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9 Things the Most Relaxing Bedrooms Always Have

Having a quiet, soothing bedroom entirely devoted to relaxing has helped me manage stress in ways a gym membership, occasional spa splurge, or that generous pour of after-work wine haven't. Don't get me wrong – I still re-visit all of those vices, but feeling excited to spend waking hours in a room …

7 Habits Of Exceptionally Resilient People

"They find resilience by moving towards a goal beyond themselves, transcending pain and grief by perceiving bad times as a temporary state of affairs," says Hara Estroff Marano, editor at large of Psychology Today.<p>Highly resilient people know how to bend to inevitable failures and tragedies and not …

Self-improvement

These 10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy

A chart we found on Reddit.com (click the graphic above to see a larger version) shows that most products we buy are controlled by just a few companies. It's called The Illusion of Choice.<p>Ever wonder why you can't get a Coke at Taco Bell? It's because Yum Brands was created as a spin-off of Pepsi — …

Taco Bell

7 Psychology Tricks To Influence People And Get Exactly What You Want

You really can have it all. And there's a science behind getting it. These tips will help you infliuence people to do what you want them to do.<p><i>Produced By Matt Johnston.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video: On Facebook</b>

Psychology

5 Successful CEOs Share Their Best Advice For Small-Business Owners

It's no small task. To learn the secrets of those who've done it successfully, we asked five of the leaders that were named to Glassdoor's list of the "25 Highest Rated CEOs at Small and Mid-Sized Companies" to share their best advice for small-business owners.<p>Scroll down for their responses.

Small Business

10 Quotes From 'Silicon Valley's Self-Help Guru'

It's easy to see why.<p>His "4-Hour Workweek," "4-Hour Body," and "4-Hour Chef" each made the New York Times bestseller list. He speaks five languages. He's the only American to be a world tango champion. Wired declared him "self-promotor of the year."<p>At the center of Ferriss' productivity philosophy …

If You Really Want To Master A New Skill, You Should Go Right To Bed After Learning It

While the study was done in mice, it might offer some insight about the long-observed connection between sleep and memory in humans.<p>People's memories and learning abilities suffer when sleep-deprived — contrary to the hopes of college students pulling all-nighters everywhere. But this is the first …

Neuroscience

The 20 Highest-Paying Jobs You Can Do From Home

U.S. businesses will spend half a billion dollars hiring remote freelance workers in 2014.<p>"The growth is a clear indicator of a transition of work online," says Fabio Rosati, CEO of Elance-oDesk.<p>The company's platform — which serves as a broker between companies that need skills and freelancers …

Employment

Higher education: for too long, we've avoided debating the true purpose of universities

What is the value of an ivory tower? Universities have long argued against a purely utilitarian measure, rightly challenging the notion that it can be measured in pounds and pence. But when a version of the question was put to several thousand undergraduates in research published last week, one in …

Lenovo: The Rise Of The Frugal Investor

"Lenovo is the best company in the world at balancing innovation and efficiency." So declares Yang Yuanqing, the chairman of the Chinese computer-maker.<p>The boast is at least half right. The firm has certainly displayed its ruthless efficiency of late, by keeping costs down and grabbing market share …

Constant Contact CEO Explains Why Small Businesses Have An Advantage Over Big Companies

Because of this, she says small businesses that have just a fraction of the budgets of their larger competitors actually have a marketing advantage.<p>Goodman spoke on this topic at a National Small Business Week event in Boston last week. We followed up with her to find out how small businesses can …

7 Stupid Ways Smart People Sabotage Their Success

A group of Quora users drew from their experiences to address the question, "What are some stupid things that smart people do?" The answers provide ways to overcome some of the common ways intelligent people unknowingly undermine themselves.<p>We've highlighted a few below.<p>"Because thinking comes so …

10 Ways Rich People Think Differently

Corley, who spent five years monitoring and analyzing the daily activities and habits of people both wealthy and living in poverty (233 wealthy and 128 poor, specifically), isolated what he calls "rich habits" — and many of them are simply patterns of thought.<p>"I found in my research that wealthy …

Self-improvement

12 Things Successful People Do Over 3-Day Weekends

"Successful people recognize how important it is to take advantage of a long weekend to refuel their passions and recharge their batteries," says Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of "You Can't Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work."<p>They work extra hard the days leading up to …

Success

This 15-Minute Activity Will Make You More Successful At Work

"When people have the opportunity to reflect, they experience a boost in self-efficacy," says HBS professor Francesca Gino. "They feel more confident that they can achieve things. As a result, they put more effort into what they're doing and what they learn."<p>In a series of laboratory and field …

Employment

6 Tricks For Keeping Employees Productive Over The Summer

But you may find it difficult to keep those employees focused and productive in the weeks leading up to — and following — their time off.<p>Gulick suggests these six tricks to avoid the summer slack off:<p><b>Offer flexible schedules.</b> Consider allowing employees to leave early to take advantage of the …

Employment

11 Simple Tricks That Will Make You Happier And More Productive

You can change your life in 10 minutes — if you take that time to learn a life-changing technique.<p>In a Quora thread, users answered the question, "What can I learn right now in just 10 minutes that could be useful for the rest of my life?"<p>Here are a few of our favorite takeaways that will save you …

Harvard Business School

12 Pieces Of Valuable Life Advice From The Greatest Commencement Speeches Of All Time

Inspired by recent round ups by NPR and Brain Pickings of great commencement speeches, we've highlighted our all-time favorites and the timeless advice they offer.<p>These speeches touch on dealing with failure, adapting to change, and the importance of self-discovery. Read on to see the powerful life …

The 11 Cities With The Most Opportunity Right Now

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has a comprehensive new ranking of 30 cities in the world that offer the widest opportunities for businesses and the people who live there.<p>PwC's sixth edition of its "Cities of Opportunity" report examined intellectual capital and innovation; technology readiness; how …

Smart Cities

Here's A Simple Trick For Making Your Resume Stand Out

You and dozens — or sometimes hundreds — of other candidates are vying for the same coveted position, and hiring managers only spend an average of six seconds looking at your resume before deciding whether you're a good fit.<p>In a recent LinkedIn post, Ruben Quintero, a director on the Salvation Army …

Employment

Bitcoin firm Mt Gox wins brief US bankruptcy protection

<b>Troubled Japanese bitcoin exchange Mt Gox has won temporary bankruptcy protection in the US.</b><p>A judge in Dallas, Texas, agreed to protect the firm's assets and temporarily halt two US lawsuits while bankruptcy proceedings occur in Japan.<p>The firm filed for bankruptcy in Japan in February after losing …

Bitcoin

Warren Buffett Once Bought A Company From An Uneducated Russian Immigrant After Glancing At Her Unaudited Financial Statements

But that didn't stop Warren Buffett from buying one tiny furniture company in 1983.<p>Buffett shared the sweet success story in his new annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders:<p>I can't resist, however, giving you an update on Nebraska Furniture Mart's expansion into Texas. I'm not covering …

Investing

Warren Buffett Gets Away With Paying His Employees Less By Using This One Weird Trick

The latest Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder letter came out yesterday, and in it, Warren Buffett gives us a status update on two portfolio managers who came to work for the company in recent years.<p>In a year in which most equity managers found it impossible to outperform the S&P 500, both Todd …

Investing

How To Get An MBA For Free Online

Online courses could be the solution. While taking classes on your own wouldn't give you the career advancement or networking opportunities that come with traditional enrollment, classes on Coursera and other platforms can closely approximate the core curriculum of a top-notch MBA program.<p>Using the …

Wharton School

7 Email Hacks In Microsoft Outlook That Gmail Users Can Only Dream About

After all these years, Microsoft Outlook is still the standard for email in the workplace. It's deep, complex, and has a ton of versatility.<p>Here are some tips to be more productive with the leading email program for business.

An Investment Management CEO Answers The Two Questions Every Young Wall Streeter Has Obsessed Over Since 2008

If you're below the age of 30 on Wall Street then you've asked yourself one of the following two questions since the financial crisis turned banking on its head:<p>1. Where should I work?<p>2. Should I get my MBA or CFA?<p>Brian Walsh, CEO of alternatives-focused investment management firm Saguenay …

Wall Street

Is There A Gender Gap In Tech Salaries?

But despite all the bad jokes and lack of representation, there is some good news for women, too. Turns out that women in the tech field might not actually get paid less than men, according to Quartz.<p>A recent study by the American Association of University Women titled "Graduating to a Pay Gap: The …

Gender Equality

3 Simple Ways To Become A Great Negotiator

In a recent post on LinkedIn, Andreas von der Heydt, an executive coach and Amazon BuyVIP manager, laid out the following tips for becoming a better negotiator.<p><b>Keep an open mind.</b> The most successful negotiators tend to look at each aspect of the deal from various perspectives, von der Heydt says. …

Employment

11 Things You Should Be Doing On LinkedIn But Probably Aren't

LinkedIn has been rolling out several new features in the past year, including a new publishing platform and a revamped "Who's Viewed Your Profile" function<p>Here's a look at 11 ways you can make LinkedIn a more valuable tool for keeping in touch with your network and getting recruiters to come to …