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26 Books to Help You Succeed in Business and Life

Self-improvement often comes from the penned wisdom of others.<p>Highly successful people typically work hard, practice the right habits every day and strive for self-improvement, with the latter often coming in the form of a book. If reading is something you're willing to do to sharpen yourself, take …

Got 100 Days? Here's How to Achieve a Key Goal Before Your Time Runs Out

One hundred days is the perfect time period to achieve a big goal.<p><i>Update: Wow, great response to this article, which gives me an idea. Want to work to achieve a 100-day goal, and share your successes or failures with other Inc.com readers? Let's do it together.</i><p>There are 100 days left in the year. …

Motivation

14 Podcasts That Will Make You a More Successful Entrepreneur

There's something for everyone here, from aspiring entrepreneurs to successful startup founders.<p>If you're starting or growing a business, you need all the help you can get. But you're probably too maxed out on your schedule to read another business book, and you need information on the go.<p>So, while …

This one habit can completely change your workday for the better

Americans are more stressed than ever. It seems that as budgets become tighter, to-do lists become longer and it’s harder to get through the day …

‘Follow your passion’ is wrong, here are 7 habits you need instead

It’s common wisdom. Near gospel really, and not just among young people and founders. Across generational lines, sentiments like those from Steve …

Form Lasting Habits Using These 4 Strategies

Healthy habits don't form overnight. They need nurturing. They need scheduling. Then, one day, you wake up and, voila! The habit is part of your foundation.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We humans are endlessly interested in the idea of self-improvement. We buy books …

Self-improvement

To Succeed As An Entrepreneur, You'll Need This 1 Skill

To build a successful startup, you'll need to pivot. Here's how to do it right.<p>Entrepreneurship is an emotional roller coaster ride. Day in and day out, you can never really know what to expect.<p>But there is one thing you can count on. At some point in your career, as an effective entrepreneur, …

9 Skills You Should Learn That Pay Dividends Forever

Some of the most important skills in life are not taught in school. Here are 9 you won't want to miss out on.<p>The further along you are in your career, the easier it is to fall back on the assumption that you've made it and have all the skills you need to succeed. The tendency is to focus all your …

Introducing 13 Useful Free Apps For you To Install Today

Millions of people use Google search every day for a variety of reasons. Students use it for school, business people use it for research, and …

Google Search

Need a Shot of Inspiration? Here are 5 Awesome TED Talks for Entrepreneurs

When it's hard to keep the faith, let these help you out.<p>Entrepreneurship is hard. There's no getting around it.<p>But it's also worth it. It can be a way of getting wealthy, yes, but it's also a way of expressing what you're really about -- the best of who you are.<p>These five TED talks are 20-minute …

10 Reasons Your Best Employees Will Quit (Even If You Pay Well)

It takes more than money to keep the best employees.<p>It's easy to get caught up in fundraising, scaling and sales that you forget to really care for the people who make your success possible. Too many times, strong leaders view a great employee as an asset that they don't appreciate until it's too …

21 Thought-Provoking Books That Will Stay On Your Mind For Days

Prepare to make your bookshelf considerably heavier.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

10 Books Every Leader Should Read to Be Successful

Reading is the only proven shortcut to success.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This article is included in</i> Entrepreneur Voices on Effective Leadership<i>, a new book containing insights from more than 20 contributors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.</i><p>One of the best ways …

Self-improvement

People Who Learn 10 Times Faster Know These 5 Techniques

Have you ever sat down and tried to read for work or school and wondered if there was a way that you could learn the material faster and not forget …

Self-improvement

How one family paid off $107,000 in debt in less than 3 years

In 2011, I landed a great job at an architectural firm, and married my wife Erin, a junior accountant who was finishing up her bachelor's degree. Life was good.<p>Well, except for the $107,000 of debt we'd accumulated by 2012: $63,000 in loans from my master's, another $30,000 from Erin's degree and a …

Personal Finance

Are You Always Chasing the Urgent at the Expense of the Strategic? Here's How to Flip That

Practical tips for breaking the cycle of getting consumed with working on urgent things but never getting to the real priorities that you know need your time.<p>No matter what you read, most entrepreneurs and business leaders talk about how critical ruthless prioritization is as a singular driver of …

Time Management

Removing These 31 Things From Your Life Will Make You Happier and More Successful 

It's time to come clean. If you want to become a happier person, you don't need to add things to your life — you need to get rid of them. It's time to remove these worries or problems so that you can move in the right direction. Take this list to heart and look forward to a flourishing life.

How to Know When It's Time to Quit

It's not called quitting if you're improving your life.<p>Nobody likes thinking of themselves as a quitter, but there's no point in staying stuck in something if it's not accomplishing anything or making you happy. In those cases, it's sometimes wiser to cut your losses of time and energy.<p>If you're …

How These 5 Entrepreneurs Used Their Limited Resources to Grow Their Business Into a Successful Venture

<i>The following excerpt is from Michael Glauser’s new book</i> <i>Main Street Entrepreneur</i><i>. Buy it now from</i> <i>Amazon</i> <i>|</i> <i>Barnes & Noble</i> <i>|</i> <i>iTunes</i><p>There are always ways to produce big results with small means, which is critical to an entrepreneur’s long-term success and sustainability.<p>The entrepreneurs I have …

Entrepreneurship

Break Bad Habits with a Simple Checklist

When we’re starting out on a new goal, we’re full of energy and enthusiasm. We eagerly make changes and take steps in our new direction in the first few weeks. But as time goes on, the newness wears off. Our energy drains, and we lose sight of our goal. Ultimately, we slide back into the status quo.<p>…

If Your Morning Routine Isn’t Working, This Will Help You Fix it

Morning routines are great. But changing sleep habits is tough. Really tough. It takes a lot discipline to establish a consistent routine.<p>Starting …

14 Brilliant Ways to Get People to Take You More Seriously

If your presence doesn't make an impact, then your absence won't make a difference.<p>Are you having trouble with people not taking you seriously? There are lots of irrational reasons people may have for being dismissive--your age (too young or too old), race, sex, voice, height. It may even be that …

8 Things the Successful Elite Do Quietly

Humility is often rewarded with loyalty while boastfulness more often generates resentment.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all have the potential to be as successful as we dream of being, so what separates those who actually live out their potential from those who …

Self-improvement

Use the Five Folder System to Finally Organize Your Email Inbox

We’ve come a long way from the simple “trusted trio” method of organizing our inbox, and for many of us our email is as disorganized as it’s ever …

Why The Plaza Hotel’s Business Etiquette Lessons Are Selling Out

Think you know how to sit properly, tie a modern knot, and maintain proper eye contact? Think again.<p>I made several mistakes within my first minute.<p>My posture was poor (I leaned too far back in my chair), my leg crossing was incorrect (ladies cross at the ankles, not thighs), and I was not properly …

The 10 Hottest Productivity Tools of 2017

These productivity tools, tips, and strategies are the gifts that keep on giving.<p>Tools--hardware, software, apps, etc.--come and go. That's the nature of progress. But what never goes away is knowledge. Once you know a way to be more efficient and effective--a new approach, a new mindset, a new …

Forgetting These 7 Little Things Makes Every Day More Stressful

It never ceases to amaze me when I’m faced with the reality of how easily I lose sight of the truth – I catch myself stressing out over something …

A minimalist explains how a psychological trick called 'the beginner's mind' could make your life easier

A lot of joy could be found with the same practice.<p>And it is simple: practice seeing life with a beginner's mind.<p>I'm stealing this of course from Zen Buddhism's shoshin and Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind," and I've written about it numerous times. But it's more fundamental than most …

Meditation

My husband and I are living off 35% of our income so we can retire before we’re 40

In the age of Silicon Valley, a lot of us dream of launching the next Warby Parker, Instagram, or Airbnb—a wildly successful business that will leave us financially set for life. But the game is kind of rigged.<p>Research says that, on the whole, entrepreneurs aren’t the fearless, high-achieving …

Retirement

How a First-Time Founder Went From Zero to $23 Million With No Venture Capital

This underdog can help us learn to block external influences and pursue our passion.<p>Do you ever get Nonsexual Crushes on people? It's not a physical attraction - maybe you just love their intellect or charisma. Nonsexual crushes are the cheerful cousin to evil envy - you wish them no ill will, you …