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Entrepreneurs reveal their failures en route to success

<b>Millions of people dream of starting their own company, but only some are brave enough to take the leap.</b><p>Fewer still go on to great success.<p>Talking to BBC Radio 5 live's On the Money, some of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs share their tips for business success - as well as revealing some of …

Entrepreneurship

Student debt holds back many would-be home buyers

Sarah Luna wants to buy a home in up-and-coming northeast Los Angeles before it's too late.<p>At 31, she has a master's degree and earns more than $70,000 as a court reporter and freelance editor. She daydreams about trading the Glendale apartment she shares for a little condo, maybe in Echo Park or …

8 Ways to Derail Your Meeting Agenda | Inc.com

Meetings can be a huge time suck. That's why it's in everyone's best interest to do all they can to keep them productive. Want to do your part? Stop saying these eight unproductive things:<p>1. Let me give you some feedback on that...<p>Feedback in and of itself isn't a bad thing--when it's constructive, …

Schadenfreude

How to Become a Trusted Leader | Inc.com

Mistrust in leadership has taken root in the public, in part the result of a litany of scandalized politicians and overpaid and questionably competent CEOs. But what if you are, in fact, a capable and good-hearted CEO, and just can't seem to convince your employees?<p>John Dame, the founder of …

Leadership

9 Habits Of Productive People

It doesn’t matter what you do or where you work – everyone is looking for ways to be more productive on the job. But excessive amounts of caffeine and list-making won’t get you any closer to reaching peak productivity levels today.<p>So, why are we all so obsessed with productivity? It’s probably …

How to Sell Your Idea in Less Than 3 Minutes | Inc.com

One thing I have learned over the last few decades of listening to entrepreneurs pitch their ideas is this: it takes me less than three minutes to either tune out or want to know much more. In general, if you can’t win over a potential investor in those critical three minutes, you will need to keep …

Business Strategy

5 Things Successful People Do Before 8 AM

Rise and shine! Morning time just became your new best friend. Love it or hate it, utilizing the morning hours before work may be the key to a …

8 Things Really Efficient People Do | Inc.com

Most everyone would like to be more efficient. Just think, you would spend less time doing the things that you don't enjoy and more on the things that bring satisfaction, happiness and profit. Some people are actually very adept at efficiency. They manage every manageable moment so they have more …

Time Management

Why Being Formulaic Makes You More Creative | Inc.com

Formulaic. The word sends shivers down the spines of artists, authors, inventors, and innovators everywhere. Creative types tend to want to do things differently than have ever been done before, and relying on tried-and-true formulas seems to be the complete opposite of that. When most people think …

Creativity

The Way The U.S. Teaches Science Doesn’t Work

Here's how to fix it<p>In 2012, a shocking 69 percent of American high-school graduates failed to meet college-readiness benchmarks in science. And in a 2010 paper about math and science achievement, the U.S. ranked last out of the eight countries studied (including England, South Korea, and Hungary). …

Entrepreneurs! Take a break; it can help your business

We, as entrepreneurs, know that in order to grow our businesses we have to work tirelessly, not only in the beginning but always. And when we love …

5 Ways to Find, Train and Oversee the Ideal Intern

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Hiring a college student for a semester or summer can bring your company youthful perspective and an employee eager to learn. But the process of finding, training and overseeing a student for just two or three months can be overwhelming. …

Employment

2:55 P.M.: When Productivity Dies

You’re not getting anything done in the afternoon. So what can you do about it?<p>You’re cross-eyed from monitor glare, comatose from lunch digestion, and you don’t even realized you just opened up Facebook: It’s 2:55 in the afternoon, the time of day when productivity dies.<p>Deconstructing the …

Workday

How Delusion Makes You More Productive

The first step to getting something done is deluding yourself into thinking you can do it.<p>How do you get something massive done–like building a business or writing a book or learning how to dance–when you’re not sure if you can make it happen? A.J. Jacobs has the hack: self-delusion.<p>Jacobs, whose …

Writing

Unlimited Vacation Doesn’t Create Slackers–It Ensures Productivity

By tossing the two-week standard in favor of an honor system with unlimited time off, some companies are seeing an exponential rise in productivity. Now, they just have to be mindful of staff burnout.<p>Sharon Rosenblatt confesses she suffers from self-diagnosed workplace paranoia–and even her …

The Workplace

Your Weekend Has 60 Hours–Here’s How To Wring The Most Out Of Them

Do your weekends fly by too fast? Craft weekends that are memorable, relaxing, and productive with these 10 tips from productivity expert Laura Vanderkam.<p>Weekends always seem to go quickly, but they’re longer than we think. There are 60 hours between that 6 p.m. Friday beer and that 6 a.m. Monday …

Time Management

The Art of Work

What would happen if the best moments of your life happened at the office? That would be “flow,” and thanks to a guy with an unpronounceable name, more and more businesses want to know about it.<p><i>“It is what the sailor holding a tight course feels when the wind whips through her hair….It is what a</i> …

University of Chicago

Are Retirement’s Days Numbered?

Traditional retirement may not be in the cards for Generation Flux. Believe it or not, we might be happier and healthier that way.<p>Have you heard the latest on the retirement crisis? It’s not what you think. Sure, recent reports suggest that four out of five families have less than a year’s income …

Retirement

Why Grumpy People Can Be Super Productive

If you’re waiting for the “right mood” to strike before you attack that stack of work, you might be waiting a loooooonnng time.<p>When we say that we’re “waiting for the right time” to start on something, we tend to mean that we want to feel good about what we’re doing–but new research suggests that a …

Happiness

The Strange Scientific Connection Between Coffee Shops And Creativity

Researchers have found that the level of noise that matches the bustle of a coffeeshop–around 70 decibels–spurs more creative performance than the quiet of 50 decibels or the distracting blender volume of 85 decibels.<p>Something strangely productive happened in 17th-century England: The meeting spot …

Creativity

How to Take a Real Vacation: 4 Steps to a Digital Detox | Inc.com

It's time for a little summer R&R. You've got the bathing suit packed, the resort booked, and visions of Cabo's beaches on the brain. Sounds dreamy, no? It will be--unless you find yourself texting friends about the great food, live-Tweeting the amazing sunset, agonizing over whether to use the …

Swimwear

How To Talk Like A Most Creative Person

At the center of every great project–whether Google Maps, a podcast, or Nashville–lies a conversation. Just ask Daniel Graf, Connie Britton, and Marc Maron, three of this year’s Most Creative People in business.<p>Combing through our Most Creative People of the year list, you can see that …

Creativity

Six Reasons Your Best Employees Quit You

There’s a saying that employees don’t leave companies, they leave managers – and today they are leaving more often than ever. According to recent Department of Labor statistics, the average tenure of an employee in the U.S. is now only 1.5 years. What do these numbers mean? Are managers doing that …

#Unplug: Not What You Think It Is

While “digital detox” sure sounds exciting, it’s really just another binge. Instead, we can learn to unplug every day.<p>Digital detox spas and device-free vacations are popping up in the name of unplugging. They promise to make us healthier, more creative, and more productive.<p>But what does <i>unplugging</i> …

Meditation

Unplug Your Weekend Or Ruin Your Life

You need energy to do your best work or be a good friend or partner. Weekends give energy. So learn how to do them well.<p>Not separating your weekend from your week can unravel your relationships, stymie your stress recovery, and ultimately ruin your productivity, research suggests.<p>We can avert these …

Flavors

FORMER 'BLACK SWAN' INTERN: People Aren't Mocking My Crusade Against Unpaid Internships Anymore

Former Fox Searchlight intern Eric Glatt won a major victory for unpaid interns last week when a judge ruled interns are employees entitled to at least minimum wage.<p>We spoke to the former "Black Swan" intern recently about unpaid internships, and about his lawsuit against Fox — which is now moving …

Employment

The Ongoing Story: Twitter and Writing

I was in the <i>Time</i> magazine archives recently, doing research for my biography of J. D. Salinger, when I pulled open a drawer and found a small box containing a bunch of discarded typewriter heads for the I.B.M. Selectric typewriter—the cutting-edge writing technology of my youth. I had written, or …

Job Interviews: 5 Questions Great Candidates Ask | Inc.com

Be honest. Raise your hand if you feel the part of the job interview where you ask the candidate, "Do you have any questions for me?" is almost always a waste of time.<p>Thought so.<p>The problem is, most candidates don't actually care about your answers; they just hope to make themselves look good by …

Employment

3 Signs You're Meant to Be a Leader | Inc.com

Reading leadership literature (including this column), you'd sometimes think that it was written in the stars that everyone has the potential to be an effective leader.<p>I don't believe that to be true. In fact, I see way fewer truly effective leaders than I see people stuck in positions of …

Leadership