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10 research-proven tricks that will make you appear smarter than you are

It's great to be smart, but intelligence is a hard thing to pin down. In many cases, how smart people <i>think</i> you are is just as important as how smart you actually are.<p>"I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow." —Woodrow Wilson<p>As it turns out, intelligence only explains …

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 …

How to Create the Perfect Cofounder Agreement with Your Business Partner

You’ve just conceived a brilliant billion dollar startup idea; you’ve defined the perfect value proposition for you company; and you just met the …

Six-Figure Freelancers Share Their Best Advice For Finding Success And Clients

Leaving your day job and launching your own freelance business is a dream that many creatives share. However, like starting any business, becoming a successful freelancer takes a lot of hard work, a strong set of skills, and the willingness to learn from others.<p>There are certain things you need to …

Entrepreneurship

5 Powerful Habits That Will Make You a Better Communicator

The most important thing all great communicators have in common is a heightened sense of awareness of specific situations. Practicing these habits will help get you to that level.<p>Use the following methods to improve your interpersonal interactions. After all, what is more important than having your …

10 Types of Businesses You Can Build After 5 p.m.

Entrepreneur and Marketer, Co-founder of Web Profits<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>That daytime job of yours may be terrific. But there’s one thing that is far more rewarding and meaningful than good pay and benefits: being your own boss.<p>Still, think carefully before …

Your Resume Is Never Enough to Get the Job You Really Want

If you haven't started a business yet and there's a job you really want, relying on a resume is little better than wishing and hoping.<p>Maybe you haven't started a business yet. Maybe you're a serial entrepreneur in between startups. Or maybe you're trying to gain additional skills while you launch …

Why You Need to Learn How to Speak a Leadership Vocabulary | Inc.com

In leadership, as in most fields, there's a specialized vocabulary. But unlike the language of most fields, the words that mean the most in leadership aren't technical jargon. They reflect the kind of language that virtually everyone knows and uses--a series of everyday phrases, affirmations, and …

Leadership

How to Get Famous Fast: Real Life Hack for Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What if I told you that for a minimum investment of time you could enact a strategy that result in three benefits that will change your life forever?<p>The three benefits are<p>Send up the equivalent of a giant flashing neon sign above you or …

The Man Who Studied 1,000 Deaths to Learn How to Live

<b>“The small things ain’t so small.”</b> – BJ MillerAt the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? And how can knowing this help you live better lives</i> …

From Uber driver to venture capitalist

<i>How did you get into venture capital? And why did you decide on that versus another startup?</i><p>These are two questions aspiring VCs often ask. While I usually hop on 15-30 minute calls with those looking to learn more, just like my fellow VC colleagues did for me, I thought it might be more impactful …

You Have a Great Business Idea? Hold On. Ask These 15 Questions First | Inc.com

How do you know if you've got a great business idea?<p>Before you proceed with your venture, it's a great idea to do some market research and assess the potential for success.<p>Here are 15 questions to ask before you waste time, money and blab about how great it is going to be to all your friends.<p>1. Do …

Business Strategy

Are All Empires Bad?

Arguments over how we remember the past will not be resolved by simplistic slogans or knocking down statues.<p>Rhodes must fall. Churchill must fall. …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Egyptian Book of the Dead

<i>The Egyptian Book of the Dead</i> is a collection of spells which enable the soul of the deceased to navigate the afterlife. The famous title was given …

Ancient History

9 Affirmations the Most Successful People Repeat Each and Every Day

What you say is often what you do--especially if you say it to yourself.<p>A friend of mine is big on daily affirmations and positive self-talk. He spends a few minutes every morning looking in a mirror and repeating, "I'm great. I'm awesome. I'm a superstar."<p>He says his daily affirmations work for …

Oliver James makes a forceful argument for the influence of upbringing on personality<p>“All of us were maltreated sometimes,” writes Oliver James in his latest offering, <i>Not in Your Genes</i>. A cheery thought, it forms the basis of the clinical psychologist’s long-held thesis that when it comes to …

Psychology

Career Advice No One Tells You

Most people have "okay" jobs.<p>We go to work, do what we have to do from 9 to 5, come back home, maybe hang out with friends, and do it all over again the next day.<p>There's nothing wrong with this.<p>But some people perform at a totally different level.<p>They're the people who land executive level …

Why Fear and Failure May Be the Keys to Success

Fear. Failure. The Fear of Failure.<p>It's painful. Heart-wrenching. Disappointing.<p>But what if we were thinking about failure and fear all wrong? What if they could also lead to your most successful and creative breakthroughs?<p>I'm not talking as a psychotherapist or a guru or a teacher or a healer. I'm …

8 Simple Hacks For Low Budget Startup Entrepreneurs

Startup entrepreneurs should be aware of the risks involved starting their own business. Money plays a big role in the success or failure of a …

The 5 Triggers That Make New Habits Stick

In his best-selling book, The Power of Habit, author Charles Duhigg explains a simple three-step process that all habits follow. This cycle, known as …

Surprisingly Simple Hacks to Make You Super Productive

In his 2012 bestseller, <i>The Power of Habit</i>, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charles Duhigg helped readers understand why they eat those cookies every …

These Are the 7 Habits of Highly Motivated People

I’ve seen too many people struggling with their motivation, or losing their mojo and wondering how to find it again. Whether they’ve been given bad …

The small, unglamorous jobs that started four billionaires on the road to wealth

NEW YORK — The vast majority of the world’s nearly two thousand billionaires are entirely self-made, according to Forbes’ annual list of the world’s …

Beyond time management: Why we really procrastinate and how to finally stop

I’ve read all the articles and listened to all the podcasts about procrastination. I’ve tried all the tricks—including literally trying to trick …

20 Quotes From Jim Rohn Putting Success and Life Into Perspective

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone, and especially entrepreneurs working to build a business from the ground up, enjoys a solid rags-to-riches story. It’s something we can relate to and get behind.<p>One of the greatest rags-to-riches stories is that of Jim Rohn. Jim …

I've spent my career studying bad habits. Here's what I've learned about breaking them. - Vox

Let's face reality: Change is hard! Look at change rates for people with heart issues who are told by their doctors that they are seriously at risk of dying if they do not change their habits. These patients know exactly what they need to do: eat a more wholesome, lower-calorie diet, exercise more, …

Self-improvement

15 Motivational Biographies And Autobiographies From Around The World

Stories are inspiring. And true stories? They can motivate us to fight our battles and lead a life that we feel is right for us. The following …