Eric R. Thompson

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Seven Best Budget Travel Destinations

Traveling frugally doesn’t mean missing out, especially if you’re willing to think outside of the box when it comes to destinations. There are parts of the world where ten dollars can you buy you a meal, a beer and bed, not to mention excursions like cliff jumping or scuba diving.<p>Here’s a …

9 Ways to Show More Confidence in Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many entrepreneurs share specific qualities that are vital for starting and growing a business. They are passionate, resilient, focused on opportunities and comfortable with risks. But the quality that might have the most influence over …

Self-improvement

41 Quick & Easy School Lunch Ideas to Pack for Your Kids

It's back-to-school time, and we've got 41 quick and easy lunch ideas to keep your kids happy—or at least relatively so.<p>Sometimes, parents write small notes of appreciation to put in their kids' lunchboxes. Which is sweet. But you know what they say: Actions speak louder than words. Make one of …

The Professional’s Guide to a Stress-Free Vacation

There’s lots of advice out there about how to disconnect from work and return to the office refreshed. But what’s the right vacation approach for you? Is it better to be completely out of touch? And how can you increase the chances that you’ll come back relaxed and revitalized?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> …

Why You Should Smoke Your Thanksgiving Bird

<b>Things you don't want on Thanksgiving:</b> cheap scotch, an argument with your father-in-law, a bland bird.<p>I can't buy your scotch or help with the in-laws. But I can solve your turkey problem: Smoke the damn thing.<p>Poultry, generally, likes fire and smoke. (Think grilled chicken.) Big birds, like …

5 Questions To Ask Before Going Into Business With A Friend

Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor, co-presidents and co-founders of Juicy Couture became famous for their celebrated casual clothing line, which they went on to sell in 2013 for a whopping $195 million. Sure, their story of success has had its share of ups and downs—like any other …

When Choosing Your Startup Partner, Opposites Really Do Attract

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Conventional wisdom holds that a great leadership team is built by people with similar personalities and complementary skills. When choosing a partner, people traditionally look to others they understand and trust -- their friends, …

Entrepreneurship

The Single Most Important Habit of Successful Entrepreneurs

Find out how the presence or absence of just one critical habit can determine your business success or failure.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs<i>, business coach and consultant Dan Kennedy reveals the steps behind</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Seven Things Every Hiring Manager Needs To Know About The Class Of 2014

Released today, “Class of 2014: Your Next Generation of Top Talent,” the fifth annual survey of 15,000 graduating college student by Achievers and ConnectEDU found that students graduating this year are on the hunt for companies and managers that will give them feedback, rewards, and the …

Students

John Authers – To MBA or not to MBA

The MBA, once the essential certificate for anyone wishing to make waves in the City, is facing stiff challenge from other professional …

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE RISES AND STOCKS FALL: Here's What You Need To Know

First, the scoreboard:<p><b>Dow:</b> 16,493.37, -69.93, (-0.4%)• <b><br>S&P 500:</b> 1,925.15, -5.5, (-0.3%)• <b><br>Nasdaq:</b> 4,352.64, -17.1, (-0.4%)<p>And now, the top stories on Friday:<p>1. The S&P 500 finished the week down 2.6%, its worst performance since June 2012. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined by the same amount, …

Markets

Organic agriculture attracts a new generation of farmers

By 9 a.m., Jack Motter had been planting peas for hours.<p>He pushed a two-wheeled contraption that deposited a seed every few inches along neat rows at Ellwood Canyon Farms, just outside Santa Barbara. As clouds gathered overhead, he picked up the pace to avoid losing days of work to the fall …

How to get the same stock-market returns with half the risk

Don’t go overboard when deciding how much of your portfolio to put into stocks.<p>That advice is particularly timely now, as memories fade of the …

Stock Markets

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often

Happiness can be a choice -- especially when you take the right actions.<p>Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good …

Christmas A Non-Religious Holiday For Half Of Americans, Pew Survey Finds

As the center of the biggest commercial season in the U.S., it's no surprise that a majority of Americans -- Christian or not -- observe Christmas.<p>But a new survey shows that while nine in 10 Americans take part in the holiday that theologically commemorates the birth of Jesus, only about half …

Which CEO Will Dominate in the Publicis-Omnicom Merger?

After unveiling plans to create the ad industry’s largest player, Publicis Groupe and Omnicom execs have reiterated that theirs is a “merger of …

How Do You Evaluate CEO Performance? 6 Ways To Grade The Chief

It is very difficult for a CEO to get objective feedback from anyone within his or her organization. For this reason, it is critical that the board – whose primary role is to provide oversight and assistance to the CEO – provide a clear feedback mechanism. As someone who spends a lot of time in …

Do You Need a Chief Culture Officer? Yes – Your CEO.

Leadership Is Stewardship

In this fast-forward world of frenetic energy we fail to pause long enough to realize what effect our leadership has on people. As if in some race to …

Leadership

PGA Championship 2013: What to Expect from Golf's Biggest Superstars on Day 2

The 2013 PGA Championship is officially upon us, as the first round of action has concluded and the second round looms. With Jim Furyk and Adam Scott tied for the lead at five under par and an abundance of players within striking distance, no one has emerged as a true favorite.<p>The question is, what …

Caroline & Sebastian's Bohemian Fairytale

<b>Name:</b> Caroline Lizarraga, her son Sebastian and their pug Brunello. <b><br>Location:</b> Western Addition; San Francisco, CA <b><br>Size:</b> 1,100 square feet <b><br>Years lived …

Living Rooms

Pretzel Chair Flips Upside Down to Go From Work to Fun

The Battery Park Pretzel Chair designed by Michal Maciej Bartosik is a lightweight, tubular design that’s as functional as it is funky. Named for its …

Expert Advice: 10 Tips for Displaying Art at Home from a Museum Curator

Janet Bishop is the curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. (One of her former exhibitions, for example—”The …

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How The $1.2 Trillion College Debt Crisis Is Crippling Students, Parents And The Economy

<b>Total Student Loan Debt: $1 Trillion</b><p>Two-thirds, that’s right, two-thirds of students graduating from American colleges and universities are graduating with some level of debt. How much? According to The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) Project on Student Debt, the average borrower …

South Africa: double whammy | Financial Times

Print this page<p>A double dose of bad news for South Africa on Thursday: mining production fell by much more than expected in June and factory output …