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How to set smart goals: What science says about getting what you want

Shares 4<p>During my two-week break, I’ve been working to migrate some of my old Money Boss articles to Get Rich Slowly. I thought this long piece on …

Success

The 1 Interview Question All Great Bosses Ask to Hire for Potential (Hint: Mark Cuban Says It's the Secret to Success) | Inc.com

Not too long ago, I had a chance to interview a very strong job candidate for a marketing role from a top five undergraduate program. She had all the credentials - strong academics, great work experience, and a "get-stuff-done" type of mindset. On paper, she was perfect.<p>She quickly passed the …

Leadership

The 1 Stock I'd Buy Right Now

This software-as-a-service provider is profitable and growing fast, which makes today's price a bargain.<p>The raging bull market has vaulted the P/E …

Investing

Tax Geek Tuesday: Making Sense Of The New "20% Qualified Business Income Deduction"

On December 22nd, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, finalizing a once-in-a-generation overhaul of the existing Code and leaving the once-burdensome tax law so simple, we’ll all be preparing our returns on postcards come the spring of 2019.<p>HAHAHAHAHAHA<p>/wipes tear from …

Retirement

The Most Important Factor in Closing a Deal: 3 Ways Modern Sales Pros Build Trust | Inc.com

Great salespeople close more deals. But finalizing the sale comes at the <i>end</i> of the process.<p>And you'll never get to that point in the sales process if you don't start by building trust, especially since trust is the biggest factor buyers consider. So how do you create an atmosphere of trust with …

Thought Leadership

The 12 Worst Habits for Your Mental Health

Depression is usually brought on by factors beyond our control—the death of a loved one, a job loss, or financial troubles. But the small choices you …

Mental Health

I Followed the Process. Where's My 6 Figures in 6 Months?

Getting your product on the shelves of a big-box store is a complex process that doesn't guarantee success.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Just because you learn how the chess pieces move doesn’t mean you will win the game. In fact, you can’t lose the game until you …

eCommerce

Your Three-Step Road Map to Creating Viral Content [Infographic]

Making content go viral is the holy grail of every marketer. And although there's no magic trick to make it happen, there are steps you can take to …

One of These 3 Things Is Holding Your Business Back From Tremendous Growth

If your business is stagnant, you have a bottleneck issue. Here is how to solve it.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Editor’s Note: In "Tough Love Tuesday," our first-ever summer success series, we’re connecting side-hustling entrepreneurs with support, resources and</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Want 8 Tips to Help You Become a More Self-Disciplined Person?

Checking the items off the list can help you towards developing self-discipline.<p>5. Make Choices in Advance<p>If your goal is to pay attention in …

Stress changes the structure of your brain — but it can recover

Neural stem cells in the hippocampus—a structure important for learning and memory—typically develop into neurons. But under chronic stress, these stem cells instead become oligodendrocytes, which coat neurons with an insulating material called myelin.<p>The resulting excess of myelin perturbs the …

The Brain

The One Thing the Top 1 Percent of Income Earners Do Every Day | Inc.com

I have always believed that your output in this world is only as great as your input. You need to always be striving to learn more, and consuming as much as you can so that you bring more value to whichever table you are sitting.<p>Information is the strongest currency you own. And your ability to …

Self-improvement

7 Must-Do Morning Routine Hacks

Stack the odds in your favor every morning with these tricks.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, there are many great demands on you. The market is always evolving, the competition is always growing, there's price erosion and, of course, you have to keep …

Time Management

7 Mantras for Those Who Have Lost Their Motivation and Hope

Earlier today, I was sitting on a park bench eating a sandwich for lunch when an elderly couple pulled their car up under a nearby oak tree. They …

Old Age

13 Planners That Will Make 2018 Your Most Organized Year EVER

What are your goals for 2018? To dream big, do more, and actually achieve your resolutions? We've got a planner for that. Or maybe it's just to keep …

Productivity

5 Ways to Grow and Build Trust

Trust is built on good, reliable behavior over time.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From your creditors to your employees, good business relationships are built on trust. Can the people who depend on you, confidently rely on you to treat them fairly? Once you have …

Customers

The Importance of Thinking Big and Believing in Yourself

You're on the path. You're headed in the right direction. You are getting there.<p>This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes<p>"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." -- Pablo Picasso<p>It’s easy to feel beaten down by life’s challenges -- the grind; all the …

Google Play

5 pieces of advice from Warren Buffett every investor should take to heart

Investing guru Warren Buffett just celebrated his 87th birthday in August. But the "Oracle of Omaha" is hardly slowing down. He made $12 billion last year and nearly another $2 billion so far in 2017, making him one of the&five wealthiest people <i>in the world.</i><p>How does he make all that money? Well, …

Investing

32 Books That Will Make You a More Well-rounded Person

Do you aspire to be one of those people who knows at least a little bit about everything?<p>There's any easy way to do it: Read everything!<p>You can't …

Books

Millennials: The generation that knows everything and nothing

Nestled firmly between old and new, millennials are the middle child of the technology industry. On one hand, we have our parents and grandparents, who grew up with landline phones, or no phones at all. On the other hand, we have Gen Z who were brought into the world basically knowing how to use an …

The fabulous life of entertainment icon Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy

"My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights, and sexual freedom," Hefner's son Cooper, the chief creative officer of …

Comedians

How five great leaders dealt with crisis, and what we can learn from them

In the early 2000s, Nancy Koehn was socked with one personal blow after the next within a three-year period: Her father dropped dead suddenly. Her husband walked out and a terrible divorce ensued. And she was diagnosed with breast cancer.<p>As these “big hunky blocks” of her life were falling around …

Breast Cancer

What I learned when I became a bureaucrat

After shadowing at a social services agency, I understand why bureaucrats are seen as heartless<p>It is not a compliment to be called a bureaucrat. The word evokes rigidity, narrow-mindedness, insensitivity, coldness, lack of initiative, and, above all, rule-worship. These attributes are so ingrained …

Income Tax

An Expert Explains What Brain Fog Really Is — and What's Causing It

<i>What's his name again? I'm totally drawing a blank. Ugh, where are my keys?! I just had them. Crap! I totally forgot to prepare for that meeting starting in five minutes.</i> If this inner-monologue sounds familiar, you might have brain fog.<p>The most common words to describe the sensation include …

A Simple Way To Hack Your Brain To Finally Get That Thing Done

It takes five steps, says psychology professor Art Markman, to finally change your habits and meet your goal, or help someone else meet theirs.<p>Chances are you have a big goal (write a book, start a business, lose weight, get organized) that makes your list of New Year’s resolutions year after year. …

Success

200 universities just launched 600 free online courses. Here’s the full list.

If you haven’t heard, universities around the world are offering their courses online for free (or at least partially free). These courses are collectively called MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses.<p>In the past six years or so, close to 800 universities have created more than 8,000 of these MOOCs. …

Online Education

Why the Most Successful People Do the Same Thing Every Single Morning | Inc.com

If you spend any time around highly accomplished individuals, you've likely heard many of them swear by their early morning wake-up times as a direct catalyst behind their triumphs. Many of these high achievers also claim to have discovered the best possible practices for the early morning hours to …

Time Management

5 Ways to Have a More Productive Morning, According to Science

Start doing these now.<p>If you’re rich, there’s a good chance you’re up before dawn. Tom Corley, who researched 233 wealthy individuals, found that …

Time Management

Your To-Do List Isn't Working. Here's How to Fix It in 1 Step | Inc.com

You're probably familiar with the story for a jar that represents the time available in your life. You fill the jar with rocks, pebbles, and sand representing the big, medium, and small stuff you do every day. If you start with pebbles and sand, you'll run out of space for the big rocks--the things …

Time Management

Science Says These 7 Attention Exercises Will Instantly Make You More Focused | Inc.com

With knowledge workers--software engineers, writers, entrepreneurs, and most people with a "white-collar" job--currently outnumbering all other workers in the U.S. four to one, it's clear that the thinkers will inherit the Earth.<p>Yet with longer days, higher expectations, and the constant pinging of …

Pew Research Center