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9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Albert Einstein

10 Eco-Friendly Renovations to Make at Home

In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, we at Decoist are spotlighting an array of eco-friendly renovations that are great for the environment and great …

Great Moments In Company Culture: How Happier Avoids The Midweek Slump

<i>Editor’s Note: This story contains one of our 10 Best Business Lessons of 2013. For the full list, click here.</i><p>It should come as no surprise that a company focused on improving your day-to-day life might have a few tricks up its sleeve around the workplace.<p>Happier cofounder and Chief Happiness …

Happiness

Nike Accelerates 10 Materials Of The Future

Every year, Nike brings experts of the world together to tackle a new problem. This year’s challenge: finding sustainable textiles that could revolutionize the shoe industry.<p>Leather. Nylon. EVA foam. Knit polyester yarn. These are the materials of shoes today. But Nike wants to get in at the ground …

Profit

Small Companies, Big Hearts: Leading Social Entrepreneurs

5 min read<p>Want your business to mean more than money? Consider how leading social entrepreneurs give back.<p>A list released today by a Pennsylvania nonprofit ranks small socially-conscious companies. Berwyn, Pa.-based B Lab created a free, online assessment tool to help businesses track their …

Sustainability

How Social Media Is Reinventing Customer Service

Social media already changed how companies measure success. Now, it’s changing how companies deal with failures.<p>It’s hard to ignore the major impact social media is having across the globe. As of 2012, users were uploading 72 hours of video to YouTube every minute. Celebrities have accumulated …

Social Media

Augmented Reality Glasses: What’s (Literally) On The Horizon

A look at the state of augmented reality glasses, and some insight from non-Google player in the space, The Technology Partnership.<p>If you want one indication that augmented reality glasses aren’t quite ready to be the new revolution in tech, you need only go as far as the product name. Since …

Drip.fm Takes Music Discovery (Virtually) Back To The Record Store

Today it still takes effort to be a fan. Instead of limited access, you face clutter. How do you discover what fits your taste through the …

Vinyl Records

Meryl Streep, Amy Poehler, and More “Draw The Line” for Women’s Reproductive Rights

Even beyond the gasp-inducing idiocy of Todd Akin, the issue of women’s reproductive rights has been a big part of this election season. Now the center dedicated to defending those rights has brought out the big guns: Meryl Streep. And Kevin Bacon.<p>Draw the Line is a Meryl-approved campaign to not …

“Actually…” Celebrities Do Contribute To JCER’s Latest

As we’ve noted recently, this election season has hit a critical juncture where interested parties with messages to spread come out in full force–often with the aid of Sarah Silverman. The latest is a series of videos responding to various statements made by Republican candidate Mitt Romney, and it …

How to Jumpstart Engagement on Twitter (Infographic)

2 min read<p>This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>Brands that want to succeed on social media know the number of followers they have isn't as important as how engaged those followers are.<p>But engaging followers is no easy task.<p>You have to know what kind of content your customers like, and when …

Social Media

4 Ways to Get Customers to Open Your Emails

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you want to be a successful email marketer, it's essential that subscribers open your messages. After all, if your audience isn't opening your emails, it's impossible for them to take action, such as clicking through to your …

Marketing

How to Make the Most of a Sales Rejection

3 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Rejection has probably destroyed the careers of more salespeople than any other single thing. No one likes rejection and only a very few get to a point where they are not affected by it. But in sales you will need to learn out …

Selling

How to Win a Business Negotiation

4 min read<p>If you're in business, you're a negotiator. You have no choice. Business doesn't happen unless two or more people enter into a transaction.<p>This can be as simple as buying inventory or as complicated as a merger of two public companies.<p>Without transactions, business doesn't happen, and …

Study Skills

Twitter's New 'Cards' Include Features for Business

2 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Twitter rolled out a new function last night called "Cards" which allows users to display photos, app information and products for sale in a more visual, prominent manner.<p>The move looks like a challenge to Facebook's mobile app install …

Apps

A $40 Baby-Saving Device And Other Highlights From The Clinton Global Initiative University

Student commitments to action at the Clinton Global Initiative University will address the most pressing challenges facing society.<p>On April 5, more than 1,000 college and graduate students from 50 states and six continents will convene at Washington University in St. Louis for the sixth annual …

Education

Why Salary Shouldn’t Be The Biggest Factor In Career Choice

If you’re choosing between jobs, be mindful of whether or not you’re being predisposed by the salary. Because a bigger one won’t necessarily make you happier.<p>BBC writer Tom Stafford has a knack for connecting dots–we’ve unpacked his thoughts on intelligence before–and his new column about the …

Happiness

Nepal’s First Openly Gay Member of Parliament Doesn’t Stop Innovating

Sunil Pant is the sort of activist politician you rarely see in the United States these days. He makes regular headlines, is always stirring things …

LGBTQI

How Do You Enjoy A Downpour Without Getting Wet? Welcome To The Rain Room

The creators of the popular Rain Room exhibit talk about making it rain–on demand.<p>After the wettest summer in living memory, the Rain Room, a new art installation at London arts center The Barbican, promises what must be every Briton’s dream: a chance to control a torrential downpour of rain. The …

Calling All Wes Cravens: Vimeo and Lionsgate Spawn a Spoof Horror Film Competition

This past spring’s Joss Whedon-penned <i>The Cabin in the Woods</i> was a twisty labyrinth of a horror movie. It didn’t just go for scares; it also neatly dissected the whole horror genre in a satirical way, without reducing it to <i>Scary Movie 4</i>-type reference-dropping. Now the studio behind the film is …

How a Tony-Nominated Broadway Director Pitch-Perfected His Film Debut

Jason Moore directed the Tony Award-winning “Avenue Q,” and after years of training with TV shows, he’s finally made his way to the big screen with “Pitch Perfect”–a comedy that required all of his particular skills.<p><i>Pitch Perfect</i> isn’t really a musical. It’s close enough, though, that it almost …

Mercedes-Benz Adds Twitter Control To Latest TV Campaign

Mercedes looks to create a “social moment” with a TV/Twitter tie-in.<p>Mercedes-Benz has used Twitter to enable viewers to select the ending of the car brand’s latest U.K. TV advertising campaign.<p>At the heart of the campaign is a series of three TV ads to promote the car brand’s new A-Class vehicle to …

Busy Day? Here Are Some Great, One-Second Films For You

Everything is getting shorter these days. Well, not everything; have you seen <i>The Master</i>? Still though, blog posts are being compressed into tweets, video clips are getting reduced to GIFs, and phone conversations are often pared down to text messages. The way that we choose to express ourselves is …

4 Things You Need to be Doing on Social Media -- Now

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>By now, if social media isn't a critical element in your online marketing strategy, it should be. Having a presence on sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can add value to your product, to customer service and ultimately …

Social Media

The 6 Startup Stages Entrepreneurs Must Face

As far as I can tell, there are six stages in almost every startup life cycle. But to get to the last stage — a successful exit — founders have to …