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29 Motivational Quotes to Get Yourself Charged

Albert Einstein was a slow learner at school. He was expelled for his poor learning ability. Today we know him as the father of modern physics.<p>J. K. …

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These 15 attitude changes will make you more likable

No man (or woman) is an island at work. The core truth is that our success depends on others. Whether we get promoted, get raises and succeed in …

Self-help

These 31 Questions Will Break the Ice with Absolutely Anyone: a Hollywood Star, a Head of State, the CEO or the Cute Person Sitting Next to You on the Train

Just take a deep breath and ask<p>It's your lucky day. You won the big game or gave a stellar performance or saved the puppy from the fire. And to honor your accomplishment, now you're being introduced to someone special and famous, and you're going to have a chance to have a private conversation with …

Celebrity Gossip

Mark Cuban on the No. 1 Skill He Values in His Employees

He says it's 'invaluable' to him.<p>As the founder of early internet streaming radio company Broadcast.com, TV channel HDNet, and now a <i>Shark Tank</i> …

Employment

The 15 best business books of all time

We've gone through our existing "best-of" lists and others to determine which business histories and management and investing guides have been most critically acclaimed.<p>We stayed away from academic books and biographies, and by limiting ourselves to just 15 titles, the final list is not …

Self-improvement

The Mental Trick You Can Use This Weekend to Become More Resilient and Confident

Building unshakable confidence and layers of resiliency starts with this mental shift.<p>Abundance is commonly accepted as something that helps us live more fulfilling lives. But why?<p>Simply, it's because operating in a state of abundance leads to a growth mindset. While operating in a state of …

30 Behaviors That Will Make You Unstoppable

A lot of people are good at what they do.<p>A lot of people are good at what they do. Some are even elite. A <i>select few</i> are completely unstoppable.<p>Those who are unstoppable are in their own world. They don't compete with anyone but themselves. You never know what they will do -- only that you will be …

26 Favorite Books of High Achievers

People who achieve the most in life make it a practice to glean wisdom from others.<p>The most successful people often are serious about self-improvement, which can come in the form of a good book. Here are two dozen excellent reads, recommended by founders, executives, and other high achievers.<p>1. …

How to Finally Start Living on Your Own Terms

Start by cutting out the caffeine.<p>1. Stop consuming caffeine.<p>Although people think they perform better on caffeine, the truth is they don't. Actually, we've become so dependent on caffeine that we use it to simply get back to our status-quo. When we're off it, we underperform and become …

The 1-Hour Weekend Activity That Will Totally Change Your Week

The weekends are needed for recharging, but doing this one activity for one hour is what sets the high performers apart from everyone else.<p>The weekends are a time for relaxation and rejuvenation before another workweek starts. Taking time away from work helps with creativity, your mental health, …

Being more comfortable around strangers could come down to a simple mental shift

In its video and accompanying article, the educational company The School of Life presents a new way of thinking about shyness — suggesting that it results when we exaggerate our differences from others.<p>Our brains are wired to notice and exaggerate our differences<p>Research from psychology lends …

Psychology

15 Must-Read Business Books on Leadership and Personal Development From the Past 5 Years

Science and positive psychology point the way to the future of leadership.<p>The problem with producing any "top" business book list is the elimination process. Over the last five years, there have been numerous publications by top authors worthy of mention.<p>For this list, I have focused heavily on …

5 brilliant rituals that successful people follow every day

All too often, productivity tips are a dime a dozen. Some even <i>conflict</i> with each other. What we need is a system.<p>What schedule do the pros use? What …

The Conversational Habit of Smart Communicators That 99 Percent of People Are Afraid Of

If more people chose this communication practice when things go south, we'd see way less conflict.<p>Lets all agree on one thing: Communication is the source of much conflict in the workplace.<p>Sometimes the unpredictability of human nature will kick in. You've seen it -- someone does or says something …

Self-help

7 Steps to a Successful Painting

Each of us has been endowed with the ability to create. Some have actualized this ability more than others. Many people I know were discouraged early …

18 quick and easy daily habits that can significantly improve your life

Want to pick up some good habits?<p>The best approach is to start small.<p>In the Quora thread "What are some good 'mini habits' to practice each day?" …

25 books that will blow your mind

We've put together a list of 25 such books — taking inspiration from Amazon's list of 100 books to read in your lifetime, recommendations from Goodreads users, as well as some of our own personal favorites.<p>These books' exploration of politics, history, and the human condition are so insightful, …

Literature

The 38 Most Inspiring Quotes I Know

Words of wisdom to keep you pushing forward.<p>No one can deny the power of a good quote. They motivate and inspire us to be our best.<p>Here are 38 of my absolute favorites:<p>1. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” -Mother Teresa<p>2. “I’ve …

Motivation

Life looks good on the surface - so why are we all so lonely?

‘But you can’t be lonely,’ a friend tells me crossly. ‘You’re out every night.’ The backhanded compliment makes me laugh. But it also makes me sad.<p>On paper my life sounds glamorous. My Facebook and Twitter updates show evenings spent at film premieres and West End first nights. Last weekend I was …

25 Profound Quotes from Aristotle On Happiness, Self-Mastery and Mindful Living

Aristotle is one of the top thinkers in history. Though he is often defined as a philosopher, he covered many topics such as biology, zoology, …

3 Simple Habits That Will Stop You From Procrastinating

We all feel guilty and stressed when we procrastinate. Here are scientific tips on how to never procrastinate again.<p>Admit it - you've procrastinated once or twice in your life. You might even be a habitual procrastinator.<p>You know what I'm talking about: Putting off a task when you know you should …

The 17 best new podcasts you should be listening to right now

From politics to comedy to true crime, there is truly a podcast for everyone. Though podcasts have been around for awhile, the last year has seen a boom of new shows that are using the medium in exciting and innovative ways.<p>INSIDER has rounded up our favorite podcasts before, but we're back to …

Anna Faris

A Simple Mindfulness Technique That Literally Rewires Your Brain To Be More Present

There is a mindfulness strategy to master the habit of attaining focus and becoming present for every moment, which leads to experiencing a higher …

Mindfulness

47 Books You Should Add To Your Shelf, According To Poet Rupi Kaur

The provocative artist and poet shares her list.<p>Rupi Kaur has vision beyond her years.<p>At 24, the Indian-Canadian artist and poet decided to create a menstruation-themed photo series for a college project. She posted one now-famous photograph to Instagram, showing herself lying on a bed facing the …

Books

4 Things the Most Productive People Do Differently

A zone of flow is impossible without these simple habits.<p>When it comes to work, the most rewarding days are undoubtedly the ones during which you make good progress on your to-do list while operating in a zone of flow. But it's a state that's hard to achieve unless you get a few simple things …

The 100 best books to read in your lifetime, according to Amazon

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>"I'm so busy."<p>"I'm binge-watching 'Stranger Things.'"<p>"I don't know <i>which</i> book to read."<p>If you fall into the last category, Amazon's here to …

Books

5 Methods to Make Sure You Use Time Effectively

If you are like most entrepreneurs, the resource you always wish you had more of is time. Learn to use the following methods and become a time-management expert.<p>When I interview successful business people who are at the apex of their careers, the one thing they all wish they had more of, is …