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Emotional Intelligence: A Secret Weapon for Entrepreneurial Success

Before you win as an entrepreneur, you have to win the emotional and mental battle in your mind. Your ability to remain positive amid rejection, maintain your composure during a disagreement or adapt your value proposition during a sales pitch — depends on your level of emotional intelligence (EQ). Travis Bradberry, the co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, defines EQ as your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships. Are You Prepared to Unlearn? Although EQ may sound like a “touchy-feely nice to have” skill, your level of EQ can make or break the success of your business. It’s just not enough to create a great product, show up for work, and work hard. Managing your emotions, building positive relationships and communicating clearly and confidently determines how far you go in life. So ultimately, you may need to unlearn some habits or childhood beliefs you’ve developed...

Kandia Johnson

Jan 8, 2020

How to Develop Discipline When You're Self-Employed

Being self-employed can be a beautiful thing. You can set your schedule, take time off at your discretion, and even complete a full day’s work without ever leaving the house. However, without the structure of an office and a timesheet to fill out, it can be challenging to motivate yourself to get to work and stay focused. Here are a few tips for making the most out of every workday when you’re self-employed: 1. Set and Maintain a Schedule Maintaining a schedule is critical to getting work done consistently. Waking up, working out, and conducting business at a set time every day, helps you ensure that all your daily tasks get done and nothing slips through the cracks. When you have a daily routine, you don’t need to coax yourself out of bed because muscle memory will eventually take over and propel you through the day. 2. Establish a Workspace While it might be tempting to do all your work from the comfort of your warm bed, I’ve personally found this to be unsustainable. After a few...

Colleen Williams

Dec 10, 2019