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10 Best Books For Entrepreneurs In 2017

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Every entrepreneur needs an active reading list. After all, books are one of the most valuable knowledge resources. Even the best podcasts and YouTube videos cannot replace the in-depth lessons found in a good book.

The challenge, however, is sifting through and finding the right material. Find something that will not only resonate with you and inspire you to aim higher, but will also guide you through that process as well.

From self-development to business best practices, here are ten must-reads for entrepreneurs in 2017:

1. All In by Bill Green

 Not many entrepreneurs can say that they started their empire in a flea market. Serial entrepreneur Bill Green pulls from over forty years of business experiences to share 101 key insights that have helped him build one of the largest industrial distribution companies in the country. For aspiring entrepreneurs, this is a glimpse into what it takes to go from a startup founder to CEO of a publicly traded company.

This is the sort of read that makes you realize that even the world’s most successful entrepreneurs once started as paperboys and door-to-door salesmen — and Green is no exception. All In shows the true value of 100{193319180524fe1cbcf93f2fa4436f311e82d10b1113c9fa2c57b372435e0a56} committing to a venture, and the level of persistence and dedication it takes to become successful.

2. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

Not many people can compile years and years of interview notes together and create a handbook of excellence, let alone a compelling and worthwhile read. Tim Ferriss is one of those people.

From financial advice to morning routines, actionable steps to taking care of your body and beyond, Ferriss’s Tools of Titans leaves no stone unturned. He says that this text, intended as a sporadic reading experience, is to be used as a resource for whatever it is you’re focused on; it’s not necessarily meant to be read cover-to-cover.

3. Disrupted by Dan Lyons

What does a popular magazine writer do when his job no longer exists in the modern age? He works for a popular budding startup at the time called HubSpot, rides the wave to the top, and writes a book about being in trenches of the second tech bubble.

Lyons is also a writer for the popular HBO show, Silicon Valley, which seems to all-too-perfectly nail today’s trendy startup culture right on its head. Want to know what it all looks like from the inside? This is as close as you’re going to get.

4. Idea to Execution by Ari Meisel and Nick Sonnenberg

Virtual assistants are no longer a distant idea in an imaginative future. In fact, they are becoming more and more actively involved in the building of a business from the ground-up, especially when finances are tight.

Authors Meisel and Sonnenberg birthed their VA business from scribbled notes on cocktail napkins. They were up and running less than 24 hours later. Their process? Optimize, Automate, and Outsource. Idea to Executive traces their journey to creating a profitable Virtual Assistant company.

5. Unshakeable by Tony Robbins

For truly insightful financial advice, look no further than the guru himself, Tony Robbins. Unshakeable is, by all accounts, a compilation of “the best of the best.” It pulls knowledge from the top financial minds in the world to create a playbook for financial freedom.

For any aspiring entrepreneur looking to learn more about managing the financial aspect of their life (both personally and professionally) or even a seasoned veteran hoping to continue honing their skills, this is a must-read.

6. Grit by Angela Duckworth

What is the one quality that separates the talented from the successful? According to Duckworth, that quality is called “grit,” something every entrepreneurial spirit should possess.

Anyone striving to succeed, no matter if you’re a parent, student, educator, athlete, or businessperson, should focus less on talent. Instead, take on a “gritty” blend of passion and persistence. Consider this your wake-up call to hit the pavement running.

7. The Third Wave by Steve Case

Part memoir, part vision for the future, Case’s story begins when he co-founded America Online (AOL) back in 1985, a time many of us remember with the sound of a loud modem connecting to the Internet. The Third Wave tells the story AOL’s massive merger with Time Warner, as well as his take on the next generation of the Internet. First, there was AOL and other companies that laid the foundation.

Second were companies like Google and Facebook, who helped make the Internet more social. Today, we are entering The Third Wave, in which technology and the real world have become synonymous and in which startups are using the Internet to transform our everyday reality.

8. Pivot by Jenny Blake

Pivot is an actionable guide to the sort of finesse required to survive as a startup. Lean, agile, and ready for anything is the motto, and success is, as Blake says, “All about your next move.”Image result for 10 Best Books For Entrepreneurs In 2017

In this book, topics range from how to double-down on your strengths and cover your weaknesses, all the way to running small experiments in order to figure out which ideas are worth pursuing and which should be discarded.

9. Be Obsessed Or Be Average by Grant Cardone

Grant Cardone is an extremely well-known entrepreneur who has invested heavily in his personal brand and now uses his story to inspire and motivate others. In his book, Be Obsessed Or Be Average, his message to aspiring entrepreneurs is simple: you either demand that it happens, or it won’t happen at all.

His recipe for success comes down to: setting big goals and reaching for them day in and day out, leveraging your money instead of spending it frivolously, and finally, using people’s negativity and doubt as fuel for your fire.

10. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

The creative process is ethereal to most. It can be confusing and difficult, and as a result very few people have the patience to nurture their own creative thinking.

Here, Gilbert takes to the page to share her own perspective on the creative process, and how to best understand that tricky quality called “inspiration.” From attitude shifts to daily habits, this is a book about how to keep your creative juices flowing, no matter what.

Source Article: www.forbes.com

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Marking or engraving? This is the dilemma: Three criteria to avoid making the wrong decision

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In the previous article, we explained the fundamental differences between laser marking and laser engraving, which are often wrongly confused. In marking, the laser melts the material through heat and modifies its shape to imprint a permanent code or mark.

Laser engraving, on the other hand, vaporizes the material. The laser beam penetrates deeper into the surface and removes the upper layers by sublimating them, or rather through a direct transition from solid to a gaseous state. This is because the laser hits localized areas with a high intensity of energy and therefore heat.

But how do I choose whether to mark or to engrave?

Now that we understand the difference between the two processes, let’s now define what are the main parameters that lead us to choose one over the other:

1 Marking resistance

Laser engraving penetrates the surface more deeply and is recommended for all those components that are at risk of wear due to the environmental conditions in which they will be set, or that are subjected to post-marking process surface treatments such as sandblasting, shot peening, e-coating or heat treatments

2 Speed

Marking is a process that takes less time than engraving, precisely because it penetrates the surface of the material less deeply. If the component is not subjected to a particular stress, such as with home appliances, electronic, promotional, and jewelry components, marking also guarantees speed mixed with the permanence of the result.

3 The material and its compatibility

As already explained, while marking dissolves the material by modifying its roughness, engraving sublimates the material by creating grooves. To do this, the laser must be powerful enough to vaporize the material in a few milliseconds and the material to be marked must have an adequate sublimation temperature, so deep engraving is not always possible.

When laser engraving occurs, it is important that the laser marker is equipped with a suitable exhaust system. LASIT has designed its exhaust fan, specifically designed to maximize the level of protection of both the environment and the laser itself.

Now that we have a more precise picture of the parameters that lead us to recommend one rather than the other process, it is time to find out about the 10 guidelines for choosing a good laser marker.

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What are the steps involved in Lanyard design?

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Lanyards are not a modern invention. It was invented in France right back in the 18th century for the soldiers to tie the weapons on to a chord so tight that they can use it often. The design, technique of production, and purpose of the lanyard have undergone a drastic change over the years. These are some of the steps involved in Lanyard design.

The printing of lanyards Singapore follows these steps to design a lanyard.

Step 1: Use a proper tool to design 

There is a lot of software available in the market using which you can design some of the best designs for a lanyard. Hire a designer and get it done.

Step 2: Choose the right production process 

You might think that all the production process is the same. But this is not the scenario. Certain production techniques may work for certain items and certainly don’t.

To understand which would work for what, you need to have an understanding of the processes.

Screen Printing  

Screen Printing is a process originated in China back in the 6th century and later it spread to Japan. This process involves pouring ink on a mesh screen which has the logo of your company impregnated on it and the lanyard fabric is placed underneath the mesh and thus, the logo gets created.

Also, you can place the lanyard fabrics which are cut to the desired size, and then you can place the mesh on top of it. The width of the mesh should be the same size as the width of the lanyard fabric.

The paint on top of the mesh is scraped off so that the paint gets stuck to the fabric in a much better fashion.

You can place a silicone sheet on top of the lanyard fabric and then provide some heat on top of the sheet so that the image gets stuck.

Dye Sublimation 

While Screen Printing just involves printing the image on top of the fabric, the dye-sublimation method incorporates a process where the dye is impregnated into the lanyard fabric and the color stays longer.

The design is coded on to the sublimation machine and the heat transfer paper is placed in such a manner that the reverse image gets printed on the sheet of paper. This sheet of paper now transfers the images on it to the lanyard fabric. A high temperature is required to complete this process.

There are other post-production processes like cutting the lanyard fabric to its length. Analyzing the quality of the finished product etc.

These are some of the steps involved in Lanyard design. These techniques are tested from time to time and have shown better output due to the efficient processes involved in it.

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