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New Steve Jobs doc examines the myth of the man who made Apple

Director Alex Gibney wraps up his latest documentary, <i>Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine</i>, with an apt encapsulation of the Apple co-founder's conflicting persona: "He had the focus of a monk, without the empathy." Jobs, who passed away in 2011 of pancreatic cancer, was the genius who transformed …

No school, no rules: would you sign up to the latest parenting trend?

Allowing children complete freedom – no limits, no enforced bedtimes, no eat-your-greens. Welcome to the world of 'radical unschooling'<p>With the new term starting, most children will be mourning the end of summer. But for a growing number of families, the school year never begins.<p>Take Kim Constable. …

Parenting

Will You Be Stubborn and Break, or Adaptable and Succeed?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>People often experience an inability to adapt, and instead will come to the conclusion that they will always fail and may as well stop trying altogether. They will settle for where they are and become stagnant in life -- never moving …

Los Angeles

Train Your Mind to Win the Game of Entrepreneurship With These 4 Mental Exercises

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Taking the plunge from full-time employee to business owner is no small feat. To move from a stable job with a steady income to one where uncertainty is the flavor of the day every day takes courage, competence and confidence. Most of …

Entrepreneurship

7 Bits of Wise Career Advice That Don't Apply to Entrepreneurs

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Even in this changing workforce, being an entrepreneur -- for better or for worse -- just isn’t like other jobs. When you are your own boss, and your work is your dream idea, expecting a work-life balance or a stable paycheck is …

The Real Reason Companies Are Looking for Your Product Ideas

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When I explain that for many years I made a living out of licensing my product ideas to powerful companies for passive income, people are often dubious. Are companies really looking for ideas from independent inventors? Don’t they already …

Entrepreneurship

6 Secrets About the Human Brain That Will Make You a Better Marketer

Knowing how the mind processes information and images can help you send the right message.<p>This story appears in the September 2015 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Knowing how the human mind processes information and images—and putting that knowledge to use—can help you become a more engaging and …

Marketing

This Simple Technique Trains Your Brain to Conjure Your Best-Ever Ideas

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Have you ever tried to come up with an idea?<p>One stellar, or at least really good, idea?<p>Of course you have. You’re an entrepreneur. Ideas are your stock in trade.<p>When you said to yourself, “Hey self, we need a stellar, or at least a really …

Mickey Mouse

Breaking Bad ... Habits: Beliefs That Stifle Personal Growth

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The path to positive change is often spearheaded by a crisis. When everything feels like it is spinning out of control, you’re more likely to finally pay attention. And while no one wants to endure hardships, those times can be teaching …

Self-improvement

4 Harsh Marketing Lessons From 4 Small-Business Owners

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Made a big mistake? Screwed up? Lost money on your marketing? Welcome to my world. This is what it’s like to run a small business.<p>We don’t have the time or the resources to carefully think through everything. So we do a lot of things by …

Small Business

A couple who have been working and traveling for 2 years explain how they afford it

Medina, 27, originally from the Philippines, and Howe, 31, originally from the UK, have been traveling together ever since.<p>"People are curious about how we fund our travels," says Medina. "If you're Asian traveling the world, it's not very common. If you go abroad, it's to work and not to travel — …

Costa Rica

8 Secrets to Credible Startup Financial Projections

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs often ask me why investors expect financial projections for a new startup even before the product is built and while the market is still being defined. I tell them that the projection process and results are most important …

Investing

Start Small, But Start Now -- the Brain-based Road to Success

Adapted from the book <i>Activate Your Brain</i><p>Most people want to get better at something. It can be as mundane as keeping a more pristine checkbook or something as grandiose as becoming an elite-level athlete or leader. The process is the same, whether it's big or small. You have to activate your brain …

5 pieces of money advice financial professionals would give their younger selves

If you could go back in time and give yourself some advice, what would be it?<p>That was the question put to finance professionals Jennifer Landon and Charlie Harriman.<p>Landon founded Journey Financial Services in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and took a straight path into the world of finance. She began working …

Retirement

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Of 100 Published Psychology Studies, Less Than Half Could Be Reproduced Successfully

Prepare your grains of salt<p>One of the pillars of scientific research--perhaps the one that makes science as definitive as it is--is that any study should be capable of being repeated under the same methods and conditions and if the research holds true, the same result will be found every time the …