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107 free online courses from the best colleges in the US — including Princeton, Harvard, and Yale

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Coursera was founded by two professors at Stanford University. Shutterstock/MintImages<p>Every year, US News & Reports releases its ranking …

Online Education

This Scientific Analysis of 16 Years of TED Talks Shows Exactly What People Really Care About

No, it's not politics.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Sometimes, they're nuggets of pure joy and mental stimulation.<p>Then there are those after which you shake your head slowly and wonder what you've just witnessed.<p>Over the …

Top 10

13 things that will happen when you ‘level-up’ as a person

Every next level of life will demand a different you. — Leonardo DiCaprio<p>According to meta-analytic data, confidence isn’t what leads to success. …

Self-improvement

This Retailer Spent $30,000 on Its Employees--and Got $3 Million of Sales in Return

Gap stores conducted research that might turn industry labor practices upside down--while squashing 4 productivity killers along the way.<p>Everyone's looking for the keys to improved productivity and a way to dramatically improve performance. There are few industries more in need of such secrets than …

Employment

6 Reasons You Must Write A Book (And How To Write It In 48 Hours Or Less)

Your book is the perfect billboard, business card, and elevator speech which people can get "at a glance," and immediately.<p>Mike Koenigs was on a flight from to South by South West when he heard an interesting conversation happening one row ahead of him.<p><i>"Do you know who that is a few rows ahead?"</i> …

Writing

Google is sharing its management tools with the world

Speaking at his alma mater in January, Sundar Pichai, Google’s low-profile CEO, revealed his key to effective management: “Let others succeed.”<p>Enacting Pichai’s advice is easier said than done. But Google is sharing some tools that might help. Its Re:Work blog is offering a series of instructive …

45 Inspirational Quotes That Will Change Your Professional Life

For the past 25 years, I’ve compiled meaningful quotes I come across that are especially impactful not only in my personal pursuit of greatness, but to those that I’ve had the pleasure of working with.<p>I have always marveled at the ability some people have to say something profound in just a few …

Motivation

What Financial Lifestyle Will You And Your Partner Have?

It has always puzzled me how people will share the most intimate details of their lives with strangers, yet will not share the most basic financial information with their partner. My husband and I recently sat down with a young couple, Daniel and Erica. They both had the look of young love in their …

Personal Finance

Three Magical Words That Will Change The Trajectory Of Your Career

One of the smartest things anyone ever said to me was, “Act as if… you already have what you want.”<p>These three words are like magic, so much so that it’s difficult for me to explain why they can have such a profound impact on your career.<p>If you act as if you already have been promoted, you will …

Study Skills

7 Life-Changing Books That Will Make You a Better Leader | Inc.com

The most important thing I've learned as a naturally impatient person is that sometimes you have to slow down to speed up.<p>But for a CEO, founder, entrepreneur, and leader, finding the free time to focus on something other than your business or your family is difficult. So I tend to sprint through …

Leadership

Let's Stop Trying To Make Our Employees Happy

Memo from the land of obvious: We live in a culture that hawks happiness like a drug.<p>Don’t get me wrong: I’m not a curmudgeon who would begrudge people their happiness. In fact, I consider myself to be a fairly happy guy.<p>But somewhere along the line, we seem to have lost sight of the point. …

Happiness

10 Business Podcasts You Should Be Listening To (If You Aren't Already)

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We've all heard by now that the most successful people read extensively. Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, Elon Musk. They all credit at least some of their success to regularly devouring books.<p>But for those of us who don't have the time, or simply want to supplement all that reading, podcasts are a great …

Entrepreneurship

3 Daily Habits That Can Set You Up for Success

<i>Nela Canovic, productivity hacker, writer and entrepreneur, answered the question “If a happy and successful life is all about developing three good</i> …

Self-improvement

Lesson From Einstein: Genius Needs Perseverance

For those who blundered their way through trigonometry and calculus in high school and college, sheer mathematical genius is almost unfathomable. But Albert Einstein’s brand of genius — that rare mix of brilliance, creativity and perseverance — was arguably as important as any given intelligence …

Physics

MORGAN STANLEY: These 7 stocks are going up soon

In a new research note, Morgan Stanley experts have listed seven stocks that are going to do better than expected in the next 15-60 days — driven up by 2Q earnings, accelerated growth, or increased efficiency.<p>Read on to find out which stocks Morgan Stanley thinks are going up in value soon, and the …

Investing

What Should I Do With My Life? A Scientist's Perspective

You were born. You grew up, learned how to survive in a complicated and altogether bewildering world, learned a few things in school, maybe some more in college. And one day you face the challenge of your existence:<p>What should I do with my life?<p>First, let me assure you: you should be asking this …

Motivation

“So, Let’s Build A Professional Soccer Team From Scratch …”

<b>A manifesto on the intersection of startups and lower-level soccer that ends with the United States winning the World Cup.</b><p>About a year ago I got …

Are You Ready For The Next Big Innovation In Workplace Productivity?

In “Why Is Productivity So Weak? Three Theories” from <i>The New York Times</i> on April 28th, the author’s “depressing scenario” suggests that innovations in technology (such as a computer on every desk) and management techniques (such as outsourcing noncore functions) have been fully implemented across …

Time Management

How To Make The Whole Organization Agile

It’s not enough to make teams Agile. Unless the whole organization is Agile, progress at the team level won’t be sustainable. In this 40-minute keynote talk at Scrum Australia on April 28, 2016, I explain what’s involved in making the whole organization Agile.<p>Drawing on the findings of the Learning …

Project Management

10 TED Talks to Watch for Some Major Career Inspo

Whether you’re dreaming of moving up the corporate ladder at your current gig or you’re considering a career pivot, finding and landing your dream job is no easy task. Luckily for us, the Internet is filled with much more than cat Vines and fail vids (although, we do love a good summer Pinterest …

TED Talks

The important career decision most people get wrong

My neighbor is an eye doctor. She sees patients every day. The vast majority of her patients suffer from a handful of common conditions, many a natural byproduct of old age. She helps people every day in a very tangible way. She loves it.<p>One of the most common sources of turnover at Taproot when I …

San Francisco

10 Books You Must Read to Strengthen Your Leadership Skills

<b>Bold – Steven Kotler and Peter Diamandis</b><p>Exponential technologies are technologies that have the ability to generate change and improve lives in ways …

How to be a better manager with 5 simple phrases

It’s not easy being a manager. You’re often overbooked with meetings, fighting fires, and balancing the needs of your team. When the stress piles up, …

Customers

7 Rules Leaders Impose On Themselves

At the core of leadership are boundaries and borderlines. Leaders are great at enforcing rules they impose on themselves.

101 Greatest Quotes About Success and How to Achieve It | Inc.com

What makes something smart? It can mean many things for many people.<p>But the kind of smart I'm talking about is the smart that inspires, the smart that speaks to us and makes sense, the smart that allows us to move past ourselves and do something about the things that keep us stuck.<p>Let these smart …

Motivation

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I'm not a big fan of integrating work into your life if it compromises your life. That's why relationships go south, why kids get the shaft and feel isolated, why there is so much stress and digital overload in every corner of our existence. Forget checking your email constantly or looking for …

Productivity

11 Rules: Inspiration From Tina Roth Eisenberg For A Better Work Life | Inc.com

I'm inspired by entrepreneur Tina Roth Eisenberg, the extraordinary founder of swiss-miss.com (popular creative blog), Friends Work Here (co-working space in Brooklyn for creatives), TeuxDeux (online to-do list extraordinaire), Creative Mornings (monthly lectures and networking for the creative …

The Brain

4 Inspiring Must-Watch TED Talks for Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

Have you been to Boston lately?<p>I'm not sure if you've heard, but my very own stomping grounds have become one of the most innovative cities in America!<p>I'm fortunate to live in this place where the start-up community is massive and supportive. It's 100% true that living in a hotbed of creativity and …

Entrepreneurship

24 Summer Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook

It's summertime, and the cookin's easy—master these ultimate summer dishes and eat well through September<p><b>Just because we're not in the mood to fire up the oven</b> to make brisket in the summer, doesn't mean we're off the hook when it comes to warm weather meals. Nope, when it comes to summertime, …

Cooking

10 beliefs highly successful people share

Incredibly successful people share a number of perspectives and beliefs.<p>Here are some of those beliefs ... no. Wait. Before you comment that my point of view is shallow and materialistic, read this to see why I feel <i>this</i> is the only definition of success that matters. (Hint: success has nothing to …

Self-improvement