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Six Ingredients That Take Banana Bread to a Whole New Level

These six ingredients make all the difference in Pittman's homemade quick bread.<p>Quick-Cooking Oats<p>Oats add some bulk without making the bread dense. …

Breakfast

7 tough lessons people often learn too late in life

Life lessons are full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way. However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than …

Self-help

Finally Starting Your Business This Year? Here's Your Ultimate 12-Point Checklist | Inc.com

It's 2018,and you are really doing it. You have long imagined your product on the endcap at Walmart and practiced what you'll say when Mark Cuban grills you about your competitive edge. But this year, you are finally launching a business. Where do you start? We asked some of the top business minds …

Entrepreneurship

A step-by-step guide to get richer, healthier, and happier in 31 days

If you don't yet have a plan for 2018, you might be in trouble.<p>Lucky for you, we've already made a plan for you. Above is our 31-day guide to starting off a healthy, wealthy, happy year. Each day is accompanied by a task, along with a quick explanation, below, of why it's important.<p>Read on to find …

UC Berkeley

Want to Increase Your Presence? Start by Telling One of These Stories | Inc.com

Leading business schools, from Stanford to Wharton, teach storytelling as a business communication strategy. The ability to tell an engaging, compelling, and persuasive story is a hallmark of effective leadership and executive presence.<p>Stories are a powerful way for leaders to engage customers, …

Leadership

7 indispensable soft skills to develop for 2018

Oftentimes when you’re eying job descriptions, you’re haphazardly and unintentionally checking off what requirements you match. Being fluent in …

How to Create a High-Performance Team, According to More Than 1,000 Top Executives | Inc.com

Peak-performance cultures maintain a sense of urgency. Urgency is a feeling people experience. Urgency is when your people believe not only that something specific needs to be accomplished, but also that that specific something must be accomplished within a specific time frame or significant …

Management

This Brilliant Strategy Used by Warren Buffett Will Help You Prioritize Your Time | Inc.com

With more than $70 billion to his name and majority ownership of 70+ companies through his holding company Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett has proved he knows a thing or two about prioritizing important work.<p>But this level of focus doesn't come naturally. For most of us, we fall into choice …

Time Management

Your To-Do List Isn't Working. Here's How to Fix It in 1 Step | Inc.com

You're probably familiar with the story for a jar that represents the time available in your life. You fill the jar with rocks, pebbles, and sand representing the big, medium, and small stuff you do every day. If you start with pebbles and sand, you'll run out of space for the big rocks--the things …

Time Management

How to Paint a Room

Painting interior walls is the easiest way to freshen up your place. But this project can quickly turn into a nightmare if you're not careful. Follow these six tips the next time you paint and you'll get great-looking walls while keeping your sanity.<p>Interior painting is by far the most popular …

Home Improvement

I was already an organized person, and writing my to-do list at night has still changed everything

For years, I started my day the very same way: I'd sit down at my computer and jot down my lengthy to-do list. Everything was listed there—the projects I needed to complete, the emails I needed to answer, and those little reminders that have a way of mysteriously falling out of my brain.<p>I assumed …

Productivity

6 Smart Things Super Productive People Do to Get More Things Done Every Day | Inc.com

Ever wish you had more than 24 hours in a day to get more things done? I'm with you. In the struggle to be more productive amid so many distractions, we need tools and techniques that work to our advantage without us working ourselves to death.<p>While these may not involve the benefit of technology …

Time Management

The 4 rituals that will make you an expert at anything

We hear a lot about “10,000 hours” being what it takes to become an expert. But the majority of people totally misunderstand the idea.<p>So I decided to …

Self-improvement

Here's The Top Reason Why Your Best Employees Quit, Even When They Like Their Work | Inc.com

Whenever I'm asked about the top characteristic that separates real leaders from the "wannabe's," I don't mince words. It's empirically and anecdotally evident that this prerequisite must be earned before claiming the title of "leader." Yet most bosses that don't deserve the title will cringe at …

Leadership

With 1 Simple Statement, the Golden State Warriors Showed Donald Trump the True Meaning of Modern Leadership | Inc.com

<i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Let's get the invective and the tweets out of the way first.<p>Donald Trump thinks that any NFL player who made a silent protest against the treatment of minorities in the US by sitting or kneeling …

Donald Trump
Customer Service

The 4 Secrets of Productivity, According to 7 Billionaires | Inc.com

Frigid offices. Summertime weather. Fantasy football leagues. What do these three things have in common? Studies say they all cause your productivity at work to plummet.<p>You cannot always control your environment, but you can control what you get done. And more than that, you can learn from others …

Time Management

Sitting is bad for your health: Move every 30 minutes - TODAY.com

If “sitting is the new smoking,” you can make it even worse by parking your body for more than 30 minutes at a time.<p>People who experience such long bouts of uninterrupted sitting <i>and</i> who stay sedentary for much of their waking time — 12.5 hours or more a day — have the highest risk of death from any …

Health

10 Changes to Your Morning Routine That Will Transform Your Entire Day

Some people dread mornings, and other people relish them. No matter which type you are, there’s still a good chance that you can tweak your morning …

Self-improvement

How to Live ON PURPOSE and Maximize Every Freaking Day | Inc.com

Today can be as great as you want it to be.<p>Your fate isn't set. You get to decide how much of yourself you're going to put into today.<p>Rather than saying, "Well, we'll see what happens," you must powerfully state, <i>"Today, I'm going to make it happen!"</i><p>When you go into the gym, you get to decide how …

Framing

In Just 8 Words, Uber's New CEO Gave a Master Class in Leadership | Inc.com

If many of Uber's high-profile problems -- the sexual harassment claims, the bullying, the intellectual property lawsuit -- are attributable to former leader Travis Kalanick's brash take-no-prisoners, admit-no-errors leadership style, then the company's newly named CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, might be …

Leadership

I Started Saying 'No' to These 6 Things. My Life and My Business Got a Lot Better.

The most difficult obstacles to get past are the ones we place in front of ourselves.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’m a people pleaser. It’s hard for me to say "no" to people who ask for something -- despite a reluctance inside of me. This has gotten me into trouble …

Entrepreneurship

Google is sharing its management tools with the world

Speaking at his alma mater in January, Sundar Pichai, Google’s low-profile CEO, revealed his key to effective management: “Let others succeed.”<p>Enacting Pichai’s advice is easier said than done. But Google is sharing some tools that might help. Its Re:Work blog is offering a series of instructive …

Smart weekend rituals to make your workweek less anxious

A classic weekend spent lounging around the house and meeting with family can be the gift we all deserve after a long week. But it always feels like …

Time Management

Adobe will finally kill Flash in 2020

Adobe is finally planning to kill off Flash once and for all. Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Safari have all been blocking Flash over the past year, but Adobe is now planning to remove support for it fully by the end of 2020. “We will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 …

Software

5 Hydration Mistakes You Are Probably Making

Before your next sweltering run, make these small changes to avoid being sidelined.<p>Staying hydrated is more complicated than just drinking water, especially during those summer months. Avoid these hydration pitfalls with a few small changes in your fueling strategy.<p><b>You Don’t Drink Enough Water</b> …

Nutrition

7 Things You Should Always Be Able to Say About Yourself | Inc.com

There are elements within ourselves that can either sabotage our success or lead us to greatness. In my new upcoming book, <b>The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness,</b> I speak about seven characteristics that can unleash your greatness and success.<p>Here are seven statements that …

Leadership

5 Keys to Becoming a Super Effective Leader | Inc.com

No matter how successful a businessperson you might be, leading others is a very real challenge for many. And while we know that anyone can lead, not everyone can lead effectively.<p>What are the keys to being a remarkably effective leader? Read on to find out.<p><b>1. Communicate</b><p>Communication, especially …

Goal Setting

An Insider's Guide to a Stylish Weekend in Charleston

The chic owner of a beautiful boutique hotel shares her local knowledge<p>Charleston, South Carolina, is much more than the clip-clop of horses drawing carriages down cobblestone streets lined with moss-covered oak trees and stately antebellum homes. (But yes, there is all of that, too.) The modern …

Generations