A blueprint for true success

a list of business books for entrepreneurs
a list of business books for entrepreneurs
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Entrepreneurship is a process and a mindset. Recently, I’ve been thinking about the top traits of successful entrepreneurs and how to put these traits into practice.

Entrepreneurship is hard stuff. What’s that popular saying? “If it were easy then everybody would do it.” If you’re not willing to grind (at times), then entrepreneurship isn’t for you. I know it’s hard and that’s why I’m giving you a shot of inspiration and guidance with articles like these.

Success is something that yields relational and eternal results. It’s about more than earthly gain and the bottom line. A successful entrepreneur is a servant who gives his or her best to the client/customer, team member(s), partner(s), stakeholders, Church, and/or the world in general. A successful entrepreneur doesn’t stoop to immorality in his or her business for ill-gotten gain. …


Writers now more than ever have “extra hands” to help them create exceptional ​work. By extra hands, I’m referring to technology and artificial intelligence. Gone are the days of ink and quill (though I still use ink and paper to jot down ideas and goals).

Consider these things… Laptops have become less expensive, faster, and more powerful. You can write confidently from anywhere! But the big thing is the power of artificial intelligence and the many ways it can help you become a more productive writer. Discover how AI technology can empower you as a writer.

Grammarly uses AI to help writers and bloggers improve their writing skills. Both Grammarly Free and Grammarly Premium possess a suite of features that will turn you from a B+ writer to an A+ writer. Affiliate link coming…


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Our final entry to the Ultimate Writer series is here!

I jotted down a list of the 13 attributes it takes for someone to be the ultimate writer on Medium (or anywhere else).

This final entry closes up the four-part series, with the final three key attributes — guts, versatility, and connecting. Part 4 features great work from Nikki Brueggeman, Ryan Fan, and Sinem Günel.

https://medium.com/inspirefirst/13-attributes-of-the-ultimate-writer-part-4-of-4-1c01b69960a8

Thanks for coming along on the journey of this series!

-Chris


Guts, Versatility, and Connecting

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All things must come to an end at some point. I’m back with Part 4 of the Ultimate Writer series-the final installment in this fun series. I’ve been so thrilled to learn more about the writers who have been featured in the series. But most of all, I’ve been happy to show you how to be a better writer by highlighting key writing attributes.

Part 4 of the Ultimate Writer series has me walking into my Ultimate Writer Lab for the last time. This time, I’m working on fortifying our ultimate writer with Guts, Versatility, and Connecting.

After you read this final installment, please check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 so that you can read about the other attributes and learn about some talented writers. …


Read one a month and thank me later.

The 12 Best Business Books to Read Any Year
The 12 Best Business Books to Read Any Year

I love business books. And if you’re reading this, I bet that you love business books too. This article gives you a list of the best business books to read in a year. Read these great business books to grow your business and grow as a business person or entrepreneur.

Whether you want to start a business, improve your business, or you want to be a better team member at work, this list of business books is for you. …


A study on intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation

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If you search for the word motivation, you will get over 1 billion search results in about ½ second, but when you begin reading these articles, what you will find is a lot of empty promises and very little useful insight. This is not one of those pseudo-motivational articles that is just a list of superficial tips. We are going to dive deeply into the topics of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

Whether you are a business owner who is interested in motivating millennials, or you are a millennial yourself, this article will help you understand motivational topics in a new way. …


Efficiency with people is ineffective.

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A man drinking coffee while smoking a cigarette
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Our 7-year-old daughter called her older sister a jerk the other day. It wasn’t the nicest thing to say, but the label was accurate at the time and the moment was actually kinda’ funny (I laughed on the inside because I don’t want to encourage our children to say mean things to each other lol).

I’ve been writing a lot of content for various publications, projects, and clients lately. If you’re a writer, then you understand that writing takes a lot of focus. I’ve also had more virtual meetings with my team, clients, and prospects these days. With three children at home, distractions can come quickly and often. …


Listen, respond, give, and be patient

A red sports car in front of a mansion
A red sports car in front of a mansion
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Jesus wants you to be rich. Do you believe that? I know that statement sounds controversial or sacrilegious.

But yes, the same Jesus that said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” will lead you to unimaginable riches. The same Jesus who chased the money changers out of the temple for cheating people will give you great wealth.

Jesus wants you to be rich. The questions are how will He help you get rich, what you have to do, and when will you start living in the lap of luxury? …


They help me be a better human being.

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I love our daughters. As a father, if you invest time in your relationship with your daughter(s), the positive impact on their lives and your family’s well-being can last a lifetime and beyond. Our daughters not only help me become a better dad…they’ve helped me become a better human.

How Our Daughters Have Helped Me Grow

1. Our daughters taught me that kids will be kids in their own unique ways as individuals. When I was younger, I had this idea growing up that all girls were neater and more organized than boys. This is an unfair standard to try to apply to all girls. Some girls are neat, some are messy and that’s okay. Just like some boys are neat and some are messy. …


Imagine knowing the day you’re going to die.

an hourglass on top of rocks
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How would knowing when you were going to die impact how you manage your time today? It’s a serious question to ponder.

Allow me to introduce you to Randy Pausch and his inspiring story. His story and how we approached life in the face of his own mortality will inspire you to go after your goals. You will discover that you can and will do amazing things once you realize that life on this earth is short.

About Dr. Randy Pausch

Dr. Randy Pausch (October 23, 1960 — July 25, 2008) was a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. …

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Chris Craft

My thoughts on faith, family, finances: chriscraft.substack.com — Believer, Hubby, Father, Founder: NeoLuxe Marketing (neoluxemarketing.com) & InspireFirst.com

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