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Is that watch on your dresser valuable?

Eric Fleming, a residential real estate broker in New York City, got turned on to watch-collecting six years ago when a client gave him some timeless advice. The client, who worked for jeweler Harry Winston, told Fleming he would never be able to sell a $4m apartment wearing a cheap watch.<p>Fleming, …

5 Things Super Lucky People Do

Do you feel lucky? Here's a clear-cut approach for improving your luck today.<p>"The Luck of the Irish" is an American phrase that comes from the days of the gold rush in the 1800s. Intolerant Americans figured the Irish people weren't smart enough to find gold, and blamed their success on being lucky …

Earn More Than You Spend is the Secret to Financial Freedom

One of the steps to help you build a strong financial foundation is to do things that will improve your cash flow — things like starting a budget, …

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes

In my new eBook, <i>365 Inspirational Quotes: Daily Motivation For Your Best Year Ever</i>, I share the quotations that have inspired me as I’ve launched my companies, written my books and raised my children. In the spirit of self motivation, here are my top 100 inspirational quotes.<p>1. Life is about making …

Upgrade Your Brain: Resources for Coding Beginners

<i>Adam Benzion is the founder of Entirely—a Seattle startup focused on social innovation, keen on connecting more people in more places to create special things together.</i><p><i>“Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.”— Steve Jobs</i><p>Anyone who’s paying …

5 Fundamental “Don’ts” That Every Business Owner Should Know About

Take it from one CEO that’s been there: building your business requires that you market your abilities and invest in yourself.<p>I recently penned a first-hand account of five pitfalls for fellow CEOs to avoid when trying to achieve steady and successful growth for their business. As luck would have …

What Motivates Employees To Succeed?

Business managers and HR professionals alike are familiar with the “4 Ps” that companies have traditionally used to incentivize their employees: Pay (salary, bonus, equity), Promotion (new role, new title), Perks (office space, travel policies, free beverages), and Praise (recognition and …

What Is a Good Credit Score? | Credit.com

Most credit scores – including the FICO score and VantageScore 3.0 – operate within the range of 300 to 850, and a score of 700 or above is generally …

The Luxury Cars With The Best Gas Mileage http://onforb.es/1kE9cDX You might think that well-apportioned, powerful luxury sedans always get worse gas mileage than their more mainstream cousins, but premium automakers like Acura and Lincoln are focusing more than ever on making everything super efficient, super clean, and super lightweight. Vehicles features a look inside the hottest new cars and automotive innovations. www.forbes.com/vehicles/

Bill and Melinda Gates: Masters of the Work/Life Partnership

Bill and Melinda Gates appeared on stage at TED 2014 to talk about their foundation as well as how their marriage operates in the background.<p>A relationship between two business partners is often likened to a marriage. But for Bill and Melinda Gates, the two relationships are one in the same. The …

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Your Fat Is Why You’re Not As Bright As You Could Be

In a recent study, conducted by researchers at Georgia Regents University, the blood of obese mice had especially high levels of a chemical called …

How To Run The Best Virtual Meeting Ever

<i>My colleague Ken Perlman shares his tricks for running incredibly effective and enjoyable meetings – from 3,000 miles away.</i><p>In this time of decreasing travel budgets and increasing demands and constraints on participants’ time, one big question looms: How can people around the world connect and work …

5 Ways To Keep Your Cool In Heated Times

Chronic stress can kill. Here’s how to stay calm, even when you’re ready to snap.<p>“Rule number one is don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.”<p>So says Dr. Robert S. Eliot, Cardiologist, in in a 1983 <i>Time</i> article dealing with stress.<p>While we think of stress in negative …

403(b) vs. 401(k): What's the Difference?

403(b) vs. 401(k): What’s the Difference?<p>When it comes to saving for retirement, it’s important to understand your options. Figuring out which type …

The Best Way to Improve How You Think

When was the last time you took an hour to really mull over a business problem? Exactly. Here's the daily habit you need to change that.<p>I set out to be an entrepreneur and then an investor. I became a writer almost by accident. Now, I can't imagine not writing--it's something I do daily. It's how I …

How to Test Your Business Ideas

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many of the greatest inventors and entrepreneurs admit to having failed at some point in their careers, but Richard Christensen, entrepreneur and author of <i>The Zig Zag Principle</i> (McGraw-Hill, 2011) says while failing may be a normal part …

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4 Ways a Small Business Can Scale to Profitability

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Downfalls like not being a profitable venture, startups shutting their doors or even bankruptcy are often caused by a lack of knowledge or a willing ignorance amongst small-business owners.<p>“If the owners really knew what they were doing …

An FBI Agent Reveals 5 Steps To Gaining Anyone's Trust

I had an opportunity to ask Robin Dreeke a few questions. Robin is in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's elite Counterintelligence Behavioral Analysis Program and the author of "It's Not All About Me."<p>Robin combines science and years of work in the field to offer practical tips to …

Entrepreneurship: Will You Sink or Swim?

If you jump into the deep end too soon, the results won't be pretty, no matter what people tell you.<p>The intense interest today in starting your own business is reminiscent of the early dot-com days, when everyone thought they would spend a few dollars, quickly build a website, and wait for the …

Asking Whether Leaders Are Born or Made Is the Wrong Question

Are leaders born or made? When I pose this question to executives or HR professionals, the vast majority say that leaders are made; that is, leadership is something one can learn. Yet researchers have found traits, such as extraversion and intelligence, which differentiate leaders from others. This …

$50M Woman: How She Overcomes Fear And Failure

Fear and failure. Like the toy prize found in a box of Cracker Jacks, these two words just come in the box labeled entrepreneurship.<p>But what are the best kept secrets on how to overcome these paralyzing words?<p>Kelsey Ramsden has the answers.<p>As Founder and owner of four companies, Ramsden is set to …

3 Ways To Get More Out Of Every Single Hour

<i>“Lost time is never found again.” —Benjamin Franklin</i><p>Time is a key resource that we simply cannot replenish. The 24 hours of each day are all we are given—once spent, these hours are lost forever. This means that if you’re struggling to fit all of your priorities and “to-dos” into your day, it’s …

5 Scientific Principles of Success

Want to know what it takes to succeed? Forget conjecture and opinion. Here's the answer, backed up by scientific research.<p>There are thousands of books about business success, but most are based upon the author's personal observations and consulting experience. That raises a question: <i>Is there any</i> …

8 Easy Ways to Be an Extraordinary Boss

High-class leadership means doing both the little and the big things necessary for your employees to flourish. Here's where to start.<p>A few years ago, I interviewed several dozen highly successful CEOs. In the post "The 8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses," I provided a summary of what I learned. …

Why Clever And Lazy People Make The Best Leaders

Ideally you want all three but people don't always cooperate. These qualities tend to be difficult to judge in hiring someone.<p>So we end up with all sorts of combinations and permutations in organizations.<p>A lot of people feel that stupid people are the 'worst' problem. (I'd argue that intelligent …

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The 3 Worst Communication Mistakes Professionals Make

When it comes to communicating effectively, however, many professionals fall into common communication traps that undermine their authority and obscure their message. In the March issue of More magazine, Dee Soder, founder of executive advisory firm the CEO Perspective Group, details three top …

The cold, hard reality of startup sales and marketing to the enterprise

There is a lot of attention on “lean startups” and “scaling big” with minimal marketing and sales efforts.<p>These are great stories and I love reading about the breakout, viral success of a hot startup. But that doesn’t reflect what the majority of startups experience, and it’s even less frequent for …