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Steve Jobs's Advice on the Only 4 Times You Should Say No Is Brilliant | Inc.com

In the frantic pace of life to do more and be more, we hardly think about the importance of <i>focus.</i><p>That's why, for those free-spirited, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs chasing after their dreams, this prophetic quote by Steve Jobs 21 years ago hits the nail on the head even more so today. Here's …

Time Management

11 Habits of Supremely Happy People

Lasting happiness is something you make for yourself.<p>We’re always chasing something—be it a promotion, a new car, or a significant other. This leads …

Happiness

20 Quotes on Coping With Change From Successful Entrepreneurs and Leaders

Change is up to you.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Change is a hard concept to grasp -- and can be even harder to cope with it. Whether you’re switching careers, leaving a company or ending a relationship, change comes in all sizes -- big and small. And while some …

Andy Warhol

A study of 300,000 people found living a longer, happier life isn't just about diet, exercise, or genetics

Want to live longer? Make close friends — because research shows that friends can affect your health even more than family. The 2005 Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging found that close relationships with children and other relatives had very little impact on how long you live, but people with …

InterAct

How Do We Find Meaning in Life?

Human beings certainly gravitate to religion and it seems we all have an tendency to believe in some sort of karma. Your mind may <i>require</i> meaning. …

Happiness

The 40% Rule: The Simple Secret To Success

There is no shortage of business books on the market (including mine), most of which claim to hold the secrets to success.<p>As a business book writer myself, I’m not inclined to disparage any of these. Most offer useful tactics that entrepreneurs can use to streamline their processes and boost their …

Motivation

7 secrets that will make you build good habits

Building good habits can be hard. Real hard. Nearly half of dieters give up within a week.<p>Forty percent of dieters quit within one week and more than …

9 Signs You Are Genuinely Confident, Without Seeming Cocky at All | Inc.com

Like most people's, my confidence level ebbs and flows. I'm what I call situationally confident. Depending on the setting, sometimes I'm extremely assured. Other times I'm shy and insecure.<p>Since confidence is something we all need -- when you feel more confident, your performance almost always …

Self-improvement

How Instagram is reshaping restaurant design

When it came time to design their first restaurant, Media Noche, San Francisco entrepreneurs Madelyn Markoe and Jessie Barker found themselves lacking inspiration. Their designer had asked them for ideas and they felt like “deer in headlights.” Ultimately, Markoe says, they came up with a single …

Social Media

Grasping Robots Compete to Rule Amazon’s Warehouses

Amazon employs 45,000 robots, but they all have something missing: hands.<p>Squat wheeled machines carry boxes around in more than 20 of the company’s …

The Inside Story Of SoundCloud's Collapse

SoundCloud was once a platform beloved by listeners and creators, whose leaders hoped to revolutionize the music industry. Hamstrung by management mistakes and fierce competition, they never did. Here's the story of how it all came crashing down.<p>If you want an example of when SoundCloud’s mission …

Salvatore Ferragamo

How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion Startup

Now, Stripe’s Patrick and John Collison are teaming with Amazon to grab even more control over the global flow of commerce.<p>Every day, Americans spend …

Startups

Hollywood's favorite video-editing tools arrive in a free app

If you're serious about video editing and are weighing up your software options, two choices usually pop up: Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Final Cut Pro X (FCPX). But Avid, Hollywood's go-to editing company, just played a wild card by releasing Media Composer First, a limited version of its pro …

Filmmaking

Lyft and Amtrak now let passengers book rides to and from the train station

Another business links up with Lyft, and not Uber<p>Lyft is partnering with Amtrak to help train passengers get to and from the train station. The new deal will let you book a car with the ride-hailing service from within Amtrak’s mobile app. If you’re a new Lyft rider, using the promo code …

Transportation

Microsoft wants you to upgrade to a new Surface every 18 months

The company's new Surface Plus program offers monthly payments and an upgrade plan for its touchscreen products.<p>Microsoft is making Surface products easier to buy and upgrade, with a new monthly financing plan called Surface Plus.<p>With the Surface Plus plan, customers in the US can now own expensive …

Customers

Apple’s services business revenue grew 22% in Q3 as hardware saw only minor gains

Apple may still be mostly about selling gadgets, but its surging services business continues to lead the company’s growth.<p>The world’s most valuable company reported revenues of $45.4 billion on Tuesday for the three months ending June 30, an increase from the $42.4 billion it reported for the same …

Facebook Is Working on a Video Chat Device

Facebook Inc. is working on a video chat device for the home -- the first major hardware product from its experimental Building 8 lab.<p>Featuring a …

Social Media

12 Millionaire Habits to Start Making Serious Money Soon and Build Wealth in a Hurry

Get-rich-quick schemes rarely work but doing the right things every day rarely fails.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There's a mindset that's prevalent these days. It's one of instant gratification in an on-demand society that looks for quick results with very little …

Self-improvement

These are the top 5 books you must read to be successful

I post about a lot of books. Most people don’t have the time to read them all, so here are a few of my must-reads.<p><b>1.</b> <i>Influence</i><p>What is it?<p>Most consider …

Happiness

5 essential people skills everyone should know

Interpersonal intelligence is one of the most overlooked, underutilized skill sets. In school, as we form our careers or level-up our professional life we often think about technical skills. We forget about soft skills. I believe people skills should not be optional.<p>When you have exceptional people …

People Skills

How Can You Tell You're a Good Leader? You Motivate Others By Doing These 4 Things Daily | Inc.com

Have you noticed how everyone seems to have an opinion about motivation -- how one is motivated, and how leaders motivate their troops? It's such a broad term, there are more than 100 definitions about the concept of motivation.<p>Thinking of motivation simply as, for example, "the energy a person has …

Leadership

How to Inspire a Group of People to Do the Impossible | Inc.com

It was Andrew Carnegie who said, "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."<p>When you want to motivate people to do amazing …

Motivation

An Amazing Mentor Can Help the Average Become Extraordinary. Here's How to Get One | Inc.com

Many of today's high school and college students obsess over GPA. They've been taught by their parents to look at a B or a C like a bad Yelp review--a black mark that can badly damage the reputation of their personal brand. As someone who graduated with a 2.6 GPA, I spent my undergraduate years …

Self-improvement

How This Startup Succeeded by Ignoring Its Most Important Customers

Shyp always envisioned itself as a service for small businesses. But when it launched, it strategically went in a totally different direction.<p>Kevin Gibbon had a serious side hustle in college: eBay Powerseller.<p>“I’d buy products and sell them for profit -- jewelry, clothing, sports equipment,” he …

Startups

A Navy SEAL explains 8 secrets to grit and resilience

Sometimes you just want to quit. You know you shouldn’t but nothing seems better than crawling back into bed and hiding under the covers. (I am there …

Nobel Prize

A Single-Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie for When You Don't Want to Whip Up a Full Batch

A sugar craving hits. But—gasp—you ate the last Newman-O yesterday. And there’s nothing but a bite of ice cream left in the freezer (not even worth …

Dessert

15 New Cookbooks Worth the Money (and Precious Shelf Space)

Fall cookbook season is an exciting time, but when your bookshelf is about to topple over, and you have one too many unopened jars of rose harissa, …

86 Ways to Become Incredibly Successful and Accomplish All Your Goals

Tips, strategies, practical steps, links....<p>It's fairly easy to be modestly successful; you just have to work hard. (Seriously: that is all it takes.) It's harder to be very successful; you have to work hard, and smart, and catch a few breaks along the way.<p>It's extremely difficult to be incredibly …

Self-improvement

Why 'Everything's Fine' Is a Huge Red Flag for Any Startup

Early stage chaos in a company is natural. Here's how to embrace it.<p>When you're running a startup, there is a misguided feeling of fear that your operational system is failing you. Fear that your concept is going to fail or that you won't be able to make it through to the next step.<p>When I started …

Customer Service