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The Killer Elon Musk Revelation and Other TED 2017 Moments You Need to Know

Elon Musk reveals his ultimate entrepreneurial motivation, capping off a week of TED Talks from Serena Williams, Tim Ferriss, and other luminaries<p>Elon Musk closed the TED conference, which ends a phenomenal week of artistic struggle, stunning limitations, and serious entrepreneurial wisdom. One …

TED Talks

Court Ruling Allows Employers to Legally Pay Women Less Than Men

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that employers could use previous salary information as long as they applied it 'reasonably.'<p>Employers can legally pay women less than men for the same work based on differences in the workers' previous salaries, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.<p>The …

How to Be a Terrible Leader (Hint: It's Easy)

Effective leaders are confident, empathetic, and self-aware. Ineffective ones are just the opposite.<p>They say that leaders are born, not made, but a couple of decades at the helm of multiple companies has taught me otherwise. I've made every leadership mistake in the book and probably invented some …

How A Rich Person's Music Festival Turned Into 'The Hunger Games'

The Fyre Festival was supposed to have been a nirvana of joy.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Even the rich get it wrong sometimes.<p>Which is odd, given how the wealthy seem to be bathing in their good fortune these days, while …

The Hunger Games

5 Reasons Why Jeff Bezos's Amazon Is Opening Retail Stores (When Everyone Else Is Closing Them)

Amazon will open its 20th book-less campus bookstore next week in Cleveland.<p>Is the online giant of retail also looking to conquer physical stores?<p>Amazon has been dabbling in physical retail since 2015, during which time it's opened a half-dozen bookstores that double as gadget emporia, a score of …

Amazon

Trump's Stance on Immigration Punishes Some Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs

The president's aggressive attitude against immigration has left several small businesses across America scrambling to find workers.<p>Whenever Mexico's national soccer team plays, it's typically a great day for Supermercados Teloloapan, a chain of Texas supermarkets that's popular among Hispanics. …

Immigration

Elon Musk Is Already Starting to Build His Tunnel Boring Company

And there are photos to prove it.<p>Elon Musk has been mum on a specific business plan for his newest venture, The Boring Company--aside from maintaining that it's not just a gimmick. His first project has been to drill down into the SpaceX parking lot, creating a hole deep and wide enough to …

Elon Musk

To Compete Successfully on Price Requires a Strategy

In highly competitive industries, companies have to find unique ways to stand out. They must discover points of differentiation, or they simply blend in with everyone else.<p>Often enough, price is the best place to stand out. If you can offer a lower price than the competition, you stand a much …

Customer Service

Want to be more resilient? Do this.

Counterintuitive advice to building your resilience<p>Rest is for the weak and weary. Right? Wrong. So, <i>so</i> wrong. As human beings, we've somehow created thisrace against ourselvesto go harder and push longer until we can't take it, and then, we pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off and beat ourselves …

Productivity

YouTube's Ad Boycott Could Quickly Become Google's Biggest Headache

As many as 250 companies have indefinitely suspended their ad campaigns.<p>YouTube's inability to keep big-brand ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google's digital family into a problem child.<p>It's not yet clear whether a recent ad boycott of YouTube will be …

The New 'R&D'--and Why No Company Can Do Without It

Brands can hardly afford not to put design into their front-end processes.<p>Traditionally, business leaders have been known to spend small fortunes on research and development (R&D), attempting to create the next great "hero" product that will put them over the top. A large part of the process …

Marketing

5 TED Talks To Get Your Team Excited About Transformation

Change doesn't have to be hard. These five TED talks help inspire new ways to get your team excited about transformation.<p>Technology has accelerated the pace of change and the drive to continually transform in business by way of innovation. While this is important and necessary to longevity, …

TED Talks

IoT and Mobile Devices are Bringing Innovation to Home Security

The latest devices on the market for monitoring your home are cheap, easy to install, and simple to use, and there is still plenty of room for innovation in this exploding market.<p>Home security systems of the past were expensive and a little ridiculous. Typically, you'd hire a company to come out …

Home Automation

Why You need to Define Your Own Version of Success Immediately

How to avoid the pitfalls of chasing someone else's dream<p>You know the old adage "beauty is in the eye of the beholder"? Well, the same goes for success. If you're focusing on what everyone else's idea of success is you'll never achieve it. Success, like beauty, starts from the inside out.<p>You have …

Self-improvement

It's Okay to Be 'In It For the Money' As Long As You're Also Doing This

Best Selling Author Lynne Twist Sits Down On Oprah's Super Soul Sunday To Discuss How Money Makes The Soul Go Round.<p>Ask any businessperson worth their salt to define "success," and one of the most common answers will most certainly be "making money." All enterprises strive to be profitable as part …

Success

9 Things That Will Kill Your Career

Even good, hard-working people destroy their careers with these innocent mistakes. Make certain it doesn't happen to you.<p>There are so many things that can kill the careers of good, hard-working people. Honest mistakes often carry hard-hitting consequences.<p>We usually only hear about the more …

Self-improvement

Google Assistant Is Open Now So Google Can Be Everywhere

Google launched its Assistant SDK, meaning the AI software can be embedded in hardware and interact through voice from any device.<p>Earlier today, Google unveiled the Assistant SDK (software development kit), which means developers and engineers can integrate the voice-enabled AI into virtually any …

Genghis Khan's Surprising Approach To Learning Could Explode Your Business In 3 Simple Steps

Discover how one man became ruler of the largest empire in the world by applying a few simple strategies that can change your life forever.<p>If you want to continue to perform at peak levels, inspire others and become a thought leader in your field, you need to become a consummate learner. As soon as …

Leadership

7 Reasons You're Not a Millionaire Yet, According to 2 People Who Are

They call them the 7 'wealth traps.'<p>"Wealth is just code for freedom, and freedom is the ultimate gift in life," write entrepreneurs, real estate investors, and self-made millionaires David Osborn and Paul Morris in their new book "Wealth Can't Wait."<p>Osborn is the operating partner of Keller …

Wealth

Social Media Successes and Trends Highlighted at the Shorty Awards

Sunday's Shorty Awards provided great insight into trends and strategies for success on social media.<p>It is self-evident that social media is serious business, and something about which businesspeople must be knowledgeable, if not actively skilled. One great source of information about trends and …

Social Marketing

Startup Accelerators Are on the Rise. Here's What They're Doing to the Economy

Innovation hubs take coordination.<p>For a fledgling startup, the opportunity to have access to mentors, capital, and even a dedicated workspace is considered highly valuable -- and, as a result, is only given to a select few. There are a number of roads a startup can take to market. Some bootstrap …

8 Surprising Economic Facts About Millennials, According to the Obama White House

The last one is particularly encouraging.<p>In 2014, Obama's Council of Economic Advisors came out with a report on the Millennial generation. Here are a few of the most interesting facts from it:<p>1. Millennials are now the largest and most diverse generation in the U.S.<p>The report defines Millennials …

Millennials

21 Critical Life Lessons from an Experienced CEO

Like a train going through a tunnel, I've come out the other side. My lights are shining bright.<p><i>What's the single most valuable lesson you've learned in your professional life? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better</i> …

Success

Successful Brands Don't Market Their Products

They market the experiences of using their products.<p><i>What are some interesting psychological marketing tactics? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Nidhi Singh, Leads Digital Marketing</b> …

The Worst Room at a 5 Star Hotel Vs. The Best Suite at a 3 Star Hotel: Where Should I Stay?

Here are 7 points of consideration to help you decide.<p><i>Which is better, to book the cheapest room in a 5 star hotel, or the best suite in a 3 star hotel? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the</b> …

2 Highly Unconventional Tips to Help You Save Money and Invest More Wisely

Don't buy a house and don't send your kids to college.<p><i>What are the most useful money investment and saving tricks? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by James Altucher, Author,</b> …

Money

How to Put Off Procrastination

Whether procrastination is good or bad can depend on your own - and others' - perspectives and goals.<p><i>What should you do if you are about to procrastinate? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the</b> …

6 Essential Steps to Stronger People Skills

If you are a person who is genuinely empathetic, chances are that you are going to end up being a very good people person...and sustain it forever.<p><i>How do you gain people skills? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better</i> …

Self-improvement

An 18-Year-Old LeBron James Rejected $10 Million--and It Was His Best Decision Ever

For LeBron James, keeping your eyes on the prize means knowing when to play the long game. It's a lesson that every entrepreneur can learn from.<p>When life gives you a $10 million opportunity, it's sometimes best to say "no thanks." That doesn't apply to everybody, but for LeBron James, it was one of …

Basketball

Are you an Entrepreneur Who Thrives on Stress?

If youre a "stressaholic," youre not alone. Many entrepreneurs harbor an addiction to stress.<p><i>Bill Kimberlin is an Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) member and founder of the organization's Nashville chapter. A serial entrepreneur, Bill's latest start-up venture is 500below, the first peer-to-peer</i> …

Entrepreneurship