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Why You Should Be Writing Down Your Goals

<b>Why You Should Be Writing Down Your Goals</b><p>We hear a lot about the importance of goal-setting but most of us don’t have clear and measurable goals to work toward. Lewis Carroll says, “Any road will get you there, if you don’t know where you are going,” but how important are goals really and if they …

How to Write: A Year in Advice from Franzen, King, Hosseini, and More

Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love<p>This year, I talked to nearly 50 different writers for the By Heart series, a weekly column about beloved quotes and cherished lines. Each author shared the life-changing, values-shaping passages that …

6 Writing Tips From John Steinbeck

<i>The legendary author explains why you should abandon all hope of finishing your novel.</i><p>If this is indeed the year of reading more and writing better, we've been right on course with David Ogilvy's 10 no-bullshit tips, Henry Miller's 11 commandments, and various invaluable advice from other great …

3 Things You MUST Write Down This Month

<b>1. Your 3-Sentence Life Story</b><p><b>What to write:</b> Try to summarize your life in two or three sentences. Take your time. Think about your past. "But mostly …

Roddy Doyle interview: You should start writing what you really want to write, not what you think will be easier

<b>Why do you enjoy reading and writing short stories?</b><br>I like reading short stories because they seem to give a glimpse of a life, a small moment that turns out to be quite revealing. And I enjoy writing them for the same reason. Writing short stories gives me the opportunity to use small moments – …

How to Be Assertive | The Art of Manliness

<i>Your boss consistently asks you at the last minute to come into work on the weekend. You say “yes” every time even though you have family plans. You</i> …

The 5 keys to becoming a MicroVentures angel investor

<i>This sponsored post is produced by MicroVentures.</i><p>Investing in venture capital has historically been both risky and difficult to access. While equity crowdfunding has created unique access to the asset class, in many ways, the risk has actually increased.<p>Enter MicroVentures, a FINRA (Financial …

10 Signs You're Not Cut Out to Be an Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>About half of Americans dream of opening their own businesses, according to a recent survey by the UPS Store, but with 50% of small businesses failing within the first five years, how do you know if you're an entrepreneur ... or a …

8 Tech Companies That May Go Public in 2014

This has been a busy year for IPOs. In total, 222 companies went public in the U.S. in 2013, raising nearly $55 billion, which represents the most …

How Fear Gets in the Way of Leadership

<b>Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.</b><p>The world doesn't have enough leaders.<p>Sure, there is no shortage of people who hold positions of power and authority, or who are put on a pedestal and proclaimed a leader - by the media, their supporters, or often themselves. But they aren't …

Leadership

5 Tools to Take Charge of Your Personal Productivity | Inc.com

I've often observed that great leadership is built on the mundane. But spending <i>too much</i> time on the mundane has precisely the opposite effect. It drains leaders of energy and bogs them down in irrelevant, granular detail.<p>And yet I see it all the time--individuals who could, and should, be great …

Productivity

The Integrity of No | Inc.com

Leaders often struggle with the process of saying “no” when communicating with their teams and making decisions.<p>Some too readily say no out of fear of approving the wrong things, or because of a false sense of what it means to be in control. Some say no out of habit. Some lack a method to look at …

Management

12 Great Motivational Quotes for 2013 | Inc.com

At the start of every year, I create a list of quotes to guide and inspire me for the next 12 months. Here are the quotes I've selected for 2013:<p>"Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements." <i><br>Napoleon Hill</i><br>• "The key to …

Motivation

How to Transform Your Passion into a Successful Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Starting your own business is like jumping on an emotional rollercoaster with the highest of highs and lowest of lows -- all the while, wondering if the ride will come to a screeching halt. Anyone can start a business but it’s infinitely …

The 13 Dos And Don'ts Of Job Searching While You're Still Employed

Ready for a new job? Most career experts would tell you to start looking while you’re still employed. But when you do—you must tread carefully.<p>“When you’re working, your professional network is working for you because you’re constantly interacting with your industry contacts,” says Andy Teach, a …

How to invest your money wisely

In my experience it’s not so much a case of where to invest your money but where not to.<p>The first tip on my list: do you need an office? Operate from …

Small Business

First-time investors have to take the leap

It's not an easy time to be an investor. With interest rates at record lows, anyone wanting to earn an above-inflation return needs to consider more …

How Can I Get Started Investing in the Stock Market?

Dear Lifehacker,<br>I've built a decent amount of savings over the years and I'm ready to start investing some of it. I've heard I should put some in the …

Investing

Ghost: the UK blogging platform that won't and can't sell out to Facebook

There are few entrepreneurs who would openly state that they would turn down a $1bn offer from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, but John O'Nolan is one of them.<p>A former volunteer for the WordPress blogging community, O'Nolan has co-founded Ghost, a new lightweight blogging platform offering a …

Several Short Sentences About Writing

<i>“If there is a magic in story writing,”</i> admonished Henry Miller, <i>“and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another.”</i> And yet, famous advice on writing abounds.<p>In <b>Several Short Sentences About Writing</b> (<i>public library</i>), author …

10 Tips on Writing from David Ogilvy

How is your New Year’s resolution to read more and write better holding up? After tracing the fascinating story of the most influential writing style guide of all time and absorbing advice on writing from some of modern history’s most celebrated writers, here comes some priceless and pricelessly …

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Irresistible Subheads

<i>Note from Glen: You know a post is truly valuable when it remains useful long after publication. Gary’s post is a perfect example — I refer writers</i> …

Writing

Are You Making Dumbass Writing Mistakes? Here's How to Avoid Them

Basically, you can decorate a house as prettily as you like, but if the foundation is weak and the walls have been made of pool noodles and saltines, …

How to give feedback without pissing people off

Two weeks into my first gig as a writing coach, I came across a student’s story that I did not know how to critique. The writing was not bad, and …

Travel Writing