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E-Strategies Week of August 22, 2016

6 Books Every Hustling Entrepreneur and Creative Should ReadHustlingReads

If you want to start a business, there’s simply no excuse to be clueless anymore. Being the leader of a brand that influences people requires a relentless commitment to bettering yourself.

What’s the quickest way to do this? Books.

Books are a cheap investment with a potentially infinite ROI. Think about it this way. A world class expert might work for 20+ years to figure something out, completely devoting her entire life to answering one particular question.

You can possess all of her knowledge on that subject in a 200 page book that can be read in a weekend. Consider the fact that you have access to this information for pennies on the dollar by simply going to Amazon and buying a used copy. There is no excuse anymore. You have all the access in the world.

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How to Hire a Friend Without Ruining Your RelationshipHireaFriend

Recruiting your team should be your top priority as an entrepreneur. You need to become a talent scout, scanning your direct and indirect networks for top people who can join your team.
Occasionally in this process, your friends may ask you to hire them, which can be a blessing or a curse. If you have an appropriate opening for them that fits their experience and skill set, it can produce fantastic results. But if they end up being a bad fit, it can be disastrous for both your business and your friendship.
To avoid the latter outcome, make sure to follow these steps when hiring a friend:

50 Powerful Mini Habits That Will Help You Lead Your Best Life

Best Life
What are 50 things that everyone can do to make life easier? originally appeared onQuora – the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.
Answer by Yuri Kruman, Master Career Strategist | Startup Executive, Advisor | Healthcare, Ex-Law/Fin, on Quora:
Here are 50 rules and guidelines I follow each day to make life easier. These have kept me sane and productive through massive setbacks and heartbreak — and successes, too.

InfluenceFailThe 3 Most Common Reasons Why Brands Fail at Influencer Marketing

There is no shortage of influencer marketing experts out there and our research shows we have more influencer tools/technologies than you can shake a stick at. So the question begs to be asked and answered – despite all the resources available to them, why do brands still keep screwing up their influencer marketing programs?
Here are the top 3 reasons we’ve seen for most influencer marketing fails.

15 Simple Things You Can Do To Stay Happy At WorkStayHappy

The key to happiness at your job isn’t about the big stuff – it’s all in the details.
Whether it’s finding the perfect desk plant, eating a delicious snack or doling out a few well-deserved compliments, you’d be surprised how fast the little things can turn your day around. And who doesn’t want a Monday that feels like a Friday?
These 15 simple day-brighteners are sure to do the trick.

4 Simple Habits of People Who Command Respect
CommandRespect

Respect. It’s something everyone (and not just Aretha Franklin) craves.  After all, it’s human nature to want to be viewed as intelligent and accomplished. But most of us don’t want to demand that high opinion in a way that’s aggressive and authoritative.
Admittedly, commanding respect from others–particularly older and more experienced industry leaders–is something I’ve struggled with. As a female business owner in my mid-20s, I’ve come across my fair share of esteemed professionals at networking events who have legitimately referred to my work as “cute.”
Yes, it’s enough to make me want to roll my eyes and make a gagging sound. But instead of getting bent out of shape about those uneducated opinions, I quickly realized something important: Eliciting respect from others is a responsibility that lies solely on my shoulders. As cheesy as it sounds, you truly teach people how to treat you. So it’s up to you to ensure that others take your reputation and your work seriously.
I’ll be the first to confess that it’s not always easy. But it’s still definitely doable. Here are four simple habits I’ve put into play that have helped me command more respect.

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