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33 books everyone should read before turning 30

While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way.<p>To help you out, we've selected some of our favorite books that likely never made your high-school or college reading lists.<p>It's an eclectic selection …

Books

Five new apps for a more efficient you

"There aren't enough hours in the day" is the common refrain of the overworked worker. But perhaps it's not so much a case of having too much to do, but rather not being able to handle the load efficiently.<p>Here comes technology to the rescue. New gadgets and software help us do more, with the best …

35 DIY Container Ideas to Completely Declutter Your Home

Ever feel like you're in a heavy downpour of clutter? When the 'stuff' build-up reaches a dangerously high level, rein in your panic and bring out your creative side, with these life-saving DIY containers. Get ready to coral your porch clutter, banish your toiletry mess, and cure your hallway …

Laundry Rooms

4 New Books That Can Change Your Entrepreneurial Life

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We read to know we’re not alone. -- William Nicholson<p>As a lifelong entrepreneur, and an advocate of embracing the journey through business and life, the above statement couldn’t be more true. Reading doesn't just allow you to learn about …

Entrepreneurship

3 Decisions You Should Make TODAY to Take Control of Your Life

Let’s face it, changing can be difficult, but you must if you want to take your power back and be in the driver’s seat of your life. There are three …

Motivation

5 Note Taking Platforms That Could Change Your Life

Work moves impossibly fast these days.<p>You're a creative professional: You open up your browser to find a quick stat or nugget of information, and all of a sudden the juices of your brain are flowing and you're opening tabs left and right. Before you know it, said tabs become impressively small in …

Note-Taking

Are these the world's most high-tech headphones?

Made with a “sleek and intelligent” design and equipped with Bluetooth technology, the Batband headphone, which was launched on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter last month, can be connected to your mobile phone to listen to music, as well as make and receive calls in a “discreet, intuitive and …

19 startups that could make you a millionaire if you got hired there today

Inspired by a 2012 Quora thread, we came up with our own list of companies you should join if you want to make some serious cash in four years, assuming you're able to negotiate a bunch of stock options when you join.<p>We've included employee count for each company. For startups whose employee …

Startups

14 Tips For Getting Much More Out Of Gmail

No one <i>likes</i> email, but it's an inevitable part of life for most modern humans. A 2013 study estimated that people spend 13 hours every week sorting through it, which is terrible.<p>And for a whole lot of people, those 13 hours are spent on Gmail -- around the world, 900 million people use it. It's a …

Productivity

100 books everyone should read Amazon Goodreads

To celebrate, start working your way through this list of 100 Books To Read in a Lifetime, as voted on and ranked by users of Goodreads, the largest book recommendation site on the web.<p>Amazon, which owns Goodreads, had its editors agonize over their own list, but the two turned out very …

Literature

These are the 65 hottest startups in New York City

But which are the coolest?<p>Pulled from our recently published Silicon Alley 100 list, meet the coolest startups.<p>All the companies on this list are private tech companies based in New York City that have raised venture-capital funding.

Startups

New Stagefright Bugs Leave More Than 1 Billion Android Users Vulnerable

Android’s security nightmare continues.<p>In July, a security researcher revealed that Android phones could be hacked with a simple text, thanks to a series of bugs in the Android operating system that are now commonly known as Stagefright.<p>On Thursday, the same security researcher warned that two new …

Android News

6 Lies Your Depression Wants You to Believe (& How to Not Fall Into the Trap)

“The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without <i>changing</i> our thinking.” – Albert Camus<p>When depression hits, it …

Happiness

How Mindfulness Improves Your Brain and Relationships

Source: Shutterstock<p><i>Mindfulness</i> is the process of paying attention, in an open, nonjudgmental way, to your experience in the present moment. Dr …

Mindfulness

5 More Motivational Videos to Help You Succeed Today

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Motivational videos can be a great, free tool to get you pumped up and ready for action. One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is the guidance and motivation provided by mentors, leaders and others who have gone before you. …

Motivation

The Smartest Entrepreneurs Are Listening to These 10 Podcasts

Want to become a better entrepreneur? Start listening to one or all of these 10 podcasts.<p>The rumor mill says Apple and major car manufacturers are in talks to have podcasting be the new "car radio." While I won't speculate, there is no doubting that podcast listenership has grown over the …

Entrepreneurship

12 Illustrations That Are All Too Real For Introverts

If you’re the kind of person who prefers inner dialogue to small talk ― or watching “The Breakfast Club” over <i>going</i> to the club ― then you’re more than familiar with the daily struggle of being an introvert.<p>Artist Maureen Wilson, the mastermind behind the series Introvert Doodles, knows just how you …

Personality

These are the 15 best apps to meet cool people around you — and while you're traveling

Luckily, these 15 apps make meeting strangers easy.<p>They connect you to people you can share a meal with, locals who want to party with tourists, and even people who share your same taste in music. They help you find real friends who you share deep common interests with. And, of course, there are a …

Apps

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, …

The Brain

Quick And Easy Home Hacks Every Renter Should Do

<i>By: Alex Robinson</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>Renting a new home or apartment can be an invigorating opportunity to start anew -- but moving all your crap out of boxes and into piles on the floor is only the first step (fortunately, we've got you covered with a bunch of apps that can help you with the …

Hacking

Former Google head says his startup will become the next $1.5 billion 'unicorn'

Dan Cobley, who left Google in August last year to focus on the new start-up, said that SalaryFinance would "be talked about in some of the same sentences as unicorn businesses over the next few years."<p>The new fintech - financial technology - company allows working people to consolidate their …

Finance

5 TED Talks That Will Help You Understand--and Improve--Your Brain | Inc.com

Without it you couldn’t keep breathing, let alone reading this column. Yet how often do you think about your own brain–how it works, what it needs, and how it could work better? Your brain is both the most important and least understood organ in your whole body. But in these fascinating TED Talks, …

Humanity

No, I Can't "Just Relax": How I Learned to Manage My Anxiety Disorder

Last weekend, I went to Dragon Con, the biggest geek party in Atlanta, to party it up with other nerds. On Saturday, I took a break to freak out, …

Build Your Own Scary Surveillance Jeep For Under $5000 With This Hacker's Guide

If you could turn your car into a surveillance vehicle capable of intercepting telephone calls, jamming communications and manipulating electronic systems run by critical infrastructure providers, would you do it? What if it cost less than $5000?<p>This is possible thanks to cheap kit and open source …

Surveillance

7 Tricks to Improve Your Memory

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have.<p>Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of <i>Make It</i> …

Holistic Medicine

Secrets to Success From Elon Musk, Steve Martin and Mike Bloomberg

What are the secrets to success? Well, successful people work hard. But you work hard too, right?<p>And if you keep working harder and harder you’re …

Motivation

25 TED Talks That Will Make You a Better Leader

You can improve your skills by watching lectures from these amazing and brilliant individuals.<p>If you're the owner of a business or someone in a management position, then you know how often employees, colleagues, and partners turn to you when they have questions, concerns, or need advice. Not only …

Self-improvement

All Entrepreneurs Should Watch These 6 TED Talks Right Now | Inc.com

Some entrepreneurs are fortunate enough to have connected with a valuable mentor to guide them as they jumpstart a new business idea or venture. The wise words of a person who has walked the path before you can be a pivotal part of your success--but finding someone willing to coach you is not …

Entrepreneurship