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The Complete Guide to Understand Customer Psychology

Chapter One The Mind Of Today’s Consumer<p>Today’s consumers are driven by research. By the time they’re ready to reach out to your company, they’re …

Hideaway hotels you can't reach by road

Leave your Samsonite above the wardrobe and your car keys on the dresser, you won't be needing either on this trip around some of the planet's more access-challenged accommodation. Travel light, wear sensible shoes, and take some deep breaths...<p>Hotel Pilatus-Kulm, Lucerne, Switzerland<p><b>Access:</b> …

Loneliness

The 12 Best Free Online Business Courses To Take This Fall

Maybe you have entrepreneurial aspirations but are lacking a financial background. Or maybe you realize that after years as a professional you still don't know how to best manage your finances.<p>Whatever your situation, there are plenty of excellent free online courses available this fall. We've …

College & University

Why People Buy Perception And Not Reality

03<p>Dec<p>“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” ~ Albert Einstein<p>It was well past 5pm and we were still at the office debating …

7 Ways You Can Become More Successful By 'Thinking Like A Freak'

The authors have returned with a new book, "Think Like a Freak," which lays out the unorthodox tactics and styles of thinking they use to reach their surprising conclusions.<p>This way of problem-solving, they argue, can allow you to overcome seemingly impossible challenges and soften up even the most …

Gun Control

14 Classic Business Books You Can Download For Under $5

Some of the most influential business books are available for next to nothing (or even nothing) in the Amazon Kindle store.<p>For less than $5, you can gather timeless wisdom from classics like Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People," build your economic background with …

Self-improvement

Here Are The Major Differences Between Successful And Unsuccessful People

A few weeks ago, Dave Kerpen, author and chief executive of Likeable Local, received a postcard that illustrated the traits and behaviors of successful and unsuccessful people.<p>The card came from fellow Entrepreneurs Organization member Andy Bailey, the chief executive of Petra Coach. Although the …

Self-improvement

12 Things Successful People Do In The First Hour Of The Workday

"Successful people understand the importance of having control over their mornings and know how to use that time wisely," says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job." "These people …

Time Management

13 Things Successful People Do During Their Lunch Hours

Experts say your lunch hour is critical for keeping your productivity and energy levels up. Working or rushing through it can be detrimental to your success.<p>"Your lunch hour is your chance to get refocused, reenergized, and refueled (literally) for the rest of your day," says Michael Kerr, an …

Success

For Your Freedom

7 Ways to Discover Happiness When You Hate the World

In life, we are bound to experience the challenges that can sometimes put us down, it sometimes makes us forget to look at the brighter side of …

Stop Spending Time With Toxic People

The people around you rarely have a neutral effect on you -- they either facilitate your accomplishments or undermine them.<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</i> …

Small Business

25 Inspirational Quotes By The Highest Performing CEO’s

Inspiration can come to us from a number of different sources, in a variety of different forms. Inspiration can be vital to us. It is what makes our …

50 Positive Thinking Quotes

Here is a collection of <i>Positive Thinking Quotes</i> that will build your inner strength and help you grow mentally & spiritually so that you can live a …

Finding Growth By Changing Your Mindset

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s a long-held secret in Silicon Valley that is starting to leak out. If you look around at some of the newest billion-dollar companies, you’ll find that most of them haven’t reached those heights through traditional marketing. …

working knowledge

33 Rules to Boost Your Productivity

Breaking the deadlock of indecision and taking action, any action for that matter, as long as it won’t lead you to another deadlock, is OK. Besides, …

Time Management

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

Richards knows a thing or two about the subject.<p>Within a few years of purchasing his dream home in 2003, the housing crisis threw him into a downward spiral of debt. He lost his home and found himself living in his in-laws' basement while he and his wife scrambled to stabilize their finances.<p>"The …

Personal Finance

The 25 Best Small Businesses In 2013

Research, consulting, and training firm Great Place to Work today published its second annual ranking of the best small companies to work for, in collaboration with Fortune and based on thousands of employee surveys.<p>"There is a strong sense of inclusion and togetherness throughout each …

Employment

The 24 Coolest Small Businesses In San Diego

In celebration of the upcoming San Diego Entrepreneur Day (September 27-28), we found the 24 coolest small businesses in San Diego.<p>There's a sandwich shop that fills its sandwiches with local fish found in San Diego waters, a candy store that draws on flavors from south of the border, and a hair …

San Diego

To Be Successful You Have To Decide What Not To Do

"When I was growing up my father would always tell me, 'We all only have 24 hours a day. It's what we choose to do with that time that defines us,'" Lai says. "It's the one thing you can never get back."<p>That advice led him to start Hello Design at 23, because "the worst thing that would happen is …

Time Management

7 Traits Of Executive Presence, The Key To Winning People Over

Although very different people, they both had that confidence and composure that allowed them to connect with others.<p>Chances are, you may need executive presence, too, to get venture capital for your business, motivate your staff or get a promotion. How important is presence?<p>In a survey of CIOs, …

Body Language

How Leaders Can Identify Their Own Blind Spots

"One is personal blind spots and the other is personal comfort zones," Francisco D'Souza, CEO of information technology company Cognizant, tells Adam Bryant at The New York Times. "Those two things can be real gotchas."<p>D'Souza says it's difficult to see your own blind spots because most people …

IT

5 Social Media Dos And Don'ts For Startups Looking For Funding

The most commonly used social media platforms — Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn — are easy and effective channels for a company to search for investors. But they are also minefields of liability. Even though social media brings an unparalleled level of transparency and access for fledgling startups — …

Startups

12 Extremely Successful People Reveal How They Find Talent

In a new LinkedIn series titled "How I Hire," more than 80 top executives — including billionaire Richard Branson, former Bank of America exec Sally Krawcheck, and Warby Parker's Neil Blumenthal — break down the core of their hiring philosophies.<p>Although these entrepreneurs and business leaders …

Employment

The 6 Most Influential Business Books In 2013

The panel of six judges is comprised of corporate titans and business thought leaders. It includes Steve Coll, dean of the School of Journalism at Columbia University and a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine; Lynda Gratton, management professor at the London Business School; and Jorma Ollila, …

Books

5 Cognitive Distortions Successful People Use To Get Things Done

The five distortions are:<p><b>1. Personal Exceptionalism</b><p>… a macro sense that you are in the top of your cohort, your work is snowflake-special, or that you are destined to have experiences well outside the bounds of "normal;" not to be confused with arrogance or high self-esteem<p><b>2. Dichotomous …

Success

How To Show Your Employees You Care About Them

So how do you keep staffers happy, so they don't leave you for the first decent job offer they get?<p>"The key is caring about your employees," Tim Gimbel, founder of LaSalle Network, says in an interview with Inc.com.<p>Gimbel says this is as simple as having their phone number saved, so you can text …

Employment

Richard Branson Tells Us The Story Behind His Famous Kitesurfing Photo With A Naked Model

Richard Branson is famous for his publicity stunts to promote the launch of a business or a project.<p>He has scaled buildings, flown over the ocean with a hot air balloon, and dressed in drag, among other unusual activities.<p>But a famous collection of photos by photographer Stephane Gautronneau …

Kitesurfing

11 Questions That Will Test Your Integrity

Are ethical dilemmas ever black-and-white?<p>RedBalloon founder Naomi Simson answers that with an all-too-vivid question over at LinkedIn: "How may drops of urine does it take to spoil the soup?"<p>Here are 11 questions that Simson says will help test your integrity:<p>How many times did you make the …

Networking