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The daily routine, and even drudgery, of life sometimes beats our dreams out of us, a little bit at a time. Before we know it, we’ve lost the drive we once propelled us to achieve our goals. Inspiration is what drives creativity, innovation and progress of all types. Inspired people design a better mousetrap, create iconic works...
I know people who brag for not having watched a movie in months. They proclaim to be hyper-focused and productive, thereby not “wasting time” on “silly” things like movies. I get it. Sitting down for two hours to watch a movie might feel unproductive or like wasted time to busy entrepreneurs, compared to working more or just relaxing. But...
Last summer, the New York Daily News let go of about half of the people staffing its newsroom. In the last few weeks, thousands of journalists have lost their jobs at well-known media outlets such as Yahoo, Vice, Buzzfeed and Huffington Post, to name a few. It’s amazing how an entire industry could be upended just a few decades after the...
These days, it’s hard to find a business that doesn’t use email marketing. While social media accounts and websites increase your audience and brand awareness, your email list is what often creates real opportunity to engage and build trust with people–and, eventually, sell to them. Email marketing offers a powerful return on investment (ROI). According to a 2015 study conducted...
Caring for the body and mind are essential to business success as well as personal fulfillment. While wholesale lifestyle changes are one way to accomplish that goal, you can also substitute smaller changes and still see impressive benefits. Practicing the self-care habit helps you avoid health issues that keep you from working (or worse). It’s...
Negativity seemingly always bombards us in the news and in our social media timelines these days. If you want to combat this, one surefire method is to adopt a social-good strategy for your business. For many years now, companies both large and small have sought to improve the world throughcorporate social responsibility by implementing practices such as volunteerism, ethical sourcing,...
Recent research shows that 75 percent of all startups ultimately fail, many of those within the first year of their existence. Nobody likes failure, obviously, even as we recognize that there are many lessons to be learned from the experience. Still, when we’re talking about a failed startup, the cost of failure can be pretty steep — sunk costs that can’t...
Major League Baseball (MLB) was founded in 1869 with its first team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings. The league reaches its 150th anniversary this year. MLB existed just four years after the Civil War ended. It was around before women had the right to vote, and a full 70 years before World War Two. Such longevity is less common...
The process of planning, launching and running your own business is a heady time, full of long hours and exciting challenges. Pure adrenaline, excitement and sometimes lots of caffeine propel new entrepreneurs through hazy days that often run into one another. Some days, it feels as if there isn’t time to breathe, much less reflect....
Customer support is an unsexy, but extremely high-value function for most businesses. Signing up a new user usually gets more celebration than when a customer renews, but both are absolutely vital. You can sign up dozens of new users, but if they don’t stay with your service, the bottom line suffers. Not only do you lose customers,...
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I am a tech writer and journalist for more than 20 years who contributes to several respected online publications including BusinessInsiderInc., and Entrepreneur. In addition to journalism, writing about social good companies…

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