Chase the vision (Earnspiration Report Issue 15)

Chase the vision quoteAll businesses want to turn a profit, that’s why they exist; but truly successful businesses extend their focus beyond cost-cutting and profits and instead concentrate on providing added value to their customer’s lives. Zappos (acquired by Amazon in 2009 for $1.2 billion) has a culture of employee empowerment and exceptional customer service, which has made it one of the most successful online retailers.

So if you want to become rich, focus on how you can make a real difference to people’s lives and let the profits follow.

Top links and resources

Every week I scour the web for new interesting and inspiring articles and videos.  Here is the latest selection:

Entrepreneurs

The story of ‘Moop’: how a company came to be

How to start a restaurant

Leadership & management

What leaders really do

How Google harnesses the entire company to stay innovative

Personal branding & online profile / platform

Why is a web presence important for financial professionals?

Freelancing

3 freelance economy success stories

Career & intrapreneurs

Meet the man behind Gary Player’s golf empire: his son

Personal development

To make big gains, avoid tiny losses

Business skills

A super-easy way to come up with the next million-dollar idea

How to hold a weekly team meeting without wasting people’s time

Strategy

What it took for Elon Musk’s SpaceX to disrupt Boeing, leapfrog NASA, and become a serious space company

Marketing & media

How to use content curation to create a recurring revenue business

The future of marketing is to be useful

Investment

Terry Smith: ‘I’ve returned 17pc a year by following these three rules’

You can’t predict the future. So how do you invest for it?

Property

You don’t need oodles of cash savings to finance your buy-to-let property investment

Books to read

Lessons we can all learn from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh

4 classic management books that remain relevant today

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