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Why learning more isn’t always better

Entrepreneurs often spend much of their time consuming information when it might be better spent putting their ideas into action. With 24/7 access to free online courses, blogs and podcasts making it easier than ever to further our education, "constant reading, researching, and learning can give aspiring entrepreneurs a false sense of accomplishment," says Aytekin Tank. Here, he explores the importance of stimulating your creativity by approaching each new venture with a fresh curiosity, re...
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Three qualities all great creative thinkers have in common

 Entrepreneurship is practically synonymous with innovation and risk taking. Yet you may have employees who share the same entrepreneurial spirit—although they prefer to innovate within an established company rather than start their own. These are the employees who "can come up with amazing ideas for exciting new products and services, spotting opportunities where others see obstacles," writes Hannah Abbot. For this to happen you need to recognize the intrapreneurs you already have your bus...
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Bringing mindfulness to your career

Interest in mindfulness training and applying mindfulness at work is growing steadily. "Nothing provides more opportunities than the workplace for us to feel discouraged, disappointed, bored, overwhelmed, envious, embarrassed, anxious, irritated, outraged, and afraid to say what we really feel," says Stanford Graduate School of Business lecturer Leah Weiss. Yet learning to be mindful can put us in "a much better position to change a bad situation" by helping us to respond more creatively to life...
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How frustration can lead to innovation

The entrepreneurial journey is full of obstacles and it's easy to feel frustrated whenever things don't seem to be working out. Instead of allowing it to hold you back and get in the way of your success however, you can use your frustration to spur you on and to seek out innovative solutions. "We frequently underestimate the power of thought, and consequently end up getting in our own way when it comes to achieving our goals because of unhealthy thought-processes that don't serve us," says NLP l...
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The top TED talks of 2018 so far—and what you can learn from them

TED, a non-profit organization, has evolved from a conference where technology, education and design converged to become an ever-growing collection of online videos for free distribution. Now these powerful short talks can give you a fresh perspective on a wide variety of presented by expert speakers. From the benefits of sleep and the power of emotional courage to becoming more creative, improving your network and boosting your career, Hayden Field shares here seven of the most compelling ...
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First principles: The building blocks of true knowledge

First principles thinking is one of the most effective strategies for finding innovative solutions to problems—and it's the foundation for SpaceX founder Elon Musk's success. Most people find it much easier to take something they already know and apply it as an analogy for how things should be done. To come up with a truly innovative solution however, you need to rethink the problem from the ground up. By breaking a problem down to the fundamental assumptions—or first principles—that underp...
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Is growth hacking a viable long-term strategy for your small business?

One of the first goals for an early stage startup is achieving product-market fit. The next goal is exponential growth. Rapid growth requires a different approach to the broad focus of conventional marketing techniques and this is where growth hacking comes in. With its focus on experimentation and creativity, growth hacking involves scrutinizing every strategy, tactic and initiative in terms of its potential impact on growth. However, while deploying growth hacks will deliver big wins, "eventua...
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The investment with the highest ROI is the one you make in yourself

An investment in yourself is the best kind you can ever make. Most of the time when people talk about investing they're referring to financial investment. There are other ways to invest in yourself however and, unlike other investments, they always pay off. When you spend time, effort, and money on improving your knowledge, learning a new skill, tapping into your creativity, or hiring a coach, there's always an opportunity for personal, professional or financia...
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Why this founder sets aside 1 day a week to daydream

Having a tendency to mind wander may be a sign that you have a highly efficient brain. Although daydreaming is generally considered to be a productivity killer, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that people who daydream frequently scored higher on intellectual and creative ability and MRI scans showed they had more efficient brain systems. Higher brain efficiency means a greater capacity to think, so your brain may mind wander when performing easy tasks—and ...
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How to get maximum focus and creativity with environmental design

Workspace design can significantly impact creativity and productivity and for businesses that means creating office environments that blend open spaces for interaction and collaboration with quiet areas to allow workers to focus without constant distractions. If you work remotely, whether from home or elsewhere, your options for creating the optimal workspace may be limited. Even in a small space or on a tight budget however, there are some simple changes you can make. Here, Kunal Shandilya shar...
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