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How to make fire bricks out of junk mail

These folks have figured out how to make burnable fuel from junk mail. You toss all your junk mail, newspaper, cardboard boxes, and the like …

Power Tools

How to Know If You Have the Entrepreneur Gene (If it Even Exists)

Is entrepreneurship caused by nature or nurture? Not that it makes much difference once the bug bites.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Scientists have been studying the potential role genes plays in a person’s aptitude for entrepreneurship. I’d certainly be interested in …

Entrepreneurship

I took nootropics every day for a week—here’s what happened

Just like how subsisting on Soylent instead of actual food became a habit among Silicon Valley bros years before you could buy a bottle at 7-Eleven, …

What’s the best use of a leader’s time? – Signal v. Noise

I asked this to 700+ managers, founders and executives from all over the world. Here’s what they said.<p>Time is the one constant we are all given. No …

How to Avoid the 3 Most Common Startup Mistakes - Advice From Successful Founders

I spoke with 3 successful entrepreneurs who talk about what mistakes they avoided and how it made them successful.<p>You know who loves making mistakes?<p>Not me.<p>You know who makes too many mistakes?<p>Me.<p>I'm on a mission to make fewer mistakes. The fewer mistakes I make, the better right? So, I decided to …

3 Tricks Dads Know That They Should Be Using on the Job

If you read to your children, you know about storytelling. Here's how to make those skills work spectacularly for you in business.<p>Once upon a time--let's say June 1978--there was a freshly minted college graduate hoping to work in corporate communications. Let's call him Joe. Now this guy is …

This Harvard Scientist Says Being a Rebel and Breaking The Rules Makes You a Better Leader (Try Any of These 8 Things)

If that's how you want to roll, here are eight things you'll want to do to lead like a rebel.<p>Harvard behavioral scientist, Francesca Gino, knew she was onto something when she read a cookbook where the author, an Italian chef, broke every rule of Italian culinary tradition by filling the book with …

Ice Cream

20 Easy Cleveland Life Hacks Sure to Simplify Your Life

Making your life simpler and/or cheaper is what life hacks are all about. And thankfully, there are plenty of them in Cleveland if you look hard …

Prospects Will Ignore You Reciting a List of Product Features but They Like a Good Story

Stop reading the product manual to potential clients and start helping them see your product as a solution they can use.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Here's a lesson you don't need to learn the hard way. Showcasing your product’s features is, ironically, not the best …

Product Management

24 Phrases You Should Start Saying More Often in the Workplace

What can you say that will cause a colleague to gravitate toward you? What words will cause an employee to light up with a smile?<p>A recent CareerBuilder survey says 50 percent of employees would stay longer with their companies if they were recognized more frequently.<p>To pull this off takes a leader …

I HIT HIDWAL: How This Crazy Acronym Can Help You Turn Your Life Around

The real enemy of "great" may be "good."<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In <i>Good to Great,</i> Jim Collins opened up a whole new paradigm for many people. He showed us that “bad” is not the enemy of “great.” “Good” is the enemy of “great.” Everyone can recognize when …

Entrepreneurship

42 Percent of Startups Fail for This 1 Simple Reason (It's Not What You Think)

Close to half of the over 100 startups analyzed made this mistake -- and never recovered.<p>CBI Insights recently analyzed 101 startup post-mortems (reports they wrote after they failed). The researchers extracted the top reasons startups fail, including things like a pivot going wrong; legal …

11 Inspiring Quotes About the Remarkable Power of Being Assertive

Never be passive or aggressive again. These quotes will inspire you to express yourself powerfully and authentically.<p>Not everything you want will be handed to you. Sometimes, you have to go out and get it. And if you want major success -- you will have to be assertive.<p>Being assertive means you know …

Agile Vs. the Corporate Immune System

Shutterstock<p><i>Agile methods, in which dedicated teams work in rapid iterations, consistently produce better results and happier teams. But Agile faces</i> …

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Washington University in St. Louis

11 Apologies That Scream Lack of Confidence

Sorry, not sorry. Over-apologizing is a bad habit and may harm your reputation as a confident business person.<p>Sorry, but over-apologizing can be an annoying habit. The need to apologize for things that are out of your control, or don't require an apology, sends up red flags. It may stem from an …

Customer Service

My husband inherited money — should I divorce him after he pays off our mortgage?

<b>Dear Moneyist,</b><p>My husband of 21 years is expecting an inheritance payout in the next month or two. He wants to use the money to pay off the mortgage …

The Best Time of Day to Drink Coffee, According to Science

To get full health benefits and optimum buzz, don't drink your first cup first thing in the morning.<p>As anyone who's been reading this column knows, there's substantial scientific evidence that coffee is incredibly good for your health and extends your life. According to a meta-analysis of 127 …

Want To Drive Sales? Instead Of Spending Money On Marketing, Consider Doing This Instead

Marketing isn't necessarily the best way to build a book of business.<p>I'm channel agnostic.<p>I'm not married to Facebook ads, or social media in general, or email marketing, or Google Adwords--because I don't believe any single marketing type is a "one size fits all" solution. Each and every business …

You can take Google's Machine Learning Crash Course for free now

Google’s new ‘Machine Learning Crash Course’ is now available and it’s free for everyone. If robots are coming for your job this class will prepare you for your next one.<p>This same course has been taken by more than 18,000 Google engineers, and this is the first time it’s been made available to the …

In 1 Sentence, Elon Musk Shares His Single Best Piece of Business and Personal Advice

In contrast to the usual blustery, brash statements and advice Musk gives, this one is powerful for its simplicity and applicability.<p>You can say what you want about Elon Musk, but two things are undeniable. He has a habit of making bold bets, and he isn't shy about sharing equally bold …

Why You Have to Stop Networking If You Want to Succeed

Networking is out. Connecting is in. Here's what that means for your relationship building.<p>Business relationships are critical for top-performing growth. These relationships don't just launch your career to new heights, though. Relationships are a means of cultivating ideas, encouraging …

10 Questions To Ask About The Data Analytics In That Report

A report just came in. It draws some dazzling conclusions based on new data. The question is – should you believe it?<p>It’s easy to trust research when the conclusions align with the impressions you already have, and just as easy to reject it when they don’t. But we’d make better decisions if we …

Big Data

You Have to Say No to Many Good Things to Have a Great Life

It's a matter of priorities. If you don't know yours, and how to act on them, you'll end up mediocre.<p>As a leadership professor at New York University, I see some of the world's top students. A recent conversation reminded me that our university's culture still misguides them.<p>Our corporate worlds …

40 Different Email Greetings You Can Use in Your Next Message

Looking for inspiration? Here you go.<p>Do you know what I just spent way too long doing? Scrolling through all of my sent messages.<p>I realized two very important (and slightly embarrassing) things:<p>One: I send way too many emails. I mean <i>way</i> too many.<br>Two: I start nearly every single one with "I hope …

Jokes

Steve Jobs's Advice on the Only 4 Times You Should Say No Is Brilliant

With so many things coming our way every day, Steve Jobs calls us back to the importance of focus with one prophetic quote.<p>In the frantic pace of life to do more and be more, we hardly think about the importance of <i>focus.</i><p>That's why, for those free-spirited, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs …

If You Want to Be a Better Presenter All You Have to Do Is Care. Here's What that Looks Like

Words of wisdom from the master presentation coach, Brian Burkhart<p>"Umm, that's our picture? You stole that from our website and put it on your slide!"<p>I sat in disbelief as one of the audience members accused the presenter of stealing an image from her company's website and used it in his …

I Forced Myself to Talk to 1 Stranger a Week for a Year. Here's What I Learned

In a culture of overwork, forming new friendships instead of expanding networks may be the answer to improved wellbeing.<p>Every opportunity is attached to a person, says entrepreneur, author and founder of e-government software company Comcate, Ben Casnocha. "Opportunities do not float like clouds in …

3 tips for delivering business insights with data visualization

Data visualization can help organizations make faster and better decisions. Here's how to incorporate it in your company's projects.<p>A 2017 survey by …

8 Reasons Why So Many Analytics Projects Fail

What does data analytics really mean and how can it help you today? Search Google for the term “data analytics” and you’ll be confronted with more …