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Good News: Working Hard Can Actually Make You Smarter

Intellect is a muscle.<p><i>Can hard work beat intelligence? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Auren Hoffman, SafeGraph CEO. fmr LiveRamp CEO. Started & sold 5 companies, on …

12 New Books We Recommend This Week

Set your summer reading to an orchestral swell with Harvey Sachs’s magisterial 923-page biography of the 20th-century maestro and cultural trailblazer Arturo Toscanini. Looking for more of a quick dip? Diksha Basu’s debut novel, “The Windfall,” and Barbara Gowdy’s “Little Sister” are good bets to …

Sorry, Your Cool Office Space Isn't Helping Your Company Culture (But These 3 Things Will)

If the core of your company culture is shaky no amount of endless soda or office perks will get it back on track. Instead, implement real changes that have real effects.<p>Company culture can make or break your business. Current company trends could lead you to believe that nap rooms, pool tables, and …

How to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone | Heleo

“You need to have conviction, that deep sense of purpose, to give yourself permission to act against the grain of your personality.”<p><b>READ ON TO</b> …

7 tips for insomniacs who can’t get to sleep

No one enjoys showing up to work groggy and tired after a sleepless night, but too many of us are having trouble catching those elusive zzz’s. 1 in 3 …

How to Build a Career, Not Just Find a Job

Developing your professional network will be far more valuable than uploading your resume to every listing site on the internet.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Headlines abound whenever Facebook or Google introduce a new feature or product. Recently, both rolled out …

3 Leadership Lessons for Entrepreneurs Who Crave to Make an Impact

The leader's authority is never greater than their accountability.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Many people become entrepreneurs because they want to be their own boss. They don’t want to answer to anyone. These are the same folks who imagine that entrepreneurial …

3 Things You Should Do for Every Sales Campaign

You can have the best sales piece in the world, but if it's missing one critical ingredient, it's guaranteed to fail.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You can have the best sales piece in the world, but if it’s missing one critical ingredient, you could see virtually no …

Direct Marketing

The 7 Elements of an Irresistibly Compelling Offer

Converting window shoppers into buyers is just a matter of psychology.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The lifeblood of any business, at the heart of success in any endeavor, is the existence of a compelling and irresistible offer. Whatever it is that you decide to …

How to Use Other People's Doubts to Fuel Your Own Success

Don't ever believe when other people say you can't.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s a reason rap and hip-hop artists like to say that haters are motivators. Though negativity can be difficult to endure, there are ways to turn those bad vibes around and melt them …

7 Steps to Compromising Effectively as a Business Leader

You can't always get your way, and you can't always give in to the other side. So, what are your options?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, you’ll likely be involved in multiple types of negotiations and discussions: You’ll argue with your partners …

Here I Am is Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel in 11 years. It’s sort of worth the wait.

When Jonathan Safran Foer published his first novel, <i>Everything Is Illuminated</i>, in 2002, he became an instant literary sensation. He was just 25 years old, and his debut — about a young Jewish man traveling through Ukraine — was the talk of the town. The New York Times said it was extraordinary. …

What Happens When a Town Is Liberated From ISIS

U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters fought for more than two months to push the Islamic State out of Manbij, Syria.<p>Men got haircuts and shaved their beards. Women lit up cigarettes and burned their niqabs. Residents of Manbij, Syria, who had lived under the Islamic State for nearly two years, …

Middle East

19 Of The Most Chilling Lines In Literature

By Koty Neelis,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1L73cmV<p>Literature has created some of the most evil characters we’ve ever known, showing us just how …

Donald Trump’s Nuclear Uncle

In September, 1936, a reporter for the Associated Press watched the unveiling of a new kind of X-ray machine, said to be able to generate a million volts of power. The scientist operating the device was John G. Trump, a professor of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Trump …

The Only Five Email Folders Your Inbox Will Ever Need

Stop “organizing” your emails by subject and start thinking of them in terms of deadlines.<p>For years, my approach to email was like slaying a hydra. For every email I deleted, two more landed in my inbox.<p>Part of the problem, I knew, was the nature of my work. My team stands between two major …

How Literature Helped My Father and Me Survive Life in a Cult

When my father won the English prize at his grammar school in 1946 his teachers gave him a copy of Arthur Mee’s <i>Book of Everlasting Things</i>. He was …

A literary map of America, L.A. events and long live Book Show

A map of America as seen through books. L.A.’s own Book Show reaches out to readers. And a couple of literary events that venture beyond the bookstore. Here’s a few literary links for your midweek (and post holiday) slump.<p>A literary treasure map<p>Critic-at-large Susan Straight has penned this …

Lifestyle

Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe Gives a Tour of His Bookshelf

The frontman and bibliophile takes us through a few books on his reading pile.<p>Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe is a voracious reader, these days by choice but originally by divine intervention. "When I was a little kid, we had a lightning storm and my TV blew up," Blythe explains from his home in …

The One-Page Cheat Sheet To Your Most Productive 90 Days Ever

Here’s how to break down your big-picture goals into steps you and your team can actually take this quarter.<p>Dr. Challa wasn’t starving for opportunity, he was drowning in it. He was bright, confident, and empathetic. Not only did he have great bedside manners, but he was also a savvy entrepreneur …

What Your Day Looks Like When You Work At Google

Last month, a Google Doodle celebrating what would have been the 98th birthday of Japanese-American civil rights activist Fred Korematsu went viral. …

My Morning Routine Shares Hundreds of Ways to Start Your Morning Positively

Chances are you probably already have some sort of morning routine. But maybe there’s some room for improvement. On My Morning Routine, you can read …

Time Management

The Most Shared Blog Posts Of All Time That Will Inspire You

We’ve all experienced a piece of writing that leaves us with goosebumps and inspires us. Until recently, I had forgotten which blog posts had done …

How I launched a side hustle that earns enough to cover my mortgage payment — and requires less than 10 hours of work per week

I loaded my iPhone with apps like Evernote, Outlook, Mail, and Agenda to keep track of to-dos, appointments, and meetings. But I found myself more unfocused and lost in the swirl of life than ever.<p>I started using an old-fashioned notepad for my to-do list, and liked it. Then I started printing my …

34 Books by Women of Color to Read This Year

<b>Searching for Unicorns in Publishers’ Catalogs</b><p>This list began with a mistake. I’d started collecting the titles of intriguing 2017 books: to read …

Southeast Asia’s Rising Publishing World: An Interview With Kenneth Quek

Southeast Asia's publishing industries show promising signs of growth despite being under-translated and overly vulnerable to censorship, says …

10 Skills That Are Hard To Learn But Can Hugely Benefit You In The Long-Term

Erica Wagner<p>Freelance Writer Read full profile<p>They say that the best things in life are free, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t take time, dedication, …

A safe environment for child trafficking survivors - UNICEF Connect

It’s 10 o’clock in the morning, and the children are busy learning in the outdoor classrooms set up at the reception centre run by the NGO Goutte …

America's Addiction to Mercenaries

Washington’s reliance on private contractors to fight its wars has mutated into a strategic vulnerability.<p>A decade ago, I found myself in a precarious position. I was in Burundi, sipping a Coke with Domitien Ndayizeye, the country’s then-president, U.S. Ambassador Jim Yellin, and several others. We …