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How To Cultivate A Creative Thinking Habit

Creativity isn’t a mythical creature to be caught and tamed. It’s a habit, studies suggest; a way of life that’s built over time.<p>Think of your most common habits and the regular culprits come to mind–biting your nails, snacking late at night, cracking your knuckles. Do something enough times and it …

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4 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Do Before Meeting an Investor

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Almost all startups – whether they are in major hubs like Silicon Valley, Boston or New York or less metropolitan areas like Kansas City, Mo. – face the same problem.<p>Every Wednesday morning, I sit in 1 Million Cups Kansas City, an …

Entrepreneurship

'Design & Thinking' Team to Release 'Maker,' Full-Length Doc Charting the Maker Movement

While "We Are Makers" was the first documentary looking at the burgeoning Maker Movement, it certainly won't be the last. As of this week, we know …

One-Minute Papers: A Way to Further Design Thinking

This post offers a step-by-step description of how using the "One-Minute Paper" learning technique can enable educators to connect design thinking …

Creatively Drained? 8 Tips to Recharge

Get the inspiration flowing again. It's not as hard as you think.<p>Trying to be more creative can be exhausting. In fact, sometimes it can seem like more work than your actual job.<p>I should know--I just went through this at my new start-up, an online greeting card company called Open Me. While …

The Three Rules Of Creativity | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Creativity is defined as the productive use of ideas and imagination.<p>Unfortunately, because of widespread preconceptions about creativity, people …

The Difference Between Success and Failure

Think “success” is the opposite of “failure”? Are you afraid to succeed, because failure is too hard to handle? If so, your fear of failure is likely …

The Secret to Creativity | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

<i>Editor’s Note: This post (by the original Editor in Chief, Jon Wesley) is being republished in the wake of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman – my</i> …

The Ultimate Guide to Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

The comfort zone is the warm and fuzzy place where everything makes sense, and nothing is particularly challenging. But the comfort zone is also the …

The 5 Best Ways To Relax And How They Will Change Your Life

There’s no doubt that we live in a society where we’re always plugged in, stress levels are high and finding time for ourselves is like pulling …

10 Great Tips To Make Your Life Easier And More Enjoyable

There are numerous benefits in simplifying your life. You will have more time to spend with friends and family, there will be less stress in your …

Why Letting Employees Be Themselves Is So Darn Good for Business

A study shows that letting employees be themselves decreases turnover and increases customer satisfaction.<p>If you missed this jam when it lit up the web back in 2009, it’s not too late to buckle up and enjoy. (Behold rapping flight attendant David Holmes in the video below.)<p>Holmes is an oft-cited …

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Chris Nolan's Artistic Influence for the Joker in The Dark Knight

The paintings that inspired the character.<p>The Dark Knight Trilogy director Christopher Nolan recently sat down for an interview with the Tate Britain …

9 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Design Thinking

How Lippincott, the branding and strategy firm behind Coca-Cola’s swirl, Starbucks’s logo, and Samsung’s global identity, fuses creativity and analytics.<p>I lead an unusual company. Lippincott, part of the highly analytical management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, is the creative force behind the …

Interview with an Illustrator: Scott Campbell - The Fox Is Black

Illustrator, Artist and doodler Scott Campbell has just released the follow up to the successful Great Showdowns book – The Return. It builds upon …

An Open Apartment in Brazil Full of Raw Materials

The Panamby Apartment, designed by DT estúdio arquitetura, was designed with the homeowner, a single lawyer, in mind. With one person living there, …

How to Start a Business in 10 Days

This story appears in the September 2013 issue of <i>Startups</i>. Subscribe »<p>With an executive staffing venture about to open, a business loan from the in-laws gnawing at her conscience and a new baby to care for, Michelle Fish was already feeling the pressure. But what really pushed her over the edge was …

Small Business

17 Startup Founders on How to Become Insanely Successful | Inc.com

15 Tasty Tomato Recipes for Summer

15 easy dishes to show off peak flavor.<p>Delicious and packed with healthy antioxidants, fresh tomatoes are at their peak in late summer. Whether they're stewed, grilled, or baked in a tart, here are 15 new ways to try them.

5 Reasons Everyone Sucks At Interviews

Don’t worry, it’s not you, it’s the strange ritual that is the job interview. Can it be fixed?<p>Job interviews are strange rituals: both sides of the table are fidgety, anxious, alert to the weightiness of situation, and if you were showing up to be interviewed by Google, you might have been …

Employment

How to Get Everything You Want. Seriously

You'd like to be successful in everything you do, of course. Here's how to make it happen.<p>Getting what you want in your career and in life isn't as difficult as it may seem. I mean it.<p>I've been very fortunate, both professionally and personally, and along the way learned seven key ways to help make …

A Workbook Of Simple Tasks For Sparking Your Creative Process

The folks behind Conditional Design want you to experiment in structured ways.<p>Good ideas can arrive (seemingly) in an instant or may emerge after a hard-fought battle between right brain, left brain, and reality. But even people who are blessed with a fertile imagination can benefit from a change …

Tackle Big Projects Productively: 5 tips

Do you want to be highly productive when approaching a big project? Here are five insights from a Harvard expert to help you start and finish with ease.<p>For most people, the best part of taking on a big project is the end. It feels great to look back and see all you accomplished. But the beginning …

6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day

Becoming and staying productive isn’t about hard-to-follow programs or logging your every move in an app. It’s about self-care. Here are daily to-dos to get you started.<p>It’s Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Two San Francisco entrepreneurs are pitching their ventures to potential investors today. They’d …

5 Weird Habits That Make People Successful And Awesome

Because if you make enough money, people call you “eccentric” instead of “crazy.”<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Yes, we all need to heed our callings, follow our north stars, and not settle for jobs, but pursue careers.<p>Thing …