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Sweden has declared war on cash

Back in June, I shared with you the story of how, in 1661, the Scandinavian monarchy became the first country in the world to issue paper money. (It was an unmitigated disaster, by the way.) Now it might be the first to ban it altogether.<p>All across Sweden, cash—the physical kind, not cash in the …

10 Secrets of Irresistible People

Some people, regardless of what they lack -- money, looks, or social connections -- always radiate with energy and confidence. Even the most skeptical individuals find themselves enamored with these charming personalities.<p>These people are the life of every party. They're the ones you turn to for …

Emotional Intelligence

You’ll Never Guess What The First Thing Ever Sold On The Internet Was

Did secure online transactions begin with weed? Groceries? Pizza? Nope.<p>’Tis the time of year when the primary function of the Internet switches from being a communication or information gathering tool to being a shopping tool. And this year we’ll be shopping online–and spending more than ever …

The email habits of successful people

<i>This article is published in collaboration with Business Insider.</i><p>When you receive almost 150 work emails every day, your inbox can quickly become the …

Mike Bloomberg has 6 harsh pieces of advice for people who want success

At age 73 he has become the 14th-richest man in the world, with a net worth of $40.7 billion (£26.6 billion). He is a self-made billionaire.<p>When he was in London on Thursday at a Goldman Sachs event to help small businesses, his advice was pretty harsh for anyone wanting to get ahead.<p>Appearing on …

The 9 Apple Interview Questions That Might Make You or Break You

Interviewing at Apple is amusing. But you have to bring your brain.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Companies that think themselves terribly clever often have the urge to prove it.<p>So when you wander along to interview with them, …

Science says people decide these 13 things within seconds of meeting you

Within moments of meeting you, people decide all sorts of things about you, from status to intelligence to conscientiousness.<p>Career experts say it takes just <i>three seconds</i> for someone to determine whether they like you and want to do business with you.<p>Fortunately, you have some control over the way …

Personality

How I Paid Off $157,000 in Debt in 3 Years

"I just wanted the debt to disappear."<p>What does it take to knock out $157,000 in debt in just three years? You don’t need a magic wand or a winning …

These are the craziest cars from the Tokyo Motor Show

For decades, the Tokyo Motor Show was the premier show in Asia.<p>But with the rise of China as one of the world's largest auto markets, focus has been shifting towards shows in the Middle Kingdom. In reaction to this shift, Tokyo has turned itself into a techno-centric show with a focus of the future …

20 of the best books by the most influential thinkers in business

Since 2001, the Thinkers50 organization has hosted what the Financial Times has dubbed the "Oscars of management thinking," an award ceremony for the top 50 management thought leaders whose work has most affected the business world.<p>From elite business-school professors to insightful career coaches, …

Harvard Business School

The 26 happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free countries in the world

Every year, the Legatum Institute, a London based think-tank releases its annual global Prosperity Index, a huge survey that ranks what it calls the most prosperous countries in the world.<p>The amount of money a country has is one factor of prosperity, but the Legatum Institute considered more than …

Top 10

The Life Of A Porn Star, In Black And White (NSFW)

"She is an amazing person with a big heart, and if she loves somebody, it is for real."<p><i>Warning: This post contains nudity and may not be suitable for work.</i><p>Barcelona-based photographer Katia Repina met Marta on her second week on the job. Marta was a pornographic actress and Repina was working on a …

James Bond Movie Theme Songs, Ranked Worst to Best

22<p>‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ (Lulu)<p>A fitting theme song for a Bond movie in which the villain is largely defined by the fact that he has a third …

The Productive, Sexy, Zen Life Of 'Single Tasking'

Can something as simple as single tasking at work make you super productive, twice as sexy and give you a Zen-like magnetism?<p>With technology, open …

Which animal species went extinct in the year you were born?

<b>A recent report showed lion numbers in parts of Africa will halve if major conservation efforts aren't made.</b><p>Based on the study, the authors recommend …

16 luxurious train trips that will make you not want to travel any other way

As Mark Smith, a British travel writer, told the Herald Sun, "A great train ride is that triple combination of the scenery outside the train, the experience inside the train and the people you meet and things that happen on that specific trip which make it memorable."<p>These 16 train journeys will …

Trains

The Most NSFW Movie of the Year

Gaspar Noé wants to shock you.<p>His first film, <i>I Stand Alone</i>, featured an isolated, incestuous butcher pummeling his lover’s pregnant belly in order to …

The 10 funniest 'Dilbert' comic strips about idiot bosses

It should be comforting that no matter how much you hate your boss, they can't possibly be as bad as the Pointy-Haired Boss.<p>The idiot middle-manager is central to the popular "Dilbert" comic series, which was the first syndicated comic that focused primarily on the workplace when it launched in …

A top recruiter on what anyone can see after 30 seconds with your resume

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What do recruiters look for in a resume at first glance?</i> <i>Answer by Ambra Benjamin, Engineering Recruiter.</i><p>I don’t look through stacks of resumes anymore. I hate paper. I do everything online.<p>There has been for many decades, a mysterious Wizard of Oz-type …

21 startups in Asia that caught our eye

Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. If you have startup tips or story suggestions, feel free to email us. …

Why foreign startups fail in Indonesia

In my 10 years in Indonesia, I have seen enough foreign-owned startups fail both in traditional and tech businesses to make any expatriate …

Startups

5 Inspiring Lessons From TED Talks on How to Have a Happier Life

If the life you're leading isn't the one you want, these 10-minute talks will help you change things for the better.<p>Does your day-to-day life reflect who you truly are and aspire to be? Have you simply drifted into careers and relationships, going where events led you, or have you intentionally …

6 People Taking 'Work From Home' to the Next Level

These entrepreneurs and freelancers left desk jobs to make the world #todaysoffice<p>There's a big world on the other side of that office window, and startup founders and contract workers untethered to desk jobs are claiming it in the name of self-employment--parking wi-fi hotspots on mountaintops and …

Startups

People weighed in on the most common regrets in life, and some of their answers will make you cry

Some people have the philosophy that everything happens for a reason, so there is no point in having regrets.<p>But for so many of us, looking back on our lives can lead us to linger on one poignant moment or period when we wish we had done things differently, and that nagging question — "What if ... …

College & University

16 incredible movie theaters around the world

Today, you can catch a flick while lounging in a hot tub, laying on a private beach, or in a '50s-style drive-in cinema complete with your own convertible car.<p>We've put together a collection of movie theaters around the world that take going to the movies to a whole new level.<p>From a floating cinema …

Coney Island

The World's Most Affordable Cities

Some cities are cheap for a reason. Like Kyiv, Ukraine, seen here. A political crisis and a proxy war with Russia on its eastern border have destroyed the Ukrainian economy. Kyiv might be an attractive, and inexpensive place to live. But few foreigners are willing to come here. Investment firm UBS …

Evernote, the first dead unicorn

According to famed Silicon Valley investor Bill Gurley, 2015 will be the year of at least one dead unicorn.<p>"I do think you'll see some dead unicorns this year," said Gurley earlier in 2015 at SXSW.<p>For all the talk in technology about embracing failure, we've seen relatively little among the highly …

Note-Taking

Windows 10 Features You Should Know About

At last! Windows 10 has finally arrived and the upgrade is still rolling out to users around the globe. For those of you who are not familiar with Microsoft's latest flagship, there is a few hidden features that can help you get the maximum out of the system. Here are some to get you started:<p><b>Have</b> …

6 Things About Leadership That Business Gurus Can't Tell You

Are some business leaders too dependent on business gurus?<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Business, like any other religion, has priests.<p>They find pithy ways to sum up their homilies.<p>They have (usually more than 10) commandments …

5 Kinds of Nonbusiness Books Every Entrepreneur Needs to Read

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Scan the unavoidable lists of things successful entrepreneurs have in common and you’ll soon see the importance of books. Pretty much every entrepreneur who has ever reached an enviable level of success will cite reading as an essential …