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The Best of Brain Pickings 2014 – Brain Pickings

After the annual reading list of the year’s best books overall, it’s time for the annual summation of the best <i>Brain Pickings</i> articles of the year — “best” meaning those most read and shared by you, as well as those I took the most pleasure in writing. Please (re)enjoy and have an inspired, …

Best Motivational Quotes to Inspire

Motivational quotes can trigger the invisible push buttons inside the human mind that unleash immense positive energy. These motivational quotes have …

What I Learned From Being a Broke, Unemployed Graduate

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I did what they told me to do. I went to college. I took out loans. I graduated on time. So why, three months after graduation was I still jobless?<p>The summer of 2010 was supposed to be my summer. The World Cup was roaring, I was a few …

Craft an Effective 'About' Page in 3 Simple Steps

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, often you are your brand. Your "about" page can set the tone for you and your style and give potential clients a preview of what you might be like to work with.<p>Here are three important steps to crafting the perfect …

10 Pitfalls of Being Your Own Boss

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon in August. All over the Bay Area people are out having fun in the sun. Me, I’m just sitting here trying to work. It’s not going very well. I’ve spent the last half hour fixated on a couple of hawks …

7 Ways to Cultivate Your Daily Blogging Practice

<i>“How do I create consistent content that I don’t get paid to do? I have a business to run.”</i><p>Content can drive your business. The more content you create (which can be writing, videos, audio, drawings) the easier it will be for readers and potential customers to see value in your expertise and what …

These 75 Quotes Will Inspire You to Be Successful | Inc.com

Success, as with most things, starts with attitude. When you're struggling, a small burst of inspiration can make a huge difference.<p>Here are 75 quotes about success to inspire you to keep pushing forward and achieve your dreams.<p>"If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will …

Terrific Productivity Tips to Make Your Week a Triumph

14 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's a summer weekend and you're savoring another barbecue or a wonderful stroll by the beach and thinking, "How do I carve out more moments like this? If I only could be more productive during the work week."<p>To help you in …

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12 Tips for Strong, Credible Business Writing | Inc.com

In a world dominated by email and social media, your success is directly proportional to your ability to influence others through the written word.<p>Here are some business writing pointers with real-life examples:<p>1. State your conclusion first.<p>People today are simply too busy to ponder your thought …

8 Advanced Webmaster Tools You Should Be Using for Better SEO

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Google Webmaster Tools (GWT) is one of the most powerful resources in an online marketer’s toolbox -- especially when it comes to SEO. Most of us know how to get around in GWT, and are familiar with some of its basic functions. But …

Last Things First: 4 Secrets to Acing Your Product Development Process

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Both big and small companies can have difficulty determining if their product or service will be a success before it hits the market. But a few brave businesses have taken the traditional launch strategy and turned it on its head.<p>When …

An Expert Guide to Idea Curation: How to Get More Ideas for Great Content

This story originally appeared on Buffer<p>Where do blog post ideas come from? This one came from someone else’s headline.<p>We are constantly inspired by the amazing work of others, and we owe a lot to the deep thinking and amazing resources that are readily available within the industry.<p>How can we get …

10 Gmail Plugins That Improve Email Productivity

If you’re using Gmail and overwhelmed by emails (who isn’t?) you’ll want to download these immediately.<p>Gmail is one of the most popular email services with more than 500 million users, so chances are pretty good that you’re one of them. But are you making the most of your email account? Many of us …

5 Steps to Building a New Habit

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>According to researchers at Duke University, habits account for about 40 percent of our behaviors on any given day.<p>Understanding how to build new habits (and how your current ones work) is essential for making progress in your health, …

37 Tips for a Better Work-Life Balance

It's so secret—managing all the things you have to do as an adult is a challenge. From doing your best on the job to taking care of yourself (and, if …

12 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast | Inc.com

If it has to happen, then it has to happen first, writes Laura Vanderkam, time management expert and author of "What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast."<p>Those among us who have managed to find professional success and eke out a life actively embrace this philosophy. They must set aside …

7 Reasons Introverts Now Rule the World | Inc.com

Twentieth-century Americans were bottle-fed on the importance of needing to "prove themselves." Extroverts, with their brash and gregarious manner, were the golden children. They excelled as intense, borderline manic individuals showcasing their charm and charisma, <i>Wolf of Wall Street</i>-style. Loud, …

50 Tips for Starting Your Own Company

Entrepreneur and Connector<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Starting your own business isn't for the faint of heart. It's stressful and pretty much demands your complete focus. On the plus side, it can also be a fulfilling experience professionally and personally.<p>Here are …

How to Become a Productivity Superstar: 7 Tips | Inc.com

The modern workday is all about completing complex tasks.<p>Because we live a world of micromanagement and hyper-connectivity--posting 140-character status updates on Twitter, using online apps to track every business expense during the day, processing hundreds of emails--it's easy to get overwhelmed …

7 Habits of People With Remarkable Mental Toughness | Inc.com

First, the definition:<p><i>"The ability to work hard and respond resiliently to failure and adversity; the inner quality that enables individuals to work hard and stick to their long-term passions and goals."</i><p>Now the word:<p>The definition of <i>grit</i> almost perfectly describes qualities every successful person …

Want People To Actually Read Your Emails? Use These Subject Line Tricks

Try these subject lines and see the replies roll in–but please, just don’t use “Urgent” unless the building is on fire.<p>There’s always that moment when you’ve crafted the perfect email, re-read it twice, confirmed your contact’s email address, and find yourself staring at a blank subject line …

Become a Better Blogger Today With These 4 Actions

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>More than two million blog posts are published every day, according to data from Technorati.<p>With massive amounts of content being published each day, how do you break through the noise and create content that’s worth viewing?<p>First, it’s …

5 Steps to Writing a Best-Selling Book

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Never in a million years did I think I would become an author. Doing well in school did not come easily. I struggled to pronounce certain words. At times, it felt like I could barely string two sentences together. As an adult, I was …

See It Through: 5 Steps to Finishing What You Start

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>An inventory of never-completed projects, initiatives and objectives doesn’t get you to success. Learning to actually finish your mission is one of the best lessons you’ll learn as an entrepreneur.<p>Every day you’re juggling multiple balls …

5 Ways To Stay Focused In A World Full Of Distractions

There are tons of things lying in wait to distract you from your ultimate goal. Here’s how to put the kibosh on their attack.<p>In every success story, the longest chapter is the one about determination.<p>While success demands many things from us, willpower and determination always come up at the top of …

4 Books to Map Your Path to Greater Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>My favorite books are those that inspired me to take my level of activity up a notch. Here are four books that helped to take me to the next level in my life. Hopefully, they can do the same for you as well:<p><b>The Secret.</b> If you have a clear …

9 Advanced -- and Ethical -- Techniques for Spying on Your Competitors Online

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Want to spy on your competitors? The information you need is publicly available and freely accessible.<p>In this article, I’ll show you the tools and techniques that will allow you to scope out the competition. You can even use these tips to …

6 Truths About Exercise That Nobody Wants to Believe

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Success in the gym, as with most things in life, comes down to mastering the basics.<p>With that in mind, here are 6 exercise tips, weightlifting basics, and training essentials that nobody wants to believe, but everyone should follow.<p>Take …

9 Things Exceptionally Smart Entrepreneurs Do to Be Successful

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the words of Winston Churchill, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts". And this couldn't be truer for founders.<p>Every entrepreneur strives to be successful but the sad truth is that most …

5 Tips to Stand Out When Selling on an Online Marketplace

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The advent of online marketplaces, led by eBay nearly 20 years ago, has become a boon for small businesses. Whether they're brick-and-mortar stores or single entrepreneurs operating from home, sellers around the world have been aided in …