22 Ways to Renew Your Spirit and Get Your Mojo Back

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You may not be able to control the unexpected challenges that come your way.  But you can put tools, tips and suggestions in place to deal with the bad news, the blahs and the loss of enthusiasm we all experience from time to time — and get your mojo back.

How to Get Your Mojo Back

Exercise

Get moving!  This is especially important for those who have sedentary jobs.

Physical activity is a proven way to change your mood and attitude, not to mention physical appearance and fitness.

According to one study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, sedentary behavior increases our chances of getting a disease or a condition that will kill us prematurely, even if we exercise.  Sitting is the new smoking.

Adopt an exercise routine, park farther away, walk the mall, take the stairs, and get up and move around during the day.  Use a pedometer or step counter, and work your way up to the 10,000 steps a day that some health professionals advocate.

Focus on Positive Affirmations

Take a few moments before blasting into the day to focus on a positive thought, intention or idea.  It establishes an effective mindset for the rest of the day.

Go to any bookstore, find some meditation books recommended for beginners, and get started.  Or subscribe to one of the many websites that deliver daily affirmations right to your inbox!

Get Enough Sleep and Hydrate

Most of working America is sleep starved, trying to juggle family and work. It is suggested to get at least eight hours of sleep and drink eight glasses of water daily. Lack of sleep and hydration can drain our energy and motivation.  When we get run down is when we can get sick.

Eat Better

Avoid alcohol and caffeine as much as possible. Try to eat foods that boost energy naturally and give you stamina.  Avoid the quick sugar shot. It is usually followed by an energy crash that makes you feel worse.

The right foods, at the right time of day, can make a big difference in our productivity and mood. Seek out power foods that boost business abilities, such as apples, walnuts and green tea.

Remind Yourself of Successes

Some people have a tendency to focus on the negative. If that sounds like you, try to break yourself of that bad habit by consciously focusing on recent successes. They don’t need to be huge successes — it’s more about the little daily successes.  Remind yourself of a recent job well done or accomplishment.

When you allocate more of your mindshare to thinking about success, you feel more successful.

Adopt this trick that some people use: set a large clear jar on your desk. Add a marble or a dried bean to it each time you experience a win or achieve a goal.  As it fills up over the weeks and months, you will be energized by ‘seeing’ your successes.

Socialize

Go out and meet people.  Or reach out to someone you haven’t talked with recently.  With social media, Skype, mobile phones and texting, staying connected is easier than ever.

Avoid Negative Nellies

People who are downers will drag you down. You know them as soon as they walk into a room. Avoid them.  Surround yourself with positive, uplifting ‘glass half full’ types. Their energy and positive attitude will rub off on you.

Don’t Wallow

We all have natural ebb and flow cycles of energy and motivation. Part of being human is allowing ourselves to be where we are, but making a conscious effort to move ourselves out of these lapses in enthusiasm as soon as we can.

Commit 100%

Throw yourself completely into the activity at hand.  The more attention you put toward whatever you are doing, the less attention you will give to your worries.

Engage in a Hobby

Regardless of what your hobby is — be it painting, playing the guitar, crafts, playing basketball, creative writing or cooking — engage in it regularly. Hobbies allow us to be happy, joyful and get away from stressors that demotivate us.  Some people actually find a way to turn their hobby into a business.

Change Your Look

Nothing can motivate you and get your mojo back faster than a makeover or an upstyle. A new hair cut and color, or some new clothes can not only change your attitude but others’ perceptions of you.

Whether you are young and just starting out, older and starting to fight some age bias, or in the sweet spot for your career — looking sharp, stylish and professional can influence people’s impression of you. First impressions are lasting impressions, so look awesome.

Plan a Getaway Near Water

Go on a day trip or long weekend near the beach or a lake.  Large bodies of water generate negative ions.  Negative ions are invisible molecules we inhale. They are believed to increase levels of serotonin in our bodies, helping to alleviate depression and increase our daytime energy.

Find Business Allies

Seek out and find like-minded people who share your values, ideas and philosophy. They will surround you with positive energy and support. They can be from your local Chamber of Commerce, industry organizations, or Web communities like LinkedIn Groups.

Take Care of The Whole You

Taking care of your “whole person” and refreshing your body, mind and spirit is a growing trend, as different generations want different things from their careers. Try taking up yoga, tai chi or Pilates. Or simply schedule and take a real vacation, without work.

Streamline

Go through your stuff: closets, drawers, desk and garage.  Clean up, throw out or give away. It is a freeing feeling.

De-clutter your workspace, including your email inbox.  Make sure your daily routine is efficient and productive.

Cut back on commitments that take time away from family or hobbies that give you enjoyment.

Take a Class

Give your brain a workout.  Take a low-cost or no-cost class offered through cities, counties or schools. There is something for every interest or fascination: music, art, writing, travel, cooking, hobbies, history, business, family or crafts.

Start A Journal

It’s amazing what comes out when you let your creative juices flow and just write. Get a special notebook, or start a private blog. Make it your creative, freestyle writing place. Spend some quiet time nurturing your creativity through writing.

Improve Time Management

We all have the same number of hours, but why is it that some people seem to have more time for family and hobbies, or get more done in the workday?  It boils down to how you organize your day, prioritize activities and manage your time.

Plan out your daily and weekly schedule.  Block out time for work, family, friends, fun and you.

If you need help, get a time management app or book, such as David Allen’s “Getting Things Done.”

Tweak Stuff

The best way to keep things on track is to notice when they start to change. Pay attention to whether your output is slipping, you’re responding to messages late, or you’re missing deadlines. Making small tweaks and adjustments can get you back on track. Then you won’t have to make dramatic changes down the road.

Laugh

Go ahead — think of something that makes you smile or laugh.  Finding the humor in life is the healthiest way to live it. Besides, people enjoy being around fun people.

Take Up a Sport

If you have been wanting to take on a new sport, find people and groups to start the process with. Be persistent and make the commitment. This can be a BIG game changer in anyone’s motivation, as the journey becomes the most important accomplishment. The “getting started” and commitment will transform you.

Reward Yourself

We should all be kinder to ourselves. Reward yourself when you achieve a goal or something good happens in your business. Small daily wins lead to big wins. It’s cumulative. Reward yourself with a new blouse, an extra hour of sleep or scheduling lunch with an old friend.  And don’t feel guilty. Enjoy it.

Finally, remember that most of us have more ability to control our energy levels, enthusiasm and motivation than we may realize. Don’t strive for perfect work-life balance or perfect happiness. You’ll just become frustrated when you can’t obtain them.

Instead, make daily choices. Take action everyday. Your mood will follow.  Your spirit will feel renewed and you’ll soon get your mojo back.


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50 Sure Fire Ways to Get People Fired Up and Motivated as Self-Starters at Work

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A recent Gallup poll indicates that the percentage of U.S. employees who consider themselves “engaged” in their jobs averaged 31.5 percent, an historical low.

That means nearly 70 percent of American employees don’t consider themselves engaged at work.

Fired-up employees will perform their jobs more proactively. And you’ll realize benefits as well.

You will find that you can more easily delegate responsibility. That means you get to spend less time on the small, yet still important, stuff and focus on the big picture, such as kindling strategic growth.

Here are 50 surefire ways to spur employees get motivated, take the initiative and become a self starter at work.

Share Your Vision

You started your business with a vision that fired you up so much you expended enormous effort to get where you are today. Share that vision with your staff by telling your own “origin story.” (Be sincere.)

Listen

Aside from letting staffers get things off their chest, you have a great opportunity to put your finger on the pulse of your business and learn from your employees. You can learn invaluable things, including potentially innovative ideas to improve daily operations.

Express Appreciation

Sounds simple but this still addresses one of the greatest needs of people in general: the desire to feel appreciated. Some of your staffers will consider your appreciation as significant as — if not more significant than — more money.

Disrupt the Routine

If you want enthusiastic and productive people working for you, do all that you can to disrupt routine. Do whatever you can to make the work as interesting and engaging as possible. Don’t flick on autopilot.

Create Healthy Competition

In the office as on the sports field, people maximize their contribution when they know that exemplary performance will be rewarded. The trick is to make the reward system as transparent as possible to everyone.

Celebrate Success

Success doesn’t happen all at once. It’s often a string of continuous achievements. When you create a healthy competition for excellence, also be sure you celebrate every success when it happens.

Provide What is Needed

This can apply to small things, such as more sticky notes and yellow highlighters, or large ones, such as offering a formal training program. The easiest way to find out if your employees need anything is to simply ask them.

Show Respect

Awards are great but treating all the members of your team respectfully will help their overall performance as a group, too.

Never Micromanage

Leaders don’t lean over employees’ shoulders monitoring everything they do. Assuming you know how to hire people, you should trust them to do their jobs. Micromanaging is never helpful.

Lead by Example

Nothing is as contagious as the habits of a successful leader. But you must let your team see your successful habits in order for this contagion to work. Be a present leader who measures up to the same standard you’ve set for your team.

Be Amiable

Smile and let your employees know they can come to you with their problems and concerns — and maybe even a suggestion or two will float your way. Listening to their concerns will make them feel better too and will make them work harder and take more initiative.

Keep Your Word

By exhibiting the ability to follow through with everything you say, you will earn the respect of your team. This will increase their engagement. By contrast, imagine how engaged they will be if they don’t respect you.

Be Decisive

Remember Nike’s immortal advertising slogan when it’s decision time. Just do it. Procrastination only slows you down. Demonstrating an ability to be decisive can make a strong impression on your team and make them want to do the same.

Don’t Fear Emotion

Smile and crack a joke with folks around the water cooler. You’ll improve company morale and fire up employees in the process. As PsychCentral notes: “Even the most mundane task can be viewed with value when we are in a good mood.”

Push Limits

You will find you need to apply some pressure on occasion to prompt your team to perform beyond the usual. Otherwise, they will stagnate. Getting your team to that next level of being self-starters may take an extra push.

Be a Problem Solver

Recognize you don’t have all the answers and don’t pretend to. This isn’t a sign of weakness but of strength. Recognize these moments as chances to exhibit your effectiveness as a problem-solver. It will start to rub off on your team making them good problem solvers, too, and freeing you from needing to make every decision.

Avoid Fear-Based Management

Great leaders are with their teams day in and day out, offering words of encouragement and teaching or helping to refine the various skills required to succeed. Don’t ever stand on the sidelines screaming at them if you want them to become self-starters at work.

Cultivate New Leaders

As your business expands, it will prompt the need for new leaders. Be ready to fill this need immediately by letting all your team members know they have the opportunity to grow with the company.

Encourage Personal Growth

As a small business leader, you must consider practical ways of encouraging this growth. Give team members copies of your favorite personal success book. Tell them about an upcoming business networking event and suggest they attend. Try to enhance their personal development outside the office as well.

Help Correct Mistakes

When one of your employees makes an honest mistake, take the time and effort to explain what he or she did wrong. Then give pointers on avoiding repeating the blunder.

Promote Accountability

Your employees will feel personally invested in your company’s success when they are held accountable for their actions. They will realize what needs to be accomplished and they will expend their time and effort accomplishing it.

Show Flexibility

People are unique. No two members of your team are the same. As a result, you must be flexible in terms of how you lead each person, as some will require more of your attention than others.

Get Employees More Involved

Encourage staffers to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty by getting more deeply involved in more facets of their work, including longer-term projects. If they feel they are a part of the organization’s future, they will be inspired to work independently, freeing more time for you.

Brainstorm

Hold frequent brainstorming sessions and encourage your team to hold its own. This will help each team member creatively come up with innovative ideas for the company.

Inspire

Tell your team members how their contributions add to the company’s advancement. “Employees are more inclined to step up their game when they know their work can add value to the healthier whole,” Forbes proclaims.

Be Socially Responsible

Your employees want to feel good about their work beyond just their salaries and your bottom line. Where possible, show them your company is a good citizen locally and of the world. Explore green options to make your business process more environmentally friendly. And always look for ways to provide more socially responsible products and services.

Stop Lecturing

Today’s frenetic business world is not a good place to opine on and on (and on). Avoid long winded explanations and cut to the chase. Unneeded complexity is draining.

Sustain Fresh Ideas

Each team member will feel empowered by simply having the ability to suggest new ideas as well as help bring them to life. Give people a chance to take this kind of initiative and task them with the follow-through. You may be amazed at the results.

Create a Good Environment

Research shows that your office environment is very important to your team members. You can easily drive motivation here by considering what you can do to transform your office space into a cool place, where people want to work, rest and have fun.

Build Team Spirit

Your company team can be likened to a family. Or it should be. Help bolster this attitude by organizing team activities during work but also after work.

Provide More Freedom

Having the ability to choose their projects, including how, when, and where they get the work done is becoming increasingly important to talented professionals across sectors and industries.

Pay Staffers Properly

When you are working at establishing employees’ salaries, make certain that the pay is consistent with what your competitors pay, as well as similar companies in your region of the country.

Set Priorities

Employees report that they often waste time at work because they don’t know which of the many projects they are working on has priority, for example. As a leader, it’s your job to help them prioritize. Work with your team members to set clear goals, including details about each project’s priority.

Make Meetings More Efficient

Meetings have the potential to waste too much time — time that could be better spent completing priority projects with approaching deadlines. Set the agenda for each meeting, start on time and end as soon as possible.

Don’t Be a Drill Sergeant

Ordering people around like you’re running an army is counterproductive in every conceivable way. Instead of fostering engagement, you’ll encourage people to update their resumes. Offer direction but leave room for employees to develop their own processes.

Deal With Dissatisfied Employees

Some employees simply can’t be motivated. And with your repeated attempts, you will reach the point of diminishing returns, spending too much time and energy that could be spent on something else. The Wall Street Journal suggests: “Ask how you can help improve their work experience. Offer to move them into another work area, a different department or even a different company.”

Kill Rumors

Rumors need to be nipped in the bud. Depending on the nature of the rumor, it could destroy morale and hurt productivity. That’s bad news while you’re trying to teach your team to take more initiative.  Obviously, time is of the essence when dealing with this type of situation.

Share Long-term Goals

Fill your team in on some of your long-term goals. This can have an effect similar to getting employees more involved with projects. It signals to them that they have a long-term role to play in the company’s future.  And it could alleviate anxiety allowing staffers to take a more proactive role in day-to-day operations — your ultimate goal.

Get Them Out of the Office

Sponsor a community service day. Such an event will allow employees to get out of the office to participate in something that can make them feel good about themselves. Churches and charities are always available to help you find such day projects. These activities can also teach employees how to be more proactive leaders, something they can bring back to your business too.

Keep Personal Worries to Yourself

Whatever is keeping you awake at night, keep it to yourself. If you exhibit trepidation in front of your team, it can stimulate their anxiety, which never helps.

Launch a ‘Mini-CEO’ Program

Inc. relates the story of how when an employee has a new idea, Brian Halligan, CEO of Hubspot, a marketing software firm in Boston, sometimes will appoint that person as ‘CEO’ of a new in-house start-up. “We want to empower the edges of the organization, and we want to let the people who really understand our customers make decisions,” Halligan told Inc.

Give Ownership Stakes

Employee Stock Ownership Programs can be an attractive way to motivate your team, since the structure works by providing funds only from the company’s profits. This arrangement may promote more proactive behavior from employees because they benefit directly from the results.

Go Nuts (Once in a While)

Have a crazy hat or tie day in the office. Host a lunch-time dance party. Cut loose and do something crazy to break up the routine and lift spirits. It may also spark some creativity and improve your team’s work ethic. A little silliness is a small price to pay for employees that will take more of the load off you.

Give Handwritten Letters

Nothing says appreciation like a handwritten letter. Send these to team members who have exhibited the kind of proactive leadership you’d like to see from everyone at the company. The result may be more such leadership in the future from others who see the results.

Provide Nap Breaks

Depending on your comfort level with this one, napping may be a great motivator. Companies large and small have created nap rooms where employees can enjoy a restful 15-minute snooze.

Create Other Incentives

Incentives are well-known ways to motivate staff. They don’t necessarily require the expenditure of a lot of money. An extra paid day off, gift cards, or tickets to a movie are all excellent incentives for your staff, as is an occasional cash bonus.

Correct in Private

When you need to discuss a performance-related issue or correct a recent specific error, do so in private. Hold the conversation either in your office or the employee’s, with the door closed.

Praise Publicly

Companies celebrate Employee of the Month for the simple reason that people love praise. Make it a standard practice in your offices to recognize positive people by announcing publicly when someone has made a particularly dazzling achievement.

Ditch Managers

Try removing the project supervisor. Empower your staff to work together instead of having everyone report to one person. This can work wonders, as letting your team down is considered by many to be far worse than letting a supervisor down.


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Oculus Rift Will Get Xbox One Game Streaming Support on December 12

Oculus Rift Will Get Xbox One Game Streaming Support on December 12

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app available December 12
  • While Rift works on Windows 7 and above, the app is for Windows 10 only
  • Titles include Forza Horizon 3 and Gears of War 4

Microsoft has announced that you will soon be able to stream Xbox One games from your console to Oculus Rift on Windows 10 PCs with the help of a new app – Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app.

“The new Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app connects to your Xbox One via your home network,” Kevin Unangst, senior director of global marketing at Xbox, said in an official blog post. “Once connected, your console’s video output is streamed to your Rift headset and projected onto a massive screen in your choice of one of three immersive VR environments: ‘Citadel’, ‘Retreat’ and ‘Dome’.”

If you’re wondering what’s the need for “immersive VR environments”, that’s because your Xbox One games aren’t capable of naturally adapting to Rift’s 360-degree view. Project Scorpio, the confirmed 4K-and-high-end-VR upgrade to the Xbox One, isn’t out until fall 2017, so you’ll have to wait a bit to see if your Rift is supported by Project Scorpio, or Microsoft chooses to build its own native VR hardware. The latter approach would be a shift in how the company is approaching VR headsets for Windows 10, but then again the Xbox division has always built its own hardware.

While a full list of games isn’t available, Microsoft said that you’ll be able to stream the likes of Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, Halo 5: Guardians, “biggest sports games”, “indie darlings”, and even some backward compatible Xbox 360 titles. Microsoft also wants potential Rift buyers to know that every Rift purchase comes with a free Xbox wireless controller – a nudge of sorts towards consumers to pick up an Xbox One S during the holidays if they are jumping onto the VR bandwagon – unlike the Oculus Touch controllers that cost $199 (about Rs. 13,600) on top of the Rift’s own $599 (about Rs. 41,000) price point.The Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app will be available for free in the Oculus Store on December 12, Microsoft said, and more titles will be added in the coming year. Hopefully, someone at Microsoft can use the next two weeks to come up with a better name for the app.

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Get Cooking Accurately With the Meld Knob + Clip

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Many people enjoy making a home cooked meal.

Unfortunately, the joys of cooking can quickly turn to frustration. Your family or a phone call distracts you and now the food’s burnt.

You find a recipe that looks promising but vague directions or differences in cookware ruin your efforts.

Lazy cooks or those that value accuracy might find a possible solution to their frustrations in the Meld Knob + Clip.

The Meld Knob is an automated device that can attach to your existing cooktop and cookware to adjust your burner’s cooking temperature. The result, as Meld claims, is a precisely controlled cooking temperature that is accurate to within less than a degree.

The idea for this smart cookware came from Jon Jenkins and Darren Vengroff. The two met while both working at Amazon. A decade later, the duo decided it was time to start their own company and Meld was born.

Now the company has taken to Kickstarter to launch its first product. The Meld Knob easily surpassed its campaign goal and have raised more than $150,000.

For more information on the Meld Knob + Clip check out the Kickstarter video below.

They state on Kickstarter:

“Our research showed one simple – but fundamental – issue with successful cooking: it’s nearly impossible to accurately control the temperature of your cookware. Even worse, we found that stoves set to “medium” can vary as much as 100? between different cooktops!”

To achieve their claim of extremely accurate cooking temperatures, Meld uses a system that works in three parts.

First is the Meld Knob, which replaces the temperature knob on your cooktop. The team claims the Meld Knob is easy to install, requires no tools, and fits virtually any cooktop, gas or electric.

The Knob is controlled by the Meld Clip and an accompanying app for iOS and Android. The Clip attaches to your cookware and monitors the temperature of your food while it cooks. Basically, it’s a thermometer.

This information is sent to the app on your smartphone via Bluetooth. The company claims its app then controls the Knob, adjusting the heat up or down to maintain the perfect cooking temperature.

This system seems like it could be a little cumbersome. Meld claims its app comes loaded with hundreds of recipes and you can add your own, too. But you’ll have to search to find the recipe you want and attach the Clip to your cookware before you start cooking.

Meld says that the app will let you manually control the temperature but you would have to know the exact temperature.

Also, be aware that the Meld system isn’t ideal for all forms of cooking. The company says Meld works best for slow cooking, simmering, sous vide, poaching, frying, and candy making.

Meld does not really work for other methods like baking or grilling, for example.

Even with these possible drawbacks, Meld has gained attention and support. If you are interested in pre-ordering your own Meld, the Kickstarter price starts at $129. The retail price will be $149. Shipping is estimated to begin in October.

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7 Ways to Get Inspired as an Entrepreneur

7 Sources of Entrepreneur Inspiration

Yes, entrepreneurship is naturally exciting. Most of us get involved because we’re thrilled at the notion of getting to build our own enterprise, and the thought of building wealth keeps us going through a lot of challenges — but some days are harder than others, and inevitably, you’ll hit a wall when all that motivation and passion seems to slip away from you. It may not happen often, and it may not consume you completely, but it will compromise the energy and creativity you pour into your business. Furthermore, if you aren’t careful, it could escalate to become a real problem.

So when you hit these walls, on these bad days and in these tough circumstances, what can you do to get your inspiration back?

7 Sources of Entrepreneur Inspiration

Get inspired with one or more of these seven empowering strategies:

1. Read Real Motivational Stories

You could start by reading some motivational stories of entrepreneurs who have already overcome the challenges you’re facing, or who are going through them currently. Blogs like Revel Up Your Dream exist to provide these entrepreneurial, inspirational stories to other business owners, so take them for all they’re worth. You can take solace in the fact that you aren’t on this journey alone, or remind yourself that success could be just around the corner. You might even learn a new coping strategy or a way to reimagine your business.

2. Hit Some Motivational Quotes

In a similar vein to reading entrepreneurial stories, you can search for motivational quotes to keep you going. Look up quotes and interviews of major leaders in the entrepreneurial community. Most of these will probably register as white noise to you, but if you keep looking, chances are you’ll find at least one quote that really resonates with you on a personal level — enough to re-establish your personal motivation to keep going.

3. Remember Why You Got Started

Take a minute to step back and remember why you got started with entrepreneurship in the first place — it can be easy to lose this in the day-to-day responsibilities of business ownership. Did you want to lead a team? Are you after unlimited income potential? Realign your focus here, and you’ll get to see your business through fresher, younger eyes.

4. Take Some Time Off

This is an obvious method that too many entrepreneurs ignore. It doesn’t matter if the business isn’t in perfect shape. It doesn’t matter if you have a lot to do. You need to prioritize your own mental health and take a break every once in awhile. Take a few days off, or get away on a vacation. When you come back, you’ll find your inspiration is renewed. No matter how passionate you are about something, when you deal with it every day without a break, you’re going to get tired of it.

5. Talk to a Mentor

You can also talk to one of your mentors about what you’re facing, or find a new mentor to help guide you in the entrepreneurial world. These are people who have far more experience than you, and more perspective on the relatively small challenges and obstacles you’re facing. They’ll be able to give you some practical advice, or at least some coping strategies to rekindle your inner fire.

6. Exchange Ideas with Your Peers

You may find yourself revitalized simply by talking about your business and the nature of business development with other entrepreneurs in your area. These are people who share your passion, possibly to an even higher level, and passion is contagious. Surround yourself with these people, and you’ll find yourself naturally more inspired.

7. Get Creative

You can also engage in a creative activity to decompress your mind, break free from some of the stress you’re facing, and simultaneously exercise the parts of your brain responsible for coming up with unique solutions to problems. You could study art in a museum, play some of your favorite music, write poetry, paint or do anything else that keeps your mind active and relieves stress. It’s up to you.

Do Something

All of these strategies may appeal to you, or none of them might. You might try one and immediately feel better, or you might try a few and end up back where you started. There are no guarantees here, but there’s one thing you absolutely cannot do: nothing. If you feel your passion and your motivation slipping away, you have to do something — take an action — or else those stagnant feelings will only grow worse, and you’ll end up burning out. Something is always better than nothing, so if one tactic doesn’t work, you simply have to move on to the next one.

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Can’t Get a Loan from a Bank? Here are Alternative Funding Options

Can't Get a Loan from a Bank? Here are Alternative Funding Options

Securing funds to either start or grow business was once every entrepreneur’s worst nightmare. In the past, big banks and credit unions often rejected loan applications, leaving business owners with the only option of borrowing from friends and family or borrowing against receivables.

A lot has, of course, changed mainly because business owners today have more options than before. Alternative lenders and institutional investors have made it easier for entrepreneurs to access funds and grow.

For a small business owner, it pays to understand how institutional lenders and alternative lenders differ and the best options available to get funds.

Small Business Funding Options

Alternative Lenders

Alternative lending took off during the 2008 financial crisis when big banks backed out of small business funding. At that time, online lenders stepped in to fill the vacuum and assist small businesses. They created web-based lending platforms that facilitated a faster loan application process and provided the much-needed respite to small businesses.

Today, alternative lenders are the new normal for small businesses looking for funds to meet their financing needs. Some of the well-known alternative lenders include Kabbage, OnDeck and CAN Capital.

There are four main types of alternative lending options available to small businesses. These are:

  • A line of credit that provides access to a set amount of cash that’s mostly used to meet short-term financing needs.
  • A term loan that allows business owners to borrow and repay the loan amount in about four or five years.
  • Invoice factoring that helps businesses deal with unpaid invoices.
  • Merchant cash advances that help businesses get an advance on future credit card or debit card sales.

Pros and Cons of Alternative Lending

Alternative lending is a good option when you are looking for funds to address an urgent business need. To give an example, if there is a plumbing issue that needs to be fixed immediately, you can use alternative lending options to secure funds in no time.

Another big advantage of alternative sources of financing for small business is simplicity. Unlike big banks, alternative lenders require fewer documents to process loan requests. That’s because for the alternative lenders, the main focus is whether you have the cash flow to repay the loan.

Alternative lenders also offer longer-term loans to invest in your growth. For example, if you want to recruit more workers or open a new store, you can opt for alternative lending options.

For all the benefits associated with alternative lending options, it’s important for businesses to know that the interest rates are extremely high. Most alternative lenders offer business loans with double-digit, sometimes even triple-digit, rates. For a small business owner, such steep rates are not always the best option.

Institutional Lenders

Institutional lenders refer to hedge funds, family funds, insurance companies and other non-bank institutions. These lenders have slowly but steadily emerged as important players in the small business credit marketplace. Some of the well-known institutional lenders include StreetShares, Funding Circle and Kickfurther.

An increasing number of small businesses are opting for institutional lending options because approval rates are high. Institutional lenders are, in fact, surpassing alternative lenders, including merchant cash advance companies and other non-bank finance companies.

In July last year, institutional lenders approved 61.7 percent of small business loans, up from 61.4 percent in June.

Pros and Cons of Institutional Lending

Because institutional lenders invest heavily in technology, they act promptly and approve loans faster than alternative lenders and big banks.

“These pools of money have never been available for small businesses,” Biz2Credit CEO and co-founder Rohit Arora tells Time.com.

For new entrepreneurs, institutional lending is a feasible option because the interest rates are considerably low. That’s because institutional lenders usually have access to a comprehensive profile of businesses that approach them for loans.

Moreover, institutional lenders don’t ask for any specific collateral to approve loans. They mostly require a personal guarantee and may place a lien on your business assets.

On the flip side however, institutional lenders place some very specific requirements to qualify for loan approvals. Further, these loans have typical terms of 1-5 years or even a shorter span. This means they are not ideal for businesses looking for big investments.

How to Seek Small Business Loans from Alternative and Institutional Lenders

To qualify for a loan or small business line of credit, it’s always advisable to know the right way to go about it.

While it is true that your chances of getting approved by an institutional or alternative lender are greater than big banks, it’s important to make note of a few things to ensure you qualify.

To begin with, you should know that unlike traditional lenders, alternative and institutional lenders depend on technology to determine whether or not you can repay the loan amount. They use sophisticated software tools and data metrics, including social media interactions to assess businesses.

If you have just started out, you probably won’t qualify for a big loan. Conversely, if your business is up and running and you can show a good track record of revenue performance, you will find it easier to secure funds.

What’s worth noting is that you need a good business plan in place to increase your chances of qualifying for a loan. It’s also advisable to know which lender is your best option before you approach them. For example, Kickfurther is ideal for small businesses looking for inventory financing. There are similar lenders who specialize in real estate business, purchase order financing and other kinds of small business loans.

It’s important to maintain a good credit score because most alternative and institutional lenders carry out credit checks to ascertain a customer’s credit worthiness.

Another good option for small businesses is to consider collaborative lending opportunities. Banks like JP Morgan Chase are partnering with alternative lenders to offer loans customized to the needs of business owners. In certain instances, such options would make more business sense.

Armed with enough information and insight, you can easily secure funds without borrowing from your IRA or approaching big banks and community banks.

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22 Ways to Renew Your Spirit and Get Your Mojo Back

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Hands down, one of the most challenging aspects of being in business is sustaining our inspiration and motivation. Life has a natural ebb and flow, but it’s the ebb that can get us into trouble if we let it linger too long.

You may not be able to control the unexpected challenges that come your way.  But you can put tools, tips and suggestions in place to deal with the bad news, the blahs and the loss of enthusiasm we all experience from time to time — and get your mojo back.

How to Get Your Mojo Back

Exercise

Get moving!  This is especially important for those who have sedentary jobs.

Physical activity is a proven way to change your mood and attitude, not to mention physical appearance and fitness.

According to one study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, sedentary behavior increases our chances of getting a disease or a condition that will kill us prematurely, even if we exercise.  Sitting is the new smoking.

Adopt an exercise routine, park farther away, walk the mall, take the stairs, and get up and move around during the day.  Use a pedometer or step counter, and work your way up to the 10,000 steps a day that some health professionals advocate.

Focus on Positive Affirmations

Take a few moments before blasting into the day to focus on a positive thought, intention or idea.  It establishes an effective mindset for the rest of the day.

Go to any bookstore, find some meditation books recommended for beginners, and get started.  Or subscribe to one of the many websites that deliver daily affirmations right to your inbox!

Get Enough Sleep and Hydrate

Most of working America is sleep starved, trying to juggle family and work. It is suggested to get at least eight hours of sleep and drink eight glasses of water daily. Lack of sleep and hydration can drain our energy and motivation.  When we get run down is when we can get sick.

Eat Better

Avoid alcohol and caffeine as much as possible. Try to eat foods that boost energy naturally and give you stamina.  Avoid the quick sugar shot. It is usually followed by an energy crash that makes you feel worse.

The right foods, at the right time of day, can make a big difference in our productivity and mood. Seek out power foods that boost business abilities, such as apples, walnuts and green tea.

Remind Yourself of Successes

Some people have a tendency to focus on the negative. If that sounds like you, try to break yourself of that bad habit by consciously focusing on recent successes. They don’t need to be huge successes — it’s more about the little daily successes.  Remind yourself of a recent job well done or accomplishment.

When you allocate more of your mindshare to thinking about success, you feel more successful.

Adopt this trick that some people use: set a large clear jar on your desk. Add a marble or a dried bean to it each time you experience a win or achieve a goal.  As it fills up over the weeks and months, you will be energized by ‘seeing’ your successes.

Socialize

Go out and meet people.  Or reach out to someone you haven’t talked with recently.  With social media, Skype, mobile phones and texting, staying connected is easier than ever.

Avoid Negative Nellies

People who are downers will drag you down. You know them as soon as they walk into a room. Avoid them.  Surround yourself with positive, uplifting ‘glass half full’ types. Their energy and positive attitude will rub off on you.

Don’t Wallow

We all have natural ebb and flow cycles of energy and motivation. Part of being human is allowing ourselves to be where we are, but making a conscious effort to move ourselves out of these lapses in enthusiasm as soon as we can.

Commit 100%

Throw yourself completely into the activity at hand.  The more attention you put toward whatever you are doing, the less attention you will give to your worries.

Engage in a Hobby

Regardless of what your hobby is — be it painting, playing the guitar, crafts, playing basketball, creative writing or cooking — engage in it regularly. Hobbies allow us to be happy, joyful and get away from stressors that demotivate us.  Some people actually find a way to turn their hobby into a business.

Change Your Look

Nothing can motivate you and get your mojo back faster than a makeover or an upstyle. A new hair cut and color, or some new clothes can not only change your attitude but others’ perceptions of you.

Whether you are young and just starting out, older and starting to fight some age bias, or in the sweet spot for your career — looking sharp, stylish and professional can influence people’s impression of you. First impressions are lasting impressions, so look awesome.

Plan a Getaway Near Water

Go on a day trip or long weekend near the beach or a lake.  Large bodies of water generate negative ions.  Negative ions are invisible molecules we inhale. They are believed to increase levels of serotonin in our bodies, helping to alleviate depression and increase our daytime energy.

Find Business Allies

Seek out and find like-minded people who share your values, ideas and philosophy. They will surround you with positive energy and support. They can be from your local Chamber of Commerce, industry organizations, or Web communities like LinkedIn Groups.

Take Care of The Whole You

Taking care of your “whole person” and refreshing your body, mind and spirit is a growing trend, as different generations want different things from their careers. Try taking up yoga, tai chi or Pilates. Or simply schedule and take a real vacation, without work.

Streamline

Go through your stuff: closets, drawers, desk and garage.  Clean up, throw out or give away. It is a freeing feeling.

De-clutter your workspace, including your email inbox.  Make sure your daily routine is efficient and productive.

Cut back on commitments that take time away from family or hobbies that give you enjoyment.

Take a Class

Give your brain a workout.  Take a low-cost or no-cost class offered through cities, counties or schools. There is something for every interest or fascination: music, art, writing, travel, cooking, hobbies, history, business, family or crafts.

Start A Journal

It’s amazing what comes out when you let your creative juices flow and just write. Get a special notebook, or start a private blog. Make it your creative, freestyle writing place. Spend some quiet time nurturing your creativity through writing.

Improve Time Management

We all have the same number of hours, but why is it that some people seem to have more time for family and hobbies, or get more done in the workday?  It boils down to how you organize your day, prioritize activities and manage your time.

Plan out your daily and weekly schedule.  Block out time for work, family, friends, fun and you.

If you need help, get a time management app or book, such as David Allen’s “Getting Things Done.”

Tweak Stuff

The best way to keep things on track is to notice when they start to change. Pay attention to whether your output is slipping, you’re responding to messages late, or you’re missing deadlines. Making small tweaks and adjustments can get you back on track. Then you won’t have to make dramatic changes down the road.

Laugh

Go ahead — think of something that makes you smile or laugh.  Finding the humor in life is the healthiest way to live it. Besides, people enjoy being around fun people.

Take Up a Sport

If you have been wanting to take on a new sport, find people and groups to start the process with. Be persistent and make the commitment. This can be a BIG game changer in anyone’s motivation, as the journey becomes the most important accomplishment. The “getting started” and commitment will transform you.

Reward Yourself

We should all be kinder to ourselves. Reward yourself when you achieve a goal or something good happens in your business. Small daily wins lead to big wins. It’s cumulative. Reward yourself with a new blouse, an extra hour of sleep or scheduling lunch with an old friend.  And don’t feel guilty. Enjoy it.

Finally, remember that most of us have more ability to control our energy levels, enthusiasm and motivation than we may realize. Don’t strive for perfect work-life balance or perfect happiness. You’ll just become frustrated when you can’t obtain them.

Instead, make daily choices. Take action everyday. Your mood will follow.  Your spirit will feel renewed and you’ll soon get your mojo back.


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7 Ways to Get Inspired as an Entrepreneur

7 Sources of Entrepreneur Inspiration

Yes, entrepreneurship is naturally exciting. Most of us get involved because we’re thrilled at the notion of getting to build our own enterprise, and the thought of building wealth keeps us going through a lot of challenges — but some days are harder than others, and inevitably, you’ll hit a wall when all that motivation and passion seems to slip away from you. It may not happen often, and it may not consume you completely, but it will compromise the energy and creativity you pour into your business. Furthermore, if you aren’t careful, it could escalate to become a real problem.

So when you hit these walls, on these bad days and in these tough circumstances, what can you do to get your inspiration back?

7 Sources of Entrepreneur Inspiration

Get inspired with one or more of these seven empowering strategies:

1. Read Real Motivational Stories

You could start by reading some motivational stories of entrepreneurs who have already overcome the challenges you’re facing, or who are going through them currently. Blogs like Revel Up Your Dream exist to provide these entrepreneurial, inspirational stories to other business owners, so take them for all they’re worth. You can take solace in the fact that you aren’t on this journey alone, or remind yourself that success could be just around the corner. You might even learn a new coping strategy or a way to reimagine your business.

2. Hit Some Motivational Quotes

In a similar vein to reading entrepreneurial stories, you can search for motivational quotes to keep you going. Look up quotes and interviews of major leaders in the entrepreneurial community. Most of these will probably register as white noise to you, but if you keep looking, chances are you’ll find at least one quote that really resonates with you on a personal level — enough to re-establish your personal motivation to keep going.

3. Remember Why You Got Started

Take a minute to step back and remember why you got started with entrepreneurship in the first place — it can be easy to lose this in the day-to-day responsibilities of business ownership. Did you want to lead a team? Are you after unlimited income potential? Realign your focus here, and you’ll get to see your business through fresher, younger eyes.

4. Take Some Time Off

This is an obvious method that too many entrepreneurs ignore. It doesn’t matter if the business isn’t in perfect shape. It doesn’t matter if you have a lot to do. You need to prioritize your own mental health and take a break every once in awhile. Take a few days off, or get away on a vacation. When you come back, you’ll find your inspiration is renewed. No matter how passionate you are about something, when you deal with it every day without a break, you’re going to get tired of it.

5. Talk to a Mentor

You can also talk to one of your mentors about what you’re facing, or find a new mentor to help guide you in the entrepreneurial world. These are people who have far more experience than you, and more perspective on the relatively small challenges and obstacles you’re facing. They’ll be able to give you some practical advice, or at least some coping strategies to rekindle your inner fire.

6. Exchange Ideas with Your Peers

You may find yourself revitalized simply by talking about your business and the nature of business development with other entrepreneurs in your area. These are people who share your passion, possibly to an even higher level, and passion is contagious. Surround yourself with these people, and you’ll find yourself naturally more inspired.

7. Get Creative

You can also engage in a creative activity to decompress your mind, break free from some of the stress you’re facing, and simultaneously exercise the parts of your brain responsible for coming up with unique solutions to problems. You could study art in a museum, play some of your favorite music, write poetry, paint or do anything else that keeps your mind active and relieves stress. It’s up to you.

Do Something

All of these strategies may appeal to you, or none of them might. You might try one and immediately feel better, or you might try a few and end up back where you started. There are no guarantees here, but there’s one thing you absolutely cannot do: nothing. If you feel your passion and your motivation slipping away, you have to do something — take an action — or else those stagnant feelings will only grow worse, and you’ll end up burning out. Something is always better than nothing, so if one tactic doesn’t work, you simply have to move on to the next one.

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50 Small Business Ideas for People Who GET Social Media

50 Social Media Business Ideas for People Who GET Social Media

Social media is an essential tool for many different businesses. But for some, knowledge of social media is an absolutely integral part of running a business. If you really GET social media, here are some potential small business ideas you can use to build a business around your social media expertise.

Social Media Business Ideas

Social Media Consultant

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Use your knowledge of social media to help other businesses. As a consultant, you would help other businesses evaluate their social media plans and determine a strategy to use going forward.

Social Media Manager

Or you could go even farther than that and actually manage the social media accounts for different business clients so they don’t have to manage those functions in house.

Social Media Marketer

You might also have other accounts on social media that you can use to market products and services for other brands, either on an ongoing or per-post basis.

Social Media Merchant

You can also use social media to actually sell products. You can have an ecommerce store and connect it to sites like Facebook and Pinterest, or you can actually start a dedicated account and list products for sale directly on platforms like Instagram.

Social Media Influencer

If you’ve spent time building up a personal following on social media, you can potentially use your own personal accounts to work with brands to promote their products or initiatives for a fee.

Blogger

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There are many different potential topics you can blog about. And regardless of your topic area, social media is likely going to be a major part of the strategy you use to grow your audience.

YouTube Personality

If video is more of your format of choice, you can also build a business by posting videos to YouTube and making money off of the ad revenue.

Videographer

You can also potentially build a business by helping others film and create videos to post on YouTube and other social platforms.

Vine Personality

Vine is more of a niche platform. But if you’re skilled with video creation and want to specialize in shorter form videos, you can become a popular personality on Vine, Instagram or other short video platforms and then build a business around that notoriety.

Community Manager

You can offer your services on a freelance basis to companies that have strong online communities and need someone to help manage the community features on their websites and social media.

Content Marketer

Content marketing is a larger marketing concept that can include social media along with some other activities. You can provide content marketing services to businesses, including social media strategy or management, along with other functions.

Content Strategist

You can also serve a more limited role in the content marketing efforts of your clients by simply providing input on strategy decisions regarding social media and other content.

Marketing Consultant

Or you can opt to share your expertise in an even more general role. As a marketing consultant, you’d likely help businesses with a number of different functions, but social media would almost certainly be an important consideration.

Social Media Graphics Designer

Graphics are important on many social media platforms, including Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. So you can build a business by providing specialized graphics for businesses to use as part of their social media campaigns.

Flat Lay Photographer

On Instagram especially, but also on other platforms, flat lay photographs are very popular for showing off products and styled images. You can style and photograph some flat lay images and sell them to brands to use in their posts, or even work with brands directly to create custom flat lay images.

Stop Motion Videographer

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Stop motion videos are also popular on platforms like Instagram since they can tell a story in a fairly condensed time frame. So you can specialize in this area of videography to help businesses with their video content on social media.

eBook Author

If you’re especially knowledgeable about social media, you can write an ebook about it. And then you can use social media to promote the book as well.

Online Course Creator

You can also potentially build online courses to teach other business owners or professionals about various aspects of using social media.

Infoproducts Seller

There are a number of other information products that you can sell related to social media, from workbooks to helpful documents.

Niche Website Operator

If you run a website for a niche interest group, you’ll almost certainly need to include social media as part of your strategy for promoting the site. You might even integrate some social features directly into the site.

Podcaster

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Podcasting is another area where you are likely to need social media to connect with your potential audience.

Online Newsletter Writer

If you prefer communicating with your audience via email, you can start an email newsletter and use social media as a way to promote it and further connect with members of your audience.

Online Magazine Operator

Likewise, online magazines often use social media as a way to really drive engagement with readers and members of the community.

Live Streamer

Platforms like Periscope and Facebook Live offer you a way to stream live video content to your audience. So if you’re building a business as a speaker or expert in your field, you can use those platforms as a way to share your expertise online.

Social Media Advertising Specialist

Many social media platforms also offer advertising options. So you can build a business by helping other businesses create ads and advertising strategies for their social media ad campaigns.

Analytics Specialist

Analytics can also play a major part in the success of social media campaigns. So you can help business clients make sense of their analytics data on social media.

Event Promoter

If you promote events, you’ll almost certainly need to use social media on a regular basis to reach out to potential attendees.

Meme Marketer

It might sound a little strange, but memes can actually hold a lot of potential for marketers. So it could make for a unique specialty for a social media marketing professional.

Animal Celebrity Manager

Likewise, it might sound strange to build a business around posting photos of a pet on social media. But animal celebrities like Grumpy Cat have proven that you can build a business in this area, if you’re social media savvy.

Recruiter

As a recruiter, you have many potential functions. But social media can be a major tool for job hunters. So you can even build a business by specializing in recruiting candidates on social media.

Social Media Tutor

You can also teach others about social media using all of your knowledge and experience. As a social media tutor, you can work one-on-one with others who want to learn how to use various platforms.ss

Workshop Teacher

Or you could opt for a setting where you can teach more people about social media at one time. Offer workshops to teach different aspects of social media to members of your local community.

Social Media Platform Founder

Of course, you can also build your own business by starting your very own social media platform.

Social Media Sales

Social media holds a lot of potential for sales professionals. So you can offer your services to companies that want to leverage those platforms to reach out to potential prospects and even close deals.

Youth Outreach Specialist

Social media is especially popular among young consumers. So if you want to build a business that specializes in reaching out to young consumers on behalf of brands, you could use social media as a big part of your strategy.

Social Media Customer Support Rep

Brands can also use social media as part of their customer service or support strategy. So you can offer your services as a customer support rep who provides assistance to those who reach out on social media.

Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants can handle a variety of different tasks for businesses. But social media is often at least part of the job description.

Public Relations Rep

Public relations is another area that can encompass a lot of different functions. But social media has become a growing part of this industry.

Digital Marketing Specialist

You can also serve as a marketing specialist that works with brands specifically to develop and carry out online marketing strategies, including social media.

Social Media Copywriter

There are also plenty of different opportunities for writers to contribute to the success of social media campaigns. You can offer your services to people who want help crafting their social media posts or ads.

Video Ad Creator

You can also specialize in creating video advertisements for brands that want to advertise their products or services before YouTube videos or on other social platforms.

Affiliate Marketer

If you have a sizeable following on social media and other online platforms, you can earn money from becoming an affiliate for various brands and then getting a portion of the sales you drive to those businesses.

App Developer

It takes a lot more than a knowledge of social media to be a great app developer. But many apps do have social features or integrations, so social media expertise can certainly help.

Social Game Developer

In addition, social media can be a great way to promote games. And some platforms, including Facebook, even offer a platform for actually hosting those games.

Traveling Photographer

If you want to build a business as a photographer, you can use social media as your main way of promoting your services and interacting with potential clients as you travel around the country for different jobs.

Business Coach

If you want to build a business as a coach for other entrepreneurs, you’ll need to have a solid handle on social media so you can help your clients succeed in that area.

YouTube Coach

You can even get really specific with your coaching business and offer services designed to help people who want to build businesses on YouTube.

Freelance Writer

As a freelance writer, you’ll also likely need to use social media as a way to promote your services to business clients and to share your work with relevant audiences.

Online News Reporter

Likewise, social media can be a great way to share local news updates if you start a website or even newspaper in your local community.

Crowdfunding Consultant

Social media can be an essential tool for businesses that want to use crowdfunding to raise money. So you can build a business as a crowdfunding consultant to help those businesses promote their offerings on social media and beyond.

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Steam to Get Native PS4 Controller Support Soon

Steam to Get Native PS4 Controller Support Soon

Steam to Get Native PS4 Controller Support Soon
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The DualShock 4 will work in Steam natively
Support for other controllers will be added too
The DualShock 4 gets it first as it is similar to the Steam Controller
Soon you’ll be able to use your PS4 controller natively in Steam. Valve will release an update to allow full configuration of the DualShock 4 controller for Steam. This was announced at Steam Dev Days, the company’s biennial developer conference.

“This means that players can pair their PS4 controller directly to their PC and use all the configurability options available to the Steam Controller, including use of the PS4 touchpad and gyro,” said Lars Doucet, developer of Defender’s Quest in a presentation for enhanced controller support.

(Also see: Steam Dev Days 2016: Steam Link for Samsung TVs, Wireless Vive, and More)

This is just one of many controllers that will receive such support. There will be support for all popular controllers to Steam’s API. While this would allow consumers the ability to use the controller of their choice rather than Valve’s Steam Controller or the Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller, it also negates the need of third-party software such as Joy2Key in order to achieve compatibility. From a developer standpoint it allows games to ship with a wider choice of input support for free.

“Believe it or not, when you use the PS4 Controller through the Steam API, it’s exactly the same as a Steam Controller. You make the exact same API calls, you only get actions, not inputs, and the Steam API takes care of everything,” Doucet claimed.
The reason for Valve supporting the PS4 controller first, according to Doucet, is due to the fact that it shares similar functionality to the Steam Controller due to the presence of a gyroscope and a touchpad.

Will you use the PS4 controller for Steam or are you a loyalist to the keyboard and mouse? Let us know in the comments.

Tags: Steam Dev Days, Steam Dev Days 2016, Valve, PS4, PS4 Controller, Steam API, DualShock 4

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