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Want to Be Happier? Answer These 34 Essential Life Audit Questions

Unless you figure out where you are, you won't get to where you want to go.<p>Audits are standard in both personal and business finance, but in many ways, life audits are much more crucial. That's because life audits evaluate well-being not just in one area but in basically everything. They can mean …

Personality

Want to Start a Home-Based Business? These 25 Habits Will Lead You to Success and Happiness

7 in 10 Americans at some time in their lives want to be their own boss. What about you?<p>Who hasn't dreamed about leaving their career (and their boss) behind to start their own business? According to home-based business experts Paul and Sarah Edwards, 7 in 10 Americans at some time in their lives …

Self-improvement

The Most Brilliant Business Ideas

Check out some of our favorites from Entrepreneur's 'Brilliant Ideas' series in the magazine.<p>2 min read<p>This story appears in the June 2017 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Entrepreneurship is about ideas. It is the foundation of everything -- an insight into how to improve something, or what …

Entrepreneurship

From Prison to $700,000 Online: The Extraordinary Story of Lawrence Aponte

How internet marketing levels the playing field<p>After spending more than six years in a Florida prison, the first thing Lawrence Aponte did upon his release was look for a job.<p>He found one shucking and packing oysters at a seafood warehouse for a whopping $7 an hour. Never mind that Aponte is …

Facebook Ads

Energy shifts to a buyers’ market

A fundamental shift of power is underway in the world energy market. This is not about the transition from fossil fuels to low carbon or from high …

Oil & Gas Industry

World’s largest solar+battery project announced in South Australia: 330MW of solar & 100MW/400MWh of batteries

A new project put in motion in South Australia in order to help with the region’s energy problems is likely to become the largest solar plus battery project in the world.<p>Lyon Group, an energy company backed by Mitsubishi, Blackstone and Magnetar Capital, has announced that it secured land and is in …

This Flower-Shaped Solar Panel Can Power Your Entire Home

The Smartflower is designed to follow the sun throughout the day, like a sunflower.<p>Solar energy is getting even more buzz lately, with Tesla's new solar shingles hitting the market this month and Route 66 scheduled for a solar panel makeover. But a new product from an Austrian company could soon …

Hot apartments: 'If we need air conditioning, we've designed it wrong'

Heatwaves could be deadly for many Australian apartment dwellers if the grid fails, so architects are coming up with ways to manage temperatures passively<p>It was one of the most extreme heatwaves in south-eastern Australian history. During late January and early February 2009, temperature records …

Batteries

Low-cost “solar absorber” could supercharge solar power plants

One of the major challenges in developing solar panels has been creating photovoltaic cells which can absorb as much solar energy as possible – …

Clean Energy

10 Steps Everyone Must Take to Get Rich

These moves will be your foundation for establishing positive financial habits that will move you closer toward your goal.<p>7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The millennial generation is at the point now where they’re starting to think hard about how to build …

Personal Finance

10 Fundamental Truths That Will Change Your Life

You can achieve amazing things if you stay focused on the right things.<p>Guest Writer<p>Co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and President at TalentSmart<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s surprising how easy it is to lose sight of the important things in life. Busy …

Emotional Intelligence

10 Habits That Will Dramatically Improve Your Life

#1: Stay away from people who erode your quality of life.<p>In Hans Christian Andersen’s fable <i>The Red Shoes</i>, a young girl longs for a pair of pretty red shoes. She ultimately tricks the blind woman who cares for her into buying her a pair. Her love for the red shoes causes her to give them priority …

How to use Keep notes in Google Docs

While Keep has been around for a while, there's a new way to use this note-keeping app. It's now integrated with Google Docs so you can take your ideas and easily convert them into full-blown projects. You can also make Keep notes without leaving Google Docs.<p>If you're not already a Keep user, the …

How Rolex became the king of watches

The Rolex brand is so ingrained in the minds of much of the world, it's hard to believe watches even existed before Austrian national Hans Wilsdorf started the company in the early 1900s.<p>It now stands as the most powerful watchmaker in the world, consistently ranking at the top of lists of the …

Tesla has literally flipped disruption theory on its head

But Tesla started at the absolute <i>top</i> of the performance curve. The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan (just between you and Elon Musk) all along has been to appeal to the high-end niche in order to fund ongoing development until a mainstream electric car can be produced at affordable price points:<p>In …

The surprising hidden meanings in 12 famous logos

The design of a company’s logo is extremely important. From the famed golden arches of McDonald’s to the iconic swoosh of Nike, a well-established …

Dirty secrets of flying: What the airlines won't tell you

When we buy an airplane ticket from Point A to Point B, we usually get there without incident. Aside from a few delays, the odd cancellation, or the occasional lost bag, airlines generally do what they say what they’re going to do.<p>Still, one airline industry expert believes that most fliers have no …

8 successful entrepreneurs share the worst advice they ever received

Bad advice is easy to ignore. But sometimes the <i>worst</i> advice can stick with you, as a reminder of what matters most to your personal and professional fulfillment.<p>Entrepreneurs by definition have to go against the grain, and so conventional, albeit terrible, advice can be used as a motivational …

US fines Alstom record $772 mn over international bribery

Alstom pleaded guilty nearly a year ago to two criminal counts related to bribery and corruption under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.<p>A Connecticut district court judge on Friday formally sentenced the company to pay the fine, a record under the act, after it was agreed in December 2014 in plea …

4 strategies for remembering everything you learn

• Knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• Knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kind of skips one of them, which is problematic, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

6 Inspiring Quotes That Have Stood the Test of Time

A challenging morning can be made less difficult by reading a few inspirational or motivational quotes. Sources for inspiration can be found in the quotes of former presidents, successful business people, inventors or even your parents. A deeper meaning for each quote can be determined by what is …

10 Habits of Ultra-Likable Leaders

Likability isn't a birthright. It results from acquirable skills that are crucial to your professional success.<p>If you want to be a leader whom people follow with absolute conviction, you have to be a likable leader. Tyrants and curmudgeons with brilliant vision can command a reluctant following for …

Emotional Intelligence

You're Never Too Young To Be A Leader

Teams: building, managing, leading, performing

Years ago, after finishing my bachelor in computer science, while doing my specialization studies in teaching and, later on, while doing my masters …

Leadership

19 tricks stores use to make you spend more money

From supermarkets to department stores, retailers employ clever techniques designed to get you to spend more.<p>Stores are carefully engineered, and every aspect of the design has a highly specific purpose — from the background music to the interior wall color.<p>To become more of a savvy shopper — and …

Morocco will launch Africa's biggest solar farm

The plant will be the world's largest concentrated solar power plant and power one million homes<p>Morocco will host the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant at the edge of the Sahara desert, to help generate renewable electricity which will power nearly half of the country by 2020.<p>The first …

The 25-Year-Old Serial Entrepreneur Trying to Find Millennials Better Jobs

Liz Wessel says her startup has solved the conundrum of how students and recent college graduates can find jobs.<p>When WayUp CEO Liz Wessel interviewed to work at Google soon after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012, she told the recruiter, "This is my two years' notice."<p>Wessel …

Employment

7 Ways to Earn More Respect From Your Boss

Getting your boss to respect you can put you in line for a great ongoing professional relationship and more tangible incentives like raises or promotions. Here are seven ways to command the respect you deserve.<p>Respect is hard to earn, and just as hard to keep, but it's a necessary element for …

Leadership