Doanh Tran Pham

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5 Key Reasons Projects Fail

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Why do some projects succeed and others fail? That’s really the million-dollar question, isn’t it? I think about it all the time. Thankfully, there are concrete answers.<p>If you’re frustrated that one of your projects just can’t seem to get …

12 (Mostly Free) Web Tools for Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Of the infiniteresources available on the Internet, there is still nothing better than <i>free</i>. So in light of Independence Day and the sense of freedom it exudes, below are 12 (mostly) free tools that can help build your business:<p>1. <b>1M/1M</b> …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Inside The Pixar Braintrust

In this exclusive excerpt from Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull unveils one of his key management tools–the Pixar Braintrust, which has helped the animation powerhouse score 14 box office hits in a row.<p>A hallmark of a healthy creative culture is that its people feel free to share ideas, opinions, and …

Cracking The Code For Film Marketing

Movie studios spend eight billion dollars a year producing films in the U.S. This investment assures a steady flow of films but it doesn’t guarantee an audience for them. That is why marketing is such a critical part of the filmmaking ecosystem. For every two dollars spent making a film, studios …

Woody Guthrie Really Knew How To Do New Year's Resolutions

If you're having trouble nailing down your New Year's resolutions, here's a good place to start.<p>Seventy years ago, American folk legend Woody Guthrie scribbled in his journal a list of 33 tasks he would dedicate himself to in the coming year. According to WoodyGuthrie.org, he called them …

Facebook Dead To Teens Or The Perils Of Being Mainstream

There’s an interesting anthropological report out stating that Facebook is essentially dead and buried for teens. This clearly has long term implications for the site and company given that they very much do want to become part of the rite of passage. You grow up, get a driving licence, start …

Meet The Real 'Wolf Of Wall Street' In Forbes' Original Takedown Of Jordan Belfort

Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf Of Wall Street” is a raucous bacchanalia of sex, drugs, and money on Wall Street that focuses on the excesses of Jordan Belfort’s career at over-the-counter brokerage house Stratton Oakmont. Scorsese and lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio seem less interested in the true facts …

Surprising Benefits of Exercise

Healthy heart. Stronger bones. Leaner muscle mass. Faster metabolism. The benefits of exercise are far reaching, and most of us are familiar with the advantages of working up a sweat. We know that exercise helps trim the waistline, tone the biceps and build cardiovascular fitness.<p>But, there are …

Go Now: 5 Spectacular Fall Drives

(photo: Blue Ridge Parkway by NCBrian/Flickr Creative Commons)<p>America has so many breathtakingly scenic highways, it's no wonder that the family road trip is a national obsession. But summer isn't the only season to pack up the family and hit the pavement. With cooler weather comes the brilliance …

Five Subprime Auto Finance Predictions - And Why You Should Care

This is the third installment (read one and two) on why I think subprime auto lending is about to transform radically, and why it matters if you’re interested in consumer finance or financial technology.<p>Over the past five years, payday lending has evolved from a marketplace dominated by old-school …

How Everyday Ergonomics Shape Your Behavior

Everything, from desks to car seats, can influence our thoughts and behavior–though not always for the better.<p>One of Darwin’s greatest insights came at the end of his 1872 work, <i>The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals</i>. “The free expression by outward signs of an emotion intensifies it,” he …

A mathematical and humorous guide to Simon's quiz<p>1. Why did 5 eat 6?<p>(b) Because 7, 8, 9. ("seven ate nine").

Kauai Attractions That Will Have You Ready To Book A Flight... Now

Most people are familiar with the "Big Three" among the Hawaiian islands; Oahu, Big Island and Maui are staples for Hawaii tourists and are usually first stops for visitors. But there's a strong case to be made for why Kauai, the Garden Island, should be your first stop in Hawaii.<p>Under-appreciated …

9 Lessons For Job Seekers And Recruiters That Might Surprise You

CareerBuilder recently conducted a survey in which they asked 5,518 job seekers and 2,775 hiring managers about deal breakers when trying to land a new job or find the right candidate; what job candidates expect from prospective employers; and what employers expect from job candidates—among other …

10 Mistakes To Avoid When Purchasing a Laptop (list)

Whether it’s due to hardware failures, accidental spills or eventual obsolescence, every few years or so, we all need to shop around for a new …

World's Top Brands, Where Are The Chinese?

Nowhere.<p>China may be growing by leaps and bounds and has become the world’s second largest economy, but Chinese companies have yet to make it to Forbes’ Most Powerful Brands list and Interbrand’s list of Best Global Brands.<p>Both lists are filled with American companies like Apple, Google, Coke, …

The 4 Things An Entrepreneur Should Never Delegate

This week I spoke with a serial entrepreneur in Cleveland. Now the co-founder of Evolution Capital Partners, Brendan Anderson cut his entrepreneurial teeth in 1995 at age 28 when he purchased a manufacturing business with a small set of customers. His first observation: running a business is not as …

To Thrive At Work, 20-Year-Olds Must Adjust Their Attitude

<i>Raising self-sufficient children; financing their education; and launching them into the work world is a major preoccupation for boomer parents. I’ve covered the subject in posts like “Recent Grad Finds Job Through Her Dad’s LinkedIn Account,” and hosted guest posts from both parents (see “A</i> …

The #1 Relationship Building Habit You Should Do Daily

<b>Introductions from your network to the right clients, employees, partners, and investors can change everything. However, most people leave this up to chance. One individual has found a way to remove the randomness.</b><p>Imagine hiring an employee, not providing value back (i.e., a salary), and only …

What The World's Top Leaders Look For When They Hire

The job search process is no walk in the park. Applying and interviewing for a job can be stressful and strenuous for the candidate—and the process isn’t always much easier for those trying to fill the open position.<p>Hiring managers take huge risks every day. They strive to recruit top tier talent, …

How To Prototype For Success, Power, And Unlimited Riches

Ben Malbon and Iain Tait from Google Creative Lab explain how you can go beyond the storyboard and the long explanation to bring your idea to life with a prototype.<p>Doing is the new thinking. Makers are the new creatives. You are what you make. Click on a random link in social media and chances are …

Why We’re More Creative When We’re Tired, And 9 Other Surprising Things About How Brains Work

You may be hardwired as an introvert or an extrovert. But don’t worry, there are ways to change how our brains work.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our …

Want To Grow Your Business? Grow Your People! Part 2

The people on the front lines need to have the freedom and accountability to make good decisions. They are in a position to notice things, small things that can make big differences. Often good ideas are suppressed or wasted because people don’t feel empowered to bring them to anyone’s attention, …

Stephen Hawking: brain could exist outside body

Stephen Hawking has said he believes brains could exist independently of the body, but that the idea of a conventional afterlife is a fairy tale.<p>Speaking at the premiere of a documentary film about his life, the theoretical physicist said: "I think the brain is like a program in the mind, which is …

The 7 Types Of People Who Never Succeed At Work

There are an endless amount of characters in the workplace.<p>There’s the lady you find in the break room, always on a diet and commenting on your weight (God help you if you are proportionate, she will eat you alive). The guy who shows off <i>way</i> too many baby pictures of his not-that-cute-kid. The girl …

3 Qualities That Define The Natural Leader - Do You Have Them?

I love typing a phrase into the Google bar and hitting ‘search.’ It’s fascinating to see what other people are thinking and saying about things I find interesting. Tonight my phrase was “natural leader.” I was thinking about clients of mine in leadership positions who struggle as leaders – and …

When A Startup Worth Hundreds Of Millions Goes Dark: Klout's Quiet Year Of Growth And Struggle

It's a question all startups have to answer between giant fundraises and figuring out business models.<p>Some growing companies, like Twitter and Facebook, handle adolescence well. For others it's awkward and takes serious soul searching to find a place in the business world.<p>Klout is one of those …

14 Rules Of The New Workplace That Millennials Need To Master

To navigate the new workplace, Schawbel says millennials need to master a new set of rules that aren't taught in school. Advances in technology, the rise of social media, and 24/7 connectivity mean young people have to promote themselves and take ownership of their careers in ways that previous …