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So You Want to Write a Book? These 7 Authors Will Teach You How to Tell Your Story

Having just finished a new book proposal, the topic of writing is fresh in my mind. I self-published my first book Blissful Business: A Gorgeous Guide to Creating Your Dream Career in Health and Wellness in January 2016. A publisher recently saw my book on Amazon and contacted me to write a …

Writing

Why mastery matters and creativity shouldn’t be easy

The author Daniel Pink breaks down mastery further in his book <i>Drive</i> where he writes that there are three essential elements to it:<p>Firstly, mastery – which he defines as ‘becoming ever-better at something you care about’ – requires you to adopt an open mindset towards the task in hand. You don’t …

7 Genius Stretches to Awaken Creativity When You’re in a Rut

Maybe you take the perfect #Winestagram without even trying. Perhaps making DIY pom pom pillows to upgrade your bedding ain’t no thang. But if you’re like the rest of us mere mortals, sometimes it doesn’t hurt to have a little expert help to boost your creativity. That’s why we reached out to top …

Yoga

Storytelling Snobs Don't Realize How Powerful Content Marketing Can Be

Two years ago, I sat next to a fellow journalist at dinner. He worked on a ‘serious’ newspaper and was horrified I was wasting my journalistic skills. I had decided to reinvent myself in this explosive world of ‘content’, helping brands tell their stories.<p>“Really?” he said. “I know things are bad …

Marketing

9 Tips for Creating an Awesome Brand

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When creating your brand, it’s imperative that you think about everything from your logo to color scheme to to the tag line. You also have to have a memorable brand name, strong message, support system, and all of the necessary …

Marketing

The 10 Commandments of Obtaining Angel Funding

<i>This piece was originally published on AllBusiness.</i><p>To get angel investors to invest in your start-up, you have to make sure you understand their …

Angel Investors

The 10 best graphic design tools for May

Last month, hardware scored high in April's roundup of the best new graphic design tools, with the ultra portable 9.7-inch iPad Pro making it easier …

Graphic Design

50 fresh, essential and free resources for your graphic design projects

When it comes to being a designer, you’ll always need to stock up on graphics, stock photography and fonts as well as rely on other helpful tools to …

“Get them to say no”: Expert lessons in influence from the most persuasive professions on earth

“You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.” Russian playwright Anton Chekov might have been right that we can’t go it alone, but we’re also right to be skeptical of others.<p>The great skills required of a con artist, politician, or salesperson are also the skills of great …

Body Language

The five cult documentaries that you need to see

This article isn’t for dumb baby losers who have only made a surface effort to get into cult documentary film and “liked” Louis Theroux on Facebook. A crash course in cult requires repeat viewings of <i>Paris is Burning</i> (1990) and <i>Grey Gardens</i> (1975). Not until you can spell O-P-U-L-E-N-C-E in the same …

8 Chances Unhappy People Never Take

<i>“The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.”<br>―Chuck Palahniuk</i><p>For some reason the register at our local quickie mart …

15 Things Stopping You from Moving Forward

<b>You change nothing and expect different results.</b> – There’s a saying that the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and …

10 Risks Happy People Take Every Day

<i>“You cannot protect yourself from sadness<br>without protecting yourself from happiness.”<br>―Jonathan Foer</i><p>Almost two decades ago, somewhat as a joke since …

Shooting One of the Most Beautiful Abandoned Buildings in the World

Once this was the most glorious building of Romania but since 1990 it’s been abandoned and slowly but surely falling apart. The building is now …

The Best Places You've Never Heard of to Raise Money

Fundraising is less of a drag when you aren't chasing the same dollars as everybody else<p>I took a meeting this morning with a first time founder who meekly asked if I could explain the seed stage funding landscape - who exactly are these angels and their groups, how does a fund operate, where …

Venture Capital

5 Tips to Break the Grip of Procrastination

<b>Procrastination, prevarication, inertia</b> - all names for the same activity, or rather lack of it.<p>We all blame our circumstances, our surroundings or other external influences for not getting on with the "job" - whatever that may be. Finding the next distraction to avoid doing the task at hand is an …

Procrastination

Six-Figure Freelancers Share Their Best Advice For Finding Success And Clients

Leaving your day job and launching your own freelance business is a dream that many creatives share. However, like starting any business, becoming a successful freelancer takes a lot of hard work, a strong set of skills, and the willingness to learn from others.<p>There are certain things you need to …

Entrepreneurship

How To Build A Global, Scalable Company - This Entrepreneur Has A Formula For It

Over the past few years, the discussion in Israeli tech has shifted. No more talk about innovation that leads to small exits, where both entrepreneurs and investors settle for less. Less talk about products that tackle very specific problems that result in smaller market opportunities. A lot more …

Startups

How I Flew First Class to 13 Countries Without Buying Tickets

How to fly around the world for free with travel hacking and manufactured spend<p>In the last 2 years, I've flown to at least 13 countries in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, all in first or business class.<p>Here's the catch: I never bought tickets to any of those places.<p>So how did I manage to do this?<p>…

Flying

Luxury liveaboard dive boats: 5 of the world's best | CNN Travel

Scuba Diving

How to Get Famous Fast: Real Life Hack for Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What if I told you that for a minimum investment of time you could enact a strategy that result in three benefits that will change your life forever?<p>The three benefits are<p>Send up the equivalent of a giant flashing neon sign above you or …

Writing

'Disrupted' Author Dan Lyons: Entrepreneurs Have No Idea What They're Doing | Inc.com

<i>In his acclaimed book Disrupted (Hachette Books, 2016) former Newsweek editor Dan Lyons discusses his experience as an employee at HubSpot, a software marketing company. In the following edited excerpt, he discusses his frustration of the seemingly chaotic leadership at HubSpot--and being told that</i> …

Startups

Forget flipping houses — these retail investors flip mortgages

It’s 9:30 a.m. on a recent sunny Friday, and 60 people have crammed into an airport hotel conference room in Northern Virginia to hear Kevin Shortle, …

Real Estate

Logo systems: the future of logo design?

Technology has changed the landscape of the design industry drastically over the past 30 years, but the theory and approach to logo design has …

How to Find The Perfect Product to Sell

How do some small businesses like Diamond Candles (230,000+ Facebook Fans), Luxy Hair (708,000+ YouTube Subscribers) and DodoCase (Winner of …

38 Startup Pitch Decks From Companies That Changed The World

To celebrate the launch of my book The Art of Startup Fundraising, I thought it would be interesting to put together a blog post with a good amount …

Dads everywhere get honored in this beautiful watercolor series

From dad bods to dad jokes, fatherhood is a beautiful thing.<p>It's something that Snezhana Soosh wanted to honor in a series of lovely watercolor …

64 places you can learn to code online for free

This way, you can discover what you like (and more importantly don't) before financially investing in a certain set of courses.<p>However, there are so many free resources, classes, and books to pick from! It's easy to become overwhelmed. (Ever hear of too much of a good thing?!)<p>To make things easier, …

Programming

Forget mindfulness, stop trying to find yourself and start faking it

Why is the history of Chinese philosophy now the most popular course at Harvard? Top tips on how to become a better person according to Confucius and co<p>People are often surprised to learn that Confucius, Mencius, Laozi and other classical Chinese philosophers weren’t rigid traditionalists who …

Taoism

5 meditation experts to relax with on YouTube

Experts of all kinds take to YouTube to share their wisdom. From makeup to video games, viewers can find coaches on virtually any topic.<p>Meditation …