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7 Mental Shifts That Allowed Me to Become a Millionaire at 22

Guest Writer<p>Managing Director, Hughes Marino<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As of this writing, I’m 22. In the last 12 months I’ve generated a million dollars in commissions in one of the most competitive industries on the planet, where my average competitor is at least …

Self-improvement

Tony Hsieh, Peter Thiel, and 18 Other Industry-Changing Entrepreneurs on the Best Pieces of Advice They Ever Received

Because success doesn't just come naturally to aspiring startup founders.<p>Regardless of how we define it, success can feel like a fleeting and often elusive target. It takes confidence, passion, and drive to accomplish your goals and to recognize success when you've achieved it.<p>Here's how 20 …

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What Your Brain Is Doing When You Think It's Doing Nothing - PsyBlog

Solved? Long-standing mystery about what the brain is doing when it’s doing nothing.<p>When your brain feels like its resting, it may actually be …

From the projects to a $2.3 billion fortune — the inspiring rags-to-riches story of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz

Schultz certainly never imagined he'd one day run a global coffee chain and have a net worth estimated at $2.3 billion, according to Wealth-X.<p>The chairman and CEO of Starbucks writes in his book "Pour Your Heart Into It" that he was raised in a working-class Jewish family in Canarsie, …

Three Keys to Increase Your Productivity

Being productive is a challenge for most of us in business today. Persevering and achieving your business dreams in the midst of a negative world is …

The Secret to Productivity: Focus

3 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog<p>Technology has helped us do so much more, so much faster. But many experts argue that work-related systems and tools haven’t necessarily made us more productive. How many times does your phone, tablet or computer chime to indicate …

Time Management

How to Get Better at Almost Anything

And guess what? Talent may not be necessary.<p>What is it that makes a speaker amazing? Is it a set of personal characteristics that enable great speakers to capture and keep our attention? Is it their brains? Their sense of humor? Their sincerity and empathy? Or were they born with a talent to …

Self-improvement

5 Daily Habits of Great Leaders

Great leaders separate themselves from the pack in distinct ways. Here are five of them!<p>There are certain personality traits that make it easier to become a great leader, but the fact is that anyone can ascend to that level through commitment and discipline. Only through experience can you start to …

Personality

The Secrets to Debugging Your Brain

Our brains are the most bug ridden pieces of junk since Internet Explorer.<p><i>This post originally appeared on Quora: How to debug your brain</i><p><i>Post by Oliver Emberton, founder of Silktide, on Quora</i><p>To replicate one common bug, try telling your brain to "go to the gym". Most brains will respond by updating …

eventdriven

101 Guide To Building Your Personal Brand

Building your personal brand is how you make your presence known. Companies like Coca Cola, McDonald’s, and Apple have well-known brands that are …

Small Business

13 Great Reasons to Smile More Every Day

A smile a day may not keep the doctor away, but it can make you feel better, make others trust you more, and lead to a longer life.<p>I walked into our local coffee shop today and was greeted by a friendly and smiling barista as he took my order. My returned smile remained on my face as I turned to …

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How Great Coaches Ask, Listen, and Empathize

Historically, leaders achieved their position by virtue of experience on the job and in-depth knowledge. They were expected to <i>have answers</i> and to readily provide them when employees were unsure about what to do or how to do it. The leader was the person who <i>knew the most</i>, and that was the basis of …

Note-Taking

The Secret To Making A Great First Impression Is Ridiculously Simple

Let the other person talk.<p>It'll make them feel awesome.<p>As Harvard researchers discovered, talking about ourselves makes the reward centers of our brains go bananas — similar to sex, cocaine, or a good meal.<p>"Activation of this system when discussing the self suggests that self-disclosure, like other …

Get More Energy In 3 Minutes: The Brain-Based Way

Do you want more energy? We all have 24 hours in a day and people, places, projects that need our attention.<p>While we may not be able to eliminate our entire list of responsibilities, we can monitor our energy. Like hours in a day, our energy seems finite – but it doesn’t have to be that way. We are …

11 Ways to Avoid Distractions and Stay Focused

5 min read<p>Sometimes it seems that for as many hours there are in the day, there are three times as many interruptions that take you away from work that needs to get done. So what can you do to get a little more clarity and get rid of those distractions? Give some of these suggestions a try.<p><b>1. Turn</b> …

Productivity

5 Ways to End Every Day With a Positive Attitude

A few changes to your routine and mindset can make a world of difference.<p>How do you feel at the end of your day? Are you stressed? Or can you relax and leave the world behind for a few hours? A few changes to your routine before bedtime can not only help you feel positive, they can help get …

Happiness

15 Proven Tips to Be Happy at Work

Want to be happier at work? Try taking time out for these proven techniques.<p>Breaking news. In 2013, unhappy employees outnumbered happy ones by two to one worldwide, according to Gallup. Based on studies that took place in 142 countries and contained approximately 180 million employees, only "13 …

Happiness

7 Daily Habits of Exceptionally Productive Leaders

You don't have to be a born leader to be a great leader. Just focus on doing a few things very well.<p>Why are some leaders better and more productive than others? While some people believe that you're either born a great leader or you're not, that's not really the case at all. Anyone can learn to be …

Employee Engagement

15 Successful Entrepreneurs Share The Best Advice They Ever Got

For the entrepreneurs who make it, the difference between giving up and persisting through the toughest times can be getting advice from people who have done it before — and being smart enough to listen.<p>From billionaire Mark Cuban's dad telling him that there are no shortcuts to Lululemon founder …

Why You Need to Throw Away Your Goals

As entrepreneurs we are supposed to be goal-getters, achievers and risk takers. On the internet you will find over a million blog posts having …

How to Spend the Last 10 Minutes of Your Day

How much sleep did you get last night? If the answer is “not enough” you’re hardly alone. According to Gallup’s estimates, almost half the people you’ll run into today are suffering from some level of sleep deprivation.<p>We often dismiss a little morning fatigue as an inconvenience, but here’s the …

Harvard Management Legend Clay Christensen Defends His 'Disruption' Theory, Explains The Only Way Apple Can Win

<i>This summer, his theory was the subject of a highly critical analysis published in The New Yorker by Harvard historian Jill Lepore.</i><p><i>Christensen and I had a chance to sit down recently to discuss all this and more. The following is edited for clarity and length.</i><p><b>Henry Blodget:</b> You have predicted - …

Malcolm Gladwell Reveals The Personality Trait That's Made Him So Successful

Recently, a Quartz reporter asked him what's made him so successful, and Gladwell had the perfect response.<p>"What I try to do — try to be — is unafraid of making a fool of myself," the "David and Goliath" author said.<p>Put into the language of psychology, Gladwell described himself as <i>disagreeable</i>— …

When Not to Multitask

We should be thankful for our ability to multitask. If we couldn’t shift our mental gears quickly, we wouldn’t be able to have a conversation while …

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10 Words to Never Use for Your Personal Brand - Personal Branding Blog - Stand Out In Your Career

<i>Everyone has a unique personal brand.</i><p>When it comes to defining your personal brand, it’s important to be very careful in what you say when describing …

The 10 Worst Body Language Mistakes People Make While Giving Presentations

To help you understand what <i>not</i> to do, the experts at SOAP Presentations in São Paulo, Brazil, compiled some of the worst body language mistakes you can make while presenting — as well as how you can easily correct them.<p>We've published the slides here with SOAP's permission.

We Can’t Always Control What Makes Us Successful

The 2002 movie <i>Minority Report</i> told the story of a future in which law enforcement could tell who would commit crimes in the future. The police then arrested those people before they could commit the crimes.<p>A good deal of work in the social sciences tries to do the same thing, albeit without …

Remembering Priya Haji: “The Best Social Entrepreneur Of Our Generation”

With her mix of passion, smarts, and approachability, Priya Haji was a precocious, prolific, and pioneering force in Silicon Valley. She died earlier this month.<p>The story of Priya Haji’s life is full of numbers. There are upsetting numbers, like 44–her age when she died earlier this month from a …