Jennifer Pladzyk

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Odwalla founder who started with $200: It's a 'myth' that you need money to build a successful company

In 1980, Greg Steltenpohl and his band at the time started juice company Odwalla with just $200. They bought "a little hand squeezer and some bottles …


How to Become An Expert At Just About Anything In Just 45 Minutes A Day

“It takes 10,000 hours to become an “expert in an ultra-competitive field” but to go from “knowing nothing to being pretty good”, actually takes 20 …

The Voice

Does Your Kid Have Low Self-Esteem? Here’s How to Test.

Kids with low self-esteem may experience depression and anxiety, and perform poorly in school. This quick test identifies the problem, and proposes …


25 skills LinkedIn says are most likely to get you hired in 2018 — and the online courses to get them

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Online Education

Use This Checklist to Accomplish Your Life Goals

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a weekend in L.A. with my friend and business mentor, Melyssa Griffin—a fab entrepreneur and creator of the Pursuit …


Think you’re too busy to journal? These apps let you do it on the go.

Dear digital diary...<p>Keeping a daily journal lets you practice writing, organize your thoughts, and preserve your habits and events for posterity. But who has the time and energy to sit down for a dedicated recording session every day? Instead, jot down your entries on the go—by keeping the tome on …


Why I No Longer Believe There's Something Wrong with Me

<b>“</b><b>Our thoughts create our beliefs, meaning if you think about yourself a certain way for a long enough period of time you will ultimately believe it.”</b> …


12 Vegetable Garden Plans & Layout Ideas That Will Inspire You

Are you ready to plant your garden, but are feeling a little unsure of how to lay it out?<p>Well, it seems everyone faces that dilemma each year. The …


The Winning Mindset That You Need for Success

I was devastated.<p>I had just completed a test and the results were in.<p>And they weren’t good.<p>Not what I wanted or expected.<p>But it wasn’t an ordinary …


3 Rules I Use to Stay Productive and Not Overwhelmed

I get 1,000 emails a week, but I only work 40 hours. Here's how I do it.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To say my life is busy is an understatement.<p>I'm a father of three kids under the age of three. I have a portfolio of 40-plus startups I've invested in and actively …

Time Management

Everything You Need to Know About Lavender (Plus 5 Kinds to Grow)

Everything you need to know about lavender is a lot. Remember the <i>Encyclopedia Britannica</i>? The final hardcover edition—with 32 alphabetized volumes …

Northern California

Bill Gates Wants You to Watch These 9 TED Talks

You can read what Gates called "one of the most important" books he's ever read, or you can watch these short but amazing TED Talks.<p>In an interview published in <i>Time</i> magazine earlier today, Bill Gates said that the late Hans Rosling's book <i>Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why</i> …

Bill Gates

This 21-Year-Old Quit College to Rate Dogs on the Internet. He's Now Making Six Figures

Meet The Dogfather.<p>Matt Nelson was standing on a street in Barcelona one day in late February, admiring a picture he’d just taken of graffiti, when a …

Social Media

This Millennial Couple Is Saving $150,000 a Year and Plans to Retire by 2029. Here’s How They Do It

They even economize on food: 'Scallions are cheap.'<p>Some kids want to be a fire fighter, astronaut or a ballerina when they grow up. Lily He wanted to …

Personal Finance

The 6 Healing Crystals You Need in Your Mystical Wellness Arsenal

Here’s the thing about crystals: There’s no scientific proof that they can actually do, well, much of anything. But they’re having a serious moment …


What Kind of Friend You Are, According to Myers-Briggs

I<p><b>t took me a long time to have an interconnected group of friends, even longer to understand the interpersonal dynamics at play between us, and the</b> …


Spring-clean your bod with these 6 liver- and gut-cleansing foods

Remember when the word “detox” was synonymous with an extreme diet—like a juice fast or the Master Cleanse—and you basically had to take a break from …


A How-to Guide to Writing Emails That Make You Sound Smart

Don't let poorly written emails get in your way.<p><b>Poor writing can make others think you aren't intelligent.</b>• <b><br>I'm the executive editor of a magazine and know firsthand how grammar can change the meaning of a sentence.</b>• <b><br>Don't get caught up in miscommunication. Master these simple tips.</b><p>As the executive …


7 Ways to Get People To Like You From an FBI Behavior Expert

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?<p>Research shows …


How to Create the Perfect Résumé, According to a CEO and Ex-Google Staffer

See the difference between an ordinary résumé and an extraordinary one.<p>A résumé is basically a first impression in document form. So you don’t simply …


I’ve applied for many jobs without getting a single interview. What am I doing wrong?

My guess is you’re making the same mistake most people do: you’re making your resume about you instead of about the reader!<p>Shock is the reaction I …


Best sleeping bag 2018: for cold and warm weather camping

Get a good night's sleep with the lightest and warmest sleeping bags around


Ultimate Buying Guide And The 7 Best Recommended Camping Hammocks 2018

Here is a feature comparison of my top rated camping hammocks with full reviews and our buying guide below.<p>Best Camping Hammocks<p>Material:<p>Proprietary …


I'm a financial planner, and this is the best advice I can give to people who are new to investing

One of the questions I'm most frequently asked has to do with what's needed to begin investing. Some folks want to know how much money they need to begin. Others have a strong desire to buy a few stocks they heard about. And then there are people who have spent a long time thinking about getting …


6 ways to be more memorable in interviews, while networking, and more


Most Americans Fail at Financial Literacy. Here Are 3 Concepts You Absolutely Need to Know

Need a crash course on finances? We've got you covered.<p>While Americans might have no problem <i>spending</i> money, managing it is a different story. In …

Personal Finance

Every Day as you Wake, Say these Words from the Dalai Lama.

For 10 days during an Introduction to Buddhism course, we recited the words of the Dalai Lama. There were 100 students, and each morning, before our …


How to Plant and Grow Tomatoes This Summer

Getting Ready<p>Check your tool shed for the right gear before you break any ground.<p><b>Top-Tested Clippers:</b> Fiskars PowerGear Bypass Pruner ($25, …


How a college dropout learned to code on Codecademy, then launched a company that was accepted into the buzziest Silicon Valley startup incubator

In March, Patrick Stapleton launched his company,, a content management system that's geared toward nontechnical users. Despite creating a highly technical product, Stapleton's route to programming recalls the nontraditional path taken by many startup founders before him: Stapleton is a …