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There are two things that can make or break you when it comes to achieving greatness: your body language and your confidence. If you don’t have confidence, you’ll never be able to put yourself out there in the world. You need the confidence to try, and it’s confidence that will help you get back up after your failures.

Once you have the confidence to get out there, your next obstacle is your first impression. Your body language tells someone a lot about you. Sometimes, it may not be what you intended it to say. Having proper posture, giving people a big smile and treating everyone like an old friend will go a long way.

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Prince Edward Island is throwing the door open for cannabis tourism businesses by allowing recreational marijuana consumption in guest rooms.

The operator of a hotel may allow or prohibit the consumption of cannabis in rooms, whether the MJ is consumed by smoking or other means, a government spokesperson confirmed.

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The move puts owners of hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts in a position to capitalize on cannabis tourism when legal sales kick off Oct. 17 across Canada.

“By granting business owners the authority to decide if adult recreational cannabis may be consumed in their rental units and/or any areas they may have designated on their property, it s

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Amazon’s recently launched SageMaker artificial intelligence service is an exciting new development, but the program doesn’t do it all. There’s a distinct gap between innovative AI technology that exists and AI solutions that will help drive business results in your specific case. Using products such as SageMaker is like having a brand-new Tesla Model S: It’s an awesome car, but it’s a giant electric paperweight if you don’t know how to drive.

We discussed "walking" with AI in a prior Entrepreneur article; now it’s time to hit the ground running. At Manifold, we work with clients using a method called “Lean AI.” Our method is inspired by many other popular processes, inc

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How Businesses Can Use Mobile Marketing to Their Advantage (Infographic)

The marketing industry isn’t the same as it was 10 years ago. And much of that is thanks to the rise of smartphones.

Today's marketing initiatives go far beyond print ads and desktop computers, and it’s more important than ever to have a mobile marketing campaign in place for your business. If you’re feeling stuck, there’s no need to worry. With a few quick tips and an understanding of how other businesses are using mobile marketing to their advantage, you’ll be well on your way to creating a stellar campaign.

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People spend 59 percent of their time on mobile, according to research compiled by App Geeks. But marketers spend 15 percent of their budgets on mobile and the remaining

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Some jobs are sprints, others are marathons. There are lots of roles, such as those in retail, hospitality and logistics, where you are likely to be bouncing between quiet, calm periods and busy, highly demanding periods several times in the same day. Others, such as marketing, copywriting and many office-based roles, are slow burning but taxing all the same.

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How to Pitch Your Business, Product or Idea to Industry Experts

Whenever its possible, I tell first-time entrepreneurs to bootstrap their own business ideas. If you want to be an entrepreneur, create something you can sell as soon as possible and start selling. That, or find an existing product to flip. Either way, there's nothing that can replace the in-the-trenches experience of getting out there and selling to the masses.

Related: I Took 400 Meetings With Investors to Get My Startup Funded. Here's What I Learned.

Still, there are certain ideas that can only become a reality with investor funding. Or maybe you have a product or service that's humming along, but you're hoping to accelerate your growth with the insight, mentorship or funding f

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3 Ways to Work in Weed Without Ever Touching The Plant

With the growing cannabis industry expected to exceed $24 billion in sales by 2025, it’s easy to understand why so many entrepreneurs are looking to get in on the ground floor. Canada recently legalized marijuana and there is a good chance that in the next ten years, the U.S. will follow suit. The companies that get in early have a chance to not only thrive but to corner huge swaths of an exciting new market.

But some of that enthusiasm is tempered by the fact that, although cannabis is legal medicinally (and increasingly recreationally) in two-thirds of the United States, there is still a stigma around the plant. For many business people, growing and distributi

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How a Top Bank Executive Left Finance to Start an Adventure Travel Company -- and What He Learned About Success in Business

In this series, The GambitEntrepreneur associate editor Hayden Field explores extraordinary risk, speaking with successful people about how they overcame unusual obstacles to found a company or switched industries entirely in a "career 180."

Jeff Bonaldi told himself he’d never launch a company again.

The 25-year-old had just decided to cut his losses and move on from the business he’d been working on since age 21. After Bonaldi shuttered his first company, he set his sights on a safer path in the realm of business and banking, ending up as a top-level executive at Citibank. That is, until, he became riveted by a centuries-old legend.  

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Because I live in a city I do a lot of walking. Because I have a number of clients to visit I do a lot of driving. Because I speak frequently I frequently travel. Back in the day I used to listen to a lot of music. I still do. But nowadays I also listen to podcasts.  I use an app called Castbox where I subscribe to about 15 or so of my favorites and bookmark specific episodes to go back and listen to whenever I have time.

Are they business related? No.

Maybe it's because I read a lot of business content every day. Or maybe it's because I'm so absorbed in my business that I need a break. But even though I don't listen to business podcasts, the ones I do listen to are having a big impact on how I manage my life...and my company. So let me share with you three great podcasts that aren't busines...

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9 Quotes on Success, Money and Entrepreneurship From Millionaire 'Shark Tank' Investor Kevin O'Leary

You might know him as the tough, truth-telling investor “Mr. Wonderful” on ABC’s Shark Tank, however there’s much more than what you see on screen. Entrepreneur, investor, author and television personality Kevin O’Leary got his major business break when he co-founded SoftKey, a tech company that packaged floppy disks and CDs in the 1980s. After buying The Learning Company, a company that created educational and entertainment games in 1995 and absorbing it into SoftKey, O’Leary sold the company to Mattel for more than $3 billion, maki

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Spending My Childhood in Physical Therapy Inspired Me to Start My Own Company

My friends Hoyoung Ban and Young Choi always peppered me with business ideas. Because one has experience working at an internationally recognized company and the other has a Ph.D. in engineering and physical science and is a genius, I always listened.

From a business perspective, none of the ideas were solid. Until one was. It was an idea that struck home for both me and Hoyoung. It aimed to solve a big problem in the American healthcare system we have experienced firsthand.

I was born with spina bifida and grew up in South Korea. That meant two things: First, I couldn’t participate in Taekwondo. To a kid in South Korea, Taekwondo is like football, basketball and baseball all rolled into one: Pretty much everyone participated, but I never could. Second, I spent countless, repetitive hours in...

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How to Manage Your Google Privacy Settings

A privacy policy is meant to be a contract between you and a company -- big tech companies in particular -- that ensures these companies are keeping your data safe. One company that has an enormous amount of your data -- from email and photos to videos and documents -- is Google.

The Google Privacy Policy has been "updated" 28 times since its inception in 1999 -- including three times in 2017 alone. The most was five times in the year 2015. And to its credit, Google makes all the updates and changes pretty obvious.

But this stuff can and will change to suit Google, or to suit new laws and regulations Google has to follow. For example, in the European Union and elsewhere on May 25, 2018, Google and others will have to deal with the General Data Protection Regulation, or GD

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15 Tips, Hacks and Tricks to Get the Most Out of Google Photos

Many of us have thousands of photos and videos on our phones, and although it’s so easy to take them, it’s less clear how to keep them organized and transfer them to other devices.

In the age of cloud computing and artificial intelligence, you don’t need a cord to backup your photos. You don’t even need to be near your computer. And you certainly shouldn’t be emailing them or messaging them to yourself. There are simpler, more streamlined alternatives, such as Google Photos.

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How to Reset a Bad Work Day

Most people don’t wake up ready to start the day like Snow White singing to her helpful little birds. Most days you get caught up in the hustle and bustle and have to push through, and then, there are the bad days when you’re just not feeling it.

The alarm goes off late. Your forehead is pounding, and your body feels like a semi-truck has hit it. Your computer crashes and destroys your assignment hours before the deadline. Your supervisor has taken micromanagement to the next level. You have to work through lunch, and it’s not even the afternoon yet.

Everyone has one of those days. You may feel like it’s your fault, but it’s not. Most of the time, these stressful situations are outside of your control, but you can monitor, accept and reset your reactions. To get started, try these five tips ...

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