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    1. Want to Be a Lot Happier? Try Any of These 6 Habits of the Happiest People

      End the year strong with these rare (and counter-intuitive) habits for a better life. 

      Now that 2018 is just around the corner, perhaps you're a person who prescribes to a growth-mindset. You're looking for innovative ways to improve your well-being, get that productivity edge, and maybe achieve more balance and wisdom in life.  

      If so, I want to recommend that you start smart and implement some (or all) of these techniques for a better, and happier life. But fair warning: Some of these strategies may positively stretch you, or your belief system

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    2. Rollback of Net Neutrality Has Small Businesses Worried

      Rollback of Net Neutrality Has Small Businesses Worried

      David Callicott needs to be online to run his small company, GoodLight Natural Candles in San Francisco.

      Dozens of orders from wholesale customers like Whole Foods and Bed Bath & Beyond are relayed online each day to fulfillment warehouses, which send out Mr. Callicott’s paraffin-free candles. The GoodLight website accounts for 15 percent of its sales, which could reach $1.5 million this year; the e-commerce behemoth Amazon makes up another 10 percent. And many of the company’s business documents are stored in cloud-based data centers.

      But the costs of doing business on the internet may be about to rise.

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    3. Why you should shop small and local on Small Business Saturday

      Why you should shop small and local on Small Business Saturday

      From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, the options for spending your cash this holiday season are endless. But there’s another way to get a good deal: Small Business Saturday. Many owners are getting creative and trying different ways to reach out to customers. TODAY’s Dylan Dreyer reports. (By TODAY with our sponsor American Express) Closed Captioning

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    4. More Than 164 Million Consumers Plan to Shop over Thanksgiving Weekend and Cyber Monday

      More Than 164 Million Consumers Plan to Shop over Thanksgiving Weekend and Cyber Monday

      The biggest shopping weekend of the year is right around the corner and 69 percent of Americans — an estimated 164 million people — are planning to shop or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. For the first time in survey history, the numbers include Cyber Monday in addition to Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Sunday.

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    5. It's Worse Than Pointless to Continually Ask 'What's a Good Conversion Rate?'

      The average conversion rate varies from industry to industry, with rates of 1 to 3 percent being the most common. While it’s worth knowing the average conversion rate for your niche, oftentimes marketers can become obsessed with industry benchmarks instead of striving to improve their own conversion rates. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re achieving an arbitrary standard set by someone else. All that matters is that your business is profitable for the long-term.

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    6. The World’s Youngest Female Leader Targets Equal Pay for Women

      The World’s Youngest Female Leader Targets Equal Pay for Women

      Ardern says her government aims to achieve pay equity for women in the public service within four years. The first country to give women the vote has another world-leading ambition: closing the gender pay gap. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the world’s youngest female leader, says her government aims to achieve pay equity for women in the public service within four years as a catalyst for widespread change.

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    7. The Common Traps of Working in Your Family's Business

      The Common Traps of Working in Your Family's Business

      He was eager to earn his colleagues’ respect, rather than relying on his family name to provide it. So he went to great lengths to be just “one of the gang” in every possible way. This included parking in the back of the building and walking through the production plant, rather than zipping into the reserved space he’d been provided near the executive offices in the front. Most days he would stop and chat on his walk through the factory, getting to know his colleagues and learning more about the operations. But one day, after his morning walkthrough, the plant manager surprised him with the question about the company’s future. Charlie reassured him that the company was actually having a banner year. Where had that worry come from?

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    8. Small business lobby opposed to GOP tax bill

      Small business lobby opposed to GOP tax bill

      A top small business group has come out against the Republican tax-reform bill, arguing the legislation “leaves too many small businesses behind.” “We are concerned that the pass-through provision does not help most small businesses. Small business is ...

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      Mentions: Republican NFIB
    9. How To Stop Worrying And Love The Great AI War Of 2018

      How To Stop Worrying And Love The Great AI War Of 2018

      Inspired by news that Vladimir Putin had told Russian students the country that leads in artificial intelligence will rule the world, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO declared the global race to dominate AI might turn into real war—and that the first strike could well be launched by an algorithm rather than a flesh-and-blood leader. Chastised by one of his followers for the gloomy prognostication, he apologized and then confessed, “I was depressing myself too.

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    10. Why Tomorrow’s Customers Won’t Shop at Today’s Retailers

      Why Tomorrow’s Customers Won’t Shop at Today’s Retailers

      Meet Dawn. Her T-shirt is connected to the internet, and her tattoo unlocks her car door. She’s never gone shopping, but she gets a package on her doorstep every week. She’s never been lost or late, and she’s never once waited in line. She never goes anywhere without visiting in VR first, and she doesn’t buy anything that wasn’t made just for her. Dawn is an average 25-year-old in the not-so-distant future.

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    11. 4 Things Every Entrepreneur Must Consider Before Hiring Their First, or Next, Employee

      4 Things Every Entrepreneur Must Consider Before Hiring Their First, or Next, Employee

      There are several questions that every entrepreneur has to ask when considering adding that first employee. Should they hire a family member? Should the person be brought on as a contractor, or as a part-time or full-time employee? Should they work ...

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    12. To Be a Great Leader, You Have to Learn How to Delegate Well

      One of the most difficult transitions for leaders to make is the shift from doing to leading. As a new manager you can get away with holding on to work. Peers and bosses may even admire your willingness to keep “rolling up your sleeves” to execute tactical assignments. But as your responsibilities become more complex, the difference between an effective leader and a super-sized individual contributor with a leader’s title is painfully evident.

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    13. As Millennials Demand More Meaning, Older Brands Are Not Aging Well

      This year, my agency Enso’s World Value Index scored 150 brands according to how a nationally representative sample of Americans identify the brands’ purpose, the extent to which the purpose identified aligns with their own values, and the extent to which it motivates brand advocacy and purchase. The results are strikingly different for different demographics. For instance, Americans over 55 years old (“boomers”) rate Newman’s Own the No....

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      Mentions: Starbucks Samsung
    14. These Are The Weirdest Productivity Hacks That Really Work

      In a new State of Enterprise Work Report from Workfront, a project management software company, the majority of the 2,001 employees surveyed placed meetings and email at the top of the heap of productivity busters. Fifty-seven percent of those polled said meetings are the worst time suck, and 53% voted for email. Millennial workers have an average of 234 unopened emails in their inboxes at any given time.

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