Legend has it #Halloween is when spirits roam. Have a frightfully fun holiday weekend. #happyhalloween #scary #caspertheghostanyone

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How Bill Gates Became a Leader via @entrepreneur #startup #lifehack #inspiration

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We've all read and yawned at the success stories where the founder launches a product and within three months raised millions.  The actual irritating part of these stories is how much is left out: the grit, the network and connections the founders had to pull, the partnerships and deals that had to be made, the amount of money spent on advertising...you get the point. 

Well, here's a quick and fairly decent article about how Gates ascended to the leader he is revered for today.

Our favorite part:

Gates knew success doesn't happen overnight but is, and always will be, the culmination of a lot of hard work. Fueled by his passion, he spent years working from his garage, developing coding and programming, and learning how to create a solution with global reach. This took seemingly endless hours.

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9 Habits of Successful People via @entrepreneur #startup #lifehack #inspiration

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There are bad habits, like not washing your dishes and leaving it up to your partner or roommate to pick up the slack.  Then there are really good habits, which is the subject of this article we found relating to successful founders.   

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Joel Brown interviewed a number of high achievers for Entrepreneur and found that “Ninety-five percent of the successful achievers I have interviewed practice writing down their goals, plans, or visions for success on a regular basis.” Successful people do this the night before, or first thing in the morning so that they are prepared to tackle the challenges that await them.''

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Fall Asleep Faster Infographic via @huffpost #sleep #productive #startup #bartersugar #trade


Business owners rarely get enough sleep consistently.  There's always a to-do list the length of a tree from the Jurassic ages, and an inbox that seems to double in number each night.

Fitting in at least seven hours of sleep a night is important, which is why we were energized to find this great article and neat infographic showing how to naturally make yourself ready for a good night's sleep.

Our favorites:

1) Day: Don't have caffeine after 5pm
2) Night: Read a book
3) To Fall Asleep Faster: Practice deep breathing

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7 Hobbies Proven To Make You More Clever via @entrepreneur #startup #lifehack #entrepreneur

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It's no secret our brain begins the slow decline around the age of twenty-five.  However, there's nothing to fear, because we've found 7 proven ways to keep your mind sharp and attentive despite the inevitable process of age.

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Forget solving puzzles to improve your memory and learn a foreign language instead. Research has shown that people who are bilingual are better at solving puzzles than people who speak only one language. Successfully learning new languages enables your brain to better perform any mentally demanding tasks. This includes the typical executive skills such as planning and problem-solving.

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A great quote on how to overcome misunderstandings #entrepreneur #startups #lifehack

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5 Ideas to Conquer Entrepreneur Anxiety via @entrepreneur #startup #lifehack #entrepreneur

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Anxiety will rule you at some point.  For most of us, it will only be a moment or a few hours in one day - catalyzed by some volcanic event like missing a milestone by much or some public embarrassment (you hit send on that email too quickly, right).  

It's important to know the steps to take to distance yourself from your emotions, especially as it's a temporary and solvable problem, and rid yourself of the anxious thoughts.  This article outlines a few solid steps to do just that.

Our favorite part:


Do something totally unrelated to your business. . . something that’s fun.

When things get hard and anxiety starts to rise, we tend to want to workharder and longer. But sometimes, the best thing to do is to take a step back and do something totally unrelated and then come back. For me, I like to do Crossfit, work on an improv comedy skit or and play in an adult kickball league. Instead of drilling harder, take a step back and do something that’s fun and enjoyable so you can come back later with a fresh perspective.


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How to Refill Drained Motivation via @lifehacker #startup #lifehack #entrepreneur

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There have been many articles written on how to optimize your productivity.  Related to productivity is motivation.  How do you get yourself to do something your brain simply refuses to take part in?

This article highlights some interested psychology studies about motivation, and how to convince yourself (or that lazy friend you have) to do something subjectively disdainful. 

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When leading a busy life, it can be very easy to skip breakfast and/or have a late lunch, then find ourselves in a position where it's difficult to get much done because we're lacking the necessary glucose to help us think properly. Even after you finally eat, you can end up with a headache from neglecting to do so for much of the day, which doesn't really motivate you to do much other than lie down.

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