Mark Egan

115 Flips | 3 Magazines | @MarkEgan8c1t | Keep up with Mark Egan on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Mark Egan”

How I Do my Weekly Review

A good weekly review is important in my productivity. It allows me to evaluate my recent actions and plan out the following week. The weekly review …

How These Innovative Companies of the Inc. 5000 Define Resourcefulness | Inc.com

1<p>From the Kitchen Table to an $11 Million Company<p>PackIt, No. 28<p>From the Kitchen Table to an $11 Million Company<p>I invented PackIt as a matter of necessity. I was suddenly a single mom, and I had no career experience to fall back on after a decade of staying home to raise my kids. I watched the bank …

5 Tips for Off-the-Cuff Speaking

If it’s true that many people fear public speaking more than death, it’s equally true that businesspeople are condemned to a thousand small deaths in client pitches, in boardrooms, and on stage. And that death can turn slow and torturous when you are asked to speak unexpectedly with little or no …

Starting Up Is Hard. Here Are 8 Ideas to Make It Easier

You cannot control how the world will react to your next idea. But there are a surprising number of things you do have control over.<p>This post is going to be all about you, but to get there I have to spend about 42 seconds talking about me.<p>I'm in the midst of an 18-month experiment in which I will …

Keeping Good Debt Can Net You More Money

Since inflation erodes the value of your existing finances, working to pay off only the entire mortgage may wind up costing consumers in the end. If …

The Problem with Using Personality Tests for Hiring

A decade ago, researchers discovered something that should have opened eyes and raised red flags in the business world.<p>Sara Rynes, Amy Colbert, and Kenneth Brown conducted a study in 2002 to determine whether the beliefs of HR professionals were consistent with established research findings on the …

Score a Meeting with Just About Anyone

We’re all inundated with meeting requests. It’s easy to say no to the egregious ones, like the stranger who recently emailed me to suggest that I meet with him on a specific date so I could provide him with free career coaching. But — though I know better than to ask for pro bono resume critiques — …

What Will a Liberal Arts Education Look Like in 50 Years?

At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of academics within some of America's top universities to weigh in on the fate of higher education. "We won't have liberal arts and sciences at all 50 years from now unless we really understand how to save what's good, but reinvent what's new …

Harvard

Use Neuroscience to Remain Calm Under Pressure

The ability to keep your wits in a crisis isn't a character trait; it's a skill that you can learn in minutes.<p>Great leaders always seem to remain calm during situations that make mere mortals fall to pieces. Conventional wisdom says that the ability to remain calm is a character trait that most of …

5 Riveting Nonfiction Books Everyone Should Read

When considering a good read, not everyone reaches for a work of fiction. True stories can be equally riveting, and often just as difficult to put down.<p>With this in mind, our friends at the New York Public Library helped us put together a list of the five best nonfiction books that will have you at …

Three Personal Finance Tips From Big Data

There’s a lot of personal finance advice out there for those who want it. Buy fewer lattes, pay less for cable and switch your wireless provider are a few common themes for getting your day to day spending in order, but how valid are these assertions?<p>It turns out that with big data, we can analyze …

Greece’s collapse is officially worse than the US Great Depression

Greece’s GDP shrank by a mere 0.2% in the second quarter. While still a decline, it’s the smallest drop since the third quarter of 2008—which means that after 24 consecutive quarters of economic contraction, the Greek recession’s end might finally be at a hand.<p>Don’t expect any wild celebrations in …

Carrick on money: Nine reasons to love your mortgage

<i>The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.</i><p><b>Nine reasons to love your mortgage</b><br>No joke. Some solid points are made here about how mortgages are a cost-efficient way to borrow.<p><b>My stupid money mistake</b><br>This …

Why breaking up with your car insurer is hard to do

If you've been a loyal auto insurance customer, you may be disappointed to learn that your insurer is thanking you for your business by continually raising your premiums.<p>Research from NerdWallet, a data-driven, consumer finance website, shows that U.S. drivers overpay on their auto insurance by an …

Men Need To Work Smarter, Not Harder, Says The CEO Who Quit His Job To Spend More Time With His Family

"I love my job, I just wished there was less of it," he told Business Insider.<p>MongoDB is the kind of startup most people in the tech industry dream of running. It makes a popular database, is valued at over $1 billion and growing fast, on track for an IPO.<p>His decision to leave the job is like a …

3 Things Great Entrepreneurs Have in Common

It doesn't matter what they do for a living, or where in the world they work, you will see that they always have these three traits.<p>The very first article I wrote for <i>Forbes</i>, when I joined the magazine in 1981, was a study of a very successful entrepreneur. (Forbes, which wasn't taking the subject …

Three Lessons I Learned About Running A Business As A Teenager

Teenagers do not usually start and run a business. They spend most of their time in school and at home studying strict curricula to prepare for college.<p>But there are plenty of exceptions to this rule. Forbes has published many stories of teenagers with exceptional skills who made millions of …

How to save a million bucks for retirement

Million-dollar savers take full advantage of their employers' 401(k) match and profit-sharing.<p>Some people have a million dollars or more saved for retirement, but most people have far less. USA TODAY asked Jeanne Thompson, a vice president at Fidelity Investments, for the best ways to boost your …

How Close Are You to Genetic Happiness?

Did you know that the closer you live to the homeland of the world's most famous suicidal prince, the more likely it is that your genes -- and therefore you -- are happy?<p>Most scientists agree that genes are responsible for about half of our happiness level. Studies have identified a "happiness …

Water

From The Archives: Debating The Hiroshima And Nagasaki Bombings

"By splitting the atom, man may have united the world."<p>On August 6th, 1945, the American B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb Little Boy on Hiroshima, Japan. It was the second atomic weapon ever detonated, and the first used in actual war. A few weeks earlier, Manhattan Project …

Hiroshima

4 Signs You're About To Fail

Recently after a speaking engagement (where I spoke about using online tools and social media to build your brand and become an “e-lebrity” – yep, that’s a real term we use), I was invited to stick around to hear the event’s closing remarks from co-founder of Camp Gladiator, Jeff Davidson.<p>In the …

The Scientific Cure for Hangovers

In the legal disclaimer of every Friday — especially Summer Fridays, with their earlier drinking start times and later bedtimes — should be a note about hangovers. But with science on your side, you might be able to short-circuit some of the gnarly side effects of excessive booze. From the fine …

Why We Prefer Pictures: It's the Way We're Wired

<i>Abhilasha Shah is a PR/Communications Intern studying communications and psychology at the University of Michigan. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been reprinted with permission.</i><p>Let’s play a little game. See how long you can stay focused on the data and research …

5 Surefire Ways to Maximize Your Life, Starting This Morning

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many of us have heard the adage, “How you spend your day, is how you spend your life.” I believe it’s even more micro than that. How you spend the first two hours of your day will determine how you live your life and how productive that …

Science Says Stop Looking for Your Soul Mate

Time to change your Tinder profile: New research suggests that believing you and your significant other are soul mates can actually hurt your relationship, NYMag.com's Science of Us blog reports. The study, led by University of Toronto professor Spike W.S. Lee, found that the idea of being MFEO (or …

Why our brains love the ocean: Science explains what draws humans to the sea

I’m standing on a pier at the Outer Banks of North Carolina, fifty feet above the Atlantic. To the left and right, forward, back, and below, all I can see is ocean. I’m wearing a light blue hat that looks like a bejeweled swim cap, and a heavy black cable snakes down my back like a ponytail. Even …

Dow plunges 317 points, now down for year

The best thing we can say about Thursday's stock market trading is that it is now over. The Dow fell 317 points, erasing all of its gains for the year.<p>The S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell sharply as well, each down about 2%. They gave back the all the gains they had made in July.<p>Heavy selling overseas, …

What is success?

Success can mean: feeling that tingle of excitement about what you do, sticking with what matters through hard times, living a life you can feel …