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The 1 Quick Question That Will Instantly Make You More Productive

Goodbye cluttered to-do list, hello laser focus.<p>You're blurry-eyed and slack-jawed at your desk, staring at a to-do list so long you feel like you could wrap it around the entire earth -- twice. Yes, we've all found ourselves in this stressful situation every now and then.<p>Facing a to-do list that …

How To Run a Meeting

Why have a meeting anyway? Why indeed? A great many important matters are quite satisfactorily conducted by a single individual who consults nobody. A great many more are resolved by a letter, a memo, a phone call, or a simple conversation between two people. Sometimes five minutes spent with six …

The Hard Data on Being a Nice Boss

There’s an age-old question out there: Is it better to be a “nice” leader to get your staff to like you? Or to be tough as nails to inspire respect and hard work? Despite the recent enthusiasm for wellness initiatives like mindfulness and meditation at the office, and despite the movement toward …

Are You a Leader, or Just Pretending to Be One?

We’ve rarely needed leaders more — but wanted the leaders we have less.<p>It’s as if we’ve forgotten what leadership really is, and confused it with what it isn’t.<p>What’s not leadership? For one thing, performing. Leadership is not making the right faces, memorizing the right lines, pumping your fist …

Leading as a Servant

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We live in a world where the chase for power is increasing. Someone is always getting thrown under the bus so another person can get ahead. The “top of the food chain” philosophy that has infected our workforce and leadership has thrived …

Leadership

How Busy People Make Time To Read–And You Can Too

Haven’t finished a book since college? Between work, family, and social lives, trying to find time to read can be more effort than relaxing hobby. Here’s how to make more time for your favorite page-turners.<p>Reading is one of the most pleasurable activities out there. On a scale of human enjoyment I …

7 Sins of Newbie Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most entrepreneurs are familiar with the ridiculously high percentage of small businesses that will fail in the first couple years. The business owners who survived the odds will tell you that they didn’t achieve success on sheer passion …

Small Business

How to Make a Kite

With a few basic, inexpensive materials and tools, you can engage your kids in some kite-making fun this summer.<p>Photo: freefoto.com<p>There’s nothing …

DIY Rustic Pallet Frames

As you may or may not know, I am knee deep in a garage, mudroom and kitchen addition. Each week we've had a few deliveries, which all resulted in …

DIY Log Slice Vase with Spring Flowers

Spring never comes soon enough and to help it along I bring in Forsythia branches and force their blooms. I have posted about this before and decided …

How to Build a DIY Downdraft Table

Today I’m going to show you how to build a DIY Downdraft Sanding Table to help eliminate dust in your shop! This is actually and update to an earlier …

Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

Life’s Work: An Interview with Salman Khan

Photography: Jonathan Sprague<p>Salman Khan was working as a hedge fund analyst when he started using online tools to tutor his cousins in math. Nine years later, his nonprofit organization, Khan Academy, draws on the same approach to offer more than 5,000 free, web-based video lessons to millions of …

Achieve Your Goals in 2014 — Here’s Research That Can Help

1. Successful people do nine things differently than everyone else.<p>2. The rest of us hold ourselves back in five major ways.<p>3. But don’t stress! Just change the way you think about stress.<p>4. To spot new opportunities, imagine yourself in the future.<p>5. And act like a leader before you are one.<p>6. …

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Basic<p>Free<p>60 MB of new uploads/month.<br>• Sync across 2 devices.<br>• Clip web pages, images, PDF files.<br>• Search for text inside images.<br>• Share notes with friends …

Young Google Employee With A Clever 401(k) Move

New college grads take note: You’re never too young to think about tax dodges. Find some way to top up your tax-favored retirement account during your first year on the job.<p>A young man we know got an Ivy League degree in May, spent the summer traveling abroad and in September started a circa …

8 Ways Private Lenders Make Your Life With Student Debt Harder

On first glance, the comments on Regulations.gov sound like those on any other forum for disgruntled customers: “The worst company I have ever dealt with,” states Tim J. “Cold, calculated, corporate,” laments Travis H. “Clueless robots,” quips Donald, who refrains from giving even the first initial …

Investing In Generation Y

Generation Y, like Rodney Dangerfield, has a problem: They get no respect.<p>I’m joking, of course, but at this stage of their lives Gen Y really isn’t taken as seriously as they would like to be. But that happens with just about every young generation.<p>The front end of Generation Y was born in the …

365 Ways To Get Rich

<b>From the Forbes 2014 Investment Guide, wealth building tips to last you through the year. (For more detailed advice, click on the link in each tip.)</b><p>#1<br>Sir John Templeton: “Invest at the point of maximum pessimism.”<p>#2<br>Don’t mistake a low P/E ratio for a value stock.<p>#3 <br>Benjamin Graham: “Patience is the …

Nine Formulas For Wealth Building

If you want to retire in style, you’d better know the numbers. We have some formulas that will provide them.<p>The objective here is to steer you to wiser investments and give you some insights about what will happen to your assets and liabilities over time. The formulas are not complicated. They all …

How To Have The Power-Of-Attorney Talk Before It's Too Late

When my mother was terminally ill a few years ago, I had to make medical and financial decisions on her behalf and handle her estate after she passed away. Even though we had the proper powers of attorney in place, it was a challenging and stressful time—and I can only imagine how much harder it …

Starting A Business After 50: An Expert's Tips

Whether you’re a boomer struggling to find work or simply hoping to generate extra income during retirement, now could be a fine time to start your own business. And launching a venture in midlife isn’t as risky as you might think.<p>“Age is a hindrance in the corporate job world, but it’s a major …

6 End-Of-Year Questions To Ask Your Tax Advisor

Your end-of-year to-do list may seem full already. But it’s not complete unless it includes a conversation with your accountant.<p>Now that you can see how your year has ended up — whether you’ll be getting that raise you angled for, had your first child, bought a new house or launched your own …

Art Dolls by Du Buh Du Designs

Three years ago I moved to Oregon, just weeks before Christmas. Mark and I had to come up with an idea for family gifts in a hurry with a limited …

DIY Rustic Wall Storage Bins

Speaking of creating storage… for a while now I have been talking to my husband about building a storage bin for the back of our entry closet door. …

Reclaimed Fence Wood Crates

"I. can't. help. myself." (If you can name the movie that quote is from I will be impressed, it's one of my faves!)<p>I am obsessed with crates, or any …