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6 Ways to Become an Outstanding Writer

4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you’re the CEO of a venture-backed startup writing a letter to investors about the current state of business or crafting the perfect job description to hire your first employee, your ability to communicate through the …

Creative Writing

Opinion: 5 lessons from my $650,000 lunch with Warren Buffett

In 2008, my friend Mohnish Pabrai and I sat down with our families for a “power lunch” with Warren Buffett at Smith and Wollensky’s restaurant in New …

Investing

6 Suggestions for an Aspiring Entrepreneur

7 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Buffer<p>I feel incredibly lucky that I managed to jump on board the path of building a startup. Having hit upon a product that solved a key pain for many people, Buffer has grown rather fast. The team is now 25 people and we’ve just crossed $4M ARR.<p>When I …

Entrepreneurship

How to Effectively Communicate With Different Brain Types

To be a great communicator or leader, you must know your audience. Using brain types to understand your audience makes effective communication much simpler because you can customize and organize what you say to match the information needs of those you’re addressing. Information needs include the …

Tips for college students interested in investing

Most college students are concerned about studying for exams, finding a flexible part-time job and lining up some fun extracurricular activities. But there's always a few students stuck off in a corner of the library, trying to pick the next great stock.<p>If you happen to be one of those students …

4 Best Websites for Earning Side Income to Grow Your Savings

Before you can save money, you’ve got to earn it. The web lends a helping hand for those interested in <b>how to make extra money from home</b> with a …

You're Not A Leader If You Can't Lead Your Own Parents

One of the truest barometers of your management skill might be your ability to handle advice from a parent—that steady trickle, or constant deluge, of unsolicited wisdom and constructive condemnation.<p>There is more such advice today than ever, given that one in seven people between the ages of 24 …

How to Get People to Follow You Anywhere

It doesn't matter if you are a thought leader or a team leader, if no one follows you'll get nowhere fast. Here Inc. columnists share how they get people to follow with minimal effort.<p>Despite the old adage, if you want to get something spectacular done, you most likely can't get it all done …

Leadership

5 Surefire Ways to Double Your Workday Productivity

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In sales, we learn to sell benefits rather than features. Keeping that in mind, the way to sell yourself on maximizing your productivity is to realize that with a super-dialed calendar and well thought-out workday strategy, you …

Time Management

Corporate America, Your Future Engineers Aren’t Attending Career Fairs Anymore

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Vivek Ravisankar is the CEO and co-founder of Y Combinator graduate and TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield alum HackerRank, the platform that is used by programmers to hone their skills and by companies to recruit tech talent. To learn more about their upcoming national hackathon on</i> …

How to Increase Your Impact While Reducing Your Effort

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I can’t help but shake my head when people say, “You have to work hard if you want to be successful.”<p>Really? The most successful people I know are doing something that most others are not -- and it’s not putting in the longest …

Success

The Ice Bucket Challenge Can Kill. Here's Why You're Doing It Wrong

The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised an impressive amount of money and awareness for motor neuron diseases like Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). In just one month, the ALS Association has received $80m in donations.<p>But while the fundraising campaign should be praised, the tragic …

2 Most Important Pieces of Presentations: Have a Take and Don't Suck

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your name has been called. An idea needs a champion and the organization has turned to you to deliver the hard-hitting message. It’s true -- you are not an experienced public speaker and you have some serious misgivings about …

Public Speaking

27 of the Best Chrome Extensions You Should Check out Today

We love the Web. Seriously, we do. But sometimes, achieving what you want is a little harder and takes a little longer than you’d really want. It’s for that reason that we’ve put together a list of 27 of the best Chrome extensions you can find around.<p>We’ve broken them down into groups of a few per …

7 Science-Backed Methods To Get You Out Of Your Head

People get stuck in their heads all the time – some of us more than others. Although it’s lovely to ponder life and inquisite about yourself, the problem is that the majority of our thoughts are not so upbeat. When we’re in mind-wandering mode (a.k.a., “in your head”), thoughts usually turn to what …

11 Useful, Genius Math Tricks That Are Actually Easy

"Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas," said Albert Einstein. So learning some basic and impressive math must at least be the …

Mathematics

Whether You're Starting a Business or Not, It Pays to Think Like an Entrepreneur

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Girls, my car, getting a summer job, graduating, going to college and girls.<p>Those were my priorities in high school. Of course, I understand not all boys (or girls) have the same interests in high school, but I can tell you that …

Entrepreneurship

Looking for Extra Motivation? 52 Quotes on Persistence

Whether you're a schoolchild or a CEO, persistence is the factor that will allow you to make the most of your natural ability.<p>Your natural ability in life is largely predetermined. What you do with it is not. In my book <i>Trajectory</i>, I dedicate a chapter to "Persistence as a Differentiator." …

Motivation

You Are Leaving Money On The Table: The Secrets Of Pricing

Oscar Wilde said that a cynic is a “a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.” A startup CEO should know both.<p>One of the most powerful levers a CEO has to impact profitability is pricing. Typically, a 1% price increase has more than twice the impact on profit of a 1% volume …

22 Quotes That Take You Inside Albert Einstein's Revolutionary Mind

You could find him "wheeling a baby carriage on the streets of Bern, Switzerland, halting now and then, unmindful of the traffic around him, to scribble down some mathematical symbols in a notebook that shared the carriage with his infant son, also named Albert," The New York Times wrote in its …

4 Steps to Earning an MBA-in-a-Day in Your Own Company

8 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ensuring a baseline knowledge of business basics should be a top priority of every leader. Often, the business knowledge that has proven successful over and over again is attributed to the acquisition of an MBA. This credential …

Management

17 Business Models Shaking Up the Marketplace

There are 23 million small businesses in America, and 543,000 more are started every month. So if you've got a business idea and you want to stand …

It's Good to Feel Stupid: 5 Thoughts on Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I was lifting with the owner of my gym. She was doing clean and jerks. I was squatting.<p>In between sets, I asked if she had ever competed in an Olympic weightlifting meet. “You should do one. They are a lot of fun and you’re …

Self-improvement

Budgeting | Saving Money | GOBankingRates

Some people hate the “B” word because it typically means they will have to limit their spending, but a budget is a great way to keep your finances on …

9 things rich people do and don't do every day

In fact, your daily habits may be a major determinant of your wealth.<p>"The metaphor I like is the avalanche," says Thomas Corley, the author of "Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals." "These habits are like snowflakes — they build up, and then you have an avalanche of …

How To Outsmart Any Multiple-Choice Test

Because of this fundamental flaw, William Poundstone, author of "Rock Breaks Scissors: A Practical Guide to Outguessing and Outwitting Almost Everybody," claims to have found several common patterns in multiple-choice tests, including computer-randomized exams like the SATs.<p>After examining 100 …

The Solution That Could Help More Minority Entrepreneurs Get Funding

“It’s weird, they always travel in groups of five, these programmers. There’s always a tall skinny white guy, short skinny Asian guy, fat guy with a ponytail, some guy with crazy facial hair, and then an east-Indian guy. It’s like they trade until they all have the right group.”<p>Lines from the …