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It's never okay to be 'just okay' at your job

If you are one of those people who gets out of bed every morning to make a difference, your commitment to entrepreneurship is alive and well. And if your energy is rooted in audacity, you're ahead of the game. Some may consider audacity to be a negative concept associated with attitude or edge, but …

Entrepreneurship

17 Essential Skills You Must Have to Succeed

To accomplish anything requires a certain skill set--and some of those skills apply to any endeavor. Here are 17 basic skills you should have if you want to be successful.<p>Knowing how to do things, being self-reliant and confident, are key to a productive, effective, and successful life.<p>But to get …

63 Businesses to Start for Under $10,000

You know you want to start something for yourself. You just need to funnel your ambition and time into an idea that'll earn extra cash, make you proud, and possibly lead to a full-time venture-and that amazing moment you get to say "I quit!" to your boss. But what great idea should you say "I …

15 expert Netflix tips and tricks

By David Nield<p>We're big fans of Netflix here at T3: the on-demand video streaming site and its associated mobile apps have helped revolutionise the …

Google Chrome

5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Make Side Income While Growing Their Business

I know a thing or two about being an entrepreneur. The realization that, hey, I'm going to start my own business, be my own boss, is such an exciting feeling.<p>That thrill of being the one to call the shots and making your own hours cannot be compared -- at all -- to the life of the cubicle …

Solar panels that also use rain for power could change the world forever - Pocket-lint

Solar power is fast becoming a more energy efficient green power conversion source, but mainly in sunny places. A breakthrough with graphene could …

How to Write a Business Plan: A Step-by-Step Template

Writing a business plan doesn't have to be an intimidating task, but it does require foresight, honesty, and plenty of research. Here is an outline and some smart tips to help get you started.<p>Creating a business plan is the first and most crucial step to building a successful company.<p>"A business …

Opinion: Why there’s no better investment for your money now than U.S. stocks

Many investors nowadays don’t seem to trust U.S. stocks. That’s a mistake.<p>There’s no better investment than U.S. stocks right now. Sure, some stocks …

Here's Why India Is About to Become the World's Most Important Economy

China’s days as the globe’s most exciting economy are numbered.<p>That’s because while China’s workforce has already begun to shrink, in part as a …

12 Easy Ways to Get Over Your Laziness

Stop making excuses for why you cannot get it done and start focusing on all the reasons why you must make it happen, here are 12 easy ways to overcome your laziness so you can reach your goals.<p>Being highly productive isn't a natural talent for everyone. Some of us have a naturally strong work …

What if America's next big fuel source is its trash?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the United States produced 254 million tons of municipal solid waste in 2013. And though 87 …

11 skills that are hard to learn but will pay off forever

That's especially the case when it comes to learning important life skills.<p>To ascertain which talents are worth the investment, one Quora reader posed the question: "What are the hardest and most useful skills to learn?"<p>We've highlighted our favorite takeaways.

7 Maps That Explain The United States' Strategy

What is striking about American strategy is its paradoxical nature: The fact that each solution to a threat poses a new threat.<p>Since its birth, the United States has sought to defend itself. The US approaches each threat with a constant outward movement of attention and resources… and now, it …

The One Skill Too Many CEOs Lack

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i></i> …

The empire the world forgot

Ruled by a dizzying array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries, the former regional power of Ani is now an eerie, abandoned city of ghosts.<p><b>An abandoned city of ghosts</b><br>Ruled by a dizzying array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries – from the Byzantines to the Ottomans – the city of Ani …

19th Century

Love on the Trail: Tips and Advice for Couples Backpacking

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go on a backpacking trip with a romantic partner. Would you drive each other crazy or would the …

The Best National Park for Every Type of Traveler

Grand Teton has some of the most rugged peaks and terrain in the country. Located only a few miles south of overly crowded Yellowstone, this park is …

SunPower Breaks World Record for Efficient Solar Panels

Solar giant SunPower announced on Monday that it can now make a solar panel that can convert 22.8% of the sunlight that hits it into electricity. …

Wall Street's Message to Young Adults: 'You Are Clueless'

Wall Street CEOs are very upset with young adults. They believe you are "clueless" and "voting against [your] own interests" when you support Bernie Sanders. A Wall Street CEO took to the pages of the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> to decry the fact that, "Millennials are flocking to Sanders." It would be …

Geopolitics of oil takes new twist with Saudi-Russia deal

What are we to make of last week’s deal to freeze oil output between Saudi Arabia and Russia – the world’s two leading crude exporters? Is it significant and is the price of oil now likely to rise?<p>This agreement is remarkable in the sense that there typically isn’t much love lost between Riyadh and …

6 Unforgettable Adventure Vacations to Take In 2016

Travel to these American hot spots for the thrill of a lifetime<p>The value of your vacation isn’t found on your phone’s camera roll. It’s in your brain—the memories lodged so deeply that they’re still vivid years later.<p>There’s a trick to forming them: Rev up your heart rate in a new …

11 Answers You Should Have Ready Before Any Job Interview

Prepare your answers long before you walk in the door.<p>For any job interview, the overarching point you want to get across is why the prospective …

Opinion: Investors just went bonkers, so you know it’s time to buy stocks

When investors get downright flakey, it’s always a sign of a market extreme. And the prevalence of nutty ideas making the rounds nowadays confirms …

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8 Signs You're on the Golden Path to Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the midst of a long entrepreneurial journey, it can be difficult to tell whether your idea -- and more specifically, the way you execute it -- is going to be successful. But if any of these eight signs have crossed your path as of …

'Mr. Trump will not be president': Obama unloads on the entire Republican 2016 field

"I think foreign observers are troubled by some of the rhetoric that's been taking place in these Republican primaries and Republican debates," Obama said when asked what foreign leaders thought of Donald Trump.<p>Obama emphasized that his comments were not directed solely at Trump, the Republican …

21 Times Spending More Will Save You Money

Even though I usually focus on spending less money in order to save money, sometimes spending <i>more</i> will actually help you save. Here are 21 times when …

5 spots to soak up the scenery from hot springs in Idaho and Montana

Like every traveler, I'm always searching for that little piece of paradise hidden from the masses. And I think I have finally found it in the form of hot soaks in Idaho and Montana.<p>As a newcomer to these parts by way of the gritty streets of East London, I noticed that there are two types of …

9 Communication Habits That All Successful Leaders Have

At the heart of successful leadership and great business is great communication.<p><b>Editor's note:</b> <i>"The First 90 Days" is a series about how to make 2016 a year of breakout growth for your business. Let us know how you're making the first 90 days count by joining the conversation on social media with</i> …

This Fortune 500 HR Exec Wants You to Stop Making Boring Resumes

<i>The Fortune 500 Insiders Network is an online community where top executives from the Fortune 500 share ideas and offer leadership advice with</i> …