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A psychiatrist explains 7 strategies that will help you work smarter

Painting prison walls a certain shade of pink reduces aggression. A high ceiling encourages more expansive and creative thinking.<p>This is especially relevant for the workplace. If you spend a lot of time at the office — according to the American Time Use Survey, we spend 8.7 hours at work on an …

37 Wise Quotes That Will Inspire Your Happiness and Success | Inc.com

We all want to be happy and successful, but no matter how positive we try to be, sometimes events can overtake us--bringing us down. When you feel uninspired, take a few minutes to read the words of some very inspiring people. You just might get the lift you need to take you to your happy (and …

Motivation

15 Credit Card Do's and Don'ts

Let this be your credit card user manual<p>A credit card is a tool, much like a hammer or Kanye West.<p>And yet, this useful financial instrument is …

Why You Should Never Hire Your Friend

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

Easy Tips On How To Create A Brand Position For Your Product Or Service

<i>How to create a lasting perception about your brand that makes you stand out from the competition.</i><p>There’s a lot of wisdom behind the phrase, “Out of mind, out of business.”<p>Marketing experts Al Ries and Jack Trout penned it in their classic book, “Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind.”<p>If your …

Product Management

15 development lessons from Dungeons and Dragons

I started playing Dungeons and Dragons in about the fifth or sixth grade.<p>I didn’t get good at it for a while, but once I did, I didn’t play much longer (insert reference to “The Best Days of My Life” here).<p>Dungeons and Dragons taught me a few lessons that I didn’t realize would turn out to be great …

19 interview questions that are designed to trick you

But while they may seem simple — that's the point — some are actually designed to get you to reveal information you may have been trying to conceal. In other words: they're trick questions.<p>"To uncover areas that may reflect inconsistencies, hiring managers sometimes ask these tricky questions," …

Six maps that will make you rethink the world

We don’t often question the typical world map that hangs on the walls of classrooms — a patchwork of yellow, pink and green that separates the world into more than 200 nations. But Parag Khanna, a global strategist, says that this map is, essentially, obsolete.<p>Khanna is the author of the new book …

Globalization

Elon Musk Opens Up a Free Training Gym for Artificial Intelligence

OpenAI, the artificial intelligence company backed by Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk, is building out a new kind of free training “gym” for computer …

The UX Of Ethics: Should Google Tell You If You Have Cancer?

Big data can spot things we’d never see coming. But are companies like Google and Amazon responsible for telling us the bad news?<p>“If I’m on a park bench, and I’m next to someone, and I hear them talking about symptoms of cancer, am I obligated to turn around and tell them they might have …

4 TED Talks To Become A True Leader

There’s no set formula for what makes an effective leader. Some people make it to the top and others don’t, but contrary to popular belief, it’s not all a game of wealth. The following TED Talks, given by thought leaders in their respective fields, explore various factors that contribute to the …

Leadership

Why Your Small Business Must Start a Blog

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For those of you who have never visited a farm before, many of them have a large brick of salt for their animals, called a “salt lick.”<p>A salt lick is exactly what the name implies. It’s a salt deposit that animals keep coming back to—and …

The Math of Retirement Saving and Spending

Are you saving too little <i>for</i> retirement? Are you spending too much <i>in</i> retirement? Are you maximizing your Social Security benefits? Those are among the questions retirees and soon-to-be retirees often grapple with.<p>The Wall Street Journal’s Experts panel recently addressed some of those and other …

Retirement

Alzheimer’s symptoms could be reversed by restoring protein in brain

Alzheimer’s symptoms could be reversed by restoring a protein which is missing in the brains of dementia sufferers, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers at the University of Glasgow and the Hong Kong University of Science showed that upping levels of the protein IL-33 mobilises the immune system into …

Dementia

38 Design Tips for Creating an Amazing User Experience

The SEO and online marketing landscape is one that is constantly in flux, changing with small steps or big leaps as the online realm itself evolves to stay in touch with what users want and need.<p>If you are still focusing your optimization and marketing efforts on keeping pace with search engine …

35 Outstanding Podcast Picks From Entrepreneurs Like You | Inc.com

I thought it would be fun to create a list of popular podcasts, but download numbers can be skewed so who's to say what's popular? With that in mind I reached out to my list of peers, clients, and social media connections and received a wonderful response. From marketing, to politics, to religion, …

Self-improvement

5 Reasons You Should Build a Small Business ,  Not a Startup | Inc.com

In Silicon Valley, it seems that everyone's aspiration is to "Be A Founder." I chatted with Jon Westenberg, who thinks that most people should focus on building a small business instead of chasing the startup dream.<p><b>Why do you think Silicon Valley culture encourages startups over small …

Small Business

Harvard Nutrition Researcher to Coffee Fans: Go Ahead, Have 5 Cups a Day

According to this scientist, caffeine fans should feel free to ignore the naysayers.<p>You know you love coffee, but is this an unhealthy passion you should fight or a perfectly acceptable preference you should guiltlessly indulge?<p>Ask the internet and you'll just end up horribly confused. Half the …

50 documentaries you need to see

Ten of the best nonfiction film-makers today choose their own favourites, from serial killer stories and studies in the horrors of war to meta pranks<p>• Storyville’s Nick Fraser on the power of the documentary form<p>• Watch the Guardian’s documentaries<p><b>Joshua Oppenheimer</b><p><b>The Texan director’s feature</b> …

Filmmaking

4 Ways to Learn Anything in 20 Hours

<i>“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”</i> — Mahatma Gandhi<p>What if you could learn anything in 20 hours, what would …

To Take On Chipotle, Qdoba Enlists A Sexy, Badass, And Imaginary Friend

“GUYS WANT HER NUMBER, AND GIRLS KIND OF WANT IT, TOO.”<p>I’m on the phone with the CEO and Marketing Director of Qdoba Mexican Grill, to hear about how they plan to turn around the me-too burrito company–the one that’s getting womped by the titan Chipotle (even if the stock price says otherwise)–into …

The Startup Myth Too Many People Fall for

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

The Limits of the Lean Startup Method

Advocates of the lean startup method for creating a business advise entrepreneurs, as well as corporate intrapreneurs, to document, test, and refine their assumptions about a new venture’s business model via customer conversations and experiments. My recent research on 250 teams that participated …

Discover These Business Conferences That Double As Music Festivals

South By Southwest is set to begin next week, and while it gets the lion’s share of attention in the conference/music festival world, it certainly isn’t the only event worth attending. There are several other conferences in the music world that also feature their fair share of up-and-coming talent …

New York City

The 'quitter's mindset' could be the secret to success

She looked out the window, and back down to her desk where a full-time offer letter from Lola sat, awaiting her reply.<p>It didn't matter that she'd only finished her first year. Or that most people she asked said it was a mistake.<p>She knew it was time to make a change, and she did.<p>Chisa made the …

Self-improvement

The 8 HR Analytics Every Manager Should Know About

It goes without saying that people are vital to the success of any company. There’s no doubt that any business which can attract the right competencies, manage talent effectively, utilize capacity efficiently, and retain employees is setting itself up for long-term success.<p>HR departments are …

Human Resources

If You Want To Innovate, Learn These 9 Rules

On December 9th, 1968, a research project funded by the US Department of Defense launched a revolution. The focus was not a Cold War adversary or even a resource rich banana republic, but rather to “augment human intellect” and the man driving it was not a general, but a mild mannered engineer …

Innovation

5 types of emotional intelligence all great leaders have mastered

The ability to be perceptively in tune with yourself and your emotions, as well as having sound situational awareness can be a powerful tool for leading a team.<p>The act of knowing, understanding, and responding to emotions, overcoming stress in the moment, and being aware of how your words and …

How This Company Makes $70 Million Selling Random Stuff on Amazon | Inc.com

In the platform business, they learned, price is everything. Set a price too high, and Amazon buries it. Setting it too low is worse, earning the buy box and leading to thousands of orders flooding in--and a loss of money on every sale.<p>The conundrum fascinated Tramunti. He'd struggled with dyslexia …

eCommerce

4 Signs a Property Is Worth Buying and Renting Out

Do you have fantasies of becoming a landlord? That is, do you dream that one day, you'll purchase a promising piece of property, move in some reliable tenants, then kick back and collect rent well into retirement?<p>If you've got the cash and ambition to follow through, there are plenty of condos, …

Real Estate