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The Art of Taste: What It Takes to Become a Sommelier

Perched on a stool at Terroir, a wine bar in Tribeca, Bianca Bosker cups her glass around her nose and inhales pensively before taking a sip. “It’s super weighty, with notes of pineapple,” she declares of the amber liquid, a 2008 Kuhling-Gillot Riesling. “There are also notes of rubber duck, in a …

How to Be Constantly Creative

In his book <i>The Art of Learning</i>, author and the subject of <i>Searching for Bobby Fischer</i> Josh Waitzkin describes the secret to becoming one of the …

17 Essential Tools for Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the biggest challenges we face as entrepreneurs is staying on top of everything. You have to respond to emails, make sure your website works perfectly, organize projects, keep in touch with your network, and avoid getting …

Productivity

Innovation is Fueled by the Power of Possibilities

Only 1/3 of our ability to think creatively is down to genetics. The rest is really about how we learn.<p>"Innovation" is no longer a half-empty word on a mission statement. For millions in the technology industry, it's the core of their being.<p>It's worth mentioning that while the words "innovator" and …

Disciplined miles for an undisciplined mind: Running frees the mind to be more creative

Some of my most powerful and interesting paths forward are uncovered when I stop intentional thought and let the uncontrolled brainwork of my run …

Six Ways to Generate More (and More Creative) Ideas

Creative thinking is a skill, not a talent. With a few simple techniques, just about everyone can come up with creative ideas. And, as with all …

US Creative Work of the Week: Gorton’s Fisherman tries to navigate life on land in brand’s latest ads

Boston-based Connelly Partners was recently tasked with helping Gorton’s Seafood reintroduce and modernize its 42-year-old fisherman mascot, and the …

10 Things the Artist and the Entrepreneur Have in Common

Trish Duggan, one of 1,500 billionaires on this planet, shares her wisdom and knowledge about artists and entrepreneurs.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Trish Duggan is an artist, philanthropist, entrepreneur and a billionaire. I recently had the opportunity to talk with …

Entrepreneurship

This Is the Secret Trick Bakers Are Using to Write Flawlessly With Icing

Calling all baking lovers!<p>Hello. I'm here to interrupt your daily scheduled activities to show you mesmerizing cookie decorating videos, where Instagram baker Emma's Sweets writes flawlessly with icing.<p>By using a baking projector called KopyKake, Emma's Sweets is able to write on cookies in …

These Plants Are the Ultimate Home Security System

We wouldn't dare cross one of these.<p>Plants have evolved all sorts of wickedly clever defense mechanisms, and the most primal — and effective — are thorns, prickles, and spines. Spiny plants can be a hassle when it comes to maintenance and pruning, but when it comes to your personal home security, …

15 Reasons Croatia Should Be Your Next Big Trip

Imagine sipping the country's best wine while staring at this breathtaking view.<p>Looking for a European destination that's a little more unexpected? Obsessed with food and wine? Love history? If you answered yes to any of these, you'll want to move Croatia to the top of your must-see list …

This Is Either the World's Worst — or Best — Puzzle Ever

It's completely mind-boggling.<p>The next time you're looking for an activity to fill up a rainy Saturday, we've got just the solution for you. Though you might want to cancel your plans on Sunday, Monday and maybe even Tuesday, too, because this game is bound to be quite time consuming. Why? It's a …

This Nifty Infographic Is a Great Introduction to Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Therapy

Did you know you can rewire your brain? Neuroscientific research breakthroughs are revealing fascinating new truths about the malleability of our …

To Reduce Complexity in Your Company, Start with Pen and Paper

Companies that grow face a predictable problem: over time, the business becomes way too complex for its own good. I see this a lot in companies that have moved heavily into what I call the “exploitation” phase of a competitive advantage, or the phase that comes after the initial launch and …

Lexar explains why not all memory cards are created equal

Memory cards come in many shapes and sizes, and there’s a greater variety of formats and features than ever, complicating the buying process for …

3 Kick-Ass TED Talks That Will Awaken Your Inner CEO

When applying for a new job, starting your own company, or asking for that promotion, you often find yourself at the tipping point between excitement …

7 Smart Questions You Should Ask at the End of Every Job Interview

A candidate who asks me questions during her job interview is a candidate who gets my attention.<p>It shows me she’s doing her part to ensure we’re the …

Synergy or Consensus: Which One Do You Build?

Compliant learning. We all engage in it, and then do it to our students. It leads to consensus building rather than synergizing where we build the …

Pedagogy

The Best Salespeople Do What the Best Brands Do

It’s not news that the role of salespeople and selling is changing. In the past, salespeople were often the first step in a purchase process, and could significantly influence customer decision-making by controlling information about pricing, availability, competitive advantage, etc.<p>But in this era …

21 Ways to Celebrate Summer Strawberries

When I was a kid growing up in the Tennessee countryside, early summer was my favorite time of year. Being out of school was part of it, but more importantly, it was strawberry season. We would occasionally grow a few plants in our garden, but our neighbor grew a whole hillside's worth. My sisters …

7 Top Flower Shops Around the Country

From New York to Los Angeles, a look at our favorite new and established florists<p>In recent months, the flower scene has undergone a renaissance, with florists taking more risks and opening their bouquet repertoire to species that have regained favor after decades of being ignored (we’re looking at …

Could this venture-backed zero energy house revolutionize the home building industry?

What if you could buy an affordable Zero Energy home that could be erected on your property in a matter of days, instead of the many months it …

#ChicEats: 10 Bucket List Restaurants Around the World

Our weekly column covers the chicest food and restaurants. From Stockholm to New York City, add these picks to your global itinerary.<p>Whether hyped by documentaries or highly regarded because of unmatchable views, some restaurants are worth planning an entire trip around—if you're lucky enough to …

25 Stylish Items for Lovers of Handwritten Notes

Keep the art of print correspondence alive with pens, pencils, stationery, sealing wax, and other fancy stuff.

Stationery

Featured Shop: not PERFECT LINEN

My name is Simona Rimkiene, and I’m the founder of not PERFECT LINEN. I make linen clothing and home goods with my small team in Vilnius, Lithuania.<p>I grew up in Lithuania, surrounded by fabric. My mother was always sewing, creating and designing; however, I initially pursued a very different path – …

Sewing

Polaroid University is an Online Photography School Taught by Industry Pros

Polaroid is teaming up with professional photographers to launch Polaroid University, an online photography education program that provides a crash …

12 Excel Formulas Every Architect Should Know

<i>It may not be the most exciting piece of software an architect will ever use, but Microsoft's Excel is a powerful tool which can help architects with</i> …

Analytics

He gave his unforgettable work for nothing. Shouldn't the designer of the peace symbol be commemorated?

The logo that Gerard Holtom created without copyright for an anti-nuclear war protest group in the 1950s has been perennially adopted and adapted around the world ‑ perhaps most memorably in the wake of the Paris attacks<p>In the early evening of 21 February 1958, a middle-aged man travelled right …

Demonstration