This is a guest post by Dr. Steve McSwain, an author,speaker and an incredible leadership coach. Please feel free to connect with Dr. Steve on Facebook, Twitter or Google+
When you think “hamburger: what comes to your mind?
McDonalds? Perhaps.
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What about “computers?”
Apple? Microsoft?

What about mobile phone providers?
…or, pizza? Lingerie? Airlines? Rental cars?

When I think of rental cars the first thing that comes to my mind is Hertz.

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This is a guest post by George Meszaros who is a serial entrepreneur and the co-founder of Success Harbor. Please feel free to connect with George on Twitter, Facebook or Google+
Some of the most successful bloggers started blogging as a hobby. Some of them wanted to document an important phase of their lives. Others wanted to share adventures from travel to business to major life events.
Success demands you have your own products as a blogger
Many started simply to teach others. The point is that most successful bloggers didn’t get into blogging for money. It’s hard to believe that some multi-million dollar revenue blogs started out as small side projects.

It doesn’t happen overnight. I have interviewed many very successful bloggers and several of them shared that the first couple of years were a lot of work with little reward. Their sites have received few visitors if any during the first few months, but they kept writing and churning out content.

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Everybody wants to be successful. I haven’t met an entrepreneur who doesn’t want to make it happen for his/her business. To a business leader, success of the enterprise is actually a responsibility.

What Separates Successful Business Leaders From The Unsuccessful

Yet, not everybody is able to make it. The question is – Why? How come some business leaders succeed beyond measure and others, in the same arena, can’t even make a mark? What are some of the differentiating factors?

This Difference Is Important

As a leader, it is important to understand the differentiating factors because you are responsible for your successes and failures equally. As a leader of your business, you need to plan your success, avoid the potholes and follow the path to success to make it happen.

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I love attending business seminars, personal development workshops and networking events where I get to meet successful entrepreneurs from various industries and learn from their experience. This is how I add value to my entrepreneurial spirit.

Entrepreneurship Workshop And Personal Development Seminar - Audience Listening To The Speaker

Recently, I attended a professional seminar with a few of my business associates and got to listen to and learn from some of the top entrepreneurs in Dallas metro area. It was a fun filled event with a power packed schedule where I got a chance to make a lot of notes for myself.

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The superstar motivational speaker and personal development legend, Zig Ziglar passed away on November 28th, 2012 at age 86. The sad news came along with this quote from him that has been a driving force in my life:

You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want. ~Zig Ziglar [tweet this]

Zig Ziglar - The Motivator Speaking To The Audience From The StagePhoto courtesy of Bill Butler

He was known for his clever way with words that inspired millions of people around the world to stop looking for shortcuts to success; and instead, earn it the old-fashioned way by rolling up their sleeves and getting to work.

His book, See You at the Top: 25th Anniversary Edition has been my all-time favorite. The incredible life lessons he shared in this book have inspired people from all walks of life around the world to take charge and make a difference in their lives. Continue Reading…

In a recent networking event, I had an opportunity to engage in a very interesting conversation with a senior sales manager of a large firm. I got a chance to ask him a few questions and learn a few things from him.

Top Sales Manager Sharing His Experience At A Networking EventPhoto courtesy of ©Depositphotos/Yuri_Arcurs

In a short conversation, he shared many little things he does regularly outside of his job responsibilities for his prospects and customers that have consistently helped him not just in keeping his existing clients pleased, but to grow his customer base tremendously by new referrals.

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I haven't seen a person who doesn't want to be successful in something. Everybody has dreams, everybody wants to be known for something, recognized for something – to be a success at something! Yet, success is always a minority in every field, in every walk of life.

Top 5 Excuses That Stop You From Embarking On The Success Journey

There are various reasons why people give up on their dreams at different stages of the journey. But those who do give up, always find an excuse to justify why they failed. In this post, however, let's discuss about top 5 excuses people give to justify why they failed to even embark on the journey:

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