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Working vacation is an oxymoron that has become so popular, it's now the norm. An April 2017 Glassdoor survey of 2,224 Americans found that 66 percent of them worked while on vacation. Of those, 30 percent said the reason was that there was no one else at their company who could take over their responsibilities.

Related: Why You Really Need to Unplug While on Vacation (Infographic)

On the surface, the fact that employees like those surveyed felt indispensable seems like a good thing. But, in reality, being the only one who can shoulder a burden creates a lot of stress. And when these employees burn out and leave for good, the company suffers.

Instead of letting your employees feel indispensable, focus on keeping everyone happy. S

The #MeToo movement is shining a light on stories of sexual harassment and discrimination that have remained in the dark for far too long, but women founders are still facing an uphill battle when it comes to securing venture capital funding for their startups. According to PitchBook, women founders won only 2 percent of venture capital dollars invested in 2017, while all-male teams walked away with 79 percent of the pot.

There are many reasons for this disparity, not the least of which is a lack of female VCs. Only about 8 percent of VC partners at the top firms polled are women, according to Crunchbase.

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Many of us are often afraid to ask in a direct manner. Some of us rather not saying anything at all than bring up our needs. The reality is, nothing is lost if you simply go out and ask. 

In this video from Entrepreneur Network partner, Jack Canfield, shares the best way reach out to people without feeling discouraged. A few tips Canfield recommends are, first, be willing to ask repeatedly. It could only take one yes to change the course of your life. Second, reject rejection -- even after receiving countless no's to publish his now well-known short story series, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Canfield continued  to promote his book even in the face of rejection. Speaking from experience, Canfield does not think of rejections as "no's" but as "not yet's." If one person gives you a no -- go ahea...

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23 Weird Things We've Learned About Jeff Bezos

In 1994, the then 30-year-old Jeff Bezos left behind a six-figure gig on Wall Street as the youngest ever senior vice president at investment banking firm D.E. Shaw & Co. to start Amazon in Seattle. Now, he's perennially in competition to be the richest man in the world and briefly outpaced Bill Gates to hold the top spot of that list at the end of the July 2017, thanks to a boost in Amazon stock.

Related: 5 Fun Facts About Jeff Bezos's New D.C. Home

The Amazon co-founder and CEO is also a fan of outer space and started Blue Origin to explore it. Bezos isn't afraid to try new things, like when he bought The Washington Post back in 2013.

To get more insights into the

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4 Steps to Building an Unstoppable Offshore Dream Team in 24 Hours

In our digital era, workforces are more mobile and agile than ever before. The old model of hiring a herd of nine-to-fivers is quickly becoming obsolete; instead, specialist contractors are assembling across continents and time zones to form highly-effective, digitally-connected ninja teams that move needles in a business.

Vinicius Aschidamini, entrepreneur and member of The Oracles, specializes in just that. As an Italian and Brazilian citizen, as well as an Indian and U.S. resident, Aschidamini is a bona fide global citizen — and a master at building overnight talent units for blue-chip companies.

His company, Incredible Visibility, has helped businesses from Sand Cloud (who made a deal on “Shark Tank” with Robert Herjavec) and The Discovery Channel to luxury automaker Alfa Romeo source ta...

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Leadership

His Unexpected Journey From Soldier to Fitness Model to Running a $30 Million Business

To some teenagers, a longing for adventure and challenges leads to staying up all night trying to beat the highest level of Super Mario Bros. To Colin Wayne, it meant joining the Army. Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Wayne signed on as a military police officer on his 17th birthday. Wayne excelled, and rose through the ranks, gaining the title of Staff Sergeant within six years.

His years of exemplary service came to a brutal end while on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On May 3, 2012, a 107mm rocket exploded a few feet away from him, resulting in nerve and brain injuries, shrapnel wounds to both arms, and a large hole in his right leg where a chunk of metal tore straight through. Wayne was transported by medevac and stabilize...

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Leadership

His Unexpected Journey From Soldier to Fitness Model to Running a $30 Million Business

To some teenagers, a longing for adventure and challenges leads to staying up all night trying to beat the highest level of Super Mario Bros. To Colin Wayne, it meant joining the Army. Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Wayne signed on as a military police officer on his 17th birthday. Wayne excelled, and rose through the ranks, gaining the title of Staff Sergeant within six years.

His years of exemplary service came to a brutal end while on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On May 3, 2012, a 107mm rocket exploded a few feet away from him, resulting in nerve and brain injuries, shrapnel wounds to both arms, and a large hole in his right leg where a chunk of metal tore straight through. Wayne was transported by medevac and stabilize...

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How to Hire the Right People for Your First Business

In this video with Entrepreneur Network parner, Peter Voogd, who interviews Ryan Blair, the CEO of ViSalus, about his advice on when to make make a game-changing move when managing your company. Blair is an advocate for surrounding yourself with the best people. He recommends to aim high and hire people who are better than you. 

If you can't afford to pay your employees a salary, an alternative is giving equity in your company. This way, you can trust these people as well as count on them make a profit together on your journey together. 

Entrepreneur Ryan Blair advises early-stage business owners to go ahead and pay people to do the work they're not particularly good at or don't have the bandwidth to handle. The best bet is to offer the best benefits, when you can, and avoid cutting corners ...

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Project Grow

What Thomas Edison, Sarah Michelle Gellar and T.J. Maxx Can Teach You About Savvy Entrepreneurship

This article is excerpted from Entrepreneur magazine editor in chief Jason Feifer's monthly newsletter, The Feifer Five. Each month, he sends out five insights to help you think more entrepreneurially. Subscribe here.

This month, I have five lessons for you from five unexpected sources:1. What Sarah Michelle Gellar can teach you about confidence.2. What Thomas Edison can teach you about stubbornness.3. What T.J. Maxx can teach you about consumer behavior.4. What supposedly phone-obsessed millennials can teach you about humility.5. What a startup called Musicbed can teach you about being a thought leader.OK! Let's get going! 

1. Don't

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The Craziest Plan That Worked: How Richard Rawlings Hustled His Way Into the TV Show 'Fast N' Loud,' Then Used It to Build a Multimillion-Dollar Brand

Richard Rawlings jangles when he walks. 

The 49-year-old reality TV star and global branding impresario is giving me a tour of the Gas Monkey facility, an automotive playground spread across three buildings in an industrial area of northwest Dallas. It’s home to his car shop, which is also the setting of the hit flip-this-hot-rod series he hosts on Discovery, Fast N’ Loud. And, of course, it contains a world-class collection of automobiles. 

Related: Never Stop Growing. Here Are 3 Ways to Maximize Your Potential.

Rawlings, with his steel-gray pompadour, red flannel over black V-neck and jeans and pointed goatee, looks like the devil on the shoulder of every dad at a youth soccer complex. And as he shows me around, the gold and silver bracelets on both wrists make

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How an Interior Designer Draws Strength From Her Grandfather's Former Church

I remember Sunday mornings, growing up on the west side of Chicago: the streets quiet, the air still, my grandfather’s pocket change jingling while he opened the doors to his church. Reverend Johnnie Jackson was a Baptist preacher -- rousing, animated and moved by the spirit. Whatever your troubles were, Reverend Jackson preached, if you remained steadfast and trusted God, everything would be taken care of. I am very proud of the stability and hope that he and my grandmother offered the community.

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After moving away to Los Angeles in the mid-’90s, I enrolled in college and studied to become a pediatr

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Google

How to Manage Your Google Privacy Settings

A privacy policy is meant to be a contract between you and a company -- big tech companies in particular -- that ensures these companies are keeping your data safe. One company that has an enormous amount of your data -- from email and photos to videos and documents -- is Google.

The Google Privacy Policy has been "updated" 28 times since its inception in 1999 -- including three times in 2017 alone. The most was five times in the year 2015. And to its credit, Google makes all the updates and changes pretty obvious.

But this stuff can and will change to suit Google, or to suit new laws and regulations Google has to follow. For example, in the European Union and elsewhere on May 25, 2018, Google and others will have to deal with the General Data Protection Regulation, or GD

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How To

15 Tips, Hacks and Tricks to Get the Most Out of Google Photos

Many of us have thousands of photos and videos on our phones, and although it’s so easy to take them, it’s less clear how to keep them organized and transfer them to other devices.

In the age of cloud computing and artificial intelligence, you don’t need a cord to backup your photos. You don’t even need to be near your computer. And you certainly shouldn’t be emailing them or messaging them to yourself. There are simpler, more streamlined alternatives, such as Google Photos.

Related:  20 Surprising Things You Can Do With Google Search

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How to Reset a Bad Work Day

Most people don’t wake up ready to start the day like Snow White singing to her helpful little birds. Most days you get caught up in the hustle and bustle and have to push through, and then, there are the bad days when you’re just not feeling it.

The alarm goes off late. Your forehead is pounding, and your body feels like a semi-truck has hit it. Your computer crashes and destroys your assignment hours before the deadline. Your supervisor has taken micromanagement to the next level. You have to work through lunch, and it’s not even the afternoon yet.

Everyone has one of those days. You may feel like it’s your fault, but it’s not. Most of the time, these stressful situations are outside of your control, but you can monitor, accept and reset your reactions. To get started, try these five tips ...

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