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Researchers Identify Five Different Types of Diabetes, Not Just Type 1 and Type 2

For many years, diabetes cases have largely been classified as either type 1 or type 2. But a new study suggests that there may actually be five …

The Comparison Trap

Judging from her Facebook page, Lisa appears to lead a charmed life. A middle-aged advertising executive, she takes pictures while strolling through …

'The 4-Hour Workweek' author Tim Ferriss shares the 5 books that have influenced him most

Since writing his 2007 book "The 4-Hour Workweek," Tim Ferriss has built a career around collecting the, as he puts it, "tactics, routines, and habits," of the world's top performers, from Navy SEALs to entrepreneurs.<p>His new book "Tools of Titans" is a collection of those lessons, drawn from more …

Self-improvement

9 Limiting Thoughts That Will Stop You From Starting A Business

Many people would like to set up a business and fulfill their dreams. Not so many actually decide to try, though. Thousands of projects stay in …

This Mental Trick of Olympic Athletes Can Radically Increase Your Productivity

Top athletes use this simple but powerful technique to perform at their best. So can you.<p>This summer in Rio de Janeiro, we're likely to see awe-inspiring displays of physical prowess. What we're unlikely to see is the mental work that goes into those jaw-dropping accomplishments.<p>Everyone knows that …

Are You Using the Right Tools for Your Big Data Projects?

Data scientists rely on tools/products/solutions to help them get insights from data. Gregory Piatetsky of KDNuggets conducts an annual survey of …

The Key to Becoming Successful at Anything

Regardless of the destination, this will help you get there.<p>How do you define success?<p>For some, it could be building a sustainable business. For others, it means finding more time to spend with your loved ones. How about filling your spiritual need or finding a higher calling? (If you're like me, …

This Steve Jobs quote perfectly sums up the key to success

Jobs held a staff meeting and explained the role passion would play in revitalizing the brand:<p>The simple phrase — "people with passion can change the world" — holds the secret to entrepreneurial success.<p>Nearly a decade later, in 2005, Jobs returned to the theme in his famous commencement speech at …

Entrepreneurship

The Changing Role of Marketing in the Mobile Age

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”]<p>There has never been a more exciting time to be an online consumer. …

Marketing

Developing a Content Marketing Strategy 101 | SEJ

Content marketing is one of those things that can be a game changer if done well. It can morph a marketing department from one that talks <i>at</i> their …

3 Free and Better Alternatives to Expensive Business Apps

In this post I teach you about three incredible apps that can springboard your productivity.<p>Today, there is absolutely no need to increase business expenditures by shelling out for the software you need to operate. Apps are neither fancy sports cars nor custom tailored suits--you don't have to go …

Apps

Revenue Is the Only Funding Your Startup Should Seek

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Founding a company can be both incredibly exhilarating but also incredibly costly. Among the bevy of risks associated with becoming an entrepreneur, funding is one of the largest. That's why many startups turn to outside sources -- …

Entrepreneurship

How to Write the Highest-Performing AdWords Ads, Ever

Writing AdWords ads can be extremely frustrating because you need to fit all your ad copy into such a tiny space.“Only 25 characters for the …

AdWords

Jon Taffer Of Spike TV's Bar Rescue: 'I Know What The Common Denominator Of Failure Is'

Career success is difficult. Multiple career successes are exponentially more so.<p>Today I speak with Jon Taffer, who is best known as the no-nonsense, in-your-face host of Spike TV’s <i>Bar Rescue</i>, where he drives failing bar owners to take ownership of their shortcomings to turn their businesses …

Walt Disney Company

How She Did It: Lynda Weinman, From Web Graphics And Design To Cofounder Of Lynda.com

Lynda Weinman is the co-founder and Executive Chair of Lynda.com, the leading online learning company that teaches people about business, software, technology and creative skills in order to help them achieve their personal and professional goals.<p>As a web graphics and design expert, she has …

Busy is No Excuse for Poor Customer Service

Being busy is great for your bottom line, but don't let it be an excuse for letting your customers down. Here are 3 key lessons in customer service.<p>Most business owners and other entrepreneurs know that customer service is important, but they may not realize just how important. Building your …

Google could be funding SpaceX's satellite internet

After introducing the idea of creating a satellite-based internet back in November, Elon Musk went into further detail last week on his $10 billion plan to build out a network over the next five years. Now, <i>The Information</i> is reporting that Google might be a main investor.<p>Google may be offering up …

A Powerful Exercise inside Google Analytics to Set You Up for a Successful Year of Blogging

Have you started the year off on the right foot? I hope you had a worthwhile end of 2014 and are looking at 2015 with excitement and …

5 Immutable Habits of Highly Effective Guerrilla Marketers

Effective marketing is an art and a science. Do it right, and watch your bottom line grow.<p>Companies are in business to make money, and of course the way they do that is by selling products or service that people or other businesses need. However, it's one thing to produce something of use to …

9 Business Intelligence and Analytics Predictions for 2015

Posted January 16, 2015 By Drew Robb Feedback<p>What's ahead for business intelligence and data analytics in 2015?<p>When we asked analysts, forecasters …

Big Data

Unlock The Value Of Data Discovery For Your Business

<i>by Lindy Ryan and Manan Goel</i><p>Discovery and BI share the same mission—to derive insights from data and deliver value to the business. Both processes rely on data, require some degree of business context and knowledge, and pivot between analysis and verification to be actionable. Discovery and BI each …

50 Awesome Resources to Help You Be a Better Writer (and Content Marketer)

An epic list of resources, and something for everyone, regardless of experience or role.<p>Content. Every business wants content. Every business needs content (especially those that embrace content marketing to find and engage potential customers).<p>But that means you have to create content, and that …

12 Counter-Intuitive Lessons About Life You Realize As You Grow Older

By Alan Rutledge,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1s0PCcz<p><i>Producer’s note: Someone on Quora asked: What life lessons are counter-intuitive or go</i> …

How to analyze your AdWords data

Practical Tips for Web and Mobile Usability Tests

Damian Rees, Co-founder of Experience Solutions, helps explain how he adapted website usability testing for the most optimized experience. Because anyone can use the Internet, one of his core principles is setting criteria and expectations up front so that your tests proceed with the right level of …

This Genius Strategy From Dwight Eisenhower Will Help You Be More Productive

Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States, serving two terms from 1953 to 1961.<p>During his time in office, he launched programs that directly led to the development of the Interstate Highway System in the United States, the launch of the internet (DARPA), the exploration of space …

14 Tips To Make 2015 Your Most Productive Year Yet

We talk to the most productive people all year, here are their best productivity tips for 2015.<p>In case you haven’t noticed, we’re a little obsessed with productivity.<p>To make your quest for a more productive self this year something you can really work towards, we asked some of the most productive …

7 biggest marketing and media trends of 2014

In 2014, advertising was in the eye of the beholder.<p>For instance, some thought that with 400 million-plus views, Shakira's "La La La" was the biggest …

8 Things All Executives Should Know about Marketing Technology in 2015

In the world of marketing technology, remember that tech is on your side. Explore it, use it and put it to work for you toward your goals.<p>Marketing technology gives you the tools and insights you need to optimize every part of your marketing strategy. It's what tells you what works, what doesn't …