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Obscurity Is Your Friend

I know it’s counterintuitive, but think about it.<p>I was on the phone with a publisher, he was encouraging me to do a book. In the conversation he …

How To Use Frustration To Create Something Amazing

If you find something that frustrates you, your choices are clear: Do something about it or stop complaining.<p>I met a really pissed-off doctor last week. And, wow, was it inspiring!<p>Dr. Jonathan Bertman launched his own practice in the late 1990s. Like so many others at the time, he got excited about …

7 Reasons Why Your Email Marketing Program May Fail

The problem with mediocre email marketing is it often still works. So lies the pitfalls of any underachieving email program. The CMO may see cheap, …

Marketing

Why Productive People Have Empty Schedules

What’s the one resource you can’t borrow, invest, or recover? Time. Lessons on guarding yours by Warren Buffett, Peter Drucker, Charles Dickens, Reddit CEO Yishan Wong, and others.<p>Back in 1991, Warren Buffett met Bill Gates, though as he tells Levo League, neither of them were excited to see one …

Six Secrets of a Working Mother, And How They Apply in Business

Over the course of my 40 year entrepreneurial career, I’ve hired thousands of employees. Some good, some excellent, some were a disappointment. I have had the pleasure of mentoring, and learning from an amazing group of employees: working mothers. These tenacious women not only attack their careers …

How to Let Go of a Grudge

Think about the last time someone really did you wrong. Maybe a family member forgot your birthday, or your boss passed you up for a promotion. Now, take a moment to notice what you’re feeling. Does thinking about the event make your heart beat faster or your breathing become shallow? Does it leave …

The Recommender: Noah Robischon, Fast Company Executive Editor And Expert Juggler

The three best things Fast Company‘s executive editor for digital saw on the Internet this week.<p>Welcome to our new weekly feature: The <i>Fast Company</i> Staff Recommender. Each week, one person on our team will share the three best things they read or saw on the Internet. This could include anything from …

YouTube’s New Subscription Service: Stars Not Included

YouTube finally rolled out its paid subscription service yesterday, which generated a lot coverage.<p>But the YouTube folks went out of their way to …

Prepare For Ludicrous Speed: Origin PC Taps Razer, Corsair For Ultimate Gaming Laptop Bundle

Origin PC, a name synonymous with powerful computers, has just launched a gaming laptop bundle sure to make your eyes gloss over with desire. Beginning today, Origin PC is offering a “ready to ship” EON17-SLX, and it’s bundled with a Razer mouse, Corsair headset, and branded messenger bag.<p>I was …

Infographic: 19 Emotions For Which English Has No Words

Love and sadness are far more nuanced than the English language permits.<p>We’ve all heard that the Inuit people have countless words for snow. That’s a bit of a misnomer, but the sentiment is powerful all the same: Some cultures have rewritten language itself in order to better express the things …

Best Android phones of 2013

In the past 12 months, we’ve seen oversized phones (don’t call them phablets) rise to dominance and pretty much becoming the face of the Android smartphone market. Gone are the days of phones with modest 3.5-inch screens, dual-core processors, and limited wireless features. Nowadays, you’ll be …

10 best note taking apps for Android

One of the many great things about having a smartphone is the ability to take notes. You have your smartphone on you at practically all times. That makes it a prime spot to put your moments of inspiration. Or a good place to put that you need to get milk at the store. Either way, it’s a great place …

Apps

Digital Scrapbooks

Add photos from your hard drive or the web. Easily resize, rotate, and crop.<p>Add your personal messages, titles and notes. Your choice of fonts and …

Typography

13 Timeless Lessons from the Father of Advertising - Copyblogger

In 1962, Time magazine called David Ogilvy “the most sought-after wizard in today’s advertising industry.”<p>In his years as an advertising executive …

Content Marketing

You (And Your Company) Are Unique. So Why Is Your Marketing Strategy The Same As Everyone Else?

A few summers back, Esquire featured a gorgeous picture of Tom Cruise on the cover to go with the feature package: <b>How to be a Man</b>: <i>A guide to your 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s…after that you are on your own.</i><p>Being squarely in my 50s, I might have appreciated the joke more than most. But then I got to …

The Myth of Multitasking

How long can you go without checking email or glancing at your smartphone? Clifford Nass, a psychology professor at Stanford University, says today’s …

'Galaxy S4 Zoom' rumors point to a curious new kind of cameraphone

Would Samsung really strap a 10X optical zoom and 16MP sensor to the back of a mid-range smartphone?<p>With the Galaxy S4 launch now mostly over and …