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6 Things I Wish I Could Go Back and Warn My Younger Self About | Inc.com

One of the most gratifying aspects of having achieved even a little success is that people will listen to you. Unfortunately, what people most want to hear about is how you've succeeded rather than how you nearly blew it. And so we build story lines around all of the great decisions we made that …

19 books to read if you want to get rich

If it works for them, why couldn't it work for you?<p>Here, we've highlighted some of the best books about managing your money and achieving wealth out there, from expert-recommended classics to some of our favorite new editions.<p>No guarantees, of course — but if you want to get rich, it can't hurt to …

The 8 most common cover letter mistakes that could cost you the job

We turned to Amanda Augustine, career management expert and spokesperson at TheLadders, an online job-matching service for professionals, and asked about the most common cover letter pitfalls.<p>Here are eight costly errors to avoid:<p>TheLadders found that 50% of recruiters believe a cover letter is …

Mark Zuckerberg declares 2015 the 'Year of Books' with online reading club

Look out, Oprah: there’s a new book club on the rise. Mark Zuckerberg declared 2015 the “Year of Books” and invited Facebook users to join him with the aim of getting through a new book every two weeks while discussing it on Facebook.<p>The aim is to focus on books that have “an emphasis on learning …

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Lessons from a 17-year-old investor (who has doubled his money in 14 months)

Brandon Fleisher is part of a new wave of teenagers braving the stock market. Aged 17, he has made £24,000 so far<p>Most 17-year-old schoolboys settle down to their homework when they come home. But Brandon Fleisher prefers to manage his investment portfolio.<p>Brandon, who lives in Toronto, Canada, said …

Kickstarter: how crowdfunding is booming in Britain

A scroll through the Kickstarter website is like watching Dragon’s Den, without the wilder flights of entrepreneurial fancy edited out.<p>Among the entrepreneurs recently in need of financing from users on the crowdfunding platform were a Newcastle council worker who wanted £2m to buy and sail a yacht …

Nigerian luxury handbags: making a mark overseas

The Nigerian designer is the brains behind the Zashadu brand, whose modern, colourful creations use the ancient art of tanning and leather-dyeing from the country's north.<p>"I think people like the story behind the bags. They like the fact that the bag has roots and origins," the 32-year-old told AFP …

This 24-Year-Old High School Dropout Is Tackling A Problem Every Startup Hates To Deal With

That experience led her to do something more serious for her next business. She leased servers out of a few data centers and created a fully managed hosting service for small businesses, which she describes as a "cheaper version of Rackspace." She had about four part time employees and generated …

Crowd investing: Could you be backing the next Google?

<b>Investing often used to seem like a closed shop - the preserve of a wealthy, privileged elite keeping business opportunities all to itself.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessUltra HD gives firms clearer pictureTranslation tech talking businessUkraine's green tech start-ups bloomRecycling …

The 5 Best Ways To Start A Presentation

Either way, the clock is ticking. As soon as you step in front of a group of people to start a presentation, you have a very small window of time to persuade them that what you have to say is worth listening to.<p>To help you keep your audience alert and interested, the experts at Big Fish …

9 Powerful Leadership Lessons From The US Military

The University of Southern California noticed several years that many veteran officers were enrolling in its Marshall School of Business Executive MBA program, and found that there was a demand for help with transitioning into civilian life.<p>So last year, after three years of development, USC …

Malcolm Gladwell Says Entrepreneurs Like Steve Jobs And IKEA Founder Ingvar Kamprad Share These 3 Personality Traits

As he said on stage at on Tuesday at the World Business Forum in New York, they are <b>open to experience</b>, <b>conscientious</b>, and <b>disagreeable</b>.<p>Let's go over each:<p><b>• Openness to experience</b> describes the way you relate to new information. If you get really excited about novelty, then you're highly open — which …

Harvard Says The Best Thinkers Have These 7 'Thinking Dispositions'

• Can you play the piano?<p>• Do you play the piano?<p>The queries are less similar than they seem — and they tell you something about how you learn.<p>"These are different questions," she writes, "and your answer may well be 'yes' to the first and 'no' to the second."<p>How so?<p>"The first question asks about …

The 'Shark Tank' Entrepreneurs Who Lost Out On $250,000 Prove Why 'Perfect Is The Enemy Of Good'

In the latest sixth-season episode of ABC's hit pitch show, San Francisco-based entrepreneurs Lei Yu and Tyler Freeman present their company DrumPants, which sells wearable technology that uses your smartphone's Bluetooth capabilities to turn your body into a full band. Its secondary features, …

18 Surprising Things That Affect Whether You Get Hired

Knowing that, most people take the process very seriously. They arrive to the interview on time, dress impeccably, and answer each question intelligently.<p>But as it turns out, there's more to it than just showing up and doing your best — there are dozens of small details that overtly or …

3 Mistakes That Ran Sears' Business Into The Ground

The company is running out of cash after losing money for nine straight quarters.<p>For decades, Sears was ubiquitous.<p>But industry analyst Robin Lewis writes that Sears made a few crucial mistakes that ran business into the ground.<p>Sears' unraveling started back in the late 1970s and unfolded over …

Yes, You Can Become a Better Entrepreneur — Here’s How | BusinessCollective

If you ever took an entrepreneurship course in business school, chances are you’ve heard your professor ask, “Can entrepreneurship be learned, or is …

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20 People Who Became Highly Successful After Age 40

Twenty-somethings have a tendency to think that they need their lives figured out by 30, which can cause panic if their 30th birthday rolls around and their greatest aspirations seem far out of reach.<p>But there are plenty of success stories that prove otherwise — from celebrity chef Julia Child, who …

How To Improve Your Leadership Skills

Leadership skills can play a large role in career development. Often, your technical skills can only take you so far. To help you move forward in …

11 Simple Tricks That Will Make You Happier And More Productive

You can change your life in 10 minutes — if you take that time to learn a life-changing technique.<p>In a Quora thread, users answered the question, "What can I learn right now in just 10 minutes that could be useful for the rest of my life?"<p>Here are a few of our favorite takeaways that will save you …

7 Things Successful People Do During An Afternoon Lull

You're not alone.<p>Almost everyone experiences a mid-afternoon lull: a dip in energy levels, alertness, and concentration as part of your natural circadian rhythm, explains Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of "You Can't Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work."<p>"The timing, extent, …

How To Talk About Your Biggest Weaknesses In A Job Interview

You’re in the hot seat and things are going well. You talk about your attributes, skills and strengths with ease. Just when you think it’s pretty much in the bag, the hiring manager asks that dreaded question: <i>What’s your biggest weakness?</i><p>“This is one of the questions people have the hardest time …

7 Obstacles Keeping You From Change

Learning isn’t done through memorization or new knowledge–it’s in your actions every day. Here’s how you might be standing in your own way.<p>Face it: We’re all just a bunch of old dogs trying to learn new tricks. Whether we’re making resolutions, trying to gain new skills or vowing to kick bad …

The importance of accountability in people management

It is a puzzle given most of us like to feel good about ourselves – what is so frightening about accountability that some avoid it at all costs?<p>Each …

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Ask an Expert: Steps to closing a small business

<b>Q: Steve, I hope you can help me. I am sad to say that the business I started with my partners has not worked out as we had hoped it would and we are forced to close the doors. Could you help me understand how the process works – what we need to do when? — Jackson</b><p>A: Closing a business is never …

Why Exercise Is The Key To Work-Life Balance

Getting enough exercise doesn’t just make your butt look good; it also can save it in the office or at home.<p>Maybe you should be asking your boss for midday workouts.<p>Interesting research published in the <i>Harvard Business Review</i> shows that exercise isn’t a selfish indulgence (how dare you care about …

5 Secrets To Being Persuasive

Whether you're selling a project, managing a team, or pitching a new idea, knowing how to persuade others is often essential to your success. If you can manage it without seeming pushy, that's even better. Katya Andresen, the new CEO of education network ePals, outlines five ways to do just that in …

22 Brilliant Insights On How To Succeed In Business From T. Boone Pickens

In fact, the 85 year-old energy tycoon/author of "The First Billion Is The Hardest" has a ton of catchy/easy to remember phrases about life and business.<p>They're affectionately referred to by his family and staff members as "Boone-isms."<p>We've compiled some of his business Boone-isms in the slides …

Leadership Is About Emotion http://onforb.es/1jfa30l Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them. The chances are high that your admiration is based on more than their accomplishments, impressive as those may be.

RBS small business lending a failure and needs 'overhaul', says Andrew Large report

Royal Bank of Scotland has failed its small business and medium-sized business customers, according to a report into its lending operations.<p>Royal Bank of Scotland has been told its whole system for lending to smaller companies requires a complete overhaul after a report into the bank’s business …