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50 books that inspire Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and other tech titans

We all know that the most successful entrepreneurs and CEOs have a great appetite for reading. But what books do they remember? Which ones do they …

8 Life Lessons From 8 Good Books That Everyone Should Read

These inspirational books can change your life if you let them.<p>Humans are adaptation machines. We are literally designed to adapt to our environment and the stresses that it places on us (both physical and mental). Learning is the act of taking conscious control of this process, and books are the …

Self-improvement

4 Questions Great Managers Ask Their Employees Every Week

The prerequisite for setting the stage for these questions to be asked (and answered) is transparency. Therein lies the problem for most bosses.<p>Readers of my column in management roles will often write to me asking about what they can do to improve their relationships with employees. It's not that …

Employment

14 mind-expanding TED Talks to watch if you have 20 minutes to spare

Over the past several years, TED talks have brought insights from the most prominent academics, business leaders, and writers to the masses.<p>If you want to get some quick enlightenment, look no further than this list of some of the most thought-provoking and mind-expanding TED talks available.<p>These …

The 1 Thing Elon Musk Got Right With Tesla and Almost Every Other Entrepreneur Gets Wrong

Look for a "hair on fire" use case.<p>Elon Musk is often hailed as a visionary, and rightly so. Tesla, not to mention his other ventures, has the mark of a business that can truly change the world. When he co-founded the company in 2003, electric cars seemed like a pipe dream. Today, however, just …

27 Podcasts You Need To Start Listening To In 2018

Tired of listening to the same old podcasts? Here's some fresh ones that deserve your time.<p>We asked the BuzzFeed Community and BuzzFeed staff to tell us about underrated podcasts they absolutely love. We received thousands and thousands of submissions this year. (Thank you if you sent one in.) Here …

Sexual Harassment

You've Got It All Wrong. This Is What Elon Musk Is Really Selling

Elon Musk and his team have mastered the art of touching people's emotions.<p>-Elon Musk and his space exploration company SpaceX made headlines on Tuesday when they successfully launched the most powerful operational rocket in the world, the Falcon Heavy.<p>But why do so many people care about this …

The Top 10 Television Shows of 2017

It didn’t take any extra effort to produce a top 10 list in which every series has at least one strong female lead character, powerfully examined in …

Bitcoin millionaire: Don't invest in bitcoin

I first invested $5,000 in bitcoin back in 2013 at $72 per coin and now own approximately 69.2 bitcoins.<p>While I had first heard about bitcoin in …

I've been coaching execs for 25 years, and the same 6 habits keep coming up in the best leaders

Over the past 25 years, I've coached a mix of executives in for profit and not-for-profit companies like Kellogg's, Monsanto, SoCalGas, Newark City Government, The United Way, IBM, and AT&T. I've been in board rooms with people fretting about decreases in market share, swirling about regulatory …

C-suite Leadership

Tim Ferriss's Approach to Accomplishing Your Most Important Priority Is Brilliant (and It Takes Only 1 Hour a Day)

The most successful people spend their first hour of their day doing this.<p>Tim Ferriss has made a career of distilling snackable bits of advice from his own personal productivity experiments. He's also become expert at observing these same hacks from any number of ü​ber-successful people in his …

Steve Jobs: This Is the Mindset That Separates Those With Extraordinary Lives From Everyone Else

He said it 22 years ago but it's just as true today.<p>To leave your mark on the world and accomplish truly interesting things, do you need to be rich? Brilliant? Able to take a mental beating and keep on fighting?<p>Not according to Steve Jobs. None of those factors will probably hurt your efforts to be …

Google Just Revealed Its 5 HR Secrets for Identifying and Developing Great Managers

For starters, it's a mistake to think that a high-performing employee should be promoted to management.<p>In a recent podcast at Google's Re:work, Sarah Calderon, a manager at Google who oversees Google's Manager Development curriculum, revealed some nifty secrets about how they train and develop …

How to Find Your Next Big Idea, According to a Self-Made Millionaire

Hard work, perseverance and diligently practicing the right daily habits are key in getting ahead in business and life. But finding a big idea helps, as well.<p>Hard work, perseverance and diligently practicing the right daily habits are key in getting ahead in business and life. But finding a big …

What’s the best meditation style for your personality type?

Everyone has their own fitness personality: Some people can’t get enough of SoulCycle, while others see tapping it back to a Katy Perry song as their …

Meditation

This Email From Google's CEO to Employees Teaches Some Major Lessons in Leadership

In six short paragraphs, Sundar Pichai shows us how to respond to a crisis--and demonstrates how much words matter.<p>At this point, you've probably heard about "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber," a controversial memo written by a Google employee that went viral over the weekend.<p>The 10-page manifesto …

With $5.3 million in funding, CarDash wants to change how you get your car serviced

For car owners, getting their vehicle repaired or even dealing with routine maintenance can be a pain. Launching today, a company called CarDash wants to make auto service less painful and more transparent.<p>Available initially in the Bay Area, CarDash works with a number of local service centers so …

San Francisco Bay Area

Neuroscience Says Workplace Happiness Comes Down to Experiencing This Emotion Daily

When the brain releases this feel-good chemical, good things will happen for you and your company.<p>Over the last decade, compelling research from neuroscience continues to inform leaders and HR professionals on ways they can improve teamwork, productivity, and company performance.<p>But what's the …

Employee Engagement

A 69-year-old monk who scientists call the 'world's happiest man' says the secret to being happy takes just 15 minutes a day

Who is the happiest man in the world?<p>If you Google it, the name "Matthieu Ricard" pops up.<p>Matthieu Ricard, 69, is a Tibetan Buddhist monk originally …

Discover why Python is an essential programming language

If you dream of earning big bucks as a programmer, you’ll need a broad knowledge of popular programming languages. Most experts would agree that …

I Am Blown Away By How This Genius CEO Is Growing Her Business

A technical genius is trying her hand at starting a company. It's off to a great start because its technical innovations are solving a major pain point for large companies. It's sales are taking off but can its CEO sustain that growth?<p>Liz Maida -- who I interviewed this month after being contacted …

Coding Is An Overrated Skill: Here's What You Really Need To Know

Essential lessons from the founders of WeWork, ClassPass, Hint and Quest<p>There's a myth floating around Silicon Valley that you need to be able to code to run a successful company. And it's duped us all. The companies we aspire to start are tech-based, overnight unicorns that fundamentally disrupt …

How to Work 40 Hours (In Under 20)

Right now you're probably thinking, "That sounds great, but what the heck do I actually do?"<p>I used to be one of those people who loved to brag about how busy he was. You know the type. Heck, you might even be one of "those" people...<p>I would work 60, 70, sometimes 80 hours a week--it was never …

Time Management

How Googlers Avoid Burnout (and Secretly Boost Creativity)

Adam*, is an engineer on Google’s self-driving car project (now its own division, called Waymo). He says the daily pace of work borders on fanatical. …

I Didn’t Say a Single Word For 10 Days—Here’s What I Learned

“There was to be no speaking, no reading, no writing, and no listening to music.”<p>My roommate was laying on his bed, staring blankly at the bare ceiling. We were sharing a tiny concrete cell roughly 7 square feet in size, and we hadn't spoken to each other in 8 days. Normally if you haven’t spoken …

Irish money messaging startup cofounded by a Facebook veteran raises €25 million just 6 months after launch

Plynk announced the investment on Wednesday at MoneyConf in Madrid. The company says in a release that it is building an app which links to people's Facebook accounts and then lets them send money to friends through messages with no fees. It was founded in 2015 by former Facebook manager Charles …

Messaging

These 3 Emails--From the CEOs of Starbucks, Microsoft, and Amazon--Teach Extraordinary Lessons in Leadership

3 top CEOs. 3 extraordinary emails. 3 brilliant lessons in leadership.<p>How would you describe an effective leader?<p>There are many ways to answer that question, but most would agree that true leadership involves the ability to practice what one preaches, to set the example, and to inspire others.<p>Over …

People Thought Google and Adobe Would Crush My Startup. Actually, They Gave Us Our Biggest Breaks.

Small companies in niche markets can use their specialization and nimbleness as powerful competitive advantages.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For most tech entrepreneurs, it's an "Oh, sh*t!" moment when Google, Amazon or Apple enters their market space. These giant …

Customers

A startup CEO explains the problem with telling entrepreneurs to 'dream big'

<i>Dream big.</i><p>It's probably one of the most common, well-meaning pieces of advice out there.<p>In order to achieve success, all we have to do is shoot for the stars, and refuse to let anything limit us or our ideas, right?<p>Well, that's not the whole story.<p>This sort of "bigger is better" thinking can also …

Entrepreneurship

Need Launch Money? Here's How to Seed Your Disruptive Idea

Everything you need to know about getting seed money and what qualifies your startup.<p>Money might not actually make the world go 'round, but it certainly does help startups looking to break into their market with support from investors. Last year we didn't even talk much about seed money, but this …