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I grew my business from my basement to the NASDAQ index — here's the best advice I have for aspiring entrepreneurs

Mario Tama/Getty Images<p>So, you think you want to start your own business? Good for you! People will tell you that 90% of all startups fail. That doesn’t mean yours will.<p>Starting a business can be one of the best decisions you will ever make. And I’ve found there are a few actions you can take that …

The Insane Work Ethic of Mark Cuban, Jeff Bezos, and 14 Other Powerful Leaders | Inc.com

Talent, connections, and money can help you get where you want to go in life--but those things alone won't do it. You also need to work hard to be truly successful.<p>Despite their obvious gifts, successful people like Kobe Bryant, Tim Cook, and Sheryl Sandberg wouldn't be where they are today without …

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Why less is much, much more on LinkedIn

Forget what you’ve heard about connecting with everyone. Avoid the sales schemers and scammers and connect smart with these tips.<p>Every time you log on to LinkedIn, an icon reminds you that several people are waiting to connect.<p>Some are strangers with impressive sounding jobs, while others might be …

Why sleeping in could make you a better worker

Tuning in to your body clock<p>If you find yourself hitting the snooze button every morning, don’t blame yourself. Your work schedule could be to blame.<p>A growing field of research now shows that, for many of us, our work schedules are wildly out of sync with our natural body clocks — and experts are …

Don’t bother hiring the ‘perfect’ candidate

The best bosses hire differently than you do. What they know that you don’t could make all the difference.<p><i>Sydney Finkelstein made a name for himself as a management professor who focused his research on failure. In an earlier book, Why Smart Executives Fail (Portfolio 2004), he examined the traits</i> …

The Mystery of the Maltese Falcon, One of the Most Valuable Movie Props in History

A statuette from the John Huston–Humphrey Bogart classic The Maltese Falcon is one of the most recognizable, and sought-after, pieces of movie memorabilia in history. In fact, Steve Wynn paid $4.1 million for it. But was it the genuine article? Bryan Burrough tracks down a flock of Falcons, with …

How to trick your brain into being productive when you can't focus

Or, worse, it's completely blank, save for the cursor mocking you each time it blinks (rude).<p>It's happened to all of us, and it's a <i>really</i> frustrating feeling. Especially when you've dedicated specific time to work on this project, and it is quickly ticking away.<p>It's even more nerve-wracking — and …

The Best Tech Gadgets at CES 2016

When I returned from the Consumer Electronics Show a few weeks ago, everyone wanted to know what was hot this year. I get that same question every year following CES and once again I rattled off the usual hot categories of virtual reality, 3D printing, robotics and drones. This year, however, I …

Meet the Instagram gallery entrepreneurs

Jonny Burt (left) and Joe Kennedy (right.)The Unit London<p>Aged just 23, two recent university graduates, Joe Kennedy and Jonny Burt, decided it was time to set up an art gallery. More important than their initial 300- square-foot pop-up space in Chiswick, London next to a butcher's shop, was the …

There Are Only Two Ways To Improve Your Business' Success (Just Ask Amazon)

There are only two ways to improve your business and increase bottomline success. (No, they’re not “the easy way and the hard way”; you’ve been watching too many cop shows.)<p>Keep doing what you’re doing, but do it better<br>• Start doing new stuff–stuff that’s new to you and possibly to everyone else<p>These …

Customer Experience

The 10 Biggest Investing Myths

Don't fall for these common misperceptions.<p>There’s a lot of information about investing floating around. There are also a lot of bad opinions, …

The 10 Best Movies of 2015

Here are Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson’s picks for the 10 best films of the year.<p>From space yarns to music epics to lesbian romances to dystopian adventures, these were my favorite movies of the year. Because it’s hard to stop at 10, I’ve added a few honorable mentions at the bottom. And …

Handle awkward date silences, end a conversation with a stranger – plus chat to your children, your parents and your boss. Our panel shares their secrets<p>Children often don’t have the words to say what they’re feeling, and they don’t always understand what we’re looking for when we ask them …

Siblings

iPad Pro review: Big and powerful, but it won't replace your laptop

Here we are. Apple, the same company that once swore off styluses, and dismissed hybrid PCs as experiments gone wrong, is now selling a laptop/tablet mashup of its own. One that accepts pen input, at that. The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro went on sale last week, and though it is, in a sense, just an …

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Want to Look Insensitive? Try Talking With Your Employees About This | Inc.com

Remember the death panel conversations? Well, a more sensitive term for this is an End of Life Planning Discussion. These are great things and everyone should be having them-not just the elderly. We never know when we're going to get in an accident, be diagnosed with a terminal illness, or have a …

The Simplest, Most Important Productivity Hack You Have | Inc.com

I have quietly bumped up a priority long ignored by me, not to mention nearly every entrepreneur: Sleep. I say "quietly" because it isn't a goal entrepreneurs say with pride, as in "I'm crushing it! I got a full eight hours last night!" But after spending years waking up in the middle of the night …

9 Ways Super Successful People Always Create Their Own Good Luck | Inc.com

Everyone wants to be lucky. People often see others who are successful and attribute it to luck or good fortune. Surely some successful people had little personal impact on their achievements. They may have been born into wealthy families, inherited good genes or simply have stumbled onto the right …

The Daily Routine That Will Make Your Next Morning Stress-Free | Inc.com

<i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a Web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>Hey there. How’s your day going?<p>Before you automatically blurt out, “Good!” or “It’s going!” like you usually do, take a deep breath, pause, and think about how you’re really …

9 Ways Millionaires Get Rich

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The most important lessons for graduating MBAs

(Poets&Quants) — What a difference two years can make.<p>That’s how most MBAs feel after graduation. Just ask them about their first day at school. The …

7 Habits Of People With Remarkable Mental Toughness

<i>"The ability to work hard and respond resiliently to failure and adversity; the inner quality that enables individuals to work hard and stick to their long-term passions and goals."</i><p>Now the word:<p><b>Grit.</b><p>The definition of grit almost perfectly describes qualities every successful person possesses, …

Self-improvement

10 skills you should have if you want to be a CEO

While not all aspire to land in the C-suite, some have their sights set on the top job, either by founding a company or climbing the corporate ladder.<p>With the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegel, recent years have seen a surge of "Under 30 CEOs."<p>And though the average age of CEOs is slightly …

6 career moves that are worth more than an MBA

If that's you, don't bother reading this post.<p>For everyone else, you may be considering an MBA program as a way to increase your business acumen, enhance your personal brand, and make yourself more competitive.<p>If that's the case, there may be some cheaper and better alternatives.<p>Let's run some …

The single best way to start getting rich, from a nearly 20-year-old personal finance classic

"It's not about how much money you make," Robert Kiyosaki writes in personal finance classic "Rich Dad Poor Dad." "It's about how much money you keep."<p>Most of us learn how to make money — how to get a job and work hard — yet we don't learn how to <i>manage</i> it, the important part.<p>"Money without …

What Happens to Your Body When You Skip the Gym?

<i>By K. Aleisha Fetters, Life by DailyBurn</i><p>No matter how dedicated you are to fitness, sooner or later, it’s going to happen: You’re going to skip a …

10 Lists to Keep If You Want to Be Successful

14 Short Videos That Will Make You Unstoppable | Inc.com

Sometimes even successful people need some extra juice to keep moving. In my own search for inspiration and motivation, I watched over a hundred videos to find these 15 gems.<p>1. How to stop screwing yourself over<p>Mel Robbins drills through the mental clutter that keeps you from getting what you …

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100 Percent Is Overrated

People labeled “smart” at a young age don’t deal well with being wrong. Life grows stagnant.<p>At whatever age smart people develop the idea that they are smart, they also tend to develop vulnerability around relinquishing that label. So the difference between telling a kid “You did a great job” and …

Self-improvement

How Startups Have Impacted the Hotel Industry

If you’ve been keeping up with current events, you’ve probably heard about Airbnb’s recent legal problems. For those who aren’t aware, cities like …