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I've owned an Amazon Echo for over a year now -- here are my 19 favourite features

'Alexa, what time is it?'<p><i>Dave Smith/Tech Insider</i><p>Honestly, the best use cases for Amazon Echo are the simplest ones. With the Echo, I don't need to …

Smart Homes

9 Clever Tricks to Make Your Outdoor Space Look Expensive

The best outdoor spaces—whether they're 100 square feet or 10,000—are carefully curated, thoughtfully designed, and, most importantly, <i>inviting</i>. A …

Landscaping

5 Powerful Books to Hack Your Life for Success | Inc.com

Recently over lunch, a friend asked me which book was my favorite all time? I told him that a book which I loved was The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. He pushed and asked me for my top five books on success.<p>Here is my list, in no particular order. They're a collective of my favorites on success …

Self-improvement

25 Top Podcasts That Will Spark Your Entrepreneurial Vision

Listening to a podcast while going to and from work is a rare example of successful multitasking.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ever heard anyone say that the trend is your friend? Sure, if something is getting a lot of attention, you probably should examine it …

Entrepreneurship

Got only 20 minutes to work out? Use it to add years to your life.

It was a crazy day at work, you’re meeting up with your friends later, and now you have less than half an hour to squeeze in some exercise. At that …

Remember These 4 S's for Startup Success | Inc.com

Business school was (and continues to be) an expensive learning experience, and what I remember most was that every professor claimed their stake to significance by naming or authoring an acronym, formula or 4x4 graph. Whether it was four P's of marketing, three C's of business, or simply a unique …

Entrepreneurship

7 Things the Smartest Leaders Do at the Start of Every Year | Inc.com

When we look at the major priorities and initiatives for growing your business in 2017, we need to take a cue from the Global Leadership Forecast study, conducted by DDI and the Conference Board.<p>Their crystal ball is clear: Leaders just aren't ready to lead. In the research, four of the top 10 …

Leadership

Tony Robbins' Secrets to Achieving Financial Freedom

Tips from a success coach who grew up broke.<p>If you are going to learn life lessons from anybody, it may as well be someone who owns a 525-acre …

Tony Robbins

5 Key Customer Experience Trends for 2017

<i>Donna Peeples, Chief Customer Officer, Pypestream</i><p>2017 is going to be a transformative year in many ways but none more so than in the business-consumer relationship. The way in which these two entities connect and interact is undergoing a massive overhaul. Most importantly, the communication flows …

Customer Experience

How I Got Out of a Funk (and Saved My Business)

He realized he was standing in the way of his own progress.<p>This story appears in the January 2017 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>When I was 19 years old, I delivered bread to grocery stores. But I dreamed of entrepreneurship -- writing, speaking, coaching and traveling the world while building a …

Entrepreneurship

Tim Ferriss: 'You are the average of the five people you most associate with'

When "Tools of Titans" author and podcaster Tim Ferriss was asked on a book tour pit stop what he would print on a billboard if given the chance, the self-help guru did not hesitate.<p>"You are the average of the five people you most associate with," Ferriss answered.<p>During a talk at the San Francisco …

Self-improvement

How To (Finally) Quit Multitasking In These Five Daily Activities

You already know that multitasking is counterproductive, but are you sure you know how to stop?<p>Anytime you’re hunkering down at work to wrap up projects on a tight deadline, chances are you’re in full-on multitasking mode. You may think it transforms you into a to-do-list-tackling machine, but it …

Productivity

How to Make Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa Do Whatever You Want

Our peaceful homes are being invaded by talking Bluetooth speakers and there’s nothing you can do about it—so you might as well enlist the help of …

The Ultimate LinkedIn Cheat Sheet [Infographic]

Did you know that only 51% of LinkedIn users have complete profiles, yet profile completeness is the first priority in how the LinkedIn search …

13 things you're doing wrong from the moment you wake up

If your daily routine were a college assignment and you submitted it to your professor the scientist, chances are it would come back with a whole lot of red ink.<p>That is to say, you're probably making a <i>ton</i> of mistakes every single day that can sabotage your productivity and happiness. Think drinking …

Time Management

The Harvard Business Review Manager's Handbook: The 17 Skills Leaders Need to Stand Out

Publication Date: <b>January 03, 2017</b><p>The one primer you need to develop your managerial and leadership skills. Whether you're a new manager or looking to have more influence in your current management role, the challenges you face come in all shapes and sizes--a direct report's anxious questions, your …

Management

Use a Mind Map To Figure Out What You Want to Do With Your Life

GIF<p>We’ve talked before about using mind maps as a means to kickstart creativity, but former Google career coach Jenny Blake suggests using one to …

14 executives share the daily habits that keep them on top

But another ingredient typically goes into the mix: discipline. Take it from these executives who share the daily habits that propelled them to the top and help them stay there.<p>1. Keep a gratitude book<p>"Having a gratitude diary of things in your life you are grateful reminds you and focuses you on …

Media Industry

5 Simple Mindsets Powerful Enough to Assure Your Success

Life is filled with obstacles but none are so onerous as the ones in our own minds. Remove those and nothing will stop you.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Unless we choose to be great, we will be mediocre at best. What does it take to be great? It takes an empowered …

Self-improvement

How to Retire with Over $4,426,000 By Saving Only $111 Dollars per Paycheck

Retirement

Why The Best Hospitals Are Managed by Doctors

Healthcare has become extraordinarily complex — the balance of quality against cost, and of technology against humanity, are placing ever-increasing demands on clinicians. These challenges require extraordinary leaders. Doctors were once viewed as ill-prepared for leadership roles because their …

Medical Technology

The 5 Best Motivational Videos of 2016 | Inc.com

Every year, I post the five most motivational videos to be posted on YouTube over the past 12 months. Here are my posts for 2015, 2014, and some timeless classics.<p>For 2016, I've focused on videos that will inspire you to make 2017 the best year ever. I figure we all need a year-end boost. Enjoy!<p>The …

Motivation

How four sisters demolished their debt

These four sisters decided to band together and tackle their debt using one unified budget and plan. See how they did it.<p>When four 20-something …

The Absolute Easiest Ways To Improve Your Finances In 2017

So we’ve already established that we suck at money. But what can we do about it? If your answer is: “Just tell my parents to dip into my trust fund!” Congratulations! You’re an assh*le. (But one that we’re very, very jealous of. Enjoy Coachella worry free, friend.)<p>For the rest of us, we need to get …

Personal Finance

Here's everything the Amazon Echo can do

Smart Homes

Your Most Important Resolution for 2017? Forget About Time Management and Do This Instead | Inc.com

As 2016 draws to a close and the new year approaches, many of us take the time to reflect and make some resolutions to change our behavior or maybe even our way of thinking:<p>What went wrong that I can correct?<p>What can I do better?<p>What can I change to make me more effective?<p>How can I use my time more …

Time Management

Research: The Best Strategy for Paying Off Credit Card Debt

Many Americans struggle to pay down their credit card debts, a challenge exacerbated by the holidays when credit-card spending balloons. The Federal Reserve estimates that nearly half of U.S. households are unable to pay their credit card bills in full each month. These households owe more than …

Personal Finance

23 Things These Successful Executives Do Every Day, No Matter What

Getting ahead in life and work is all about doing the right things, day in and day out.<p>The high achievers in your life likely didn't get where they are by lucky accident. Among other things, success usually involves hard work, perseverance as well as a supportive and loving network of friends and …

New Jersey

5 Ways To Grow A Side Business While Keeping Your Day Job

The often romanticized vision of entrepreneurship shows a quick path to success and total devotion to your new business from day one. Reality, on the other hand, presents a startling contrast.<p>Although often seen as a career path for individuals who embrace risk openly, the entrepreneurs who start …

Small Business

10 tips to cut body fat — for good

1) Drop your calorie intake by 500<p>To slash fat, you must maintain a caloric deficit: consume fewer calories than you burn per day. Yet, often, we …