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7 things I do outside work that double my productivity

So you’ve put aside 60 minutes to do something meaningful. Now the next question is: What are you going to do?<p>4. Pick a hobby<p>Having a passion is …

Self-improvement

Here's How Old You Should Be When You Start a Company, According to Science. (It's Not What You Think)

The National Bureau of Economic Research used Census data to find the average age of super-successful founders.<p>Company founders can be as young as in their teens or as old as in their 80s. But is there an ideal age you should be when you start a company? It turns out there is, and it's older than …

VCS

The 5 Best Exercises For Burning Belly Fat

A flat belly is a badge of honour. It’s an outward sign that you keep fit and watch what you eat.<p>And beyond the vanity aspects, a more chiseled torso …

Workouts

A Healthy Way to Lose 10 Kilograms Fast

Choosing to lose 10 kilograms is a reasonable goal if you fully commit to changes in your dietary and exercise habits. Losing weight reduces your …

Nutrition

These Are the 5 Best Books on Investing, Period

There are a lot of books out there full of investment advice, but it can be tough cutting through the clutter to find the strategies and tips that …

7 Habits That Will Help You Lead a More Successful and Productive Life

Your habits empower you to achieve your goals just as easily as they can derail you.<p>This story originally appeared on Due<p>Regardless what path in life you’re on, your habits will dictate your success. They can empower you to achieve your goals just as easily as they can derail you. That said it’s …

Time Management

10 Steps to Starting a Side Business While Working a Full-Time Job

We are living at a time of unlimited potential. Never before have we experienced such a rapid growth in the number of young entrepreneurs who’ve …

I asked 8 brilliant people for their best advice — here's what they told me

2017 was an interesting year for me. I turned 40, lost several close friends of mine, and came to some sobering realizations that often strike people who are in the middle of their lives.<p>I didn't have a midlife crisis per se, more of a midlife reassessment. So over the past year, I've been reaching …

Writing
CEOs

The simple step parents can take to teach their kids persistence and grit

You’re at home trying to make fresh tomato sauce, but can’t seem to get the tomatoes out of their plastic container from the grocery store. The bottom latch is not opening, so you pull harder. Although you’ve never seen this type of tomato container before, you have opened many similar ones in the …

The 9 Characteristics Of People Who Get Promoted

When I talk to my personal branding clients about their career goals, one regular topic of enthusiastic discussion is getting promoted to a more senior role. Being promoted is one of the most important milestones in an upwardly mobile career path, yet promotions aren’t guaranteed. In fact, they …

Leadership

7 signs you aren't managing your time effectively

Time and calendar management can influence all aspects of your life. It's important to be on the lookout for the following seven signs that things may not be going as well as you think.<p>Once you become an effective manager of your schedule you won't just become a time and calendar boss. You will …

Time Management

How to Train Yourself to Think Differently and Permanently Rewire Your Brain, According to Science | Inc.com

The conversations you have with yourself have a direct impact on how you feel and how you behave. If your self-talk is filled with self-doubt, harsh criticism, and catastrophic predictions, you'll struggle to reach your goals.<p>But you don't have to let a pessimistic outlook or foreboding inner …

The Brain

Want to Be More Funny? How to Make Friends at Work With Humor--and How Not To | Inc.com

Business can be...well, serious business. Add to that the myriad of other concerns people have--for example, the current political climate that's making nearly a third of workers less productive--and you can understand why effective teamwork and branding requires cutting through some tension. …

Public Speaking

6 Ways To Encourage Better Child Behavior

Your child is acting out, and you're feeling at your wit's end. You feel overwhelmed and frustrated, and don't know what else to do.<p>If you’re a mom or a dad, you likely have –at one time or another – felt this way while parenting your child. While every situation is different, when a pattern of bad …

Parenting

Keeping A Daily Journal Could Change Your Life. | Inc.com

<i>"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it." -- </i>J.M. Barrie<p>You know exactly what you want in life. But you can't seem to get there. You have all these …

Productivity

Want to Raise a Confident Girl? Encourage Her to Be a Little Bad | Inc.com

A while ago, I saw a little girl wearing a cheeky shirt that said <i>"Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go places."</i><p>It made me smile. I liked the thought of this little girl being a rebel (or at least being encouraged to be) at such a young age. With that mindset, she's more likely to grow up and see …

Self-improvement

10 Ways Smart People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90 percent of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to …

Mindfulness

A simple memory trick could calm you down immediately after a stressful situation

Now your heart's racing, and you're struggling to think straight.<p>What should you do?<p>Psychologists are not short on ideas for how to calm yourself down after a stressful experience. Seek out a friend? Yes, there's good evidence that can help.<p>But what if there's no friend to hand? You could try to …

The Brain

If you're using LinkedIn like a digital résumé, you're doing it all wrong

In fact, 87% of recruiters leverage LinkedIn to find high quality candidates.<p>This is great news for us because it means that, with the right set up, your LinkedIn profile can become a passive lead generator for new opportunities.<p>However, if your profile looks like everyone else's, your chances of …

Employment

10 Eye-Opening Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read | Inc.com

As anyone who reads this column knows, I'm a huge proponent of positive thinking. However, positive thinking is delusional unless it's based upon a clear understanding of how the business world really works.<p>Put another way: We can't make the world a better place unless we can first see things as …

Books

6 things every small business owner should invest in

If you're trying to grow a healthy small business, there are some investments that are worth every penny in the long run.<p>Here are six things worth the investment for small business owners:<p>Setting up social media accounts and a basic website can be cheap — if not completely free — but unless you're …

Small Business

How Your Credit Card Is About to Change Forever

If you recently and unexpectedly got a new credit or debit card in the mail, you may be wondering why. Sadly, it has nothing to do with a more …

Identity Theft

14 habits of the most likable people

To excel, it helps to know how to connect with others and develop relationships. Nothing replaces a charismatic personality.<p>Napoleon Hill, author of "Think and Grow Rich" — one of the top-selling books of all time — wrote about the habits of the most likable people in his essay, "Develop A Pleasing …

Self-improvement

India-born CEOs are taking the U.S. by storm

Google. Microsoft. Pepsi. MasterCard. Adobe. Harmon.<p>What do these companies have in common? They are all run by India-born CEOs, part of a generation of talented students who left their home country and rose to the top of some of the world's largest corporations.<p>Sundar Pichai, Google's new CEO, is …

CEOs

Stephen King on how to write

Stephen King.Gary Miller/Getty Images<p>Renowned author Stephen King has written over 50 books that have captivated millions of people around the world.<p>In his memoir, "On Writing," King shares valuable insights into how to be a better writer. And he doesn't sugarcoat it. He writes, "I can't lie and …

Creative Writing

8 steps to feeling happier, healthier, and less stressed out

Although it's not possible to completely eliminate all stress, wellness coach Elizabeth Scott details in her book "8 Keys to Stress Management" how you can lower your stress levels.<p>She highlights eight steps that build off each other and can help you feel happier, healthier, and less stressed out.

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Podcasts that will make you smarter

"This American Life" host Ira Glass, comedian and "WTF" host Marc Maron, and comedian and "This American Life" contributor Mike Birbiglia.Michael Buckner/Getty<p>The massive success of last fall's "Serial" true crime podcast and this year's "WTF" podcast interview with President Barack Obama marked a …

Self-improvement

6 Ways to Make Your Product Stand Out in a Crowded Market

Do you think you have an utterly unique product? Here’s the truth; you probably don't, and that’s not a bad thing. Some of today's most successful products aren’t all that new, original, or unique. True, you need to be innovative and flexible to succeed, but you don't have to reinvent the wheel.<p>The …

Marketing

A Simple 6-Step Process to Starting a Small Business

Serial Entrepreneur, Mentor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A great small business always starts out as an idea, but you have to transform that idea into action. That’s where many individuals can start to feel overwhelmed. It’s …

Small Business