Mark Fermor

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Why We’re More Creative When We’re Tired, And 9 Other Surprising Things About How Brains Work

You may be hardwired as an introvert or an extrovert. But don’t worry, there are ways to change how our brains work.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our …

The Brain

Set Challenges to Beat Boredom and Other Must-Read Business Tips

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>A roundup of the best tips of the week from Entrepreneur.com.</i><p>Aspiring entrepreneurs, especially those trapped in humdrum corporate jobs, often imagine that building their own company would mean round-the-clock passion for their job. But …

Entrepreneurship

Feeling Down? Here Are 3 Ways to Stay Motivated

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><b>Editor's Note:</b> <i>College Treps is a weekly column that puts the spotlight on college and graduate school-based entrepreneurs, as they tackle the tough task of starting up and going to school. Follow their daily struggles and this column on</i> …

Motivation

All Great Entrepreneurs Have This | Inc.com

What makes an entrepreneur successful?<p>Some people believe it's the ability to innovate. However, many startups are refinements of existing business models or improvements on how everyday products and services are delivered. Being innovative helps, but it's not the deciding factor.<p>How about access …

Entrepreneurship

Apocalypse Soon: The U.S. Dollar's Grim Future -- And How To Prepare For It

The U.S. dollar’s predicament can be summed up in three observations:<p>The U.S. balance of payments deficits have multiplied three-fold since the 1980s, and now typically run between 2.5 and 5 percent of GDP.<br>• Manufacturing’s share of GDP is down to 11 percent.<br>• Services do little exporting.<p>Taken …

5 Weird Habits That Make People Successful And Awesome

Because if you make enough money, people call you “eccentric” instead of “crazy.”<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Yes, we all need to heed our callings, follow our north stars, and not settle for jobs, but pursue careers.<p>Thing …

Success

Why Productive People Get Up Insanely Early

If you want to do your best work, distraction is your enemy. So wake before it rises.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This story is part of 5 Habits Changes You Can Actually Make In 2015. Check out the full list here.</i><p>I am not a successful entrepreneur. I do not know the secret to life. I know that I love what I do …

Time I

Why Your Emails Get Replies (Or Don’t)

Why do some of your messages get prompt replies and others vanish into the aether? As Anna Codrea‑Rado contends at <i>Quartz</i>, the details are in the attention.<p>Recapping a Carnegie Mellon University study, she observes that :<p>… people are more likely to respond to information requests–whether important …

Productivity

Confidence, Excellence and Independence: Business Lessons From 4 Great Leaders

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Great leaders often have great lessons to share. Their stories remind us -- in business especially -- that failure is not avoidable and that success in any endeavor is a choice.<p>While we cannot control all our circumstances, what we can …

Motivation

Policing Your Productivity: 7 Tools to Help You Focus

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Being your own boss can also mean policing your productivity. For every hour the average American spends online, 16 minutes is spent on social media sites, nine minutes is spent on entertainment sites and five minutes is spent shopping, …

Self Control

4 Body Language Cues You Need to Know When Networking

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Body language can be extremely powerful when it comes to networking and building relationships with others. Within the first seven seconds of meeting you, people check you out visually.<p>Could you be unknowingly undermining your networking …

Public Speaking

Web Tools to Blur Your Digital Footprint | Inc.com

Revelations of NSA surveillance have shaken the nation, but while many of us would love nothing more than to toss our phones out the window and avoid well-trafficked search engines like Yahoo and Google altogether, the government seems intent snopping on Americans whether they like it or …

Privacy

Just Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future

<b>How to succeed at work and life—in an increasingly unpredictable world</b><p>In a world where you can no longer plan or predict your way to success, how can …

What Makes Someone An Entrepreneur?

<i>Some 30 years ago, I began work on my first book:</i> <i></i><b>Sweat Equity</b> <i>which profiled America’s best entrepreneurs</i>. <i>I thought it would be fun to go back and revisit some of the lessons that my co-author, Geoffrey N. Smith, and I came up with, the ones that have stood the test of time.</i><p><i>Here, in the next part of</i> …

Fix Your Mobile Site--or Face a Google Demotion | Inc.com

Small business owners, beware: If your site isn't mobile friendly or creates a headache for smartphone users, Google will punish you.<p>Yoshikiyo Kato, a software engineer, and Pierre Far, a Webmaster Trends Analyst, announced Tuesday Google will start demoting websites who don't fix their problems. …

SEO

Top 15 end-of-year tax tips for entrepreneurs

<b>It’s that time again.</b><p>As much as we all love to complain, there’s something about tax time that is at least a little thrilling. The chance of saving …

How Failure Made These Entrepreneurs Millions

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When Steve Blank appeared on the cover of <i>Wired</i> magazine 19 years ago, his company then, Rocket Science Games, was expected to revolutionize the videogame industry. At the time, Blank didn't let the skepticism of critics faze him.<p>"I …

Entrepreneurship

5 Secrets for Making Your Logo Stand Out

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your logo is the face of your company. It will often be the first thing people see and the main thing they remember. If asked, most of us could name at least a few iconic logos, whether it be Coca-Cola's cursive script or the namesake …

Graphic Design

If You Want To Be Awesome At Emails, Add Yesware To Your Gmail Today

One of the biggest problems in business development, partnerships, and sales is managing your pipeline. A close second is managing, tracking, and keep up to date with your email inbox. I’ve tried many tools to help both issues but each has had its shortcomings. About a week ago a friend tipped me …

Decision-Making 101: How to Be Productive About Regret

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are commonly advised to regret nothing, as regretting is perceived to inhibit growth and entrepreneurialism. But regrets are completely natural and unavoidable. We cannot simply wish them away.<p>We cannot, for example, avoid …

Entrepreneurship

New Google+ Dashboard Lets Businesses Manage Multiple Tasks in One Place

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Google has created the Google+ Dashboard, a new way for businesses to manage their brand across some of the company's most popular products. The new tool promises to make it easy for businesses to update and monitor information across …

AdWords

Small-Business Stars of 2013: State Standouts

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Small-business owners, as a group, are generally well respected. But each year, one is highlighted by the U.S. Small Business Administration as small-business person of the year.<p>Criteria used to judge the candidates include product …

Business Administration

How to Build a Culture Like Google: 7 Practical Ideas From 'The Internship'

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In <i>The Internship</i>, the comedy feature film that portrays two middle-aged, unemployed salesmen competing for jobs at Google, actor Vince Vaughn’s character tells his former boss something that is sure to resonate with entrepreneurs. “We’ve …

The Workplace

Want Google Fiber? The Fiber team tells us how to get it!

One gigabit of download speed. It’s easy to talk about, but not easily conceived. We can read all the stats and data we like, but until it’s experienced, none of it really makes sense.<p>So, how can we actually experience Fiber? Building a fiber optic network is a huge task, so how does Google …

Telecoms

Fake It Until You Make It: How to Believe in Yourself When You Don't Feel Worthy

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Do you ever feel like you don't quite deserve your success or aren't fully qualified to do what you do? That common feeling is what psychologists call the "impostor syndrome," a phenomenon where successful people feel like frauds waiting …

Self-improvement

Google's Penguin 2.0 Update: What You Need to Know | Inc.com

On May 22nd Google's head of webspam, Matt Cutts, announced the launch of the search giant's latest algorithm update, Penguin 2.0. In essence, it turned the volume up on its original Penguin algorithm and targets websites with inbound links from questionable, low-quality, and irrelevant …

SEO

And They're Off: How To Create Your 'Triple Crown' Marketing Experience

It’s often been said that the most exciting two minutes in sports is the Kentucky Derby, the inaugural leg to the coveted Triple Crown. Although it’s been over 30 years since we’ve had a Triple Crown winner, and 40 years since Secretariat broke the world record in the 1973 Kentucky Derby (which …

Great Entrepreneurs Lead People and Use Technology

Some entrepreneurs forget that they can’t use people the same way they use technology to build a startup. Inventors, for example, are skilled in manipulating technology, but may have little interest or experience engaging people to make an effective team. Unfortunately, startups are not one-man …

Report: Wearable Devices Could Revolutionize the Way We Do Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Accessing the internet with a smartphone or tablet still feels like a novelty to some people, but the tech world is already moving forward on the next wave of innovation networked devices, largely focused on freeing up users' hands. A new …

Wearable Tech