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Want to Radically Improve Your Life? Ask Yourself 3 Powerful Questions Most of Us Have Never Thought of

Research found that the average person has about 60,000 thoughts per day. The bad news? 80 percent of those thoughts are negative and fear-based. Here are three questions to instantly curtail a negative mind.<p>If you're going through the ups and downs of life, maybe thinking about quitting on that …

The most important skill nobody taught you

Before dying at the age of 39, Blaise Pascal made huge contributions to both physics and mathematics, notably in fluids, geometry, and probability.<p>This work, however, would influence more than just the realm of the natural sciences. Many fields that we now classify under the heading of social …

Pascal

To have what you want, you must give up what’s holding you back

If you pay attention to your life, you’ll begin to see the patterns.<p>In 2005, the National Science Foundation published an article showing that the …

How to Live, According to Anthony Bourdain

How to eat, how to be young, and when to shut the fuck up.<p><i>We at MUNCHIES are devastated by the death of Anthony Bourdain, one of our friends and heroes. Bourdain was a real one.</i> <i>Over the course of his wildly prolific career, he taught us so much—about eating, about traveling, and about experiencing</i> …

Want to Keep Your Best Employees From Quitting? Facebook Execs and Adam Grant Tell You How

Sure, people quit their boss. But they are increasingly quitting because of this--something smart leaders can prevent.<p>Given the talent wars we're engaged in and the cost of bringing new talent in, employee retention has become the Golden Goose. So advice on how to keep superstar employees from …

'Employee Engagement' Is So 2016. Here's What Companies Should Really Focus on, in 2017.

One company, for instance, rolled out a pilot appreciation program, tagging each instance of recognition to a company core value.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Leaders' understanding of employee engagement is expanding. It's no longer just about how employees connect …

Your brain tries to hijack every decision you make — but you can fight back

You walk into your first yoga class. You're a little insecure about your weight and how your yoga clothes cling to your body revealing every flaw. You're nervous about making a fool of yourself.<p>Your eyes instantly zoom onto the fit model-esque people chatting in the corner. As you walk past them, …

Critical Thinking

The 40% Rule: The Simple Secret To Success

There is no shortage of business books on the market (including mine), most of which claim to hold the secrets to success.<p>As a business book writer myself, I’m not inclined to disparage any of these. Most offer useful tactics that entrepreneurs can use to streamline their processes and boost their …

Motivation

The purpose of life isn’t to be happy—it’s to be fulfilled

The term “happy” was traditionally synonymous with good fortune.<p>It found its way into the English language around the 14th century, and it wasn’t something that people actively pursued. It was thought that you either stumbled onto it or you didn’t. It wasn’t until the 17th century that the word …

Happiness

4 Signs to Immediately Identify Someone With True Emotional Intelligence

Imagine the immense possibilities of working with a team that possesses these traits.<p>In a recent report, top human resources officers from global companies were asked what they see as the 10 job skills required by the year 2020 for workers to thrive.<p>One of those critical skills for success that …

Our need to feel special is making us lonely

About a month ago, a group of about 20 men—all fathers in their 30s and 40s—gathered at a home in Oakland, California to talk fatherhood. Alarmingly, when asked how many of them had “real friends”—the kind of confidantes with whom they could talk honestly and vulnerably about life on a regular …

Psychology

75 Ideas for Businesses You Can Launch for Cheap or Free

It takes courage and dedication to start your own business, but not much cash.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Today, many people today are looking to leave the daily grind for something that feeds their passion. People do not want to retire at the age of 60 (or older) …

Small Business

Here's How Amazon's Jeff Bezos Makes Great Decisions, Super Fast

"High velocity, high quality" decisions are possible even at a massive company.<p>Amazon is a remarkable company. It's no surprise that it was built by a remarkable mind.<p>The brilliance, philosophy, and quirks of founder and CEO Jeff Bezos are deeply baked into Amazon, which is what makes his …

What's the Fastest Way to Attract Others to You? Do Any of These 8 Things

These are sure-fire ways to build your professional relationships and increase your tribe fast.<p>If you're in a people business of any sort (then again, who isn't?), it should be your highest priority to connect with the human side of your customers, vendors, peers, co-workers, and other stakeholders.<p>…

Why we need to bring back the art of communal bathing

For most of the history of our species, in most parts of the world, bathing has been a collective act. In ancient Asia, the practice was a religious ritual believed to have medical benefits related to the purification of the soul and body. For the Greeks, the baths were associated with …

Personal Hygiene

You don’t need a 10-year plan—you need to give yourself permission to experiment

“Tell me. Where do you hope to be in 10 years?”<p>Most of us have answered some variation of this question during a job interview. And many of us have asked this question of ourselves. But in my experience as a career counselor, it’s actually a deeply unhelpful way to think—particularly for a young …

Williams College

The Most Effective Way to Keep Star Employees From Leaving

For starters, let's look at what the best companies on the planet do.<p>Gallup has been tracking employee engagement over the past 17 years, and its research reveals that roughly 30 percent of U.S. workers are considered "engaged" in their jobs.<p>Translation: They are inspired by, involved in, …

How a Mini-Retirement Brought Meaning to My Life

Stepping away from the corporate rat race can create unimaginable opportunities.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ten years ago, I walked into my boss's office at the large corporate company where I worked and announced that I was quitting my job. “What are your plans?” …

Henry IV

9 Incredible Countries Where You Can Live for Under $1,000 a Month

Travel widely enough, and you'll notice something about the Americans you encounter abroad. While the people I know in the States are too often …

Psychology Says This Is the Top Contributor to Happiness (It's Not What You Think)

The biggest contributor to happiness might surprise you--and here's how to foster it.<p>According to a report by <i>The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology</i>, the No. 1 contributor to happiness in life is not money, popularity, good looks, or even a good sex life (too many...jokes...can't …

How To Earn An 'A' When Investing In Rentals In A College Town

College towns are one of the best places to own rental property. Not at the low end – where you’ll get undergrads who have no idea how to keep your place in shape (that’s a specialty best left to local landlords) – but at the middle and high ends, where you’ll get graduate students, faculty, and …

My husband and I are living off 35% of our income so we can retire before we’re 40

In the age of Silicon Valley, a lot of us dream of launching the next Warby Parker, Instagram, or Airbnb—a wildly successful business that will leave us financially set for life. But the game is kind of rigged.<p>Research says that, on the whole, entrepreneurs aren’t the fearless, high-achieving …

Retirement

Successful people use these techniques to speak up for themselves—and stay likable

<i>This is a lightly edited transcript of Adam’s TEDx talk in New York in 2016.</i><p>I’ve asked people all over the world about the dilemma of speaking up: When they can assert themselves, when they can push their interests, when they can express an opinion, when they can make an ambitious ask.<p>The range of …

Success

Instead Of Trying To Find Your Passion, Let Your Passion Find You

We collectively believe in a lot of myths. One of them is that your life only makes sense if you do what you love. That might be true, but the pursuit of your passion can be equally satisfying, which is something we often overlook.<p>Casey Neistat is an awesome YouTuber and entrepreneur. In his vlogs, …

How to Persuade Without Power

There a way to get people to do things for you if you can't simply order them to. The answer, it turns out, is to ask questions.<p>Have you ever worked for a boss who always told you what to do? How did that feel? Wouldn't you have preferred to work for someone who asked you what you should be doing …

Leadership

Remembering Wayne Dyer: 20 Inspirational Quotes to Help You Become a Better You

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>Editor's note: This Entrepreneur.com "best read'' was originally posted Sept. 1. 2015.</i><p>We lost a beautiful soul and human being on Aug. 29. Dr. Wayne Dyer was a pioneer in the personal-development field and made a profound difference in …

Motivation

World's best chefs on their best food experiences | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Shopping local markets, the perfume of durian, Andean mountain cooking, oyster omelets with Sriracha sauce and warm milk straight from the cow -- these are some of the world's best chefs' favorite food experiences.<p>On the eve of the 2016 World's Best Restaurant awards, we asked chefs from …

How to be “radically free”: Leveraging philosophy to choose between two great options

French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre has a not-unearned reputation for gloominess. But that doesn’t mean the 20th-century thinker’s writings aren’t great source documents for figuring out your path in life. What’s the best decision, say, when deciding your professional course?<p>An example from public …

How the mind changes, time expands when there’s no one else around

Imagine a life where you never hear another person’s voice. There’s no phone service or internet to interrupt the day with rings, buzzes, and notifications, and no one to talk through difficult problems. To most people, such solitude sounds like misery and loneliness. But for others, living …

Henry David Thoreau