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16 Best Entrepreneurship and Business Leadership Articles of the Year

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Learn how to transform your life for the better with 16 of the Web’s favorite entrepreneurship and leadership articles from this year. Guaranteed to encourage and inspire, these popular posts are absolute must-reads.

1. Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

Mental fortitude is essential for entrepreneurship, and in this wildly popular Forbes article, Cheryl Conner discusses what makes a mental strong individual and the 13 things they avoid at all costs (with tips from psychotherapist extraordinaire Amy Morin).

2. How to Turn Small Talk Into Smart Conversation

In this TED Ideas post, Chris Colin and Rob Baedeker break down how to transform an ordinary conversation into an extraordinary one. This pithy piece shares how to substitute one-line answers for stories, swap mundane response mirroring for absurd (but astute) observations, and how to get the most out of the often-mangled art of conversation.

3. Richard Branson to Young Entrepreneurs: ‘Just Do It’

In an Inc. piece by Oscar Raymundo, famous entrepreneur Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin empire (Virgin Airlines, Virgin Mobile, etc.) explains why risk is an inherent aspect of entrepreneurship. Sometimes you just have to go for it, no matter what others day. Richard did and I’d say thing are working out pretty well for him.

4. Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

In this powerful TED Talk, Simon Sinek suggests that great leaders are those whom others feel they can trust–good leaders make people feel safe. Learn how to create a secure environment for your co-workers and employees while understanding that, while this undertaking is no easy task, the rewards and trust you’ll earn is invaluable. (A transcript is available too, so you don’t need to watch the video if you’d rather read.)

5. The Top 5 Reasons Why ‘The Customer Is Always Right’ Is Wrong

Alex Kjerulf of the Huffington Post explains why this classic maxim is a major mistake. Companies need to be willing to go to bat for their employees, and suggesting that the customer is always right can be detrimental to worker moral. Instead, show employees the respect they deserve and they’ll return the favor with superior customers service and more company pride.

6. Why You Hate Work

This New York Times article by Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath explains the modern employee’s psychological needs and how they aren’t being fulfilled. The article details an interesting study in which workers rated their fulfillment at their workplace, based on several different components (time for creative thinking, opportunities to do what you enjoy, a sense of community, connection to your company’s mission, etc.).

This article isn’t doom and gloom though–it will help companies understand what they need to do in order to improve their workplace and create happier, more fulfilled employees (who also work better).

7. Think You’re Too Old to Be an Entrepreneur? Think Again. (Infographic)

Despite the trend in Silicon Valley, entrepreneurship ain’t just for the young. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs don’t even think about launching a startup until they are in their 30s, 40s, and even 50s, after gaining more work experience. This infographic from Entrepreneur shows successful individuals who took their own sweet time to find their calling. “Not all who wander are lost” indeed!

8. 10 Reasons You Have to Quite Your Job in 2014

James Altucher sees the writing on the wall–the middle class is vanishing and it’s time to take real control of your life. James writes, in this philosophical yet painfully acute LinkedIn piece, why your life needs to be more than a paycheck and how to use entrepreneurship to create a better future.

9. 6 Toxic Behaviors That Push People Away: How to Recognize Them in Yourself and Change Them

Kathy Caprino points out several toxic behaviors you may be harboring, sometimes without even realizing it! Adjusting these bad behavioral habits will make life exponentially better for you and for those around you. See if you’re guilty of any of these.

10. 50 Signs You Might Be an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are a certain kind of individual and they display their aptitude with a number of traits. See if any on this list by John Rampton sound like you–if more than a few ring a bell, you’re likely to be an entrepreneur (and if you’re not yet, maybe it’s time for a career change)!

11. How to Become a Millionaire by Age 30

Dreams do come true–or they can, if you follow advice from Grant Cardone in this Entrepreneur article. Learn what you need to do to make the big bucks before you turn 30.Image result for Best Entrepreneurship and Business Leadership Articles of the Year

12. Why Google Doesn’t Care About College Degrees

In this article by Venture Beat, Gregory Ferenstein explains why Google cares less about college degrees and more about the quality and character of their hiring candidates.

13. How Things Change

This succinct story by Tech Crunch’s Greg Kumparak is a just a few short lines and tweets. Telling the tale of Brian Acton’s personal experience (creator of WhatsApp), it sweetly and simply shows how when one door closes, another down the hall opens. And it opens into a swimming pool of Jello, talking zebras, and saxophone-playing dinosaurs. Or something close to that anyway.

14. How Quitting My Corporate Job for My Startup Dream F*cked My Life Up

In this story, Ali Mese reveals the unexpected difficulties that come with abandoning the corporate world for the startup dream. You may have planned on financial burdens, but have you considered the social distancing? The anxious parents? The frustrated fianc? Mese reminds us that entrepreneurship isn’t all sunshine and puppies–but is it worth it all in the end? I won’t spoil it.

15. 7 Things Remarkable Happy People Do Often

Inc. magazine’s very own Jeff Haden explains in this article why happiness is a choice, and how we can take small actions every day to make ourselves happier. It may not seem like rocket science, but it’s all too common for people to overlook the tools and techniques they can use to take joy in the world around them. Get started on these exercises and begin a better outlook.

16. The Day I Stopped Saying ‘Hurry Up’

In this touching article (probably considered corny by some), Rachel Stafford shares the day she choose to erase the word “hurry up” from her vocabulary. Whether in the workplace or in family life, this touching Huffington Post piece reminds us that life is something to be enjoyed and savored, not rushed through.

Source Article : www.inc.com

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Marking or engraving? This is the dilemma: Three criteria to avoid making the wrong decision

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Laser engraving

In the previous article, we explained the fundamental differences between laser marking and laser engraving, which are often wrongly confused. In marking, the laser melts the material through heat and modifies its shape to imprint a permanent code or mark.

Laser engraving, on the other hand, vaporizes the material. The laser beam penetrates deeper into the surface and removes the upper layers by sublimating them, or rather through a direct transition from solid to a gaseous state. This is because the laser hits localized areas with a high intensity of energy and therefore heat.

But how do I choose whether to mark or to engrave?

Now that we understand the difference between the two processes, let’s now define what are the main parameters that lead us to choose one over the other:

1 Marking resistance

Laser engraving penetrates the surface more deeply and is recommended for all those components that are at risk of wear due to the environmental conditions in which they will be set, or that are subjected to post-marking process surface treatments such as sandblasting, shot peening, e-coating or heat treatments

2 Speed

Marking is a process that takes less time than engraving, precisely because it penetrates the surface of the material less deeply. If the component is not subjected to a particular stress, such as with home appliances, electronic, promotional, and jewelry components, marking also guarantees speed mixed with the permanence of the result.

3 The material and its compatibility

As already explained, while marking dissolves the material by modifying its roughness, engraving sublimates the material by creating grooves. To do this, the laser must be powerful enough to vaporize the material in a few milliseconds and the material to be marked must have an adequate sublimation temperature, so deep engraving is not always possible.

When laser engraving occurs, it is important that the laser marker is equipped with a suitable exhaust system. LASIT has designed its exhaust fan, specifically designed to maximize the level of protection of both the environment and the laser itself.

Now that we have a more precise picture of the parameters that lead us to recommend one rather than the other process, it is time to find out about the 10 guidelines for choosing a good laser marker.

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What are the steps involved in Lanyard design?

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printing of lanyards Singapore

Lanyards are not a modern invention. It was invented in France right back in the 18th century for the soldiers to tie the weapons on to a chord so tight that they can use it often. The design, technique of production, and purpose of the lanyard have undergone a drastic change over the years. These are some of the steps involved in Lanyard design.

The printing of lanyards Singapore follows these steps to design a lanyard.

Step 1: Use a proper tool to design 

There is a lot of software available in the market using which you can design some of the best designs for a lanyard. Hire a designer and get it done.

Step 2: Choose the right production process 

You might think that all the production process is the same. But this is not the scenario. Certain production techniques may work for certain items and certainly don’t.

To understand which would work for what, you need to have an understanding of the processes.

Screen Printing  

Screen Printing is a process originated in China back in the 6th century and later it spread to Japan. This process involves pouring ink on a mesh screen which has the logo of your company impregnated on it and the lanyard fabric is placed underneath the mesh and thus, the logo gets created.

Also, you can place the lanyard fabrics which are cut to the desired size, and then you can place the mesh on top of it. The width of the mesh should be the same size as the width of the lanyard fabric.

The paint on top of the mesh is scraped off so that the paint gets stuck to the fabric in a much better fashion.

You can place a silicone sheet on top of the lanyard fabric and then provide some heat on top of the sheet so that the image gets stuck.

Dye Sublimation 

While Screen Printing just involves printing the image on top of the fabric, the dye-sublimation method incorporates a process where the dye is impregnated into the lanyard fabric and the color stays longer.

The design is coded on to the sublimation machine and the heat transfer paper is placed in such a manner that the reverse image gets printed on the sheet of paper. This sheet of paper now transfers the images on it to the lanyard fabric. A high temperature is required to complete this process.

There are other post-production processes like cutting the lanyard fabric to its length. Analyzing the quality of the finished product etc.

These are some of the steps involved in Lanyard design. These techniques are tested from time to time and have shown better output due to the efficient processes involved in it.

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