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Want to Live a More Fulfilled Life? Avoid the No. 1 Regret of the Dying

Palliative nurse Bronnie Ware has captured hundreds of regrets from terminally ill patients, none more than this one.<p>Regrets.<p>They are the great common denominator--no matter race, color, creed--they're the one thing we universally try to avoid with the time we're given.<p>The pursuit of such avoidance …

Are You Solving a Problem or Chasing Money?

The Path for Successful Entrepreneurship Starts With Solving a Pain Point<p>Before you file your DBA paperwork or register your website, ask yourself this question: "What problem am I solving?"<p>I've seen some of the most promising entrepreneurs of our time crash and burn because their genius idea never …

How To Build Systems To Improve Your Company's Culture

In the start-up years of my company, Vanderbloemen Search Group, we had a great staff culture, and it was easy to maintain. Our team was small, we were aligned, and we collaborated on everything. Our culture happened spontaneously, and we all loved coming to work every day. But, as every …

Set Yourself Free! 7 Ways to Break Your Harmful Habits

Isn't it time to get rid of the bad habits that limit your potential?<p>All of us develop bad habits over time. Isn't it time to get rid of the ones that limit your potential?<p>When you've been doing a particular job or you've been with a certain company for a while, complacency can set in. When it …

Self-improvement

5 Must-Know Tips to Closing Monster Accounts

Learn the key strategies used by the top one percent of salespeople to close those massive sales.<p>The top one percent of salespeople earn six or seven figures a year. How do they do it? I'll give you a hint--it's not by closing more sales. In fact, a lot of mediocre salespeople close more sales in a …

Selling

Want to Raise Kids with a Moral Center? Always Do This

They will imitate what you do and say. Make what you do and say worth imitating.<p>We're all born imitators.<p>One of the reasons a baby learns to smile so young is that the parents are always smiling. We mimic what we see and hear. In some cases, what we see and hear isn't so great.<p>When my kids were …

Psychology Says This Is the Top Contributor to Happiness (It's Not What You Think)

The biggest contributor to happiness might surprise you--and here's how to foster it.<p>According to a report by <i>The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology</i>, the No. 1 contributor to happiness in life is not money, popularity, good looks, or even a good sex life (too many...jokes...can't …

How I Manage a Large Network Spanning Two Industries

In every interaction, you want to add reciprocal value so you're working toward a mutually beneficial proposition.<p>How's this for a reality check? Eighty percent of job openings are never opened to the public. They're filled from within the company or the recruiter's network. That means you better …

Are You A First-Time Home Buyer? Be Aware Of These Mortgage Programs

If you are shopping for a mortgage, you have probably seen all sorts of offers and advertisements aimed at first-time home buyers and wondered if these are really as good as they sound. In some cases, “first-time” programs are little more than attention-getting marketing messages from lenders, …

12 Tips on How to Make a Great First Impression, According to Executives

Like it or not, others make snap judgements about you all the time. Here's how to make sure they're good ones.<p>Whether it's a sales call, an interview, or chance meeting with someone you want to know better, there are things you can do to leave a positive and lasting first impression. Check out …

Dental Care

The Ultimate "Copy and Paste" LinkedIn Profile Template

Here's a copy-and-paste template you can use to transform your LinkedIn profile into a client-attracting piece of content.<p>If you're going to use LinkedIn to generate business for yourself, you'll want to make sure your LinkedIn profile isn't inadvertently scaring prospects away.<p>The world's largest …

LinkedIn

A Single Tip That Will Make 2017 Your Best Year of Work, Ever

Instead of focusing on the easiest tasks, or even most pressing, focus on this.<p>It's a new year, and that means a fresh start.<p>Want a simple tip that will help you make this year your best year of work, ever?<p>Use every morning to focus on your Most Important Task (MIT).<p>Your MIT isn't your easiest …

Want to Know If You'll Be Successful This Year? Take This Quiz to Find Out

Increase your chances of success with these simple tricks<p>We can't Google answers for the things we really want to know: Will I have a successful, fulfilling career? Will I find true love? How much time do I have left to live? The future can't be known for sure.<p>We can, however, look at probabilities …

10 Ways The Best Leaders Reach Goals

Things I really ought to do:<p>1. Be more considerate of others<p>2. Listen more<p>3. Get in shape<p>4. Eat more vegetables<p>5. Recycle more waste<p>6. Finish that project I started several years ago<p><i>Watch on Forbes:</i><p>Like me, you know what you ought to do, and it’s important to do it. Occasionally you are reminded by …

Self-improvement

Top 6 Fastest Growing Startups in San Francisco (GOOG, TWTR) | Investopedia

A cooling trend in the venture capital market in early 2016 led to speculation that there would be a tech startup slowdown, but San Francisco seems …

Passive Income Blueprints: 5 Business Models for Any Niche - Small Business Trends

Have you ever looked at people who claim to earn tons of money for very little work and asked yourself, “What’s their secret?”<p>Well, I’ll tell …

Why Group Brainstorming Doesn’t Work

We’ve all been there. You’re on hour two of <i>too many</i>. The wall is covered in sticky notes. The coffee is running low. Everyone’s eyes are starting to …

Creativity

Crowdfunding: Why Startups Are Ignoring The Risks And Betting The Farm

Crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending, social finance, however you choose to describe it, is settling into its stride and evolving into a well-established industry. Last week, Seedrs went further, declaring that crowdfunding had come of age, with results of its portfolio update report showing better …

Crowd Funding

What exactly is so great about Snapchat?

By now, you’ve probably heard of Snapchat. It’s an app that lets you send quickly disappearing messages, photos, and videos, either directly to select friends or to everyone who follows your Snapchat account.<p>It’s a simple concept, maybe even dumb. But in spite of that—or perhaps because of …

Social Media

What Mark Cuban Really Wants When He Invests in Your Startup

Cash is king but it's hard to land when you're a small business.<p>Returns. That's what Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban wants. It's all about the math. When he's listening to pitches, Cuban is likely thinking about the potential multiple and what the probability of achieving that multiple is.<p>With Shark …

You Need A Motivated Startup Team To Change The World

I was shocked to read an old Gallup study that indicates only 13% of employees worldwide are actively engaged at work, and more recent data shows only a small change in the right direction. In my own experience as a startup advisor and mentor, I find that entrepreneurs who can’t attract and …

Employee Engagement

Want to Be Happier? Science Says Do These 11 Things Every Single Day

Try them. They work. (If you can't trust science, what can you trust?)<p>Obviously, we all want to be happier. But there's another reason to wish to be more lighthearted and content: Happiness is definitely a result, but happiness is also a driver.<p>While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve …

Happiness

Elite Venture Capital Firm Andreessen Horowitz Looks for These 3 Things in Startups

Airbnb. Box. BuzzFeed. Facebook. Foursquare. GitHub. Groupon. Lyft. Oculus. Pinterest. Product Hunt. Skype. Slack. Twitter. Zenefits. Zulily.<p>This is a list of some of the biggest and most transformative tech companies that have launched in recent years. It is also a list of companies included in …

Venture Capital

What a Toothpaste Factory Teaches Us About Creativity

The real difficulty of creative change isn't the implementation, it's uncovering what we aren't seeing.<p>What makes creative thinking so difficult is also what makes it valuable: it challenges both what we know and what we think we know we know.<p>The real struggle to innovate stems from the danger in …

Creativity

What If The Drivers Owned Uber, An NYU Professor Asks

Arun Sundararajan, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, has been thinking a lot about the impact of Uber, Airbnb and other companies that are defining “the sharing economy.” In a new book, Sundarajan caps off 220 pages of careful analysis with a provocative final chapter …

Sharing Economy

This Facebook Alum's Gum Startup Is Chewing Off A Piece Of CA's $2.7B Medicinal Cannabis Market

Last year Jake Heimark, 28, launched Plus Gum, a Palo Alto-based company with 10 employees that makes cannabis-infused chewing gum. The gum costs $15 for a pack of six pieces, each containing 25 milligrams of THC and just five calories. After working at Facebook and payment platform company …

Cannabis

These billion-dollar startups more than doubled their value in 2015

Of those, 21 more than doubled their value in the last year.<p>Venture-capital database CB Insights tracked the list of the biggest unicorn valuation increases of the year. "Unicorn" is Valley parlance for a company worth more than a billion dollars.<p>Here's the list of companies that more than doubled …

Venture Capital

7 Powerful Lessons From TED Talks About Leadership

What makes a great leader in today's world? Answers from the likes of Sheryl Sandberg and Simon Sinek.<p>What does it take to be a great leader? In a fascinating series of talks, business leaders, researchers, a famed general, and an orchestra conductor tackle that question from their diverse …

5 Addictions and How They Can Potentially Hurt Your Business

Here are 5 top addictions hurting businesses these days, and how they're doing it.<p>When you hear the word "addiction," the definition that probably pops into your head is something like "a chronic, recurring behavior characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite the harmful consequences."<p>…