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If You're Too Busy for These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off Course Than You Think

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off course 90 percent of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the intended time.<p>Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off course <i>90 percent</i> of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct …

Self-improvement

The problem for Obama is that America isn’t working 

Falling levels of unemployment. A return to growth. House prices recovering. And, perhaps most significantly of all, a central bank that has felt so convinced the economy is on the mend that it has actually raised interest rates once in the past year and may do so again before Christmas comes …

Economics

Whether You’re Qualified Depends on How You’re Quantified

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Brainteasers need not apply when it comes to hiring. Real-world research affirms that interview questions like <i>How many golf balls could you fit into a school bus?</i> “don’t predict anything” and “are a complete waste of time” for employers. Google, for one, no longer uses them. Unstructured …

The Best Industries for Starting a Business in 2015

These eight sectors are hotbeds of opportunity for entrepreneurs with the foresight and motivation to take advantage.<p>The old adage that timing is everything in business is incomplete. When it comes to launching a successful startup, the other crucial ingredient is identifying a new, untapped market …

6 Ways to Keep Staff Meetings Productive

For a well-oiled business, it's imperative to meet and check in regularly with the team that runs it. Here's how to make sure things really get done.<p><i>We asked members of the</i> <i>Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)</i> <i>to share their creative and unique ways for keeping staff meetings fresh and productive. Here's</i> …

Call of Duty (Video Game)

Want to Be Successful? Quit Slacking Off.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s sort of interesting how much time everyone spends reading and writing about the habits of really successful people when I can tell you the one thing that sets them apart in one little phrase: They’re not slackers.<p>And the sad truth, …

Tim Cook

Why Smart People Make Bad Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of the most counterintuitive traits that can hurt entrepreneurs is smarts. Yes, the more successful you are and the more talents you have, the harder it is to run a business.<p>While you may think that being smart, motivated and talented …

Entrepreneurship

7 Ways to Stay Motivated and Accomplish Anything

Motivation comes--and it goes. Here's how to hold onto it, even when things get tough.<p>Does the start of a New Year renew your energy and motivation to achieve change? For most it does, but let's face it, no matter how driven you are, there will be times when your energy and commitment will ebb. …

7 Science-Backed Ways to Give Less-Bad Gifts

<i>By Melissa Dahl Follow @melissadahl</i><p>To you, gift-giving is a mildly stressful holiday chore. To researchers who study consumer psychology, it's a fascinating way to learn more about human nature. What are we trying to say with the presents we give? And what message do we interpret from the ones we …

6 principles that made Nelson Mandela a renowned leader

As today marks the one-year anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death, we reflect on the timeless lessons from his life story that will endure for years …

The Surprising Truth About Where New Jobs Come From

“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” Hillary Clinton said last week in Boston. “You know that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly. One of the things my husband says when people …

This Woman's Revolutionary Idea Made Her A Billionaire — And Could Change Medicine

No more wondering to yourself, "Ah, how much more can they take before I pass out?"<p>Instead you might be able to walk into a Walgreens pharmacy for a reportedly painless fingerprick that will draw just a tiny drop of blood, thanks to Elizabeth Holmes, 30, the youngest woman and third-youngest …

Genetic Engineering

Leading tech investors warn of bubble risk 'unprecedented since 1999'

Billy Gurley and Fred Wilson, who backed Uber and Twitter, say Silicon Valley investing in too many losing ventures<p>Two of the world’s leading tech investors have warned the new wave of tech companies and their backers are taking on risk and burning through cash at rates unseen since 1999 when the …

The real Italian debate on salting pasta water—not if, but when

It took a 300-page hedge fund report to tell Olive Garden that they had a big problem—there’s no salt in the pasta.<p>“Shockingly,” says the report, “Olive Garden no longer salts the water it uses to boil the pasta, merely to get a longer warranty on its pots.”<p>Shocking indeed. The Italian word for …

25 Books on Persuasion, Influence and Understanding Human Behavior

This story originally appeared on Help Scout<p>Reading good books remains the supreme “life hack”-- knowledge that often took years to assemble can be consumed in mere hours.<p>I can’t think of a single better way to empower your learning (and yourself) than that. And as a professional, executive, or …

Books

10 Types of 30-Year-Old Single Guys

30-year-old guys are a curious bunch. Find me a group of 30-year-old men and I'll pick out one overgrown frat dude living with roommates, another guy who just dropped his two kids off at school, a few who are well into their careers and a couple soul-searchers looking for work. Some will tell you …

To My Sons: 20 Lessons for a Meaningful Life (That I Wish I Knew When I Was Your Age)

Author and artist Austin Kleon writes that when people give advice, they're really just talking to themselves in the past. I'll buy that. And by midlife, there's plenty of the past to draw from in the advice department. Because there are no do-overs (and how we sometimes wish there were), the …

Philadelphia Earns Millions By Seizing Cash And Homes From People Never Charged With A Crime

Chris Sourovelis has never had any trouble with the law or been accused of any crime. But that hasn’t stopped the City of Philadelphia from trying to take his home.<p>The Sourouvelis family, along with thousands of others in Philadelphia, is living a Kafkaesque nightmare: Their property is considered …

It Takes 3 to Run a Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Early in his career, Union Square Ventures managing partner Fred Wilson asked a very experienced VC, “What exactly does a CEO do?” The reply came without thought or hesitation:<p>“A CEO does only three things. Sets the overall vision and …

CEOs

Clubbing By The Numbers: The Business Behind Sin City's Marquee

It’s been a record year for DJs and their respective earnings. If you need evidence, look no further than the recently published Forbes Electronic Cash Kings list. In our third year of ranking the world’s highest-earning DJs and producers, FORBES calculated that the top 10 pulled in combined annual …

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Think Culture is About Ping-Pong Tables? You Are Wrong.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One of a founder’s most difficult tasks is recruiting and retaining top talent. When you’re hiring individuals with specialized, in-demand skill sets such as programming or business analysis, you need to position your company as an …

Employee Engagement

The Strong Link Between Your Self Image And Business Success

The vast majority of business people focus on tactics to be successful – strategy, marketing, sales and systems.<p>Yet after doing this religiously for 10 years still often complain that they have not achieved what they had hoped.<p>Is there something more they needed to work on to succeed at a high …

We’re in the third biggest stock bubble in U.S. history

Here’s a quick question for you. What do the following years have in common:<p>1853, 1906, 1929, 1969, 1999<p>Pass the question around your office. Call …

Stock Markets

The Scuttlebutt: A Sandwich to End All Sandwiches

<i>If you're like us at Food52, you look to the seasons for what to cook. Get to the market, and we'll show you what to do with your haul.</i><p><i>Today: The sandwich to end all other sandwiches -- and why you should serve it at your next party.</i><p>Moving from one neighborhood to another is like a breakup, an …

Sandwiches

The Hidden Enemy of Productive Conversations

We have our work cut out for us when it comes to navigating complex problems, in large part because we are hard-wired to seek certainty as quickly as possible. The research of decision scientists reveals that our best strategy for tackling these problems is to harness cognitive diversity, because …

6 Toxic Behaviors That Sabotage Your Success: How to Recognize Them in Yourself and Change Them

In my line of work, I hear from hundreds of people a month, and I connect with professionals in a more public, open way than ever before. Through this experience, I've witnessed scores of toxic behaviors that push people away (including me), and I've seen the damage these behaviors cause -- to …

Self-help

Please Stop Complaining About How Busy You Are

We’re all just so “busy” these days. “Slammed” in fact. “Buried.” Desperately “trying to keep our heads above water.” While these common responses to “How are you?” seem like they’re lifted from the <i>Worst Case Scenario Handbook</i>, there seems to be a constant exchange, even a a one-upping, of just how …

Ask The Experts: I’m The Youngest One Here–How Do I Get People To Take Me Seriously?

Here’s how to get taken seriously even if you are the same age as the interns.<p>Sick of hearing a bunch of olds telling you about “kids these days?” Millennials aren’t a sum of self-involved stereotypes, but it can be hard to overcome that perception when you are the youngest one in the office. …