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Stop Using Past Experience to Measure Future Success

 

Stop Using Past Experience to Measure Future Success

Your past experience provides a framework for thinking about the future. You can draw on that experience to gain perspective and avoid repeating mistakes. But measuring your future success by the yardstick of past experiences (particularly failures) can really sap your self-confidence. [Read more…]

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How To Kill Creativity, The Microsoft Way

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Satya Nadelli, the new CEO of Microsoft, says he wants to foster a culture of innovation. He’d best first get rid of its roadblocks.

The new CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, says he has two priorities: inciting innovation and making work at Microsoft meaningful. Neither of these is simple. But the clear first step he can take is to stop all of those things that kill people’s creativity. According to psychologists Teresa Amabile and Beth Hennessey, these are:

Working for an expected reward. This doesn’t mean not paying people. But attaching bonuses to tasks and targets doesn’t make them more inspiring. It makes them dreary. [Read more…]

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These Line Graphs That Sum Up Our Lives Will Surely Resonate With You

going-outFEBRUARY 3 BY ANNA CHUI IN COMMUNICATIONMOTIVATION | 38 SHARESIf I’d need you to sum up your life and present it to everyone, how’d you do that? With an article of over 10,000 words or with 100 photos of your life?

Come to think of it, we can describe much of our lives in simple line graphs. [Read more…]

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5 Reasons to Make Time for Yourself Right Now

Time To YourselfIt’s instinctive for driven professionals, especially entrepreneurs, to work ’round the clock, making little time for themselves. These ambitious types swear off the New Age folks who spew rhetoric about work-life balance, insisting there are only 24 hours in a day and not a minute can be wasted on activities that don’t include succeeding in business.

While such a high level of inner gumption will take you far, there comes a point in time when burnout sets in. Before this happens to you, consider these five reasons why making time for yourself on a regular basis is not only important to avoid burning out, but is actually a key ingredient for success.

1. It clears and refreshes your mind. Just like sleep refreshes your mind and body, so does taking time off from the day-to-day grind. If your routine is the same day after day, it’s bound to get old, no matter how much a creature of habit you are. When you allow your mind to focus on something other than work, it helps you gain perspective that you can’t see when you’re knee deep in the trenches. [Read more…]

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Bruce Lee’s Best Productivity Tricks

Bruce Lee's Best Productivity Tricks

Bruce Lee is one of history’s most productive people, which is pretty amazing considering he died at 32 years old. He was not only an action film star and martial artist, but also an instructor, screenwriter, director, and philosopher. Here’s just a small bit of what we can learn from him.  [Read more…]

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Don’t Let Your Desk Job Get in the Way of a Good Workout

How to turn your office space into a makeshift gym

By Adam Vaccaro

Brain workoutYou probably already know that sitting at your desk hunched over your computer

Crunched for time yet fearing the consequences of a sedentary life, many office workers have begun adopting office workouts to at least give them some activity during the day.

The Atlantic‘s James Hamblin recently gaves a useful, brief, and entertaining rundown of some of his favorites in this video, which is worth the three minutes to watch. [Read more…]

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The 80/20 Rule and Listening to Your Inner Procrastinator

The 80/20 Rule and Listening to Your Inner Procrastinator

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 A decade ago, my friend Bill said, “Perry I’ve got a million-dollar idea for you. There’s just one catch: If you sell a million dollars, you have to give $10,000 to my favorite charity.”

“OK Bill, you’re on,” I said. He insisted I was leaving tons of money on the table by only writing and publishing books. He advised me to expand into business coaching.

I decided he was right. And guess what? I had the hardest time getting myself to actually do it. When I sat down to execute the details, my inner procrastinator said, “Wait a minute, why don’t you go get a haircut.”

I recognized the inner procrastinator as a signal that I was precisely on the right track. I resolved to finish the project.

That move doubled my income. Bill’s favorite charity, an inner city school in Philadelphia, got a check for $10,000. [Read more…]

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5 Steps to Turning Your Passion To Profits

Turn Your Passion To Profits

Surely you can’t be serious? Yes I am and don’t call me Shirley. People all over the world are earning a sizeable living from their passions now we’re living in the Information Age. Times have changed. It’s so much easier now to live the dream thanks to the Internet. I’ve done it myself – written a few ebooks in the men’s health and fitness niche and they’re selling. They may not be selling like hot cakes just yet but they’re selling. I’m just working on the marketing to up the sales. You can research your market so quickly nowadays and figure out whether demand is there. You can see what your competition is doing within minutes. Here are 5 steps to turning your passion to profits from Enrepreneur.com.  [Read more…]

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5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

Early Morning Rise and shine! Morning time just became your new best friend. Love it or hate it, utilizing the morning hours before work may be the key to a successful and healthy lifestyle. That’s right, early rising is a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials, and other influential people. Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5 a.m.; Frank Lloyd Wright at 4 am and Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney wakes at 4:30am just to name a few. I know what you’re thinking – you do your best work at night. Not so fast. According to Inc. Magazine, morning people have been found to be more proactive and more productive. In addition, the health benefits for those with a life before work go on and on. Let’s explore 5 of the things successful people do before 8 am. [Read more…]

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The Need For Sleep!

The Need For SleepDo you get enough sleep? Don’t underestimate the need for it! We need to sleep for a number of reasons, one of which is for our brain to file all the information that was experienced and gained during the day – in a simplistic sense. I’ve experienced first hand how sleep deprivation can be harmful in the short term – my ability to think, concentrate, construct sentences and remember things took a hit and I tended to think more negatively. This article explains the need for sleep and there are some useful tips for making sure you get enough sleep that follow.  [Read more…]

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