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10. 10 Movies Every Entrepreneur Needs to Watch
There are times when this whole entrepreneur thing can become overwhelming; when that happens, it’s a good idea to take an inspiration break. And what better way to find inspiration than watching movies?

Whether it’s a heartwarming adventure, irreverent comedy or thought-provoking documentary, a film can inspire and motivate a weary business owner. With that in mind, here are 10 movies that every entrepreneur needs to watch.

9. The SEAL Teams Don’t Accept These 10 Phrases, and Neither Should You
Many phrases that are unacceptable in the world of special operations – including “I can’t do that,” “sorry I’m late,” and “hold my calls” – are commonplace in the world of business. Former SEAL member Jeff Boss explores why this may not be such a good thing for your company.

8. Let Go, Keep It Simple, Move Quickly: Secrets to Being a Productive Entrepreneur (Infographic)
Time is money, particularly if you are in the midst of launching a new business. Luckily, there are plenty of small changes you can make – from adjusting your sleep temperature, to turning off your phone at night, to dumping out the clutter in your desk – that add up to save you buckets, and buckets of the stuff. This infographic from Funders and Founders outlines how to streamline dozens of everyday tasks in order to lead a more productive life.

7. Forget Time Management. Do This Instead.
Most people want to boost their productivity, and many feel that to do so, they just need to figure out how to improve their time management skills. Not so fast, says science expert James Clear. In this video, he explains why this trait, not better time management, is really the key to supercharged productivity.

6. The 7 Most Powerful Women to Watch in 2014

These seven innovators’ actions and ideas aren’t just improving the ways we do business; they also speak to broader issues, including national security, gender bias, world poverty and the state of the startup community at large. We’ve certainly got our eye on these powerful women. You should, too.

5. Chart Goals to Create a Road Map to Success
Going after a big dream is often a scary prospect; not only can it feel impossibly out of reach at the start, but there are so many opportunities to fail along the way. That’s why, instead of solely focusing on the end result, it’s important to set different types of goals – including smaller, more immediate ones, intermediate targets, and stretch goals — that all build on your efforts to reach that final destination.

4. Delivering World-Class Service on a Startup Budget

The late Maya Angelou once said “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This is as true in business as it is in life: Outstanding service can help a company stand out and be remembered in a crowded marketplace. Fortunately, this doesn’t necessarily require a lot of money. Here are three ways your company can provide world-class service on a startup budget.

3. The 3 Decisions That Will Change Your Financial Life
Without gratitude and appreciation for what you already have, you’ll never know true fulfillment. But how do you cultivate balance in life? Tony Robbins identifies three key decisions that have the power to dictate the quality of your life.

2. 5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long
You may clock in long hours at work, but chances are, a significant percentage of that time is eaten away by distractions. It’s time to change that: From incorporating seven minutes of exercise into your daily routine, to getting away from the computer for 15 minutes, here are five strategies that will help you cut down on wasted time and boost focus all day long.

1. How to Become a Millionaire by Age 30
The desire to get rich and become a millionaire has become something of a taboo topic, and saying it can be done by the age of 30 is often dismissed as an outlandish fantasy. But it can be done, argues international sales expert Grant Cardone. He should know – at the age of 21, Cardone graduated from college broke and in debt; by the age of 30, he was a millionaire. In this post, he shares the 10 steps that took him from rags to riches, and explains how they can work for you, too.

P R O D U C T I V I T Y

O R G A N I Z A T I O N 

S C H O O L // S T U D Y I N G

P R  O J E C T S

If it has * it’s an app

I’m getting a lot of Qs regarding my laptop background/extension. So here are some facts regarding it. 

- It’s called “Momentum”. 

- It’s available as a Google Chrome Extension. 

- It’s available as a Safari Extension.

- It let’s you set a main “Daily Task” or thing to focus on each day.

- It has an expandable “To Do List” on the bottom right corner.

- It has the weather for your location in the top right corner.

- There is a new daily motivational quote bottom centre.

- There is a new image each day, all very natural and gorgeous looking.

- It opens up every time you open your browser and then when you open a new tab. 

- It acts to remind you every time you go on the internet of what it is today you need/want to achieve; a guilt trip essentially.

- It’s 10/10.

- And it’s FREE! 

- For more information, go here.

Remember that the Messenger of Allāh (peace be upon him) said: “One who performs ‘Ishā’ prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salāt for half of the night, and one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salāt the whole night.” [Sahih Muslim]

The Messenger of Allāh (peace be upon him) also said: “No Salāt (prayer) is more burdensome to the hypocrites than the Fajr (dawn) prayer and the ‘Ishā’ (night) prayer; and if they knew their merits, they would come to them even if they had to crawl to do so.” [Al-Bukhārī and Muslim]

May Allaah [Subḥānahū Wa Ta’ālā] guide us to observe all prayers on time and grant us khushoo’ in each and every prayer of ours. Aameen!

Number One INTP Productivity Tip

Frame everything as a question.

If your todo list says, “Write that paper,” ask “What would a finished paper look like?”. If you’re procrastinating on sending an email, start wondering what the response will be.

If you already know more or less the results you’re going for, and just need some motivation, try asking yourself which materials and prerequisites are *really* necessary.

Basically, as an INTP, your intellectual curiosity is your greatest asset and if you are not harnessing it for absolutely everything you do, friend, you are missing out.

How To Create Strong, Memorable Password

Look at this password:

  • C&P65red16!

Before you read on, take a moment to think on this password. The challenge is to explain how it was created. And, no, it wasn’t created by a random password generator.

Take a moment, I will wait…

We have too many passwords in our lives, and as technology moves forward there is little chance that we will be needing fewer passwords in the future. We all know the rules: don’t use the same password more than once, don’t use something common (like a birthday), etc. You can see in the illustration above (and thank you to www.theemailadmin.com for that) proper passwords are long and complex. So how, exactly, does one create decent, memorable passwords?

The answer is simple; you don’t

Well, you don’t create the passwords, per se. What you do create are rules which govern your passwords. These rules can be almost anything. These rules, when put together, create a unique and complex password. The easiest way to explain, I think, is to run through an example.

Let us say that Teri Thornton needs to create a good password system. She is a student of Russian Literature at a major University and wants to protect her work and online identity better. So she creates the following series of rules to manage her passwords:

  1. Her favorite novel is Crime and Punishment, so she takes C&P for her password.
  2. Crime and Punishment was published in 1865. That gives her two numbers for her password, 65.
  3. Now to keep up a level of randomness in her passwords, Teri shall take the first three letters of whatever website or account to which the password is assigned in lower case.
  4. Finally, Teri plans on taking her degree in 2016. She is actually quite firm on this. So she takes 16! to end her passwords.

How did Teri do? Let us look as a couple of her new passwords. First the password for Amazon, and second, her password for Google.

  1. C&P65ama16!
  2. C&P65goo16!

Now, don’t those two look complicated and random? They both meet and exceed what makes a password strong. These passwords make sense to us because we know the rules which created them. But if you create your own rules, then to another the password looks like garbeldy-gook, much like the password at the beginning of this post (it is Teri’s password for RedBox).