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Inside the World of Amal Clooney

A sudden late snow is falling, bright with just a touch of magic, as the automatic gate to Aberlash House opens. It’s an afternoon in March but, in this powdery landscape, could be January. Footprints lead a few steps down a drive, between a row of trees, and climb to a small colonnaded entryway. A …

11 Unlikely Life Lessons From The Super Successful

1. Be a social ninja.<p>Have you ever had a conversation with someone, gotten a great impression, then, upon walking away, realized you hardly learned …

Why Who You Sit With Changes The Way You Work

Because you’ll never make a friend on another floor.<p>Kayak cofounder Paul English has a thing for geography: not just in the travel itineraries, but also in the physical layout of his company’s people.<p>As Rachel Feintzeig reports in the <i>Wall Street Journal,</i> Kayak and a handful of other companies have …

How Jeff Bezos Makes Decisions

Over the last 19 years, Amazon.com has revolutionized the way we shop—and for much of that time, journalist Brad Stone has been watching closely. This week Stone, a senior writer at Bloomberg Businessweek, published <i>The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon</i>. I talked with Stone about …

5 Profound Insights On Success From A Wharton Prof Devoted To Understanding It

When Wharton Business School professor Richard Shell was faced with a life-threatening illness, he was forced to think about the big picture. What was success to him? Since then, Shell has dedicated his life to helping folks find true meaning in their own lives and work.<p>If one advances confidently …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

6 Secrets Of Super Productive To-Do Lists

While it may appear simple, the to-do list is a many-splendored thing. Here are half a dozen ways to make yours splendid.<p>Just as there’s a difference between typing and writing, convulsing and dancing, and noshing and tasting, there’s a difference between emailing yourself about every project …

A Fascinating Look at 2 Types of Happiness | Inc.com

Researchers at UCLA and UNC have identified two different types of happiness--and how they impact your health, according to a recent post on ScienceDaily.<p>The first type, known as eudaimonic well-being, is happiness associated with a sense of purpose or a meaning in life. The second, known as …

Happiness

3 Simple Ways Failure Brings Out the Best | Inc.com

Just take a look at the news everyday and you'll see failure. The truth: Everyone will fail and everyone will make mistakes at some point in their career. Failure is inevitable. But failure is also a very good thing.<p>Over the years, <i>Inc</i>.'s top columnists have weighed in on what exactly makes failure …

Inventions

How to Sell Via Email | Inc.com

Based upon the sample "sales emails" that people have been sending me, there seems to be a general misunderstand the basic concept of selling via email, which is that the initial goal is only to <i>open a dialog.</i><p><i>Note:</i> to hone your emailing skills, sign up for my free weekly newsletter.<p><b>How to Do It Wrong</b><p>…

Selling

Pixar’s John Lasseter on Steve Jobs, Creativity, and Disney Infinity

With a major new Disney video game on the way, the legendary animator behind Toy Story and The Incredibles explains how his partner and close friend Steve Jobs inspired his work: “Everything is based on a simple rule: quality is the best business plan, period.”<p>On August 18, Disney will release</i> …

17 Startup Founders on How to Become Insanely Successful

Here's what it takes to launch a business, from those who have been there before.

Startups

5 Things You Can Do Today to Make Yourself More Creative, And Productive, Tomorrow

From Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People report: Simon Rich, one of the most productive writers we know, outlines 5 steps to upping your own creativity quotient.<p>As we’ve noted here before, Simon Rich is a mind-bogglingly prolific creative force. At 29, he’s built a body of work that includes …

Top Apps For The 1%

There’s been an interesting phenomenon occurring lately, thanks to the increasing ability of companies to reach and serve ultra-niche audiences — the rise of the app for the 1 percent. Now more than ever, you can download apps that you can’t actually afford to use.<p>The democratization of the app …

What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Between wrangling children, walking dogs, and checking email, your early hours might be more crazed than calm. Carve out some a.m. tranquility (and productivity) with these steps.<p>Mornings are a great time for getting things done. You’re less likely to be interrupted than you are later in the day. …

18 Reasons The American Dream Is Still Alive

Innovation. Creativity. Passion. There’s a place where those forces come together daily to help build robust new businesses humming with the energy of their founders. Take a tour of a hardworking borough’s breakthrough successes.<p>Brooklyn is <i>still</i> on the rise.<p>The borough, once in Manhattan’s long …

The Biggest Data Thefts In Recent History [Infographic]

It's a big-data look at the loss of lots of big data. That's pretty big.<p>The internet is a giant vault where people store some of their most private information, trusting that the company holding on to it can keep it all safe. That's not always the case, as this infographic of data breaches in …

The Upside of Quitting

<b>Season 1, Episode 5</b><p>You know the bromide: “a winner never quits, and a quitter never wins.”<p>To which Freakonomics Radio says … <i>Are you sure</i>? Sometimes …

21 Benefits of Owning Less

Minimalist living is countercultural. It is contrary to every advertisement we have ever seen because we live in a society that prides itself on the …

Minimalism

5 Scientific Ways to Build Habits That Stick

<i>“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”</i> Sobering words from Aristotle, and an astute reminder that success …

Ambiverts, Problem-Finders, and the Surprising Psychology of Making Your Ideas Happen

Whether it’s “selling” your ideas, your writing, or yourself to a potential mate, the art of the sell is crucial to your fulfillment in life, both personal and professional. So argues Dan Pink in <b>To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others</b> (<i>public library</i>; <i>UK</i>) — a provocative anatomy …

How Busy People Find Time to Think Deeply

During the first presidential campaign Michelle Obama was worried her husband's schedule allowed him "no time to think." You hear the same from …

Bill Clinton

10 Things Extraordinary People Say Every Day | Inc.com

Want to make a huge difference in someone's life? Here are things you should say every day to your employees, colleagues, family members, friends, and everyone you care about:<p><b>"Here's what I'm thinking."</b><p>You're in charge, but that doesn't mean you're smarter, savvier, or more insightful than everyone …

Self-improvement

The 21 Principles of Persuasion

How is it that certain people are so incredibly persuasive? Can we all harness those skills? After studying the most influential political, social, business and religious leaders, and trying countless techniques out myself, these are the 21 critical lessons I’ve identified to persuading people. …

Why the Most Successful Leaders Are Givers | Inc.com

<i>Expect to sit through heated conversations in the next few months about who in your circle is generous to a fault, who expects a quo for every quid, and who is out for what he can get.</i><p><i>That's how Adam Grant categorizes the ways people use interactions to succeed--or not--in their careers and lives.</i> …

11 Inspiring Quotes From Sir Richard Branson | Inc.com

Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group--an empire of more than 400 companies that includes an airline, a mobile phone company, and a credit card company--sat down Wednesday with Inc. editor-in-chief Eric Schurenberg. Their exclusive interview kicked off Inc.'s GrowCo conference in New …

Virgin Atlantic