Matthew Young

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A sociologist trained to become a tax-avoidance expert — here's what she learned about how the ultra wealthy keep their money

Having spent the past eight years doing research on the international wealth-management profession, I have to agree with Goffman: The most revealing information comes from the moments when people stop performing and go off-script.<p>Like the time one of the wealth managers I interviewed in the British …

Income Inequality

4 Apps To Turn You Into A Stock Market Pro (You Should Use)

The stock market is changing, and not by its own accord. Just like nearly every other industry, the stock market is experiencing disruption. From …

5 Jaw-Dropping Luxury Homes On The Market Right Now

You need to see this.<p>Indoor basketball courts, cavernous wine cellars, breathtaking views of the Rockies -- luxury homes around America are pretty darn impressive. And thanks to sites like Zillow, we can spend our time gawking at them. <i></i><p>For your viewing pleasure, the real estate listings site rounded …

Real Estate

How Facebook Helped A Solo Entrepreneur Create Two Million-Dollar, One-Person Businesses

Justin Goff, 31, has created two million-dollar businesses with no employees other than the owners—an eBook company and an online health supplements store. The secret of this entrepreneur from Columbus, Ohio has been mastering Facebook marketing.<p>His skill at scaling revenues at these ultra-lean …

Customer Service

How to invest when you're young and broke

<i>I never learned about "mutual funds" or "index funds" or "money market accounts"—it all seemed as relevant to my broke-ass existence as theology is to a goat. But these days I wonder if I missed out on a chance to turn a bad job into the equivalent of night business school. I've become increasingly</i> …

Personal Finance

How to Build Wealth Using Other People’s Money

It takes money to make money. However, it doesn’t necessarily need to be your money if you know how to leverage other people’s money to help you …

Secrets From 11 Of The Most Productive People From Oprah To Aziz Ansari

We asked Google and Microsoft execs, L.A.’s mayor, a famous chef, and other ultra-busy professionals how they get so much accomplished.<p><b>How do highly productive people manage to get everything done?</b> There’s no one way, of course, but there are lots of incredibly useful things you can learn from …

Aziz Ansari

How to Use Time Blocking Effectively to Get More Done

As a business owner, your time is money. Developing strategies to become more intentional with how that time is spent creates the space for success. Parkinson's Law applies here which simply states: "Work expands to fill the time available for its completion." This is a critical realization; it's …

Why Your Morning Routine Isn't Working, and How to Fix it

The idea of waking up early, sitting down to breakfast, and writing a few pages in a journal sounds great. But in practice, it rarely works out so …

40 Things You Can Do in One Minute or Less that Will Make Your Life That Much Better

A few years ago, I was attending a conference, and, as I recall, not really listening to the keynote speaker. It was one of those trying to …

5 Psychological Hacks That Make Work Better

Rude customers? Angry rivals? Psychology can help.<p>Did you see that video that did the rounds a while ago showing how to get a crying baby to sleep in just a few seconds using only a tissue?<p>Sometimes don't you just wish there were similar tricks for your most annoying co-workers?<p>No matter how …

Building a culture that lasts: experiments with people, culture and productivity at SocialCops

Companies are not sprints; they are marathons. The problems you solve will change, your products will evolve, but the one thing that will remain the …

How to Make Your Employees Happier Every Day

Here are a few tips to help make employees happier each day--while keeping your life happier as well.<p>All it takes to increase workplace productivity is to have happy employees--at least according to a recent study at the University of Warwick in the U.K. It found that in "three different styles of …

Happiness

How Much Does Lack Of Sleep Really Affect Your Work?

<i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 Leadership stories of 2015. See the full list here.</i><p>In the November productivity issue of <i>Fast Company</i>, we highlighted a study that showed that the sweet spot for adults is 7.76 hours of sleep, while those who get only five hours or snooze for 10 hours …

Nobody Cares How Hard You Work

As you sink into the couch, or slide onto the barstool, at the end of an exhausting workday, it’s hard not to experience the warm glow of …

Harvard Business School

The House That Calculus Built

The Integral House, a millionaire mathematician’s 18,000 square foot love letter to calculus, is a modern design masterpiece.<p>Calculus made James Stewart a millionaire. Starting in the late 1970s, when the Canadian-born mathematician published his first calculus textbook, Stewart wrote over 30 …

How One Customer Turned This Entrepreneur's Startup Into a Goldmine

Each person counts.<p>Suppose you run a business where your prices are low. In the long run, you need a lot of customers to sustain it, right?<p>Correct. Now -- say your first two customers can net you $20 each. Should you deliver just enough value to keep them satisfied, and no more?<p>Certainly not. …

The biggest mansion in Alabama is being auctioned — and it could be 'the buy of a lifetime'

Birmingham's most infamous luxury listing is hitting the auction block on Halloween.<p>Known as "The Guitar House" and touted as Alabama's biggest estate, 7 Montagel Way is the dream home of Larry House, the former CEO of MedPartners, a healthcare-staffing firm. House resigned his position in 1998, …

Real Estate

Secrets Of The Elite: Why Forbes’s Rich List Doesn’t Include The Wealthiest Families On The Planet

on 19 September, 2015 at 2:01 pm<p><b>Editors Note:</b> Have you ever wondered who controls the corporate mainstream media? Well there is just six companies …

Income Inequality

How to Start Your Week Successfully

Nobody enjoys Monday. It’s officially been labeled as the, blunt reminder that your weekend of leisurely activities is now over and you must spend …

Work Stress

NASA Releases Apollo Moon Mission Photos: Pictures

Space Science

How to Set Goals and Meet Them: 8 Steps for Success

Are you having a hard time achieving your goals? It can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture when you’re wrapped up in the busy day-to-day of …

Productivity

The Communications Store: Strategic Brand Builder

BoF sits down with TCS partner Daniel Marks to discuss the company's new, funded internship programme and the importance of communication strategies …

Public Relations

The Least-Visited States In America, And Why You Should Go To Each

<i>By: Matt Meltzer</i><p><i>Credit: Arkansas Dept. of Parks and Tourism (edited)</i><p>Even the most travelled Americans have a few gaps in the "where I've been" map, especially when we're talking about missing states. It's a big country out there and clocking all 50 is a bucket list accomplishment. But which ones …

How To Become A Genius

Whether you’d like to admit it or not, you probably have an average IQ. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to increase your intelligence.<p>You probably think you’re pretty smart. Most people believe they’re smarter than the average American, according to a study from YouGov. Yet when it comes to IQ, …

Frequent Flier VIP: Meet the Guy Who Never Waits at the Airport

Airport lines are a thing of the past for Tom Stuker. So are middle seats, waiting on hold when calling customer service and missed …

Three 20-something entrepreneurs just launched an Airbnb for refugees

Countries have been taking a differing approach to the crisis — Germany has been praised for welcoming refugees while Hungary is getting slammed for its handling of the influx of people.<p>The Dutch have been among the most welcoming in Europe, with public projects to support refugees, and now three …