THANK AMWAY 

OK, you are probably wondering why I would thank Amway, have I lost my mind? Isn’t Amway the “Shall Not Be Named” homebased business? LOL, well, here is the reality, despite Amway’s multitude of haters, that company did $9,000,000,000 in 2018 (that’s Nine Billion). Crazy huh? If you are currently in ANY sort of homebased business, you have several reasons to thank Amway, here are my 4.

1. They Paved the Way

Think about it. There are still people that think the $114 billion industry of network marketing is some sort of complicated pyramid scheme just like there used to be people that thought the world was flat. But, imagine earning money off your friends and family’s buying habits back in the 50’s and 60’s…yeah, if you think it’s tough now, try to comprehend how tough it was back then! Amway started in 1959 and paved the way for every future homebased business that exists today.

2. They Created the Highest Income Earners in MLM

Amway created a lot of the highest income earners in network marketing. Some left the company and joined other ones but then went on to be some of the largest income earners in history. My former juice company sure owed a lot of it’s success to Amway. Understanding that being a high income earner in a network marketing business opportunity means helping the most amount of people make money means they have made a huge impact on millions of lives.

3. They Created the Best Training

Now this one I had heard for years but recently was able to experience it. I have talked to at least 50 people personally that were in Amway for 5+ years that never made a dime. In fact, not only did they not make a dime, they had a garage full of stuff they really didn’t want. Why did they stay so long to make so little? The powerful training. Amway training will make you a better person and quite frankly will fire you up! Recently a friend of mine gave me a bunch of Amway CD’s that I have been listening to and they are freaking amazing.

4. They Created the Best Leaders

As the number one income earner in my company, I hear all kinds of excuses why someone cannot build a business. Know who I never hear an excuse from? Former Amway Reps. They are freaking unstoppable! They were taught the right way to never ever quit and they are no getting machines! Some of them never made money in Amway but I can tell you, they DID become a better person.

Best Motivational Podcasts

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13 Best Motivational Podcasts to Get You in Beast Mode

1. The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

If you’re looking for a podcast to motivate you and get you on the track to overcoming obstacles and challenges, then The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes is definitely for you. Hosted by the podcast’s namesake Lewis Howes, this podcast is chock-full of inspirational goodness. Many times what drives us to overcome is simply hearing the stories of others’ accomplishments, which lets us know anything is possible. And Lewis’ story is definitely inspirational. Through the podcast, Lewis shares how he overcame abuse, a broken family life and other personal challenges to succeed in a big way. As he puts it, “Always remember you were born for a reason, a purpose and something bigger than yourself. But YOU have to activate this calling; no one is going to turn it on for you! It’s Your Responsibility to build yourself into the person who can live a great life. No one is going to give you the power to develop your mental strength, emotional intelligence and physical health to have the life you want. That’s between you and you!” This podcast releases 3 times weekly and offers listeners, “Inspiring stories from the most brilliant business minds, world-class athletes and influential celebrities on the planet.” Top listened episodes include Rachel Hollis: How to Build Confidence, Believe in Yourself and Become Your Best Self, Kobe Bryant: Mamba Mentality and The Mind of a Champion, Your Thoughts Will Heal or Kill You with Marisa Peer, How to Manage Anxiety, Burnout and Overwhelm and My Success Habits, Rituals and Morning Routines. This podcast is well-respected, highly devoured and offers conversations with people who are overcoming their own personal challenges in the name of success.

2. The Gary Vee Audio Experience

Another podcast that you simply cannot pass up if you’re looking to dominate and get motivated is one that is no stranger to being featured in the Top Podcast Episodes section of Apple Podcasts, The Gary Vee Audio Experience. Gary Vee has become a bit of a household name across the board with podcasters, but especially with those in the business and entrepreneurial world. Hosted by entrepreneur, CEO, investor, blogger and public speaker Gary Vaynerchuk, this podcast is an absolute must for so many in the entrepreneurial world, in part due to Gary’s engaging content. Some people need to be told straight-up how to succeed, and that is Gary’s approach. The main focus of the podcast is providing the listener a unique blend of interviews and talks on business and marketing ideas from some of today’s most notable thinkers and celebrities. With topics like 6 Tips For Crushing the Sales Game or Drop One Loser Friend as well as appearances by celebrity guests like actress Jessica Alba and NASCAR driver Kyle Busch.

3. The Tim Ferriss Show

Another well-known podcast comfortably trending the top charts is The Tim Ferriss Show by author, entrepreneur and thought-leader Tim Ferriss, who is most recognized for his best-selling book The 4-Hour Workweek. As the podcast’s page entertainingly notes, “Newsweek calls him “the world’s best human guinea pig,” and The New York Times calls him “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.” This weekly business podcast follows Tim as he interviews unique “world-class performers” of all kinds and asks questions geared at getting his audience a behind-the-scenes look at the things they need to excel and improve themselves. With episodes like How to Say “No” Gracefully and Uncommit and Tim Ferriss Goes to Maximum Security Prison as well as conversations with celebrity guests like actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, comedian Bill Burr and Arnold Schwarzenegger, people with all kinds of interests will find something to take away from the growing list of resources Tim is providing. Not only is Tim’s podcast deservingly identified as a leader in business podcasts, but he is also someone who can effectively teach and motivate you while providing you the direction you need to win.

4. Hidden Brain

Another podcast that will uniquely motivate you and get you on a path to really winning is not only a refreshing change of pace from others in the sphere but also boasts the coveted place of being named as one of Apple’s Most Downloaded Shows of 2018. Translation? You better tune in because it’s worth listening to! I am talking of course about Hidden Brain. This podcast is a part of the wildly successful National Public Radio (NPR) family of podcasts and is a must-listen. While most motivational-minded podcasts take on the trending topics like developing an entrepreneurial spirit, gusto and not taking no for an answer approach to life, this podcast offers something a little different. Falling under the Science & Medicine category, listeners are rewarded with a scientific look into the patterns and behaviors of people and why we do what we do. “Hidden Brain helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior and the biases that shape our choices.” “Hosted by NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam, Hidden Brain links research from psychology and neurobiology with findings from economics, anthropology, and sociology, among other fields. The goal of Hidden Brain isn’t merely to entertain, but to give you insights to apply at work, at home and throughout your life.” Why is this important? Well, the reality is that understanding our behavior and why we do what we do is a large part of mastering our will, aligning our desires and having the opportunity to change outcomes in our life. What’s more motivating than that!? Favorite episodes include You 2.0: Dream Jobs, You 2.0: Getting Unstuck, Buying Attention and Regrets, I Have A Few…

5. Art of Charm

Another highly recommended motivational podcast is The Art of Charm podcast with hosts AJ Harbinger and Johnny Dzubak. This podcast is a place, “Where self-motivated people, just like you, come to learn from the company’s coaches about to how to master human dynamics, relationships, and becoming your best self.” While most podcasts in the business and entrepreneurial space are focused primarily on providing tips and tricks for performance, meeting goals and creating successful sales funnels, this podcast is more focused on helping people of all types in the relational aspects of life to simply become better with people and more effective in their relationships. With topics like Why Vulnerability Leads to Connection, What Matters Most in a Difficult Conversation, How to Improve Your Workplace Communication and The Art of Body Language the episodes are sure to be nothing short of incredibly impactful and life-changing.

6. The Dave Ramsey Show

If your goals are more financially based or you need some motivation on improving your financial state, then this is the podcast for you. Dave Ramsey is no doubt a well-known name in both the business and finance worlds. His counter-cultural thinking is seen as provocative by some and life-giving by others. While most people have very strong opinions about him and his philosophies (on BOTH sides of the spectrum), he is no doubt a master at motivating people to change. Through his podcasting platform “he offers callers and readers life-changing advice on how to beat debt, build wealth, and change their personal finances forever.” If you are looking for a unique take on debt elimination, wealth building and creating a healthy mentality about your personal or business finances, The Dave Ramsey Show will be a breath of fresh air. Dave covers a wide variety of topics in his podcast like How to Kick-Start Your Financial Goals at Any Age, How to Stop Worrying About Money for Good, Challenging Items on Your Credit Bureau Report and Don’t Settle for Doing Just “Okay” With Money. If you’re looking for further verification that it’s worth checking out, then how about this. Like a few others on this list,The Dave Ramsey Show also boasts the coveted place of being named as one of Apple’s Most Downloaded Shows of 2018.

7. Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations

You know podcasting is moving and shaking when global icons like Oprah start to get on board. Let’s be honest. There are few people in the world who can make anything seem more possible and find the positive in a situation like Oprah. If you’re looking for some of that positive vibe goodness in your life, then check out her podcast Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations (not to be confused with her other podcast Oprah’s Master Class: The Podcast). In Super Soul Conversations you can, “Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you with Super Soul. Hear Oprah’s personal selection of her interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self.” Interested yet? Be sure to check out popular episodes like Amy Schumer: A Modern-Day Warrior Woman, Dr. Maya Angelou, Part 1: 9 Words that Changed Her Life, Eckhart Tolle: Being in the Now and Michelle Obama: Becoming, Part 1. Her raw and authentic conversations will help bring people down to earth, help you see you’re not alone in your challenges and pick you back up on your feet towards a path of improvement.

8. The Minimalists Podcast

If you’re the type of person who is looking to get motivated, see some real changes take place and are willing to kick things in the pants, then you’re likely open to try anything to see results. Sometimes that means going to extreme lengths to get things done. Sometimes it may also mean getting rid of and cutting ties with things, people and situations that will bring you down or be a distraction to your end goal. Enter The Minimalists Podcast. “Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less. With more than 40 million downloads and 5,000 listener reviews, The Minimalists Podcast is often the #1 Health podcast on Apple Podcasts, and it occasionally charts in the Top 10 of all shows.” So what’s it all about? Well through the work of the hosts, they, “help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, BBC, and NPR.” Covering buzz worthy topics like how to Declutter, dealing with Technology, setting Priorities, how we spend Money, working through Stress and Mentalclutter (among many more), you will no doubt find something that will hit the proverbial nail on the head as you look to identify areas you can be improving and overcome in life, perhaps even allowing yourself to become a minimalist in a way or two.

9. This is Your Life

If you are a leader in your organization, company or in some other aspect of your life and are looking for a motivational source to help you grow and lead others more effectively, then this is the podcast for you. This Is Your Life is a podcast by Michael Hyattwith a simple and straightforward mission. “Win at Work. Succeed at Life. Lead with Confidence.” Doesn’t get any more straightforward than that, right? As Michael notes, “Our mission is to give you the clarity, courage, and tools you need to stop all the frenzy and start living with focus.” As a leader, it can be hard to maintain focus, effectiveness and courage when leading others who may not be on the same page as you. But all is not lost. Few resources will have the impact as this podcast for those looking to be motivated to lead their teams (large or small) more effectively. Trending titles include The Mindset That Will Limit Your Future, How Vision Affects Productivity, 5 Strategies For Building New Habits, How To Discern Your Calling and Why You Need A Life Plan Now.

10. TED Talks Daily

TED Talks. We all know them. We all love them. We all make ample time for them in our schedules. We could all use more of them in our lives, right? What’s not to love? TED Talks offer us gritty, real, approachable content to help us remember we’re all human and we’re all in this together. What could be better? How about getting a dailydose? “Want TED Talks on the go? Every weekday, this feed brings you our latest talks in audio format. Hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable — from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between — given by the world’s leading thinkers and doers. This collection of talks, given at TED and TEDx conferences around the globe, is also available in video format.” Happenstantially TED Talks Daily was also named as one of Apple’s Most Downloaded Shows of 2018. So do what countless others have done and dig in! Looking for a place to start? Be sure to check out episodes like 3 Kinds of Bias That Shape Your Worldview, There’s More To Life Than Being Happy, The Gift and Power Of Emotional Courage, How Boredom Can Lead To Your Most Brilliant Ideas and The Revolutionary Power of Diverse Thought.

11. The Tony Robbins Podcast

Ok, now here’s a motivational podcast everyone can love. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t at least heard the name of Tony Robbins, let alone been exposed to his personal development coaching in some way, shape or form. It’s no surprise then that the #1 Life and Business Strategist who has helped over 50 million people would look to podcasting as an additional outlet for his life’s work. This podcast is created for those people who are looking to really improve their personal life, business, their relationships and also their health and finances. Each episode is intended towards bringing an industry “mastermind” to your earbuds for a powerful impact towards helping you become a better you. Covering deep questions like Do you ever feel like a fraud? and practical topics like How crowdsourcing can ignite your business as well as discussions with successful and powerful leaders from top brands like Venmo, Skype, Hypergiant and Bulletproof, you will be forced to do some deep personal evaluation with the intent of gaining a greater self-discovery.

12. 20 Minutes With Bronwyn

For an altogether different approach at helping you get motivated, grow your business, your mindset and consequently, your impact, look no further than the 20 Minutes with Bronwyn podcast. Hosted by communication coach, writer and speaker Bronwyn Saglimbeni, this podcast is a refreshing look at what entrepreneurs and leaders can (or should) do to improve their communication and overcome their minimizing habits. “For over fifteen years, Bronwyn has helped high-profile clients prepare for big moments on camera and has midwifed over 120 TEDx, TED Global and TED talks. Bronwyn’s superpower is helping people communicate in a way that breaks through the static of our everyday lives. In 20 Minutes with Bronwyn, you will get a steady dose of high voltage, practical (and highly irreverent) advice to help you dismantle the communication habits that are holding you back, while giving you the skills you need to shine.” Bronwyn’s real-talk approach and often humorous candidness give the refreshing feel listeners need to work through real issues that prohibit them from growing in their communication and feeling ill-equipped to handle tough discussions. Highlight episodes include “Just Be Yourself!” Worst Advice Ever?, The Curse of Perfectionism and Mapping the Journey.

13. Bucci Radio

There’s something especially motivating about hearing from others who have built their way up to be an industry leader. This is the story of this next podcast, Bucci Radio. This podcast, hosted by fitness, lifestyle and entrepreneurial leader Amanda Bucci is, “created with the purpose of diving deeper into health, fitness, mindset, and entrepreneurship in order to provide MORE to those who are hungry for it, and create a community of goal and growth-oriented people, who want to consume incredibly valuable insight and information. Our goal is to #IGNITEYOURFIRE to take massive action in your own life by learning from experts on health, fitness, entrepreneurship, and the mindset necessary to succeed and be happy.” Amanda has had tremendous success in the fitness world and has since decided to take the plunge into the entrepreneurial space and hasn’t looked back. In addition to offering her FOCA and Influencer training programs for fitness and business leaders, her weekly podcast offers listeners exciting conversations with some of today’s most notable leaders like Gary Vee, Aubrey Marcus and Billy Gene. Her episodes include topics like 8 Ways to Become More Influential, How To Make Running a Business Less Scary and How to Gain 100,000 Instagram Followers in 6 Months which proves she’s not just trying to give her listeners bland business advice, but real, tangible ways to be an influencer in today’s world.
And there you have it. Thirteen of the most impactful, motivational and inspirational podcasts at your fingertips.

The Importance of the Internet for Businesses

The internet has become a vital tool for the success of businesses

It is very difficult to imagine how any business could operate during this time without the use of the internet. The development of the internet has significantly altered the day to day operations of a business; including how they communicate with each other and their audience. Information can be easily transmitted to any destination in a matter of seconds.

The internet has become an essential tool for marketing and advertising. A business can present itself to customers with the use of a website or online advertisements. Many businesses now use the internet as a means of making customers aware of their current promotions. This can be very beneficial to businesses that are targeting a younger audience.

Image

Creating the right image is very important to any business wishing to be a success. The internet can aid a businesses in achieving the perfect image. By having an effective website they can create the perfect web existence. Many businesses now also use social networking as a means of making themselves known to their target audience.

Communication

Communication and interaction with customers is vital to any business. The internet has ensured that this can be easily achieved. Businesses are able to communicate and interact with customers via email or instant messaging. Internet telephony such as Skype is now a popular method of communication and is used frequently by businesses in order to conduct virtual meetings with both customers and other businesses. The use of the internet also makes it easier for businesses to deliver messages to people working within the organisation.

Information

The internet has simplified the way in which businesses collects and records information. They are able to conduct effective research by searching on the web or by using online databases. An electronic record can then made of the information gathered. Important information such as the state of the stock exchange can also be obtained.

In addition, businesses that have an international presence are able to use the internet to conduct operations and communicate with people in offices that are based in different locations around the world. Transactions and payments can now also be made online which has simplified and sped up the payment process.

Top 10 Richest Entrepreneurs in 2019 & How They Made It

An entrepreneur is a person who sets up a business or an organization by taking a financial risk.

With financial risk comes a chance to earn financial rewards in terms of profit. Apart from financial gain, entrepreneurs are also motivated by factors like innovation, disruption, making an impact etc.

What makes a successful entrepreneur? What made the richest entrepreneurs so successful?

I believe entrepreneurial success depends on the following traits:

  • Strategic mindset
  • People management skills
  • Holding nerve during a downturn
  • Perseverance

But entrepreneurship isn’t easy & definitely not a recommended career line for the faint hearted ones. Having said that, it does provide an immense opportunity to change the world for a better. Had an entrepreneur not taken a risk then products like social networks, search engines, messenger apps & digital wallets would not have been invented.

With numerous global challenges now, the world needs more & better entrepreneurs. But, unfortunately, entrepreneurship hasn’t picked pace like other professions due to various business factors like increased competitiveness. As per a study conducted by CNN, number of Startups in the US had hit a 40-year low in the year 2016.

So, now let us go through a list of top 10 richest entrepreneurs (as per Forbes latest report)

TOP 10 RICHEST ENTREPRENEURS

1. Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos is the founder & CEO of the e-commerce giant Amazon. With a net worth of $131 Billion, he tops the list of richest entrepreneurs. He founded Amazon as an online bookstore in the year 1994. After that, there was no looking back for Bezos as he kept adding new categories of products. Today, Amazon is not only world’s largest online shopping platform but also has diversified interests in many other businesses like Amazon Web Services, Alexa, Junglee, Audible etc.

2. Bill Gates

Bill Gates is the founder of the PC software firm Microsoft corporation. With a net worth of $97 billion, Gates is at number second on the list. He is widely credited as one of the pioneers who revolutionized the personal computing industry with Microsoft’s operating system ‘Windows’. Started in 1975, Microsoft now has diversified interests in various companies including Skype, LinkedIn, Yammer, Microsoft Mobile (Earlier known as Nokia). He is also actively involved in various philanthropic projects.

3. Warren Buffett

Warren Buffet is one of the most successful investors of our time. With a net worth of $82 billion, he is at the number 3 spot on this list. He owns Berkshire Hathaway which owns more than 60 companies including Geico & Duracell. He has pledged to donate 99% of his wealth towards charities.

4. Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault is the chairman & CEO of the fashion conglomerate LVMH, the world’s largest luxury-goods company. With a net worth of $76 billion, he also happens to be Europe’s richest person. LVMH has more than 70+ brands under its belt.

5. Carlos Slim Helu

Carlos Slim Helu owns America Movil, Mexico’s biggest mobile telecom company. With a net worth of $64 billion, he is at #5 on this list. Also, he has diversified interests in other sectors like construction, consumer goods, mining, real estate & media.

6. Amancio Ortega

Amancio Ortega is the co-founder of Inditex which runs the popular fashion chain Zara. With a net worth $63 billion he is at number 6 on this list. Inditex has 8 brands & operates more than a whopping 7,500 stores across the world.

7. Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison is the co-founder of the software company Oracle. With a net worth of $62 billion, he is at #7 on this list. Oracle is mainly in CRM databases. And, with its recent acquisition of NetSuite, it took a giant leap in cloud computing.

8. Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is the famous co-founder & CEO of the social network Facebook. With a net worth of $62 billion, he is 8th on this list (also the youngest). Since its inception in 2004, Facebook has grown leaps & bounds. Recently, Facebook acquired social network & messenger apps called Instagram & WhatsApp respectively. Zuckerberg has pledged to donate 99% of his Facebook holdings towards charity.

9. Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg is the co-founder & CEO of the media giant Bloomberg. As you may be aware, Bloomberg is also a financial services & software company. With a net worth of $ 55 billion, he is at #9 on this list of richest entrepreneurs. He is also a member of ‘The Giving Pledge’ where he has pledged to give away half of his wealth as charity.

10. Larry Page

Larry Page is the co-founder & CEO of Alphabet Inc., the holding company of Google. Apart from being the world’s largest search engine, Google also runs a bunch of popular digital services like YouTube, Maps, Drive, Cloud, Gmail etc. Alphabet is also taking various innovative initiatives in health & smart home appliances sectors. With a net worth of $ 50 billion, he is at #10 on this list.

Conclusion

I believe money isn’t the correct parameter to judge if an entrepreneur (or for that matter even a person) is rich.

At the end of the day what matters is the impact, the social impact.

Anyways, the objective of this post was to list the names of billionaire entrepreneurs in monetary terms.

Successful Entrepreneurs Do These 8 Things Every Morning

We know it’s hard to get out from under the covers when the alarm goes off, but making the most of mornings is more important than you might think. How many successful business people do you know who sleep in? Exactly.

Believe it or not, our willpower is greatest in the early a.m., and our bodies even experience a surge of cortisol about 20 to 30 minutes after rolling out of bed, giving us an extra boost of brain power. Trust the evidence — CEOs, government officials, and entrepreneurs all rise early (sorry, nightowls) and have been found to be more proactive and productive for doing so. Check out some other morning habits that will help you keep your business on the up and up.

No snoozing

The snooze button is tempting, but don’t give in. Oversleeping equals a frazzled morning, which sets the wrong tone for the day. If rising and shining is a perennial problem, it’s time to examine your sleep hygiene. Most experts recommend adults get between seven and nine hours a nightto stay healthy and alert, so if you need to get up at 5 a.m. (ouch), that means you need to hit the hay at 10 p.m. at the latest.

Avoid reading email until you’re out of bed

It may sound counterintuitive, but hear us out. Before you get bogged down in what your inbox is shouting, take the time to set your own personal priorities for the day. This will help you keep focused on what is actually important instead of falling victim to what your email says is most pressing.

Exercise or meditate

Whether you prefer reciting oms or affirmations or taking a jog around the park, meditation and exercise help clear the mind to keep you focused on the day ahead. It’s also a good time for daydreaming about future achievements. This kind of positive visualization, even if you only do it for one minute, will improve your mood and outlook about the day’s workload.

Eat a healthy breakfast

Protein, fruit, vegetables, and even a cup of tea or coffee will fuel your morning. Consider it the necessary brain boost to get you going.

Set goals and priorities

Take Monday mornings to set the week’s goals. Then, before you head to the office, take stock of what needs to happen that day. Make a list and jot down notes about the top three things you need to accomplish when your mind is clearest and sharpest. While in the shower, make a mental map of what the day ahead will look like. After all, this might be the only quiet, uninterrupted time of your day. Then, when things start to get hectic, you can refer back to this list and recalibrate.

Check in over your morning cup of Joe

Now let’s get down to business. Look over email, take a peek at social media, and make checking in on metrics one of your best daily practices. At a glance, you’ll be able to see the prior day’s sales as well as other important data that may influence your to-do items.

Tackle tough things first

We all have that one thing on our to-do list that we’re absolutely dreading. Here’s a pro tip: Do the least desirable task first. You’re more equipped to handle a tough assignment first thing when your brain has the most energy. And then you can cross it off your list. Not only will it make the rest of the day easier and more pleasant, but it also starts you off with a real sense of accomplishment.

Be habitual and consistent

Create a morning routine and stick to it. Habits help your mind and body reset in preparation for the tasks ahead. That means waking up at the same time every day — yes, even on the weekend (we’re looking at you, Sunday sleepyhead).

Now that you’ve been awakened to the benefits of productive morning habits, get after your day.

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