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Apple’s former retail chief Ron Johnson talks working with Jobs on creation of retail stores (Video)

Apple’s former retail chief Ron Johnson— the man in charge of retail when Apple first launched its brick and mortar stores back in 2001— recently sat down for a talk at Stanford where he gave some insight into the work that went into Apple’s original retail efforts. After a brief intro on his work …

6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day

Becoming and staying productive isn’t about hard-to-follow programs or logging your every move in an app. It’s about self-care. Here are daily to-dos to get you started.<p>It’s Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Two San Francisco entrepreneurs are pitching their ventures to potential investors today. They’d …

Time Management

4 Of The Hottest Online Learning Tools For Entrepreneurs

Thinking about starting or improving your own business? With so much learning at your fingertips, it would be silly not to take advantage of these four trending online resources.<p>The online learning space is at full boil. Whether you want to spruce up your knitting skills or learn how to take …

Entrepreneurship

The Future of Self-Improvement, Part II: The Dilemma of Coaching Yourself

What separates those who accomplish outstanding feats from those who don’t? According to author and researcher Joshua Foer, it’s the dedication and …

5 Ways Leaders Earn Respect From Their Employees

As the workplace evolves to become more trustworthy, transparent, ethical, collaborative and mindful of its employee needs – leaders must be equally diligent to earn respect from their colleagues. Being the leader doesn’t mean that you have earned respect. Too many leaders take their titles and …

11 Things Extremely Confident People Do Differently

I remember my younger days when I considered myself lacking in confidence in almost every area in my life. I doubted myself all the time and always …

14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge: A Timeless Guide from 1936

The quest for intellectual growth and self-improvement through education has occupied yesteryear’s luminaries like Bertrand Russell and modern-day thinkers like Sir Ken Robinson and Noam Chomsky. In 1936, at the zenith of the Great Depression, the prolific self-help guru and famous eccentric <b>James</b> …

7 Things To Ask Yourself To Truly Wake Up In Life

Far too often our minds get clogged up by the stress of life. Add in the words and thoughts from other people and you’ve a recipe for disaster in …

Happiness

50 Positive Thinking Quotes

Here is a collection of <i>Positive Thinking Quotes</i> that will build your inner strength and help you grow mentally & spiritually so that you can live a …

7 Quick Tips for Better Business Writing

Want your words to wow? Take this basic advice to write more effective emails, memos, and other professional materials.<p>I took many writing classes in college but perhaps the most useful was one focused on business writing. My classmates and I spent a semester editing example after example of …

Creative Writing

How to Stop Procrastinating Once and For All

ShareEmailComments<p>How to stop procrastinating<p>Many natural procrastinators I know are people who are praised for their intelligence, and misinterpret …

Procrastination

Six Scientifically Supported Ways to Crush Procrastination

Procrastination is something that <i>everyone</i> deals with. It’s hard to place too much blame on ourselves though, as the internet offers an unlimited …

Procrastination

How to Stay Focused: Train Your Brain

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, you have a lot on your plate. Staying focused can be tough with a constant stream of employees, clients, emails, and phone calls demanding your attention. Amid the noise, understanding your brain’s limitations and …

Time Management

How Your Memory Works (and Three Ways to Improve It)

How would you like to be able to recall the name of a client or associate you just met? How would you like to go to the bank and not fumble for your …

The Brain

How long does it take to learn a new skill? 20 hours.

If you have 20 minutes, watch the video, it’s worth it. If you want a summary, read below the video.<p>The speaker, Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA, explains that according to his research, the infamous “10,000 hours to learn anything” is in fact, untrue.<p>It takes 10,000 hours to become an …

How To Get Half Of A Wharton Education For Free

In addition to the five electives already offered through the Coursera platform, Wharton is offering what it's calling the "Foundation" series, made up of introductory courses in financial accounting, operations management, marketing, and corporate finance, taught by some of its best-known and most …

How Happy People Work Their To-Do List

Ever considered how people with a spring in their step tackle their to-do lists? Check out this guide to productivity... the happy peoples' way.

America's Best Small Public Companies

The last five years have been a traumatic one for American businesses, which lived through the Great Recession that kicked off at the end of 2007. Companies have dealt with sluggish GDP growth and rising unemployment. But the most nimble companies have thrived during this time, and they span all …

The 3 Books Amazon's Jeff Bezos Asks His Senior Managers To Read

But that doesn't mean he doesn't value other people's advice. In a post on LinkedIn, CNBC tech correspondent Jon Fortt said the Amazon CEO had three all-day book clubs for his senior managers over the summer.<p>It's not a surprising management technique from a man who revers the written word. He …

Tiny Origami apartment in Manhattan unfolds into 4 rooms

In 2005, third-grade-teacher Eric Schneider bought an apartment in Manhattan as big as he could afford. He paid $235,000 for a 450-square-foot studio …

7 Steps To Curing Your Empty Promise Disease

Time is precious, but being busy is no excuse to ignore the people you work with. Here are a few tips to help you distill your messages, and follow through.<p>Busy people often don’t do what they say they will. It’s just so easy to ignore an email, leave a phone call unreturned, delete a text message. …

Productivity

California shows how education can be affordable

If Obama wants to curb higher ed costs, he should try to emulate the golden state’s community college system<p>Last week, President Obama released a plan to combat rising college costs and make college affordable for American families. The president’s plan outlines three proposals: tying federal …

High Intensity Interval Training: The Ultimate Fat Blaster

High Intensity Interval Training is quite possibly, one of the best ways you can burn fat - In the SHORTEST TIME POSSIBLE! In this article, I'm going …

No Matter How Difficult, Trust the Process

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> This is a guest post from Paul Jun. Paul connects the dots on his blog, Motivated Mastery. He also created a compelling manifesto. …

Motivation

30 Questions You Should And Shouldn't Ask In A Job Interview

A job interview is a two-way street. The employer asks questions to determine if the interviewee is an ideal fit for the job, and the smart candidate uses the interview to assess how she would fit in, if she would be able to do her best work there, and how well aligned her goals are with those of …

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. …

Time Management

Become 'Better Than Before' with the Power of Intent

All of us suffer from something. It could be as simple as an irritating or unhealthy habit like nail biting, jaw clinching, or smoking, to more …

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