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Explore Your Favorite Movie Worlds Through Beautiful, Hand-Painted Maps

See the geography and plots of Star Wars, Princess Bride, Lord of the Rings and more laid out from start to finish on these hand-painted maps.<p>Illustrating everything that happens in an action adventure movie like <i>Star Trek</i> on one page is like playing Tetris, according to artist Andrew DeGraff, who …

8 Indispensable Skills Millennials Need to Thrive in Today's Economy

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It's no secret that the world is changing at an increasingly fast pace. Some skills that were important in past decades have become obsolete and to succeed in today's economy, young entrepreneurs must develop new and valuable skills to …

Entrepreneurship

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

Everyone has the ability to learn a life-changing skill not just this year, but in the next 6 months.<p>By life-changing, I mean something that can have …

Language Learning

9 Motivational Videos to Help You Succeed in Business and Life

Can a few minutes of watching change your life? These deeply inspirational videos just might.<p>There are videos that energize us, inspire us, and motivate us to do great things. Then there are the very few that do all of that--and touch us so deeply that we wind up watching them over and over. We …

Motivation

13 things you should accomplish with your money before turning 30

When it comes to managing money, time is on your side in your 20s.<p>A head start on saving and investing could mean huge financial gains in the future.<p>To help you optimize this decade, we've come up with 13 milestones to aim to achieve before hitting 30:

Personal Finance

The 8 Technical Skills Modern Entrepreneurs Should Pick Up

Today’s entrepreneurship environment is…complicated. Never before have you had such an extensive array of methods, techniques, tactics, strategies, and ideas for growing your business.<p>The landscape is bewildering in its variety and astonishing in its complexity. And in this brave new world of …

Marketing

14 books that will change the way you think about money

A lot of what holds people back from financial success are their thoughts and beliefs about money — not their job title or salary.<p>It turns out, you're probably already making enough money to become rich, as David Bach preaches in "The Automatic Millionaire"; and you <i>can</i> splurge on a $4 mocha and …

Personal Finance

25 Free Online Courses To Equip You With Valuable Skills

Now that the inspirational sparkle of the new year has worn off, you may be falling back into your old routines and habits. Statistically, you …

Learning

Create A Free Project Management System From Scratch

<i>Nicholas is a marketer & web designer based in Boston, MA with a specialty in high growth B2B startups. He is currently the Director of Marketing for Jebbit.</i><p>For marketers who wear multiple hats, keeping project information streamlined can become an overwhelming task. Managing content, sales …

Project Management

15 Secrets of Really Persuasive People

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you’re convincing your boss to fund your project or your preschooler to wipe his own hiney after using the bathroom, persuasion is a skill that's instrumental to your success in life.<p>Persuasive people have an uncanny ability to …

Body Language

Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous

<i>Fareed Zakaria, a columnist for The Washington Post, is the host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN and the author of “In Defense of a Liberal Education.”</i><p>If Americans are united in any conviction these days, it is that we urgently need to shift the country’s education toward the teaching of specific, …

United Kingdom

6 Tips for Writing Better Emails

Email is a double-edged sword. It’s fast and convenient, but your words are permanent and could potentially come back to haunt you. Here are 6 things …

Creative Writing

5 Powerful Books That Changed the Direction of My Life

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Quiz time: Can you name Newton's first law of motion?<p>No? (Don't feel bad, I had to look it up, too.)<p>Newton declared, "Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to …

Self-improvement

Around The World, This Is How Girls And Boys Are Stacking Up Against Each Other In School

All around the world, teenage girls are more likely than boys to reach a basic level of proficiency in math, science and reading. However, among the world's highest achieving students, girls continue to lag behind boys in math, according to a report released Thursday by the Organisation for …

An Introvert's Guide to Networking

<i>Andrea Deets is the Lead Writer at Crew, an invite-only network connecting short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Once I was making oatmeal in the microwave in my dorm and two of my other flatmates came in…<p>I never cooked …

The seven ways to have a near-death experience

Seeing a light and a tunnel may be the popular perception of death, but as Rachel Nuwer discovers, reports are emerging of many other strange experiences.<p>In 2011, Mr A, a 57-year-old social worker from England, was admitted to Southampton General Hospital after collapsing at work. Medical personnel …

Inflammation

Career Advice: If You Fake It, You Will Probably Not Make It

Fake or real?<p>There’s been a huge trend towards joining startups and fast growing tech companies ever since Wall Street blew up between 2008-2010. The …

Employment

Email templates for 27 of your toughest work tasks

Communication is hard work. A 2012 survey by McKinsey found that highly skilled desk workers spent an average of 28% of their work weeks dealing with …

Only In China: Why A Smog Documentary Sends Chinese Stocks Soaring To Trading Limit

When journalist Chai Jing released her documentary on China’s air pollution, she probably could not have dreamed that her message would resonate so widely while boosting the share prices of so many “environmentally friendly” companies.<p>On Monday, more than a dozen stocks in the fields of pollutant …

China

How the Barbican turned video games into a global arts tour

The London arts institution has been touring its groundbreaking video game exhibition for 12 years. Now it’s heading back to the UK with some bold new ideas<p>In 1998, one of the earliest employees of Rockstar, the studio behind the blockbusting Grand Theft Auto series, was chatting with the director …

Museums

How the Internet of Things is affecting urban design

The Internet of Things is coming to a city near you.<p>That's not a tagline for the latest summer blockbuster or an ad for a swanky coffee shop chain: …

Smart Cities

Cholesterol in food not a concern, new report says

<b>(CNN) —</b> For more than a week, speculation has been running rampant. Here's how it all started.<p>On February 10, The Washington Post published a headline that got a good amount of attention: "The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol."<p>Every five years, the …

Nutrition

30 Simple Habits To Help You Work Well With Others

The phrase “Must work well with others” is so commonly found on job descriptions for open positions that it gets ignored almost completely. And yet it’s not simply text placed there to fill space, nor is it an empty request–it’s a threat. If you don’t work well with others, you’re going to get …

Self-help

Inside the Psychology of Productivity | Inc.com

More practically, the rigid, reductive format of to-do lists is not optimal for the kinds of work done by leaders, says Teresa Amabile, a professor and director of research at Harvard Business School. "The really important things that don't generally have a specific deadline may be what you should …

Time Management

Time lords: The clocks that rule our world

The best clocks now lose only a second every 300 million years – and the minuscule differences in their time-keeping is changing the world we live in. David Robson reports.<p>Time is money – and never was this clearer than at 09:59:59.985 Eastern Time, on 3 June 2013. Due to a glitch in its …

Physics

The Many Causes of America’s Decline in Crime

A new report finds that locking up more offenders isn't making people any safer—and may even be counterproductive.<p>The dramatic rise of incarceration and the precipitous fall in crime have shaped the landscape of American criminal justice over the last two decades. Both have been unprecedented. Many …

Crime

Forget Cover Letters - Write A Pain Letter, Instead!

If you haven’t been on a job search lately, consider yourself lucky. The job market is no picnic. Most large and medium-sized organizations use brutal and talent-repelling automated recruiting sites with keyword-sorting software that sucks all the human life out of your application or resume.<p>Cover …

Top 10 Ways to Teach Yourself to Code

Programming is one of the most valuable skills you can pick up in these modern times, whether for career prospects or to stretch your brain and …

Programming

League of Legends' DJ Sona Is The Mona Lisa Of Microtransactions

I will fully admit the strangeness of spending my limited column space here discussing a singular item of cosmetic DLC in a game. After all, League of Legends is a game with 123 champions, each of which have anywhere from two to eight skins (character costumes) a piece, and this is just one more on …

Mobile Gaming

Live forever: Scientists say they’ll extend life ‘well beyond 120’

Fixing the ‘problem’ of ageing is the mission of Silicon Valley, where billions is pouring into biotech firms working to ‘hack the code’ of life – despite concerns about the social implications<p>In Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley, hedge fund manager Joon Yun is doing a back-of-the-envelope …

Peter Thiel