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How To Navigate The Tricky But Rewarding Path To Starting A Nonprofit

Running a nonprofit or pursuing a philanthropic passion is a noble call, but a tough path.<p>Devoting time to a cause you believe in is not only fulfilling, but can transform your life.<p>My philanthropic passions stemmed from watching a <i>60 Minutes</i> segment on El Sistema, an orchestral program in Caracas, …

Comcast Tells Customer The Only Reason He’s Getting Bogus Charges Refunded Is Because He Recorded Call

Most of us have been in this situation, and probably once or twice with Comcast. You’re told by the first person that something is free, then you get …

Amazon's Wholesale Slaughter: Jeff Bezos' $8 Trillion B2B Bet

<b>Forget the delivery drones and TV deals. Jeff Bezos’ stealthy foray into the unsexy world of B2B distribution is likely his most disruptive move yet — and it has an $8 trillion swath of the economy running scared.</b><p>In recent months global Internet retail behemoth Amazon.com has green-lit six new …

11 Places To Find Money To Start A Business

The following article is adapted from the new book, <i>What’s Next?: Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties, and Beyond</i>.)<p>Who doesn’t fantasize about starting a second career?<p>Millions of Americans have launched one in midlife. In fact, about 20% of all new businesses in 2013 …

Why A Boston Bombing Survivor Who Lost Her Leg Is Now Able To Ballroom Dance

For the first time since the bombing, Adrianne Haslet-Davis performed a ballroom dance on the TED stage this week. Here’s how she did it.<p>Hugh Herr, the director of the Biomechatronics Group at the MIT Media Lab, is known for his work on high-tech bionic limbs, and for demonstrating new prosthetic …

What Scandinavia Can Teach U.S. Teens About Coming of Age

Civic-confirmation rites could help unify a fraying nation and instill crucial knowledge of American traditions and institutions.<p>The latest Pew survey, released last week, tells us that Millennials are as pigeonhole-resistant as ever: individualistic yet networked, socially liberal yet mistrustful …

How Super-Achievers Do What They Do

For their new book <i>The Art of Doing</i>, Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield interviewed 36 super-achievers at the tops of their fields. They started seeing patterns emerge. These are the 10 most common practices of the highly successful.

Watch A Designer Teach Pirates How To Knock Off His Luxury Bags

And in doing so, prove that you can never counterfeit quality.<p>What do you do when pirates continually knock off your company’s luxury bag designs? If you’re Saddleback Leather, you hit YouTube and turn the design piracy of your “competitors” into a marketing tool that teaches consumers what they’re …

Final Cut: Words to Strike from Your Resume

If you’ve applied for a job recently, you’ve probably looked over that 8½ x 11” summary of your career more times than you can count—and tweaked it just as often—in pursuit of the perfect resume.<p>But before you add another bullet point, consider this: It’s not always about what you add in—the best …

How To Recognize “Big A**” Opportunities

Entrepreneurs have one thing in common: the ability to see and seize opportunities when others don’t.<p>I write this from one of Asia’s largest cities–Dhaka in Bangladesh–with street sounds making their way up to my 20th floor hotel window. Though still one of the poorest areas of the world, the city …

Entrepreneurship

Want to Start a Business? Consider These 5 Invaluable Lessons Before Diving In | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Justin Spring.</i><p>On Friday nights, most testosterone-driven high school guys head out to the football field to …

TED talks are lying to you

<b>Jessica Pare and Jon Hamm in "Mad Men" (AMC/Michael Yarish/amc)</b><p>The creative class has never been more screwed. Books about creativity have never been more popular. What gives?<p>Thomas Frank<p>October 13, 2013 11:00am (UTC)<p>The writer had a problem. Books he read and people he knew had been warning him …

You Need To See This 17-Minute Film Set Entirely On A Teen’s Computer Screen

The 17-minute, <b>mildly NSFW</b> <i>Noah</i> is unlike anything you’ve seen before in a movie–only because it is <i>exactly</i> like what many of us see on our computers …

Entertainment (Canada)

Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader

Whether we’re looking at business or politics, sports or entertainment, it’s clear we live in an era of self-celebration. Fame is equated with success, and being self-referential has become the norm. As a result we are encouraged to pump ourselves full of alarming self-confidence. Bluster and the …

You’ve Been Fired: Now What?

You’ve just received word that you’ve been fired. Or perhaps the company has gone through a re-structuring and eliminated your job — and you’ve been told that none of the managers you’ve worked with over the years have a position for you on their team. This comes as a shock to your system, …

How The “Me Me Me Generation” Plans To Save You You You

Alex Capecelatro, CEO and founder of At The Pool, has a story that may give you hope for the millennial generation.<p>Not too long ago, the cover of <i>Time</i> featured a photo of a young girl taking a “selfie” with the headline “The Me Me Me Generation.” If that wasn’t enough, the cover explained …

How CEOs Do Burning Man

For about $10,000, Keith Ferrazzi offers C-suiters a version of the weeklong Nevada desert freak fest (which started Monday), complete with direct flights and a kitchen staff, of course. Could it be the new corporate retreat?<p>Billionaire executives have the luxury of vacationing anywhere in the …

6 Secrets Of Super Productive To-Do Lists

While it may appear simple, the to-do list is a many-splendored thing. Here are half a dozen ways to make yours splendid.<p>Just as there’s a difference between typing and writing, convulsing and dancing, and noshing and tasting, there’s a difference between emailing yourself about every project …

7 Tough Leadership Lessons From A Navy SEAL Commander

Taking tactics from the war room to the boardroom.<p>As corporate leaders explore how to elevate the effectiveness and professional excellence of their working teams, there is a lot to be learned from Special Ops.<p>Their collaboration with other branches of the military over the past decade makes them …

The Architect of School Reform Who Turned Against It

Diane Ravitch's second revolution<p>The survival of the school-reform movement, as it’s known to champions and detractors alike, is no longer assured. Even a couple years ago, few would have predicted this turn of events for a crusade that began with the publication of <i>A Nation at Risk</i> in 1983, …

Terri Kelly, The “Un-CEO” Of W.L. Gore, On How To Deal With Chaos: Grow Up

Embrace “rainmakers,” says the leader of the company behind Gore-Tex. Her mantra for seeing 10,000 associates in dozens of countries through turbulent times: maturity.<p>Terri Kelly is the “un-CEO” of W.L. Gore, the brand best known for consumer products like Gore-Tex fabric and Elixir guitar strings …

The Four-Year Career

Lessons from the new world of quicksilver work, where “career planning” is an oxymoron.<p><b>Adam Hasler looks like</b> a footloose millennial. He’s worked as a model, waited tables, and lived all over the world. But at 28, there’s more to his résumé than meets the eye.<p>He earned a dual degree in history and …

Do Your Employees Really Love You?

Engagement in the workplace has plummeted and a lot of people don’t like their jobs. Use these tips to figure out how your company’s employees truly feel.<p>It’s no secret that many people aren’t thrilled with their jobs.<p><i>Fast Company</i> covered Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace report …

This Is A 12-Course Gourmet Meal In A Can

Prix fixe meals are all the rage. But what would they look like if Chef Boyardee got in on the trend?<p>Halibut poached in truffle butter. Roast pork belly and celeriac root puree. Maybe even some of Momofuku’s Crack Pie for dessert. It’s not New York’s latest must-try tasting menu. It’s a meal in a …

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Rebranding A NYC Bookstore To Evoke The Golden Age Of Travel

Idlewild, an independent travel bookstore in Manhattan, has rebranded itself to put real tickets in the hands of its customers.<p>Considering the ear-splitting bedlam you’ll find there, it’s hard to believe that the sprawling concrete grotesquerie of New York’s JFK Airport was originally named after …

Infographic: 4,000 Years Of Human History Captured In One Retro Chart

In 1931, John B. Sparks distilled human civilization into a single chart. Even today, it’s great infographic design.<p>If time is a river, the Histomap, created by John B. Sparks and first published by Rand McNally back in 1931, is a raging Mississippi. In that massive river of time, each of …

Borrow These 5 Smart Startup Habits To Maximize Your Productivity

Startups create systems of efficiency to make organizations maximally awesome. That works for individuals, too.<p>“Entrepreneurship, by definition, is the art of creating systems that generate more value for less effort,” Contently cofounder Shane Snow writes on LinkedIn. “Startups realize that the …

The Career-Advancing Secrets Of 3 People With Awesome Careers

Reid Hoffman, Sheryl Sandberg, and Molly Crabapple know from hustling for success. Let’s all learn from them, shall we?<p>To paraphrase LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, launching a career is a little bit like leaping off a cliff, building an airplane on the way down, and taking flight before you reach …

Puppy-Babies: The Ultimate In Cute, Or The Stuff Of Nightmares?

What happens when you genetically splice a baby with a dog? It should be the ultimate entity of cute. So does this look cute to you?<p>There is nothing cuter than a puppy, that is, except maybe a baby. Both puppies and babies are constantly on top of their cute game. Just as a fuzzy golden retriever …

10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today

Did you know that the perfect temperature for happiness is 13.9°C? Adjust your thermostat, then check out these quick tips for maximizing mirth.<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>Happiness is so interesting, because we all have …