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The 100 greatest novels of all time

<b>Our critics choose the best novels ever written, from Tolkien to Proust</b><p>100 <b>The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein (1954-55)</b><p>Hairy-toed hobbit Frodo leaves home to defend the world from dark forces by destroying a cursed ring, in Tolkein's epic trilogy. WH Auden thought this tale of fantastic creatures …

Literature

13 Mesmerizing Photos That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Place In The Universe

There's no picture more humbling than one that shows us how small we are in the universe.<p>On this 25th anniversary, TASCHEN has compiled the most breathtaking deep-space images that the Hubble Space Telescope has ever produced, in a remarkable full-color book, <i>Expanding Universe: Photographs from the</i> …

A subculture of entrepreneurship hatches in Japan

For years, Japan has been searching for a way to get its economic mojo back, and increasingly it's looking to people like 17-year-old high school dropout Yoichiro Mikami as the answer.<p>In a conformist culture where the socially acceptable road to success has typically meant cram school, …

35 Books You Need To Read In Your Twenties

From Cheryl Strayed's Wild to Amy Poehler's Yes Please, these are the books you need to get through your own roaring twenties. Inspired by this post.

Study Shows Secret To Managing Millennials Can Be Summed Up In One Word

There’s a famous quote attributed to F. Scott Fitzgerald: “The rich are different from you and me.” For a generation of older managers, a similar sentiment could apply to their understanding of Millennials in the workforce. They’re just somehow different. They want different things, they’re …

Leadership

13 Habits Of Humble People

Humble people can receive a bad rap. Humility is frequently associated with being too passive, submissive or insecure, but this couldn’t be any further from the truth.<p>Instead, humble people are quite the opposite—confident and competent in themselves so much that, as a result, they seek to …

Self-improvement

The Best Way to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Workday | Inc.com

How you deal with the initial 10 minutes of the workday largely can determine how effective and productive you will be the remainder of the day.<p>Below is a list of 10 things the most successful individuals do within the initial 10 minutes of the workday:<p>1. They reflect.<p>Accomplishing your top goals …

Time Management

Here's Why Edward Snowden Refuses To Use An iPhone

Anatoly Kucherena spoke to the news agency RIA Novosti and explained that Snowden was wary of the iPhone because of his knowledge of the NSA's surveillance tactics.<p>"Edward never uses an iPhone; he's got a simple phone," the lawyer said. "The iPhone has special software that can activate itself …

Surveillance

Practice These 5 Things to Communicate More Clearly | Inc.com

The winner in every business competition is always whoever communicates the most clearly. Whether you're dealing with employees, bosses, colleagues, or customers, your ability to get what you want hinges on how well you talk and write.<p>With that in mind, here are five basic rules that apply to …

Leadership

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

The Brain

Why we've all fallen head-over-heels for the 36 questions that promise true love

A simple questionnaire, which claims it can make two strangers fall in love, has taken the world by storm. Claire Cohen explains why we're so drawn to the idea of eliminating risk where our fragile hearts are concerned<p>When <b>Mandy Len Catron</b> fell in love, she probably hoped for a few well wishers – …

Elon Musk Uses This Ancient Critical-Thinking Strategy To Outsmart Everybody Else

But while he dropped out of the program after only a few days, the field left an impression on the billionaire-to-be.<p>Perhaps most crucially, it trained him in <b>"first principles thinking,"</b> a mode of inquiry that relentlessly pursues the foundations of a problem.<p>"I think it's important to reason from …

Elon Musk

A Natural Light Tip That Will Have Strobists Selling Their Lights

One of the most noticeable differences between portraits taken outside using natural light as opposed to artificial light is the background. Images …

16 Productivity Tools Nobody Can Live Without

<i>This article originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com.</i><p>Productivity is the name of the game for entrepreneurs. The good news is that there are …

Google Docs

2 Easy Ways to Capture Brilliant Starbursts in Your Photographs

Have you ever wondered how photographers are able to depict lights with a star effect along piers, boardwalks or a sunrise with trailing rays peering …

How to Write a Blog Post in Just 30 Minutes

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to public relations, many small businesses and entrepreneurs balk at the cost of sending out traditional press releases. Why spend hundreds of dollars trying to reach journalists, bloggers and influencers through a …

Marketing

How to Train Your Voice to Be More Charismatic

Scientists Analyze Public Leaders’ Voices to Discover the Basis for Charisma<p>Scientists are tuning in on the power of the spoken word, seeking the secrets of charisma.<p>By analyzing the harmonics of pitch, frequency and timbre, researchers at University of California, Los Angeles are discovering how …

Charisma

How Busy Entrepreneurs Deal With Mundane Tasks

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As exciting as the entrepreneur’s life is, you have to deal with mundane tasks. Mundane tasks are repetitive, boring, unproductive and yet necessary.<p>What do busy entrepreneurs do about these mundane tasks? Is there a way to conquer the …

Time Management

Even Warren Buffett Relied on a Mentor

I'll admit that setting aside your beliefs and theories requires a degree of openness and courage, especially when you might feel that you already have the answers or wish to give the impression of being knowledgeable about a particular subject. After all, whether you're an entrepreneur or another …

George Soros

Stop Wasting Everyone’s Time

Meetings and Emails Kill Hours, but You Can Identify the Worst Offenders<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Google+<p>Sue.Shellenbarger@wsj.com<p>At the end of the day, many people wonder where all their time went.<p>New data-mining tools are helping employers answer that …

Employment

3 Millionaire Entrepreneurs You Probably Haven't Heard Of (and How They Did It)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to wealthy entrepreneurs, there are a lot of names you probably think of immediately, such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson. However, there are plenty of millionaires out there that you likely …

Entrepreneurship

Why You Should Skip That Extended Warranty

Buying an extended warranty is almost always a waste of money. But people do it anyway because they misunderstand the true purpose of insurance.<p>It’s …

Personal Finance

Your Company’s Purpose Is Not Its Vision, Mission, or Values

We hear more and more that organizations must have a compelling “purpose” — but what does that mean? Aren’t there already a host of labels out there that describe organizational direction? Do we need yet another?<p>I think we do, and I’ve pulled together a typology of sorts to help distinguish all …

Richard Branson on how to overcome disagreements in business

The Virgin Founder offers up some advice on how to get the best out of your team and make things run smoothly, even when you’re not all seeing eye to …

Richard Branson

6 Things Power Couples Do To Make Love Last While Conquering The World

In some cases, it's common sense. For instance, we weren't surprised to learn that kindness makes relationships stable.<p>In others, common wisdom gets turned on its head: One couples therapist says that "date night" is not enough to make love last.<p>If you want the full story of how power couples …

Brad Pitt

9 Books That Inspired Elon Musk

"I read books," he reportedly likes to say.<p>Musk — who was smart enough to get into a physics Ph.D. program at Stanford University and then drop out because it didn't seem that relevant to him — has always been hungry for the written word.<p>In its profile of the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, the New Yorker …

Elon Musk

What The Greatest Self-Help Books Of The Last Decades Can Teach You In 7 Minutes

As a writer, I’m fortunate to connect with authors and experts all over the globe who have vitally important messages to share. While each of these experts sees the world in his or her own very unique way, and shares a special filter or perspective on life, progress and success, when you peel the …

The Key To A Happy Relationship When You Work Insane Hours

The good news is that divorce rates in America are going down.<p>The bad news is that Americans tend to work insane, relationship-damaging hours.<p>According to a Gallup poll released earlier this year, the average American worker logs 46.7 hours a week.<p>A full 39% of people report working over 50 hours a …

Divorce