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I retired at 30 with $1.25 million — here are the 3 key strategies I used to get there

I started my financial independence journey in 2010 and saved $1.25 million in 5 years, reaching financial independence at the age of 30.<p>I get asked a lot how I did it and how someone else can too, so I decided to outline the variables and scenarios that impact how fast you, depending on your …

22 Bad Habits to Give Up If You Want to Be Successful

What does it truly take to be successful?<p>People love to depict success as a single colossal goal; a mountain they have to surmount. But the truth is, that mountaintop doesn’t even exist if you can’t succeed at the small tasks that are right in front of you. Success isn’t the result of one home run. …

10 Vegetarian Soup Recipes So Good Even Staunch Carnivores Will Want Seconds

We've already professed our love of soup on multiple occasions this season (see decadent cauliflower soup recipes and low-carb soup recipes for …

What Really Happens to Your Body When You Get Acupuncture

The ancient needles are surprisingly similar to painkilling drugs.<p>If you think the average migraine is bad, imagine having one that lasts a <i>week</i>. Then …

Acupuncture

9 vegan skincare brands that should be on your shopping list

Here's what you need...<p>1. Pai<p>If you're a newbie to vegan skincare, Pai is the best place to start. They have an extensive line of products, so it's easy to find <i>everything</i> you could need in one place. Plus the brand's totally transparent when it comes to what's in their formulas, so every single …

To Be Successful Get Rid of The Losers in Your Life | Inc.com

Over the past five years, I've been undergoing a process of self-improvement that has enabled me to pivot away from a career I was miserable doing into something I love. If you would have told that when I was fired from my job in the corporate world that I would have my own content marketing …

Motivation

5 Things You Should Do In The Afternoon If You Want To Lose Weight

Nail these and reach your goals in no time.<p>In addition to big changes like eating more veggies, cutting back on your sugar-packed smoothie habit, and committing to a kick-ass workout routine, small behavioral tweaks can also have a meaningful impact on your ability to lose weight. In fact, the …

Fitness

​THIS Is How To Get Toned Without Spending Any Extra Time At The Gym

​Pretty simple.<p>Want to get fitter in the gym? Maybe you need to think outside the gym, literally.<p>Cleaning up your sleep habits means you'll hit your muscle and performance goals faster and easier, says Lisa MacDonald, a personal trainer who runs the women's program at Gym Jones in Salt Lake City. …

Fitness

5 Meal-Prep Tricks That Will Help You Avoid Eating The Same Thing Every Day

Five identical bento boxes are only appetizing on Instagram.<p>You spend all that work at the beginning of the week getting your meals ready for the days ahead. But chowing down on the same meal every day can lead to major burnout—or worse, takeout. So how can you prep for the week while also keeping …

Nutrition

This 11-Minute Yoga-Inspired Workout Will Blast Your Core Into Serious Shape

<i>Join Cody for $20 a month and access more than 2,500 workout videos to establish an at-home yoga practice, challenge your strength, and up your</i> …

11 Low-Carb Snacks That Can Help You Lose Weight

No cardboard-like granola bars in sight.<p>When you're doing the low-carb thing and a case of the munchies strikes, it can be challenging to come up with snacks that are as easy to make as they are to throw in your purse.<p>On top of that, these noshes should also do your body a solid in the nutrition …

Nutrition

A Look Back at the Glamour That is Cannes: Pictures

Here's How Little Exercise You Need to Boost Your Mood

It’s no secret that exercise can produce powerful mood-boosting endorphins. But do you really need to break a sweat to reap those benefits? A new …

This Double-Stacked Vegan Burger Just Shut Down All Burger-Chain Competition... - One Green Planet

Time to pack our bags and take a trip to Oregon! In partnership with plant-based company Beyond Meat, vegan restaurant Next Level Burger has debuted …

Green Living

7 Foods That Will Keep You Energized For Hours, According To Nutritionists

Speed right past that mid-afternoon slump.<p>Imagine walking the supermarket produce aisle and spotting a pile of watermelons with bright labels screaming "MEGA-PLUS ULTIMATE ENERGY BOOST!" Or catching an extreme sports competition on TV where the skateboarders' helmet stickers herald the games' …

Nutrition

The eight surprising superfoods that will make you live longer

You probably know you should be eating vitamin-rich kale, salmon and blueberries, but there are tons of other nutritional powerhouses on …

5 High-Protein Dinners That Don’t Involve Meat

Seriously, you won't even miss it.<p>Lean protein is one of the building blocks of a healthy diet—but you don't need to go full Paleo to get your fill. In fact, a completely vegetarian diet has more than enough to satisfy the high-protein needs of most moderately active, adult women. While there's …

Healthy Eating

3 Founders With Booming Businesses Share Stories About Their Difficult Early Days

Everyone struggles. You're not alone.<p>This story appears in the April 2017 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>Three entrepreneurs look back on the early days of their now-booming businesses.<p>Moblize<p>“I almost pulled the plug on my business.”<p><b>Growth hacker status:</b> Growing despite its customer base in the …

These 5 self-defeating excuses keep you from getting richer

There are lots of things you know perfectly well that you should do, but don't <i>—</i> from eating less junk food to getting more sleep. Making a budget is …

Flex is the Menstrual Cup That Lets You Have Mess-Free Period Sex

Menstrual cups and various tampon alternatives are all the rage lately: From Thinx period underwear to the LadyCup, there are more options than ever for those of us looking for something different. It’s refreshing to see people with vaginas making products for vaginas. We know what we need, after …

Forgotten Tale Of Japan's First Black Samurai Bound For The Big Screen

The Japanese revered the African former slave in the 16th century.<p>There is very little recorded history on Yasuke, the young African man believed to be Japan’s first black samurai, but his story may soon be told on the silver screen.<p>Lionsgate has asked screenwriter Gregory Wilden, the creator of …

A financial planner explains exactly how you should prioritize your money

The majority of people who approach me for advice are most interested in guidance as it relates to their investment portfolios.<p>I would like to point out that there is a hierarchy of personal financial priorities, and though very important, investing for the future should be considered third of the …

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Retirement Planning Strategies for Clients in Their 50s | Investopedia

No one knows how long they are going to live. What we all know is that over the last 50 years the average life expectancy has been consistently …

Thai Coconut Soup [Vegan, Gluten-Free] - One Green Planet

<i>If you enjoy recipes like this, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App, it's available for both Android and iPhone and has free and</i> …

Onions

5 Laws of Advertising and Marketing That Haven't Changed in a Half Century

The three-martini wisdom of advertising legend David Ogilvy is as relevant in our age of the internet and social media as it was in his time of three TV networks and daily newspapers.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The other day on the subway, I came across an …

4 Delectable Stuffed Avocado Recipes That Will Have You Going Back for Seconds

>Avocados always seem to take on the supporting role: avo toast, guacamole with chips, salmon with avocado sushi roll… You get the point. It doesn’t …

Cooking

10 Hacks for a Better Credit Score

7 Tips for Improving Your Credit Score<p>Four Steps to Rebuilding a Bad Credit History<p>10 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Credit Score<p>How to …

Personal Finance

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5 Habits of Successful People Before 8 a.m.

Setting a positive, productive tone for the day is all about giving yourself time to get your wits together. Prepare for your entry into the work arena, if you want to win there.<p>CEO of Fifth Avenue Brands<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The difference between successful …