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Researching your competitors. By Startacus Admin Amongst the key steps that you must take when starting a business, one of the most crucial, and yet so often overlooked, is researching your competitors.

Researching your competitors

It is quite strange that entrepreneurs often neglect this activity, because not only does it have the potential to enlighten them and fill them with inspiration, but it can be darn right fun as well. Before beginning to research your potential competitors, it is wise to draw up a plan of action, and top of the list is identifying the purpose of the research that you will carry out and the kinds of information that you will hope to gather.

Finding the Motivation to Change Your Entire Life : zen habits. By Leo Babauta Almost exactly 8 years ago today, I ran my first marathon and soon after I started Zen Habits.

Finding the Motivation to Change Your Entire Life : zen habits

I’d changed a dozen or so habits, lost weight, was getting out of debt, quit smoking. And almost 7 years ago, I quit my job. How to Open an Isolation Tank Center. Nine Things Successful People Do Differently HBR. Learn more about the science of success with Heidi Grant Halvorson’s HBR Single, based on this blog post.

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently HBR

Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. 7 Lessons From the World's Most Captivating Presenters [SlideShare]

It’s 7:54 on a frigid January morning in San Francisco.

7 Lessons From the World's Most Captivating Presenters [SlideShare]

You’re waiting outside the Moscone Center, in a queue of several thousand people, many of whom have been camping out in the cold for over 12 hours. The security detail for this event rivals the Democratic National Convention. Another hour passes before you’re comfortably seated in a giant auditorium that’s crackling with anticipation. Finally, at 9:43 a.m., the moment you’ve been waiting for arrives. The thin, soft-spoken man gracing the stage in his signature turtleneck and jeans, clears his throat, takes a sip from his water bottle, then pauses for a full 12 seconds before uttering these words: "This is a day I've been looking forward to for two and a half years.

(Download 20 of the best presentation examples to inspire your next presentation.) Such was the scene on January 9, 2007, when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone in one of the most captivating product launches in history. 9 Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People. I'm fortunate enough to know a number of remarkably successful people.

9 Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People

Regardless of industry or profession, they all share the same perspectives and beliefs. Free Courses and Resources. How Positive Thoughts Build Skills, Boost Health, and Improve Work. 52 Tips for Happiness and Productivity. 5 Self Help Books That Might Just Change Your Life. : the act of helping or improving yourself without relying on anyone else. Luckily for us, there is a large selection of self-help literature written by truly remarkable authors.

These authors share personal experiences from their own successful careers or interview others who have unlocked secrets of happiness and achievement. 7 Zen Habits of Highly Efficient Minds. Email Zen habits are simple lifestyle habits that have the potential to radically alter the efficiency of our minds and the potential of our lives.

7 Zen Habits of Highly Efficient Minds

We can easily integrate these habits into our daily routines to keep our minds sharp and efficient for years to come. Here are seven ways to keep a great head on your shoulders: First we form habits, then they form us. - Rob Gilbert 1. The primary function of the human mind is its ability to absorb information and adapt to challenging unfamiliar environments. 2. The human brain accounts for roughly 2% of the total mass of the human body, yet it consumes over 20% of the oxygen and nutrients the human body intakes. 3.

People often obsess themselves with the past and the future. It takes about eight seconds of intense focus to process a new piece of information into your long-term memory. 13 Business Books MUST READS. Having never taken a business class in college I find that I read and listen to a lot of business books to round out my education.

13 Business Books MUST READS

The books usually aren't "How to Manage Your Cash Flow" but rather get me to rethink the way I run my business, which--despite no business classes or diploma--continues to be in business 13 plus years after I started it. In that time, here are 13 of the books that had the biggest impact on how I run my business (in no particular order): Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink: If you supervise anyone in your business, this book is a must read. It shows that what science knows about motivation, business isn't putting into practice. In fact, many of the incentives we create can actually de-motivate our employees. The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up by Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham: I wanted to have at least one book that was dedicated to small business and the entrepreneurial spirit.