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What I learned about Canada living in the U.S.

<i>Allison Young is a freelance writer from Peterborough, Ont., now living in Arizona</i><p>Twenty years ago, I was about to graduate at Queen's University and was applying for the JET Programme to teach English in Japan alongside thousands of other travel-hungry bachelor-degree holders<p>The program was …

Photography Guide: How to Master your DSLR Camera - Dam

You spend a lot of money buying a DSLR camera. <i>Wouldn’t it be great to learn how to use it so that you can leave auto-mode behind for good?</i><p>Yes, I …

Cameras

Trouble's brewing in Canada

Jared Dillian, the former Lehman Brothers trader and noted financial writer, says that low oil prices have hurt the Canadian economy and that the real-estate market is near the peak of a massive bubble.<p>In a video interview with Mauldin Economics, Dillian notes he shorted the Canadian dollar almost …

6 habits that'll help night owls thrive in the 9-to-5 world

Crack-of-dawn conference calls, breakfast meetings or even the fact that the office coffee maker is always turned off by noon are just a few examples of how the work world really is designed for early risers. You know the type — those perky folks who leap out of bed with the sun and begin winding …

Here's what Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and 28 other successful people ask job candidates during interviews

That's why they steer clear of these cliché queries and instead ask more meaningful ones.<p>Many of the most successful execs have their one favorite go-to question that reveals everything they need to know about a job candidate.<p>Here are 30 of them.<p><i>Alison Griswold and Vivian Giang contributed to</i> …

9 signs you're successful — even if it doesn't feel like it

We live in a world that reinforces this feeling. Though most people won't admit it — other than the guy with the 'He who dies with the most toys wins' bumper sticker — in the back of our minds, we equate material possessions with success.<p>It's a shame we fall prey to materialistic thinking because …

Use the 'Goldilocks rule' to stay motivated instead of getting discouraged

Labor laws were loose back then and the boy managed to land a position selling guidebooks to visitors for $0.50 a piece.<p>Within a year, he had transitioned to Disney's magic shop where he learned tricks from the older employees.<p>He experimented with jokes and tried out simple magic routines on the …

Want to Be Happier? Science Says Do These 11 Things Every Single Day

Try them. They work. (If you can't trust science, what can you trust?)<p>Obviously, we all want to be happier. But there's another reason to wish to be more lighthearted and content: Happiness is definitely a result, but happiness is also a driver.<p>While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve …

Happiness

The Bank of Canada’s warnings on frothy housing markets, and what they mean

Governor Stephen Poloz and his Bank of Canada colleagues were crystal clear today in warning about the threats to certain housing markets, and the risks they carry.<p>As The Globe and Mail’s Barrie McKenna reports, Mr. Poloz warned that surging prices in Toronto and Vancouver are not sustainable, and …

Canadian Real Estate

Mother Teresa's Top 15 Ways To Find Happiness In Your Life

If there is anyone whom I can see as a peaceful and happy soul in the universe, it would be Mother Teresa. Her wisdom is eternal. It touches our …

Happiness

This Entrepreneur Built His Business Through Social Media (You Can Too)

When it comes to doing your own PR (particularly without overtly <i>promoting</i> yourself), author, business advisor and personal development/management coach Richie Norton is surely one of the best.<p>I became aware of Norton earlier this year in the midst of helping a client (Greg Pesci, CEO of Spera, Inc. …

Public Relations

YouTube introduces six-second bumper ads that you can't skip

Do you remember the last time you watched a YouTube ad from beginning to end? With YouTube’s latest update you may not have a choice.<p>Don’t start …

Canada's Oil Country Is Bleeding Jobs and Suicides Are on the Rise in Alberta | VICE News

There was supposed to be a life path for an Alberta oil worker.<p>It started after leaving high school — with or without a diploma — and an entry level job somewhere in the field. If you were born into a family with a legacy in the trades, you might luck out and get a job as a maintenance worker at a …

22 ways to earn passive income

Making money while you sleep.<p>Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?<p>After reading books like "Rich Dad Poor Dad" and "4 Hour Work Week," I became interested obsessed with making passive income.<p>Whenever someone needs additional income, the stereotypical suggestion offered is to "get a part-time job."<p>But …

5 Ways Introverts Become Highly Successful Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

The image of the outgoing, gregarious, never-met-a-stranger entrepreneur is a common one. That's especially true when many successful entrepreneurs appear to have pushed through obstacles and setbacks by force of personality alone.<p>So being an extrovert is a prerequisite for being a great …

Personality

These Entrepreneurs Use LinkedIn Publishing To Drive Sales (You Can, Too)

As the next step in my series on LinkedIn publishing, I’m sharing best practice advice today from five entrepreneurs who are doing it well. Additionally, I’ll address an assertion from a reader who responded to my last segment on LinkedIn publishing when it appeared on LinkedIn.<p>Says UK-based brand …

Thought Leadership

Tired of the 9 to 5? This is how to start a business for free

<b>(CNN) —</b> You might think that the hardest part about starting your own business is figuring out what new service or product to offer to the world.<p>But after spending months, or even years, meticulously fine-tuning your unique selling point -- the heavy lifting starts. Building a business takes an …

Small Business

Forget Business School--Just Watch These 10 TED Talks

You can emerge as an effective trailblazer in your office by being true to yourself and constantly learning. Start by watching these short lectures and embodying their lessons.<p>In today's business world, leaders are emerging at all ranks. The role of the leader is not exclusive to executive-level …

Homo naledi: New species of human ancestor discovered in South Africa

<b>Rising Star Cave, South Africa (CNN) —</b> When an amateur caver and university geologist arrived at Lee Berger's house one night in late 2013 with a fragment of a fossil jawbone in hand, they broke out the beers and called National Geographic.<p>Berger, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand …

Archaeology

Millionaires Don't Use To-Do Lists (They Use This Instead)

Do you really think Richard Branson and Bill Gates wrote long to-do lists and prioritized items as A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and on and on?<p>In my research into time management and best practices for productivity, I've interviewed over 200 billionaires, Olympians, straight-A students and entrepreneurs. I …

One Woman Photoshopped by 18 Countries: Beauty Standards Revealed

Last year, journalist Esther Honig published a viral series of images showing how photo retouchers in 27 countries around the world “enhanced” a …

10 Inspirational Books that can Change Your Life

“Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and …

Motivation

10 skills that are hard to learn but pay off forever

That's especially the case when it comes to learning important life skills.<p>In an effort to ascertain which talents are worth the investment, one Quora reader posed the question: What are the hardest and most useful skills to learn?<p>We've highlighted our favorite takeaways.<p>Effective time management …

Self-improvement

9 habits everyone should master before turning 30

Your 20s are a time of discovery. You figure out who you are, what you want, and how to make it happen.<p>The habits you establish during this time tend to stick and become the foundation of your adult life. Establishing positive ones can be the difference between success and failure.<p>We've sorted …

Adidas won the World Cup battle, but Nike is winning the soccer wars

It’s official. Adidas won the World Cup.<p>At least in the sense that whoever wins tomorrow’s final will be wearing the German sportswear giant’s clothing (and for that matter, kicking its balls). Adidas is an official sponsor of FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, meaning its balls are used in World …