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The farm-to-table backlash is here

That chicken—is it local?<p>Fans of <i>Portlandia</i> will recall the sketch from the show’s first season, where two absurdly earnest diners badger their …

Jeff Bezos’ email to his employees shows Amazon’s leadership problems are only beginning

Just as The New York Times<i>’</i> scathing indictment of Amazon and its workplace culture hit the internet earlier this month—before the print edition was even in many readers’ hands—Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos sent a memo to his employees in an effort to contain the impact. Perhaps admirably, he …

Leadership

15 Qualities You Need to Develop Mental Toughness

Mental toughness is a huge indicator of success. Here's how to know if you've got it.<p>We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. It might be because of a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship.<p>Whatever the challenge, you have to …

Emotional Intelligence

How a Young Entrepreneur Turned Her Strange Idea Into a Thriving Business

It sounds crazy.<p>Start your first business at 24, straight out of college, alone in a foreign country, where you can't even speak your native language. And do it in a huge city, with no connections.<p>Intimidating, right? But it's precisely what successful entrepreneur Irina Alionte did. As founder of …

How Peter Voogd Went From Zero To A Six-Figure Income In 6 Months

At age 18, he told himself that he’d never work a normal job again. Now Peter Voogd is a millionaire media entrepreneur and best-selling book author. But generating wealth wasn’t always glamorous for Voogd.<p>“I didn’t even have money to go to the drive-thru,” Voogd recalls. His frustration with …

Entrepreneurship

The guy who once wrote a profanity-filled email so he would NOT get funded just raised $7 million

But Autopilot CEO Mike Sharkey had the exact opposite in mind when he wrote VCs before getting seed funded: turn me down.<p>Why?<p>Sharkey, an Australian native, was applying for government funding at the time, but one of the qualifications was you had to fail to raise private funding from a venture …

Venture Capital

The Real Secret to Success Isn't Really a Secret

Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of BNI<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Over my career, I have observed people with different personalities, backgrounds, and behavioral styles achieve success in life. Many times I wondered if there was a reoccurring theme running …

Self-improvement

Do What You Love And The Money Will Surely Follow, Right? No, Not Right

When I was locked in my unhappy corporate career, I dreamed for years of getting out and doing something I was deeply passionate about that felt meaningful and purposeful. But figuring out how to do that on my own seemed impossible. Trying to identify natural talents that I loved to use and then …

Entrepreneurship

Green cuts risk sending UK back to the dark ages

The UK government’s sudden abolition of subsidies for wind, solar and biomass energy send a risky message and could shake investor confidence<p>The government’s U-turn on renewable energy risks sending this country back to the dark ages of relying only on fossil fuel.<p>Since the election we have seen a …

Humans are endangering the most abundant animal on the planet

Barely longer than your thumb, weighing under an ounce and nearly translucent, delicate crustaceans known as krill are vital to ocean ecosystems around the world. In the waters that encircle Antarctica, krill are an essential food source for penguins, baleen and blue whales (which can eat as much …

Biodiversity

What Growing Up Broke in a Rich Neighborhood Taught Me About Business

Serial Entrepreneur, Digital Strategist, Web Designer, Author, Volunteer<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I grew up in a single-mother household, like the other one of four of you out there. I also grew up in a very nice neighborhood called Westlake Village, which is …

Entrepreneurship

Considering A Career in Marketing? Read This First

We’ve all been there. Stuck in senior year of college, surrounded by swarms of our parents’ friends at dinner parties, asking that dreaded question:<p>“What are you going to do with your life?”<p>In these moments, we’d do just about anything for a career plan, so we come up with the typical answers:<p>Law …

Brand Management

A workplace strategy Jeff Bezos swears by can drastically reduce office conflicts

"Have him send you an email. Make him write out exactly what his request is."<p>Lawyers love this technique, he told me. And the benefits are two-fold.<p>For one, writing forces clear thinking. It will become obvious if someone doesn't have a clear idea what they're asking once they try to put it down on …

Creative Writing

Amazon's next big challenge: Winning India

Growth in Amazon Web Services, the company's profitable cloud computing business, soaked up much of the spotlight on the company's subsequent earnings call, but there was one other topic that investors and analysts kept bringing up: India.<p>Amazon only officially launched in the country in June 2013, …

India

More city dwellers are embracing 'hobby farms': 'It's like we live in the country'

About an hour before the start of a spring storm, Dominique Salamone surveyed her three-quarter-acre Northridge yard and commenced an impromptu master class in suburban chicken raising.<p>"You have to be committed," she said. "Raising livestock takes time and knowledge. And it helps to have a handy …

Farming

The most unsayable truth: museums are not the NHS – they should charge us

Britain prides itself on its free museums, but they’re too idealistic – and besides, they hark back to the days when art was deemed second-rate culture<p>It may be time for museums in Britain to begin charging for entry. I do not say this lightly. The British – and it is distinctively British, with …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Henri Lehmann | Study of a Female Nude | The Met

Henri Lehmann. Letter to Marie d'Agoult. [September] 19, [1840] [published in Marie de Flavigny, comtesse d'Agoult, "Correspondance générale," vol. …

Mostly White Social Justice Warriors Invade Museum Of Fine Arts In Boston To Tell Japanese People They Shouldn’t Wear Kimonos

The back story? The museum was holding an exhibit which involved Japanese culture and they invited people to wear kimonos as a way of getting into …

Paleontology

An Art Museum In Los Angeles Is Killing The Snapchat Game

Once upon a time, Snapchat was the app of choice for nudie shots and music festivals. No longer!<p>Thanks to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's current social media guru Lucy Redoglia and the original LACMA snapchat creator Maritza Lerman Yoes, the sexting app du jour is having a renaissance, with …

Museums

The 10 best national parks in the US

After considering location, accessibility, and scenery, we picked the 10 parks that must make your must-visit list — whether it be for a week-long …

National Parks

America's most dangerous national parks

Scary photo, huh? It's a park in China, not the U.S., on Huashan Mountain called "ear-touching cliff," so named because if you don't hug that rock …

Clint Eastwood

The Show at Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Land Rover’s New Instagram Campaign Takes You Inside National Parks In A Way You Haven’t Experienced Before

There’s adventure to be found in the outdoors, and there are few brand names that literally say “adventure in the outdoors” better than the words “Land Rover.” The original British luxury SUVs were built to resemble military vehicles, and have been used by the UK’s Ministry of Defense for …

National Parks

Do Nice Guys Finish Last? Five Lessons From Apple, Tesla, And Volkswagen

What is the special sauce driving today’s most successful corporate leaders? So much has been written about the prickly personalities of the late Steve Jobs of Apple, Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX, and Ferdinand Piech, the former Volkswagen Chairman, that one might be left with the impression that …

Leadership