Fighting these natural human instincts is the first step in becoming a successful founder

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By Hillel Fuld

Entrepreneurship is not for everyone. One of many reasons most entrepreneurs fail is that in order to build a large sustainable business, you have to fight natural human urges along the way. I have met countless founders who run their company based on natural human instinct, and I’d estimate that the result is failure nine times out of 10.

Being an entrepreneur and creating something from nothing is anything but natural. That said, here are five common urges that every entrepreneur needs to learn how to fight:

Out of all of the urges you need to fight…


Even as we return to in-person offices, it looks like video conferencing is here to stay. Here’s how to make the most of your screen time.

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By Amanda Pressner Kreuser

Like many of you, my team and I have been using Zoom and Google Hangouts as our go-to for calls with clients and vendors.

While we really value the opportunity to interact face-to-face with our clients, prospects, and freelancers, we definitely try to balance out all that screen time with audio-only calls — especially when it’s just our internal team on the line. That’s because, whether we feel comfortable on video calls or not, Zoom fatigue is a real thing.

With an in-person conversation, you can rely on body language and other cues to pick up…


Want to make sure your kid doesn’t turn into a selfish brat? Science can help.

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By Jessica Stillman

The world, as most of us have sadly noticed, seems to be filled with an increasing number of jerks lately. Most of us d on’t want our kids to grow up and join their ranks. Which is why I’m pretty sure science writer Melinda Wenner Moyer’s new book will fly off the shelves. It’s brilliantly title How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t A**holes and offers a deep dive into what research says about making sure your darling offspring end up kind, generous, and not racist.

If that’s a topic that’s of interest to you, the whole book…


Think it doesn’t matter? Bless your heart!

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By Minda Zetlin

Say the phrase “with all due respect” to a male colleague, and he may hear a completely different meaning than if you said it to a female one. This perplexing fact is just one finding from a fascinating survey of 1,000 Americans conducted by telecommunications provider TollFreeForwarding.com, which set out to learn how communication differences can cause misunderstandings between co-workers. (It also looked at differences between U.S. and U.K. colleagues.)

Surprisingly, the survey found several phrases that often mean something different to men and women, even though they have nothing to do with sex or gender.

Fifty-one…


Professional after professional said this is what they wished they understood when they were young

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By Jessica Stillman

Thanks to the likes of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerbeg, there is an idea out there that the young are more likely to build ground-breaking businesses. They are full of energy, untainted by cynicism, and generally unencumbered by responsibilities.

Research shows, however, that the average age of founders of successful tech startups is a relatively mature 47 years. A few decades of accumulated wisdom seems to count for quite a lot. Wouldn’t it be great if you could somehow combine both sets of advantages?

That’s what LinkedIn tried to do with a recent tweet (hat tip to…


The two tech bosses agree this is the essential first step to a truly great career

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By Jessica Stillman

People love to read about the habits, routines, and life journeys of the super successful, and the web is full of articles promising to teach you the tricks that transformed everyday people into moguls. It’s human nature to look for a well-beaten path to follow, but if you read these articles you’ll soon spot the trouble: The people you admire took wildly different paths to success.

Jeff Bezos had a whole career in finance pre-Amazon, Bill Gates began making money building software in high school, while Sara Blakely flunked her LSAT before drifting into a career as…


Being the main character on Twitter for the day isn’t fun but it’s also not the end of the world

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By Jason Aten

If you do anything that involves creating, making, marketing, or selling anything, there will come a time when you’re going to get criticized. Sometimes it will happen via email or a DM. Other times, you’ll find yourself as the main character on Twitter for the day. That can be terrifying.

I know because, over the weekend, it was my turn.

It started with a simple tweet pointing out that I had used a similar phrase in a dozen or so headlines over the past year. It went viral from there as Twitter did what Twitter does. The…


Think pressure and stress drive financial success? Then I have a stack of studies to show you.

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By Jessica Stillman

Most bosses aren’t monsters. Almost no one wakes up in the morning cackling to themselves like a cartoon villain and vowing to make their employees miserable and terrified that day. Yet many companies end up with cultures so competitive and high pressure that employees suffer from sky-high stress levels. Why?

Simple incompetence on the part of managers plays a role, but the biggest driver of cut-throat environments is likely an unstated belief that fear makes you money. …


The best cure for post-pandemic burnout just might be a pen and paper

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By Jessica Stillman

Once we get past the term paper and book report stage of life, many of us tend to view writing as a chore. Unless you’re a creative writing hobbyist, professional communicator, or dedicated diarist, chances are good that most of the writing you do is dry and functional. But according to science, limiting your writing life to memos and emails is actually a big missed opportunity.

Psychologists and other experts insist that more personal forms of writing can help us better understand our lives, cope with difficult situations, and even be smarter.

As you can see from…


Reading books is essential to your success. Here’s how to find time in your busy schedule to get some pages in.

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By Frederic Kerrest, COO and Co-Founder, Okta

No matter how you spent the last year, it was a stressful one. Whether you were homeschooling kids, taking care of elderly family members, or simply navigating how to keep yourself safe and healthy, reading was probably low on your priority list.

My advice: make time for it.

I am lucky to have a job managing a public company and it keeps me busy. But between hosting Zoom meetings with customers and helping with homeschooling, I still managed to read close to 30 books this year. …

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