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8 resources for finding the perfect word

I once worked with someone who used the word “secure” continually. He would write:<p>• <i>“We need to secure advertisers.”</i> <br>• <i>“Have you secured a printer for</i> …

How to Write a Blog Post (That Actually Gets Read)

Blogging lets you teach, inspire, and engage an audience—even drive traffic to your products—at scale.It gives individuals and brands an accessible …

Marketing

Study Reveals The Pitch Deck That Will Land You Millions

The DocSend study on pitch decks gathers data from over 200 pitch decks of early stage startups. However, before we dive into the study, and as a …

Venture Capital

A Navy SEAL Explains 8 Secrets to Grit and Resilience

Sometimes you just want to quit. You know you shouldn’t but nothing seems better than crawling back into bed and hiding under the covers. (I am there …

Exercise Makes You Grow New Brain Cells–But Only The Right Kind Of Exercise

If you want to make yourself smarter, go for a run.<p>Which makes you smarter: running or lifting weights? Meathead jokes aside, there’s new evidence that moderate aerobic exercise helps increase new brain cells, while strength training may not be much healthier for the brain than sitting on the couch.<p>…

The 6 Stages of a Startup

Startups are never successful overnight. It's important to understand that running one is a process that requires patience, perseverance, and a realistic evaluation of its evolutionary stage.<p>In my days as a VC I noticed several patterns when meeting with founders and asking a basic question -- "At …

14 free online personality tests that'll help point you in the right direction

There's something wonderful about personality tests — the idea that you can put yourself into a category (or categories), just like that, is so …

3 Traps to Avoid When Writing a Rough Draft

by Marcy McKayI’ve started a new novel—as in a blank “page one” in need of 275 to 400 more pages to be complete. I’m lucky, because this book is …

The Emotions That Make Us More Creative

Artists and scientists throughout history have remarked on the bliss that accompanies a sudden creative insight. Einstein described his realization of the general theory of relativity as the happiest moment of his life. More poetically, Virginia Woolf once observed, “Odd how the creative power …

Good Writing Is the Hardest Form of Thinking

Good writing is the hardest form of thinking. It involves the agony of turning profoundly difficult thoughts into lucid form, then forcing them into …

5 Daily Habits That Will Boost Your Creativity and Focus

Here are 5 ways I tap into my "whitespace".<p>As a serial entrepreneur and founder of 6 companies, I've found one of the most important ingredients for innovation to be something I call "whitespace". Whitespace is time you set aside to refresh your thinking, strategize, reflect on your primary goals …

This Startup Is Using Games To Measure Creativity–And Teach Us How To Unlock It

Lemonade.io wants to help prepare people for the future of the global economy, when creativity will be at a premium.<p>Angad Singh thinks there’s a good chance that within 20 years, your job will no longer exist. And if it does, a bot will do it.<p>“It seems obvious,” he says. “The nature of work will be …

I've spent my career studying bad habits. Here's what I've learned about breaking them. - Vox

Let's face reality: Change is hard! Look at change rates for people with heart issues who are told by their doctors that they are seriously at risk of dying if they do not change their habits. These patients know exactly what they need to do: eat a more wholesome, lower-calorie diet, exercise more, …

4 Simple Ways to Test Your Business Idea Before You Launch

Here's how to make sure that there is a market for your product or service.<p>Bringing a new idea to life can be exciting, but in the momentum many entrepreneurs fail to answer a very important question. <i>Is my idea a good one?</i> While there's no way to guarantee success, a little market research can go a …

How to Think Like a Writer

I did a podcast last week called <i>Fearless Writing</i>. The idea is that if you want to write, if you would write whether anyone ever paid you to do so, then the only thing that can really come between you and the writing experience you most want to have is fear. Not a crowded a market place, not a busy …